Whilst I was on my annual Irish Roadtrip I had a good afternoon watching the Criterion Blu-Ray of ‘Don’t Look Back’, all scrubbed up again – never looked better and with sound taken from the original tapes for which they had to reconstruct a player as they were on a format used for about 5 minutes in 1965.
One thing that jumps out at you in the much clearer conversations is that after Donny plays his rather slight little ditty , he actually ASKS Bob to play ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ which of course puts a completely different spin on events. I was trying to work out who Bob is addressing his sly looks to on his right as he sings ie away from Donovan.
If anyone is wavering about double (or triple / quadruple) dipping for this new edition I’d say go for it. The extras from previous edition are pretty much intact and new interviews with Pennebaker, Nerwirth, Greil Marcus and others including Patti Smith illuminating plus some extra out-take bits and bobs I hadn’t seen before.
Currently several retailers are doing 2 for 25 quid on Criterion title so its £14 most places but why not pick up their recent Dr Strangelove as well.