It Ain't CD, Babe

By Tk Published on .

Crush Digital Video, founded in 1996 and billed as the first DVD production company in New York, has another first to its credit, in conjunction with New Video's new Docurama label: The DVD release of D.A. Pennebaker's legendary Bob Dylan movie, Don't Look Back. The cinema-verite classic, shot in 1965 during Dylan's U.K. tour, boasts the usual array of DVD extras like a director's commentary track and the theatrical trailer, as well as five audio-only, never-before-available-in-their-entirety Dylan solo performances. The release also boasts a never-before-seen alternate version of the famous cue card-tossing proto-music video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues." "Pennebaker made a point of not including entire songs, since it was not intended as a concert film," explains producer Tricia Regan. "Five songs was all they'd release, but we didn't think we were being shortchanged. We had the sense we were working on something important." In keeping with that, "The DVD interface maintains a continuity with the style of the film," says Paco Carr, Crush director of business services. "The menus are done in a handwritten grease pencil style, to play off the organic roughness of the film itself, as well as Dylan's songwriting style." Cool. But what about a Dylan commentary track? "Anyone familiar with him knows how unlikely this would be," rues Regan. Well, he mumbles anyway.
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