A selection of great official and rare Bob Dylan DVD releases:
Never Ending Tour Diaries
A personal and entertaining peak inside the "touring apparatus" of Bob Dylan, narrated by "Never Ending Tour"-drummer Winston Watson and directed/produced by Joel Gilbert (yes, the Dylan look-alike again!). Running time: 100 mins.
The Other Side Of The Mirror: Live at the Newport Folk Festival
The "The Other Side of the Mirror" DVD is the first release ever of Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 and contains over 80 minutes of unreleased performances.
Don't Look Back - 65 Tour Deluxe Edition
2 DVDs, 2007
Digitally-remastered version of classic rockumentary. The second DVD includes "Bob Dylan - 65 Revisited": 40 years after the release of "Don't Look Back", director D.A. Pennebaker presents never-before-seen rare footage from his personal archive of film negatives.
Rolling Thunder and The Gospel Years
Director Joel Gilbert's third unauthorized 4-hours Dylan documentary ("1966 World Tour - The Home Movies" and "World Tours 1966-1974") features interviews with musicians, producer Jerry Wexler and "Hurricane" Carter, as well as concert & TV footage and footage of Gilbert revisiting related locations such as the Rundown Studios. Definitely another must-see for any fan and collector. Special features: "Journey to Hibbing", "Ramblin' Jack's Early Days", Photo Gallery '75-'81
Bob Dylan 1966-1978: After the Crash
This is the two-hour follow-up documentary to "Tales from a Golden Age". It continues the journey of its predecessor after Dylan's motorcycle accident with a mix of rare historic footage and interviews with friends, musicians and experts. A special discussion is dedicated to the making of the "Desire" album. Musicians talk about working in the studio, and being on the road with Dylan. Contributors include writers Al Aronowitz and Clinton Heylin, musicians Bruce Langhorn, Scarlet Rivera, Rob Stoner and Jacques Levy (in his last ever interview!), as well as "Dylanologist" A. J. Weberman and Isle of Wight Festival organiser Ray Foulk.
Gotta Serve Somebody - The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan
This DVD release of the 2003 Grammy-nominated album of the same name features performaces by the artists who appeared on the album, as well as commentary by producer Jerry Wexler and musicians who worked with Dylan during his gospel period. The documentary also premieres 1980 footage of Dylan performing "When He Returns", which is in fact the first video material released from this era.
No Direction Home
2 DVDs, 2005
Great TV-documentary by Martin Scorsese that focuses on Dylan's life and music from 1961 to 1966. It includes never-seen performance and studio recording session footage, outtakes and interviews with artists (Ginsberg) and musicians (Seeger, Baez) who crossed Dylan's path during that time. Dylan talks openly and extensively about this critical period in his career for the first time ever. A must-see for everyone.
Broadcasting Live - The First 30 Years
3 DVDs Box Set, 2005
This is a rare UK-Import DVD collection of 30 live performances from various TV broadcasting sources. The compilation includes Dylan's performance at the Johnny Cash Show in 1969, "Hurricane", "Simple Twist Of Fate", and "Oh, Sister" from The John Hammond Tribute in 1975, the David Letterman Show in 1984, the Woodstock 94 festival, his "Forever Young" duet with Bruce Springsteen at the Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame concert, as well as other performances from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Tales from a Golden Age: Bob Dylan 1941-1966
This 90 minutes documentary was produced in association with "ISIS Magazine". It takes you from Bob Dylan's schooldays (interviews with former teacher and school friend), through his college days in Minneapolis to his early years in New York's Greenwich Village. The journey continues through Bob Dylan's golden age in the mid-1960s (interviews with drummer Mickey Jones and biographer Clinton Heylin). The unauthorized in-depth story of Dylan's early and classic years ends with the infamous 1966 motorcycle accident.
World Tours 1966–1974
Documentary by director Joel Gilbert that chronicles the 1966 and 1974 world tours with The Band (The Hawks) as well as the years in between. Gilbert visits Woodstock and Greenwich Village, he recreates the 1966 motorcycle accident, pays a visit to Big Pink and examines Dylan's first encounter with The Beatles. Interviews include Dylanologist A.J. Weberman, filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, rock journalist Al Aronowitz, drummer Mickey Jones and others. Special features: more than 150 original tour photographies by Barry Feinstein - most revealed for the first time.
10 years after Dylan's appearance in MTV's Unplugged TV series, Columbia finally releases the complete 1994 concert. The setlist contains classics such as "Like A Rolling Stone", rarities like "John Brown" and the then-new song "Dignity" which has later been released on "Greatest Hits Vol.3". Special features: Includes 4 songs not aired on the original broadcast.
Masked and Anonymous
Movie co-written by and featuring Bob Dylan. He plays the imprisoned folk-singer Jack Fate, who is set free to headline a benefit concert organized by an unscrupulous promoter (John Goodman) and a television executive (Jessica Lange). It features many great supporting actors like Jeff Bridges or Val Kilmer.
Hard to Handle: Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
This one-hour/10 songs concert video shows Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers during their 1986 "Hard To Handle" tour in Australia. The original VHS-release from 1991 was the first video release of a Bob Dylan concert. After an inital rare DVD-release with cover artwork taken from the VHS edition, today the only officially licensed product is a South Korean Import-DVD (NTSC, 4:3 Full-Screen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo).
Eat the Document
Bootleg DVD, 2003
Documentary of the 1966 Dylan & The Hawks European tour, filmed by D.A. Pennebaker and Bob Dylan, directed by Bob Dylan and Howard Alk. Special features: Ballad Of A Thin Man (Outtake), Bob Dylan and John Lennon in a limo, airport arrival in Sweden (B&W Newsreel Footage)
The Last Waltz
The legendary rock movie directed by Martin Scorsese was filmed during the farewell concert of The Band on Thanksgiving Day, 1976 and originally released in 1978. It features several songs performed by Bob dylan, as well as guest performances by Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Van Morrison and many more. Special features: Featurette "Revisiting The Last Waltz"; Commentary by Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson; Photo gallery, Theatrical trailer
World Tour 1966: The Home Movies
Documentary shot on 8mm color film by drummer Mickey Jones, who toured the world in 1966 with Bob Dylan and The Band on what later became known as "the tour that changed Rock and Roll forever." for Dylan traded his acoustic folk guitar for a new electric rock sound. Some performances of this tour have already been released on the Audio-2CD "The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 - Live 1966". This DVD-release includes the following songs: All Along The Watchtower, Ballad of a Thin Man, Highway 61 Revisited, Like A Rolling Stone, Positively 4th Street, Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, Subterranean Homesick Blues, The Times They Are A Changin’, Watchin’ the River Flow
Don't Look Back
D.A. Pennebaker's classic black & white rock documentary captures Bob Dylan during his 1965 British concert tour. It features guest appearances by Joan Baez, Donovan, Alan Price (The Animals) and manager Albert Grossman. The Region 0 version of this DVD was released in January 2004. Special features: 5 original, uncut audio performances: "It Ain't Me, Babe," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll" and "To Ramona"; Alternate version of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" cue-card scene; Commentary by D.A. Pennebaker and tour manager Bob Neuwirth; Production notes, Theatrical trailer, Discography
Renaldo & Clara
2 Bootleg DVDs
A rare 3 1/2 hours movie that was edited by Bob Dylan himself from countless hours of concert-, backstage-, documentary-, and fictional "role-playing"-footage, filmed during the "Rolling Thunder Revue" in 1975. The film also includes a visit to the grave of Jack Kerouac, and an Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. The DVD version was recorded from a British television broadcast in 1985.