People don't get much more cryptic than Bob Dylan. His prose is above nearly everyone's head and possibly his own too. The way he spewed random thoughts, perfectly summed up the confusion and frustration of the early sixties, which is why so many disgruntled youths can relate. "No Direction Home" did nothing less than to shed light on the genius inside Bob Dylan.
This Scorsese documentary portrays the early years of Dylan's success, between the years of 1960 and 1966 when his legacy became cemented. By moving to Greenwich Village from his birth state of Minnesota, Bob Dylan followed his folk music dreams; reading and writing at an incredible pace, doing more creatively in several months than some accomplish in a lifetime. Networking in one of the folk music's revival hotbeds helped Dylan get his voice heard and initiated his collaboration with Joan Baez. The interviews and live concert footages are truly remarkable in both their sound and video quality, especially when you consider that some of the clips are over 40 years old.
The current interviews with Dylan help to clarify the ideas in his head, but no one can fully understand this free-wheeling minstrel's genius. Dylan's inability to answer any question with a straight answer is both excruciatingly frustrating and highly entertaining at the same time. His ability to control and baffle a room of journalists is incredible. As Dylan continued to near his legendary status, he became even more difficult to understand. This two-part documentary focuses a large part on the famous transition Dylan makes from iconic protest singer to leader of a rock and roll group. Considered a sin by die hard folk artists, Dylan's move to plug in his guitar and get a backing band was nothing less than musical treachery. Dylan's legendary tour across the U.K. showcases the incredible emotional response to his music, and the bond people felt to him.
Impossible to sum up, this DVD is an incredible window into one of the most perplexing icons of pop culture. Although the blinds are still slightly pulled low, one can still catch glimpses into Dylan's vexing and mysterious soul. This Scorsese film captures the essence of the early Bob Dylan years, inspiring and entertaining like few other music documentaries, highlighted by several captivating performances.
DVD special features
8 full length performances
4 guest performances
Unused 1965 promotional spot for 'Positively 4th Street'
All performances in the film bookmarked