No Direction Home - Bob Dylan

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Overview

Renowned director Martin Scorsese's documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan chronicles the career of the singer and songwriter during the tumultuous years between 1961 and 1966. Dylan allowed Scorsese to have access to hours of footage that had never before been made public, including a number of live performances, and footage of Dylan in the recording studio creating some of his landmark albums from the period. Dylan sits for an extensive interview, as does a variety of people who worked with him during this ...
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Overview

Renowned director Martin Scorsese's documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan chronicles the career of the singer and songwriter during the tumultuous years between 1961 and 1966. Dylan allowed Scorsese to have access to hours of footage that had never before been made public, including a number of live performances, and footage of Dylan in the recording studio creating some of his landmark albums from the period. Dylan sits for an extensive interview, as does a variety of people who worked with him during this time period, including Joan Baez and fellow songwriter Pete Seeger. The film debuted on PBS stations around the country on September 26, 2005.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Bob Dylan performances; Unused promotional spot for Positively 4th Street; I Can't Leave Her Behind - work in progress in hotel room, Glasgow, May 19, 1966
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
When our foremost modern film director turns his sights on the great modern singer-songwriter, a definitive documentary is assured. Martin Scorsese's No Direction Home follows the early career of Bob Dylan, from his days as a fledgling folk singer to his burst of popularity as the socially conscious "voice of his generation" to his controversial turn to electric rock music in the mid-1960s. Weaving onscreen commentary from such important Dylan collaborators as Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, as well as Dylan's own observations, the film paints a vivid picture of a volatile period in American life and Dylan's powerful artistic reaction to it. Including priceless interview and press-conference footage and dramatic performances from the time -- including the divisive Newport Folk Festival show of 1965, and the 1966 British tour with members of the Band -- this monumental documentary makes clear how and why Dylan became the living legend he remains to this day.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Much like in The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese makes a figure of God-like power more relatable -- without diminishing an ounce of his mysterious power -- in the remarkable achievement that is No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. Martin Scorsese manages to make the inscrutable performer very human by making clear how quickly Dylan can adapt to whatever surrounds him, as well as absorb whatever strikes his fancy. By showing so many of the folk artists that influenced the young Dylan, it becomes easier to understand the persona he developed in his early career. Where the film surpasses earlier works on Dylan (most specifically the still fascinating Don't Look Back) is in the way Scorsese details the various forces both internal and external that led to Dylan embracing the change in his sound that alienated many in his audience. There are edits that make connections even longtime Dylanphiles may not have considered. Scorsese's sure hand becomes even more apparent in the second half, which opens with a dizzying sequence that makes the viewer feel the claustrophobia and pressure Dylan was experiencing at the time. The film works as history thanks to the wealth of remarkable footage Scorsese was granted access to, but the most fascinating aspect is that the film feels as psychologically penetrating as any film could be about an artist who seems to pride himself on his successful ability to stay unknowable. Dylan is still inscrutable at the end of the film, but in some way he has been made less mythic and more human thanks to Scorsese's skill.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Scorsese's No Direction Home: Bob Dylan creates a portrait that is deep, sympathetic, perceptive and yet finally leaves Dylan shrouded in mystery, which is where he properly lives.


Scorsese's No Direction Home: Bob Dylan creates a portrait that is deep, sympathetic, perceptive and yet finally leaves Dylan shrouded in mystery, which is where he properly lives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • UPC: 097360310542
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 3:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,089

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist
Joan Baez Interviewee
Mavis Staples Performer
Liam Clancy Performer
Maria Muldaur Performer
Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Disc 1
1. No Direction Home
2. Many Years Earlier
3. A Musical Expeditionary
4. One of the Mad Ones
5. Greenwich Village
6. The Crossroads
7. The First Album
8. Writing Truth
9. Hammond's Folly
10. A Pawn in Their Game
11. Newport Music Festival
Disc #2 -- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Disc 2
1. Bathe My Dog
2. An Independent Minstrel
3. State of Becoming
4. The Need for Change
5. Get Born
6. How Does it Feel
7. I Ain't Gonna Work on Maggie's Farm No More
8. Highway 61
9. Meet the Press
10. Sick of the Scene
11. I'm Gonna Get Me A New Bob Dylan
12. End Credits
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Menu

Disc #1 -- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Disc 1
   Play Part 1
   Set Up
      English 5.1 Surround
      English 2.0 Surround
      English Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   Bob Dylan Performances
      Play
      Like a Rolling Stone
      Mr. Tambourine Man
      Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
      Desolation Row
      Man of Constant Sorrow
      Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
      Blowin' in the Wind
      A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
      Ballad of a Thin Man
      Only a Pawn in Their Game
      With God on Our Side
      Only a Pawn in Their Game
      With God on Our Side
      Talkin' World War III Blues
      Blowin' in the Wind
   Scene Selection
   Previews
Disc #2 -- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Disc 2
   Play Part 2
   Set Up
      English 5.1 Surround
      English 2.0 Surround
      English Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   Bob Dylan Performances
      Play
      Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
      When the Ship Comes In
      Chimes of Freedom
      All I Really Want to Do
      Mr. Tambourine Man
      It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
      Gates of Eden
      Subterranean Homesick Blues
      Love Minus Zero/No Limit
      Maggie's Farm
      Like a Rolling Stone
      It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
      Tell Me, Momma
      Visions of Johanna
      Like a Rolling Stone
   Special Features
      Full Length Bob Dylan Performances
         Play All
         Blowin' in the Wind - U.S. TV Special - March 1963
         Girl of the North Country - Canadian TV Special: Quest - February 1964
         Man of Constant Sorrow - U.S. TV Special - March 1964
         Mr. Tambourine Man - Newport Folk Festival 7/26/64
         Love Minus Zero/No Limit - London, U.K. - May 1965
         I Can't Leave Her Behind - Glasgow, Scotland 5/19/66
         Like a Rolling Stone - City Hall, Newcastle, U.K. 5/21/66
         One Too Many Mornings - Odeon Theater, Liverpool, U.K. 5/1/66
      Guest Performances
         A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Performed by Mavis Staples
         Girl of the North Country Performed by Liam Clancy
         Love Is Just a Four Letter Word Performed by Joan Baez
         Lord, Protect My Child Performed by Maria Muldaur
         Play All
      Unused 1965 Promotional Spot for "Positively 4th Street"
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A musical journey

    This was as much about the time period in which Bob Dylan developed his particular style as well as the song writer / singer. Scorsese has directed another great one which was particularly appreciated by this fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    If you love Dylan... this is the prize...

    OMG... Dylan narrates Dylan. I figured it would be like the A&E Biography story of him, in which several of his friends, acquaintances, hanger's on, would do running commentary. NO. In this movie, DYLAN, the man himself, tells his own feelings, ideas, thoughts over the years. He is approx 64-years-old at the time of this movie, and he looks amazing. The years are definitely being good to Bob Dylan.

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