Video and DVD: Films with Dylan Album Tracks  - 1980s

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This page collects song performances from regular Dylan albums on VHS video and DVD included in films in the 1980s (I'm ignoring any editing or talking over them). I would be grateful for any additional information on these items and other material to place here. Films are listed by date of original appearance (in theatres or on TV), not when the VHS video or DVD came out, often some years later. For the audio soundtrack albums on which these songs often also appear, see International Album Releases (Various Artists Compilations).

For a full Dylan filmography, see "Expecting Rain" or "TV Talkin'" . For informed discussion of all Bob's screen appearances, see C.P. Lee's well-received book "Like A Bullet Of Light".

All scans that aren't credited are from my own collection or amazon.com.

If you have any entries to add to the list or additions/corrections to existing entries, please let me know! Please note I cannot value your Dylan rarities - see the Mission page for reasons why. Contact the dealers on my Trading page for assistance!

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Revised: 17 January, 2017.


Titles in red are not available on a currently released Bob Dylan CD (for these see bobdylan.com )

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1980


"Where The Buffalo Roam" - feature film released 1980, VHS and Betamax: MCA Home Video (catalogue numbers?) (USA), 1980:
For the 1980 audio soundtrack album, see International Album Releases (Various Artists Compilations).


US film poster
This film starring Bill Murray was based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who died on 20 Feb 2005. Bob's contribution to the film soundtrack is Highway 61 Revisited from the album of the same name. The soundtrack album also includes Jimi Hendrix's cover of All Along The Watchtower. According to Jack Guerreiro all of the songs on the original soundtrack but two have now been removed for copyright reasons, so Highway 61 Revisited (and All Along The Watchtower) appear only in the original 1980 VHS and Betamax releases of the film and not in any DVD version of the film. The pictures of DVD releases that used to appear in this entry have therefore been removed as they have no Dylan content.


Alternate US film poster


Original MCA Home Video US VHS release, picture found by Jack Guerreiro


Original MCA Home Video US Betamax release, picture found by Jack Guerreiro

To purchase these film posters, visit the Nostalgia Factory (this is not a paid link).

For the 1998 film "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas" (also based on a Hunter Thompson book and which also has a Dylan track), see VHS & DVD: Films with Dylan Album Tracks 1990s.

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information.


"Underground U.S.A." - New Line Cinema feature film released 1980, no VHS or DVD release (USA), 1980:


UK film poster from www.amazon.co.uk
This film about the US underground film scene directed by Eric Mitchell stars Patti Astor as Vickie, and includes Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat from Blonde On Blonde. "Bomb" magazine (www.bombsite.com) says "As played by Patti Astor, Vickie is clearly meant to represent Edie Sedgwick, the superstar of Warhol’s legendary cinematic psychodramas". Indeed, some believe that Edie Sedgwick was Bob's inspiration for this song, see The Blonde On Blonde Missing Pictures.

Thanks to Stuart Moore for information.


Picture from www.bombsite.com (Eric Mitchell and Patti Astor)

Screenshot from mubi.com

1981-86


None reported so far!


1987


"Five Corners" - feature film released in the USA in 1987, DVD releases: United American Video (catalogue number?) (USA), 2 Sep 1997/Stimulus (catalogue number?) (UK), 17 Dec 1997/Front Row 3514 (Canada), 2004; Anchor Bay Home Entertainment (catalogue number?) (UK), 26 Mar 2007; VHS releases: Anchor Bay Entertainment (catalogue number?) (USA), 12 Nov 1996/United American Video (catalogue number?) (USA), 8 Oct 1998/Direct Source Special (catalogue number?) (USA), 9 Jun 1999/Pathé Video 31010 (UK), (date?):


US DVD 1997 release (Region 0), picture from amazon.com

This film starring Jodie Foster and Tim Robbins includes The Times They Are A-Changin' from the album of the same name. As far as I know there is no soundtrack album.

The 1997 US DVD release is Region 0, and can be played in the UK (where it was released by Stimulus). There was apparently a later US DVD release on 30 Jan 2001, but I have no studio details. The UK VHS release has been deleted but there is a 2007 Anchor Bay UK DVD release currently available.

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information and scans.


US VHS 1996 release, picture from amazon.com

US VHS 1998 release, picture from amazon.com

Front Row 3514 (Canada) - DVD front scan by Jack Guerreiro

Front Row 3514 (Canada) - DVD rear scan by Jack Guerreiro

Front Row 3514 (Canada) - DVD disc scan by Jack Guerreiro

US VHS 1999 release, picture from amazon.com

UK VHS release (deleted), picture from amazon.co.uk

UK DVD 2007 release (Region 2), picture from amazon.co.uk

"Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam" - documentary/drama film released 1987, DVD: HBO Home Video 90207 (USA), 1 Nov 2005:


HBO Home Video 90207 (USA) - front scan by Jack Guerreiro
This documentary/drama includes A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information and scans.


HBO Home Video 90207 (USA) - rear scan by Jack Guerreiro

HBO Home Video 90207 (USA) - DVD scan by Jack Guerreiro

1988


None reported so far!


1989


"New York Stories" - feature film released 1989, VHS releases: Buena Vista Home Entertainment (catalogue number?), 20 Aug 1996 (USA)/Buena Vista Home Entertainment CC8133 (UK), 5 Jun 2000; DVD releases: Buena Vista Home Entertainment (catalogue number?), 8 Apr 2003 (USA)/Buena Vista Home Entertainment D888462 (UK), 8 Apr 2002/Touchstone 29216 (Canada), 2003:
For the 1989 audio soundtrack album on LP and CD, see International Album Releases (Various Artists Compilations).


US DVD release, picture from amazon.com
This film consists of three separate stories set in New York, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen. It contains Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan and The Band, the live version from Before The Flood, in the segment directed by Martin Scorsese called "Life Lessons".

Thanks to Izidio Agostinho Filho for initial information and to Jack form Canada for further information and scans.


Touchstone 29216 (Canada), 2003 - DVD front scan by Jack Guerreiro

Touchstone 29216 (Canada), 2003 - DVD rear scan by Jack Guerreiro

Touchstone 29216 (Canada), 2003 - DVD disc scan by Jack Guerreiro


UK DVD release, picture from amazon.co.uk


US VHS release, picture from amazon.com


UK VHS release, picture from amazon.co.uk

"Rude Awakening" - feature film released 1989, VHS: HBO Video (catalogue number?) (USA), 1989; DVD: ITV DVD (catalogue number?) (UK), 15 Jan 2007:


US VHS release
This film starring Cheech Marin and Eric Roberts includes Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 from Blonde On Blonde. It is available on DVD in the UK but not in the USA.

For the 1989 film soundtrack album see International Album Releases (Various Artists Compilations).

Thanks to Hans Seegers for information about this item.


UK DVD release, picture from amazon.co.uk

"High Stakes" - feature film released Nov 1989, VHS: Vidmark VM5208 (USA), 9 Jan 1990; Laserdisc: Vidmark ID7215VK (USA), 1990(?):


Vidmark VM5208 (USA) - front scan from www.amazon.com (VHS release)
This film stars Bob's friend Sally Kirkland, along with Kathy Bates. Sarah Michelle Gellar made her movie debut as Sally Kirkland's screen daughter. Dylan songs on the soundtrack are New Pony and No Time To Think from Street-Legal. There is no soundtrack album and this has not been released on DVD. It can, however, be watched today on streaming video from www.amazon.com (Amazon Video).

Thanks to Tim Dunn for information.


Vidmark ID7215VK (USA) - front picture from eBay (Laserdisc release)

Picture from www.amazon.com (2016 Amazon Video release)

"Glory" - feature film released 15 Dec 1989, DVD: Columbia/Tristar (catalogue number?) (USA), 20 Jan 1998, (Special Edition), 30 Jan 2001, remastered re-release 2 Jan 2007:


US DVD Regular Edition (1998)
I'm told that this film contains Ring Them Bells from Oh Mercy, but this is not confirmed. There is no film soundtrack album. A remastered version of the Special Edition was released in the USA on 2 Jan 2007.
US DVD Special Edition (2001)

US DVD Special Edition (Remastered) (2007)

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