Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Other Side of the Mirror Bob Dylan Live at Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965|
Actor: Bob Dylan
Director: Murray Lerner
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
The Other Side of the Mirror - DVD Few performances in history are as legendary - or as controversial - as Bob Dylan's 1965 appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. In a single, galvanizing instant, Dylan plugged an ent... more »
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Well worth the purchase
Psychedelic Eddie | NYC | 10/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An absolutely essential addition to any Dylan aficionado's collection, since the majority of this footage is never-before-seen. The Love Minus Zero and Talkin' World War III Blues performances seen here in particular are spine-chilling.
However, since this film was for big-time Dylan fans, some of the edits are inexplicable. Some intros are left out, but there's a more serious drawback. It includes two versions of Mr. Tambourine Man: one from 1964, before the song was released, as performed during the afternoon workshop, and the other from 1965, after the infamous electric set performed in the evening. NONE of them are complete. The first is missing the third verse, while the fourth is missing the first harmonica break and the last verse. I know the producer has his reasons, like artistic integrity, but c'mon, they know who the audience for this DVD is...
Also, why couldn't the missing songs from Newport 1963 and 1964 be seen, at least via bonus tracks, in case they were worried about too much song duplication in the film itself?
But it's still an excellent time capsule and one of the best music DVD's of the year, if not the last few. The sharp criticisms are only because how important this DVD is."
Dylan the way I want to remember him
Luke A. Smucker | Chicago,IL | 10/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not a big Bob Dylan fan, but I am a fan of great looking and sounding DVD's and this is both. There's no DTS but man, the sound is crystal clear. The video quality is amazing too. It's black and white but it doesn't look grainy. You clearly see a young Dylan playing his music the way it was meant to be played. This movie is a perfect trip down memory lane even if you were too young to remember it. If you're a Dylan fan, I promise you will love this. Its destined to become a classic."
Some Of The Best Footage Ever Shot...
Jim Jocko | Gainesville, Florida United States | 11/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc has been hyped for the famous "booing" when he went electric. My take after watching, is buy it for the first 5 songs from the 1963 section. Even though these tracks are acoustic, Dylan really showed his incredible songwriting talent. That footage will go down in history. The 1964 stuff is a step down (last 2 songs are pretty good) The famous 1965 stuff is over-rated. The jangly "Maggie's farm", is alright, but seems a little tense. "Like A Rolling Stone", is virtually flawless. Why anyone would boo that version, is beyond me. The last song, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" is incredible(Crank this one up). This disc is beyond historic."
Who even thought this footage existed? Gimme More!
William E Donoghue | Healdsburg CA USA | 11/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've had an audio bootleg of the 1965 set for years but to see Bob Dylan with Mike Bloomfield from The Butterfield Blues Band at his early peak, the rhythm section from Howlin' Wolf's band, bassist Jerome Arnold (Billy Boy Arnold's brother) and the amazing Sam Lay (ever hear his double shuffle? the drums he played are at the Experience Music Project archives in Seattle WA -- I saw them) and organists Barry Goldberg and Al Kooper is amazing. Only The Band could meet that high standard later that year when they joined Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl. Who ever thought that this footage existed? The hint was when some of it showed up when Festival and No Direction Home was released this past year. That still begs the question of the film of the English tour that next Fall which showed up only in clips in No Direction Home. The two World Tour releases are not the official films; Murray Lerner must have those. Apparently he shot the Fall 1965 electic/acoustic tour while D. A. Pennebaker shot the Don't Look Back Spring 1965 tour if I am right. The logical thing, now, is to release that footage with The Band minus Levon Helm plus Micky Waller on drums. Did someone film the Carnegie Hall Concert? Anyway, it's classic music that changed the world."