Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1965
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The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1965

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Director: Murray Lerner, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez

Cast: Murray Lerner, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez

     
 
Bob Dylan cemented his reputation within the folk music community with his first appearance at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival in 1963 -- and he divided his audience when he appeared with an electric rock band at the same festival in 1965. Filmmaker Murray Lerner offers a fascinating look at Dylan's early career in The Other Side of the Mirror: Live at the

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Bob Dylan cemented his reputation within the folk music community with his first appearance at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival in 1963 -- and he divided his audience when he appeared with an electric rock band at the same festival in 1965. Filmmaker Murray Lerner offers a fascinating look at Dylan's early career in The Other Side of the Mirror: Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, a documentary which has been released on DVD by Columbia/Legacy Records. The footage in The Other Side of the Mirror has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and while some of the archival film shows its age, most of this material looks great, appearing sharp and clear on DVD. The audio has been mastered in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Surround 5.1, and both mixes sound very good given the age of the recordings, though the two-channel mix sounds a bit more natural. The songs and interviews are in English; optional subtitles in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish translate the interviews and stage patter, but not the lyrics to the songs. As a bonus, the disc includes a 25-minute interview with director Lerner in which he talks about filmmaking, Dylan's music, and shooting at the Newport Folk Festival. The Other Side of the Mirror is a fascinating document that will intrigue Dylan fans, and this DVD offers a fine presentation of the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
What a difference two years makes! In 1963, Bob Dylan was the Ur-folksinger, rendering his protest songs in an unvarnished voice accompanied by his rudimentary acoustic guitar work. In 1965, “the voice of his generation” went electric, his more surrealistically tinged tunes now flaunting full rock 'n' roll support. The now-classic albums may tell part of the story, but to fully experience the sea change in Dylan’s style and its ramifications among his fans, you have to turn to documentary evidence. And no more dramatic proof can be found than in this revelatory film, which brings together Dylan’s Newport Folk Festival performances under one roof. The 1963 and ‘64 footage demonstrates how riveting the immensely charismatic Dylan could be, commanding a stage and a rapt audience all by himself. Timeless anthems such as "Talkin' World War III Blues,” “Who Killed Davey Moore?,” and “ Only a Pawn in Their Game” retain all their bite, while more poetic songs including “Chimes of Freedom,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” still enchant with their freshness and lyricism. Duets with folk queen Joan Baez on “It Ain't Me, Babe” and “With God on Our Side” present a vision of youthful energy and purpose that perfectly exemplifies the spirit of the time. But Dylan’s personal evolution was outpacing his contemporaries. Watching he extraordinary footage from 1965 in which Dylan roars through “Maggie’s Farm” and “Like a Rolling Stone” backed by a rocking, fully plugged-in ensemble, is like witnessing a musical hurricane occurring onstage. He may not have known it at the time, but director Murray Lerner captured the moment when rock 'n' roll finally supplanted the folk movement. The rest is history.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
UPC:
0886971446692
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
14,041

Special Features

Interview with director Murray Lerner

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror - Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965
1. Intro/All I Really Want to Do (1965) [2:50]
2. North Country Blues [4:16]
3. With God on Our Side [6:07]
4. Talkin' World War III Blues [4:28]
5. Who Killed Davey Moore? [3:26]
6. Only a Pawn in Their Game [3:55]
7. Blowin' in the Wind [4:04]
1. Mr. Tambourine Man [5:55]
2. Johnny Cash/Joan Baez [1:33]
3. It Ain't Me, Babe [2:17]
4. Joan Baez, Interview [1:01]
5. With God on Our Side [1:24]
6. Chimes of Freedom [9:57]
1. If You Gotta Go, Go Now [2:11]
2. Love Minus Zero/No Limit [3:20]
3. Idolized/Who Needs Him Anymore? [1:19]
4. Rehearsal [1:09]
5. Maggie's Farm [4:58]
6. Like a Rolling Stone [6:32]
7. Mr. Tambourine Man [5:22]
8. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [5:20]
9. End Credits/Restless Farewell [1:32]

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The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1965 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A powerful documentary of early Dylan that touches upon the early songs embedded in the folk tradition, to the image-laden songs in-part inspired by Ginsberg and the Beat Generation, and finally to his startling blending of both in electric rock. Essential for Dylan fans, historians of popular music, and all those interested in the 1960's.