You would think that an apparent 2 hour documentary on Bob Dylan would feature, I don’t know, maybe Bob Dylan. If you figured that’s what you’re getting here, think again. There are maybe 3-4 minutes total Dylan footage, and it’s almost always silent and looks like it came from a camcorder in the nosebleed sections of an arena. Even the constant music being played throughout these interview clips is not from Dylan, but rather the tribute band that happens to be run by the film’s producer and interviewer, Joel Gilbert. Gilbert struts around in the beginning striking a Dylan pose, and he looks somewhat like the folk star. After watching this film, I’m sure that he wants very much to be Bob Dylan.
The film is made up of nothing but interviews with very few pieces of archival footage, mostly of the
The film is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.75:1. Most of this was shot on what looks like home digital video. It’s sharp enough, but there’s no real depth to the color. Of course, we’re just looking at people sitting there talking, so I won’t say that the video presentation takes anything away from the release. The widescreen image is not anamorphic, which I find quite rare these days.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track makes almost no use of anything but the center speaker. Some of the music gets a good spread, but it’s a talky, so that’s what you get.
1978 World Tour: This 15 minute piece is actually an extract from a longer film that this entire release was once a part of. It’s pretty much the same format and obviously some of the same interview sessions.
Dylan And Hurricane Carter Together In Prison – 1976: This is mostly television footage of the concert Dylan did in Clinton State Prison.
Photo Gallery: Hey, finally some real Dylan stuff. It’s pretty much stage snapshots.
MP3’s: Hey, just in case you loved Gilbert’s stuff, you can extract the MP3’s of his songs in your computer. I dare ya.
This is one of the worst discs I’ve ever had the displeasure of reviewing in my 6 plus years and nearly 700 reviews on this site. Don’t be misled. I know you might be a huge Bob Dylan fan and want to get your hands on everything you can. The problem is you won’t be getting your fix here at all. I was actually looking forward to seeing this, as I was relatively unfamiliar with his Christian music. My tastes lean more toward the classic stuff. If you’re a Christian man or woman, this won’t even be a rewarding examination of the faith. In fact, I found myself having some rather unchristian thoughts during most of the extremely tedious 2 hour running of this thing. I think my leg fell asleep. Lucky leg. Avoid it at all costs, or at least remove anything you might be tempted to throw at your nice screen. A documentary on Bob Dylan? Bob Dylan, “that’s what’s missing”.