No Direction Home

No Direction Home

Bob Dylan Documentary

DVD - 2016 | Deluxe 10th anniversary edition
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A two part documentary on the fascinating career of Bob Dylan in the early sixties.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Capitol Music, [2016]
Edition: Deluxe 10th anniversary edition
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (3 1/2 hr.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Aug 18, 2020

"No Direction Home" is a documentary about the famous folk mucisian Bob Dylan the film is directed by the acclaimed Martin Scorsese. The film portrays Bob Dylan's early life and career from the Iron Ranges and prairie of Dylan's childhood Minnesota to the height of his career and adventures among the old beatniks and Bohemians of Greenwich Village in New York City. Scorsese does an excellent job with the filmography of the documentary, stitching together vignettes, personal interviews, news footage and the current events of the time. Bob Dylan according to narrative of the film was the definitive voice of the Baby Boomers, the passing of the torch from the Silent and Greatest Generation to the Baby Boomers. Scorsese does a great job highlighting the different motivations and philosophies of Dylan. It is my contention that the film does a great job of showing Dylan as authentic, not just an icon, capturing the whole person. While Dylan remains distant and enigmatic during his interview pieces I find it interesting juxtaposing "No Direction Home" with the sister documentary "Rolling Thunder Revue" which reviews Dylan's later career and ambitious grand tour by the same name.

Apr 23, 2020

...for a brother...where's the Boston accent, bro?

Mar 23, 2020

There’s a lot of documentaries on Bob Dylan out there and this is one of the best. This actually has Bob Dylan being interviewed so that’s a big plus. Not that he’s a great interviewee but at least they have him commenting on things others try so hard to speculate on. It also has Joan Baez commenting on his career and also their own relationship which I found interesting. The film delves into Dylan’s flirtation with ‘Pop’ music after he had already established himself with the Folk genre and the protest music that it embraced. It went into detail how fans responded as well as other artists.

LPL_IlkaI Jul 09, 2017

No Direction Home is a suitable documentary regarding a specific time in Bob Dylan's career from 1961 to 1966. Director Martin Scorsese does a great job of pooling press conference and live concert footage together to create a dynamic narrative. I feel his directing style is put to better use with his 1978 film, The Last Waltz, about The Band's final concert in 1976. (However, if you are looking for a real inside look into that time period for Dylan, D. A. Pennebaker's Dont Look Back is the ultimate winner in my book!) With No Direction Home, you will not only have serious empathy for Bob Dylan's mindset, but seek out every album from that time period or so was the case for me. Enjoy!

Feb 06, 2017

No mention of Dylan's heavy drug use, his supposed motorcycle accident, nor his many wives and girlfriends. A monosyllabic and utterly walled off interview with Dylan, chopped into 30 second installations and sprinkled here and there throughout. I've no prior knowledge of the man - his music never appealed to me - but he doesn't come across as a very nice guy, or interested in the well being of others, at all.

Dec 22, 2014

What a great documentary about such a great legend. I can't imagine any Bob Dylan fans not enjoying this. I would have liked to hear and see even more of Bob being interviewed, but this DVD is really good. Bob truly is an entity all on his own.

Nov 26, 2013

A must for Dylan fans. Lots of new material, very well put together by no other than Martin Scorsese.

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