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The Doors Collection (Collector's Edition) (1985)

John Densmore , Kerry Humpherys , Ray Manzarek , Rick Schmidlin  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Densmore, Kerry Humpherys, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison
  • Directors: Ray Manzarek, Rick Schmidlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 1999
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783233485
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Doors Collection (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - The Doors: Dance on Fire:
  • Audio Commentary with Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger
  • Doors Memorabilia
  • Evergreen
  • Henry Diltz Photographs
  • John Densmore: Riders on the Storm
  • Induction
  • Robby Kreiger: The End

  • Editorial Reviews

    If you are a new or original fan of the Doors, this spectacular DVD should give you enough incentive to jump on the DVD bandwagon without reservation. It's quite simply the finest single audio-visual source of Doors music and history, presented with the full participation of the band's surviving members (Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, John Densmore) and featuring a variety of bonus features that will send any Doors-phile into a state of rock & roll euphoria. We're not kidding, folks--this is a must-have disc for anyone who's ever been mesmerized by Jim Morrison and the late-1960s, early-'70s rock phenomenon known as the Doors.

    The primary content consists of three acclaimed films, all running about an hour long and directed by Manzarek, that give the viewer a deeper appreciation of what the Doors were all about. Not only was the band filmed in a variety of live concert settings (especially at the legendary Hollywood Bowl show, included here), but they were also precociously aware of the value of film, creating music "videos" long before MTV and taking their cue from Manzarek's mid-'60s stint as a UCLA film student. Also included are clips from several TV appearances (including a PBS interview in which Morrison predicts the future of recording technology with astounding accuracy), revealing backstage footage, and, of course, some of the most hypnotic concert performances ever filmed.

    Two of Manzarek's student films (Evergreen and Induction) indicate that the keyboardist could easily have become a successful director, but fate blessed him (and us) with a future in one of America's all-time greatest rock bands. What The Doors Collection conveys more than anything is that these four young men formed a unique cohesion of talent, that they all loved and admired Jim Morrison (and still do), and that they continue to share that love--along with some conflicting recollections and amiably contrasting opinions--on a commentary track that's wise, fun-loving, and refreshingly free of drippy nostalgia. Indeed, when Manzarek uses the word "atrocious" to describe Oliver Stone's 1991 film about Morrison and the band, he's merely defending the fact that Morrison was himself a sweet, lovable young man who had a dark side--no one's denying that--but who also fronted a band that continues to unite listeners and viewers in the positive spirit of creativity and freedom of expression. --Jeff Shannon

    Product Description

    The Doors Collection features the Universal Home Video long-form videos "Dance On Fire" - "The Doors Live At The Hollywood Bowl" - and "The Soft Parade". All three videos were personally directed by Ray Manzarek, who first met Jim Morrison while they were both attending the UCLA film school. This special edition features Ray, John Densmore and Robby Krieger on the analog tracks, along with Doors engineer and producer ("L.A. Woman") Bruce Botnick, for over three hours of candid, intimate, revealing conversation.

    Customer Reviews

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    144 of 152 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Doors. December 15, 2001
    "The Doors Collection" is the best audio/visual source about the band available. It is a stunning, exciting collection of the best of The Doors on film. It is the best Doors DVD out there and a must for big fans, rockers and anyone barely aquainted with the music who wants to know more. All the three segments are excellent documents of The Doors and their hypnotic music and the dynamic persona of Jim Morrison. It is clear from what you see here that he was poet, rock star, artist and genius. The first segment, "Dance On Fire" has some great material. There is the music video for "Break On Through" which is stylish and has aged well, in fact, I saw it air on MTV a few nights ago. There is also the neat video for "People Are Strange" and the legendary performance of "Light My Fire" at the Ed Sullivan Show. The video for "The Crystal Ship" is dreamy, romantic and hypnotic, with a real feel for the song which showcases some of Morrison's best poetry. The performance of "Love Me Two Times" for Danish television is especially entertaining and cool, with Jim all in leather reciting some poetry before breaking into one of their best blues tunes. The video for "Moonlight Drive" is interesting with Jim sporting some black shades and Robby Krieger doing some dreamy slide guitar. The "Roadhouse Blues" footage is especially fun with shots of some wild concert moments and Jim doing a Dionysian dance as images flash by. The second segment, "Live At The Hollywood Boal" is a nice document of The Doors in concert. They performance some of their best songs like "Backdoor Man," "Light My Fire" and "Whiskey Bar." The best performances are those of "When The Music's Over" which is epic and "The End" which is hypnotic. The final segment, "The Soft Parade" is an interesting look at The Doors as the end was coming closer. Read more ›
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    44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Doors DVD April 17, 2006
    For any Doors fan, this DVD is a must have. It's got essentially every piece of footage ever shot of Jim Morrison (except for performances appearing on other DVD's). It's got an audio commentary by Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, and John Densmore. And it's one of the most interesting and entertaining music DVD's ever. From a huge fan of The Doors standpoint.

    It's three separate segments (Dance on Fire, Live at The Hollywood Bowl,

    and The Soft Parade). "Dance on Fire" features the music videos for

    Break on Through, People Are Strange, The Crystal Ship, and The Unknown Soldier. As well as Ray Manzarek's new video for "L.A. Woman" which captures the tone of the song perfectly. It also features the Ed Sullivan Show performance of "Light My Fire". The same one which was the subject of great controversy because Jim said the word "higher" on television. It also features a video for "Roadhouse Blues" which features some great shots of Morrison. The videos for Break on Through, People Are Strange, The Crystal Ship, and The Unknown Soldier are all great. Then we have the performance at The Hollywood Bowl. This is easily the greatest performance ever captured on film of The Doors. Jim Morrison puts on a brilliant performance, especially during the song "The Unknown Soldier" and

    "The End" where he improvises a few lines. The final segment "The Soft Parade" begins with a montage of video clips to the background song

    "The Changeling". Then we see some performances that were part of a PBS special, including the only video in existence of The Doors performing the song "The Soft Parade".
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    137 of 148 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Nobody gonna come up here and love me, huh?" March 14, 2000
    Don't worry, Jim. This DVD is the ultimate treat for long-time Doors fans like myself, as well as recent converts. Three full hours of videos and concert footage, showing us The Doors at their best. There's also an interesting commentary track by the original surviving members of the Doors, plus some extra goodies like Doors memorabilia and one of Manzarek's short films. In a day and age when the biggest up-and-coming artists are the likes of Sugar Ray and Jennifer Lopez, it's not difficult to get a bit nostalgic for the days when - without warning - a Jim Morrison would burst onto the scene. "Best New Artist: Christina Aguillera"? Puh-leez! Give me the Lizard King anyday. The man was a true artist, a poet, and he had ideas. They may have been his own personal tripped-out ideas that the rest of us mere mortals can only hope to understand, but at least he certainly wasn't "created" by a record company. What record exec could have possibly ever thought up Jim Morrison and The Doors, anyway? This is a fantastic DVD, and no DVD-buying Doors fan should even think twice about purchasing it.
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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Three movies in one! June 27, 2000
    This disc is loaded! The first one includes videos or concept videos, if you will. It has the infamous controversial version of "Light My Fire". Where The Doors perfoms at Ed Sullivan and Jim sings "High", even though he wasn't supposed to. Very controversial back then. Seeing this now makes it all look very funny. There's the director's cut of the L.A. Woman video. Wild stuff. Look out after the "Love Me Two Times" video, at the end you can see Jim punching a camera. On the second video there's a full live concert from the Hollywood Bowl. This is the concert where Jim was high on LSD. He looks very stiff, he walks around and looks into cameras. But it is a very good concert. Too bad the sound is outdated. The third and the last video contains some long interviews with the band. They were recorded a time after the Miami incident. And Jim is seen with a big beard and seems very burned out. But he seems to get his message out even though he takes a long time to answer. And there's also some good perfomances. Too bad this was coming to a end of the band. They sure are rocking in this video. As there are extras on DVD's this disc comes with a lot of candy. There are three full commentaries by the surviving band members on each video. Which makes the DVD more valueable. There are two movies directed by Ray Manzerek, he made those when he attended film school. Look out after a very young Jim Morrison in one of the movies. Worth looking for. There is a excerpt of John Densmore's "Riders on the storm" one-man play. He is very funny, but there's some very emotional stuff as well. To those who've read his book, you know what I mean. And last but not least there is a video of Robby Krieger playing a rocking version of "The End. Truly recommended to all Doors fans!
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    Published 24 days ago by NATHAN
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting footage,woven concert footage and filmed in a documentary...
    I enjoyed watching this more than I thought I would. If you are a fan,I highly recommend.The requirement to submit a review annoying.
    Published 3 months ago by DEBBIE SLADE
    3.0 out of 5 stars OK
    Nothing new, actually kind of grainy, get R-Evolution if you have to decide between the two. Better quality in R-Evolution.
    Published 4 months ago by Arlene Lane
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    I enjoy high lights and music videos from back then. this is a great one to get if you like the doors.
    Published 5 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
    4.0 out of 5 stars great CD
    I really enjoyed this CD. Some of the concerts were not titled, wish they had been since recently I have read several books on the Doors/Jim Morrison and was curious to know what... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by jes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Doors Collection!
    This DVD contains three former VHS presentations which have been digitally cleaned up. Was glad to have the DVD versions now, after having the VHS' years ago!
    Published 10 months ago by G. Nikitas
    5.0 out of 5 stars 3 in 1
    As a long time Doors fan I have enjoyed the 3 VHS versions of the shows compiled on this DVD many times. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Doors forever
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
    A great insight by Densmore, he provides a subjective account of his time in the band and his relationship with the Lizard King
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    I love the Doors. This is great video for doors fans and will stand the test of time. Thanks a lot.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
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