Published Mar 24, 2007To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dont Look Back, D.A. Pennebakers landmark portrait of Bob Dylan, DVD label Docurama called upon the filmmaker to revisit his astonishing archive from Dylans 65 tour of England the songwriters last as an exclusively acoustic performer. Initially uninterested in making a prospective sequel, Pennebaker discovered a new entry point into the music after watching over 20 hours of unreleased footage of a young Dylan mesmerising huge crowds all by himself. "I realised that was a part of what took place that I hadnt really done much with in Dont Look Back because I didnt want it to be a music film, Pennebaker explains. "I wanted it to be a character film, like Ibsen or something, but when I saw this, I knew Id missed something. Among many highlights, the resulting Dont Look Back: 65 Tour Deluxe Edition features Pennebakers insightful commentary and a whole new, Dylan-approved "outtake film (as the filmmaker dubs it), entitled Bob Dylan 65 Revisited. Just as Martin Scorseses No Direction Home (which relied heavily on Pennebakers archives) suggested, Pennebaker confirms that a wealth of rare Dylan footage still exists. The Holy Grail of unofficial releases, however, remains Eat the Document, which captures Dylans first electric tour in 1966 and, even though he filmed it as well, Pennebaker can only partially speak to its status. "Its not up to me, its up to Bob, he says. "Hes of several minds of it. What interests him is its not more Dont Look Back, which he regards as a marvellous film but hes really sorrowful that its about him. That bothers him and [Eat the Document] is where he tried to correct the problem but he didnt like it and it disappeared. Sooner or later though, everything will come out; thats the rule of evolution.