Bob Dylan is one of the world's most influential and enigmatic folk singer artists in the world. Even if you've never heard any of his music, you no doubt know his name and know that he played a huge part in this country's political movements and music scene.
Bob Dylan: World Tours 1966-1974 chronicles the mysterious artist, in his life on the road, his life in seclusion, and most importantly his music. The entire documentary is led by director Joel Gilbert, who also performs as Bob Dylan in the tribute band, Highway 61 Revisited. The video includes a lot of interviews with those close to Dylan and the main source of information seems to be renowned photographer, Barry Feinstein.
Much of the action is recreated with Joel Gilbert as Dylan, and the rest is done through photographs and interviews. A lot of compelling information is given, however true they may or may not be.
The menu is offered with a quick introduction, music playing in the background, and a little animated sequence for the background. It's all in black and white and fits the subject matter nicely.
The video transfer is offered in 1.33:1 Fullscreen. Overall it looks decent for the subject matter. You get the usual detail and color issues with these types of productions, but it gives a nice feel to the documentary style shooting.
The audio is offered in English Dolby Digital 2.0. The voices are crisp and audible, and the music comes through well even if it's not the original Dylan songs.
Interviews are provided featuring Bruce Langhorne and Izzy Young. Both are pretty interesting and offer up some pretty interesting anecdotes and childhood stories. Each run roughly 10 minutes long.
Photo Galleries are broken up into 4 subgroups: Early Dylan, 1966 World Tour, 1971 Bangladesh, and 1974 World Tour. It's in slideshow format with the picture on display for a few seconds at a time. It's not bad, but it would have been a nice touch if there was some music playing throughout.
Fans of Bob Dylan will totally eat up Bob Dylan: World Tours 1966-1974 . However, the lack of authentic Dylan music and Dylan's appearance at all will keep non-fans away. Overall, this is a quality presentation.
- Morris Tang