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No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

Martin Scorsese’s impeccably thorough examination of Bob Dylan’s trajectory from folk music coffeehouse cause celebre to pop music icon is an engrossing experience that illuminates as it entertains. Unsatisfied at their inability to categorize and stifle Dylan’s unique talents, the media and his vociferous fans crucified their hero when the singer shifted from acoustic to electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. The ever candid and brutally uncompromising Dylan is revealed through rare interviews and musical performances that show exactly why he is revered as one of the most important musical influences of the 20th century. Although Scorsese did not conduct any of the interviews he has edited together an essential and brilliant document about an authentic musical genius. Generous special features include seven rare live Bob Dylan performances between 1963 and 1965, guest performances of Dylan songs by Mavis Staples, Liam Clancy, Joan Baez and Maria Muldaur, and an unused 1965 promo spot for "Positively 4th Street." Aspect ratio is 1.33:1 Full Frame, with crystal clear sound quality processed in Dolby Digital Stereo Surround 5.1. Movie – Five Stars – DVD features – Five Stars) Not Rated, 207 mins. (Paramount)

October 6, 2005 in Music | Permalink