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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sexy Intellectual Production
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UL7SOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This brand new documentary tells the story of The Doors through the recollections, memories and stories of those who knew the group and its members best. Included among the contributors for this DVD is Jim Morrison’s widow, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison. The very finest rock journalists and writers, and those who lived through and were affected by The Doors’ music also contribute to the project. The program is further enhanced by the rarest footage of the band in existence, seldom seen photographs, news clips, location shoots and much more. Extras include the featurette, “Conversation with The Lizard Queen,” in which Patricia Morrison reveals her own views about Jim Morrison as an artist, a poet and a visionary.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Magickal Merlin on May 20, 2010
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I can see why some people may not like this documentary.It's dry and British.Yet,it's a wonderful look at what the critics,then and now,think about their music.In 1971,the psychedelic tide had ebbed out.And left many bands ,high and dry.The Doors' music lives on and is still able to find new listeners,generation after generation.This documentary is slow and almost scientific in its approach to explain the 'Doors' influence.If you are a die-hard fan,you'll love this DVD.If you wanted a lot of music,you'll be disappointed here.The Doors were one of the few bands,that was able to ride the vibe and survive,with its unique Blues/Jazz/Hard rock sound.The lyrics were poetic and erudite.And still perfect for Top 40 radio.Oliver Stone's film was entertaining,yet only about thirty percent accurate.And most friends of Jimbo agree that the Lizard King would not have been happy with the film.This documentary also closes with the ambiguity of Morrison's death.Almost all agree his health was poor,so his death was not that big of a shock.But,his Parisian friends felt his health and mood was improving.I feel Morrison was set-up,perhaps by the CIA.Jim's father was a big-wig in the navy,and serving in Vietnam,during the Doors successful launch.Ironically,the Doors were the most popular radio music,over the GI air-waves.Jim having felt distant from his parents,claimed they were even 'dead'.Jim's death has always been shrouded in mystery.I think a pausible story is that the CIA,were closing in on Jim and Pamela Courson.Jim's soul-mate and anima gemella,Pamela,operated a successful L.A. fashion shoppe.While at the Left Bank,Pam sent Jim to pick up some 'packages' for her,at the Rock-n-Roll Circus discotheque.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arnie on May 29, 2012
Does the world really need another retrospective documentary about The Doors? Probably not, but this is a welcome surprise,
and whilst following the traditional documentary route of talking heads, interspersed with snippets of performance, it's a fascinating production and worth the wait. It follows a chronology of the band's work, from debut album to the demise of Jim Morrison. What makes it different from other documentaries is that it analyses the musical evolution of The Doors' music. The detail discussion regarding the Indian influences on `The End', and how `When The Music's Over' led to a change in musical direction, is engaging and the parallels to the likes of John Coltrane and The Byrds gives cognitive consideration to their music, rather than just saying their creativity was drug-fuelled. Specific tracks are deconstructed and, for example, shine new light on `Horse Latitudes' and `Spanish Caravan'. The abandoned plans for a whole side of an album, entitled `Celebration Of The Lizard', are revealed alongside the reasons why "Morrison Hotel" was designated a Blues album. Diversions into the anti-war campaigns, censorship and shamanism are predictable but still rewarding. All the interviewees, including Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, freely give opinion and recollection, as if in confessional. To top it all, the whole thing is around two-and-a-half hours long. Jim would have been proud of the length. Recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jym Cherry on October 6, 2010
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"The Doors from The Outside" is a documentary released last year that has interviews with some of the people who were able to objectively view (in most cases) The Doors from the outside of their circle. Interviewed are mostly rock journalists who were around when The Doors were actively recording and performing.

"The Doors from the Outside" goes through the recording history of The Doors with a nice amount of time given to each album with the journalist's commenting and critiquing The Doors albums. I found the critiques to be insightful and whether I agreed with the assessment or not that they were well informed assessments. The DVD runs a bit over 2 hours and includes archival footage of The Doors that the box says "is the rarest footage..." Most of the footage is known, I only noticed a few rare things or things I haven't seen before towards the end. But the centerpiece and attraction of the DVD are the interviews. People such as Richie Unterberger, Billy James, Richard Goldstein, Robert Christgau, Johnny Rogan, James Riordan, Doug Sundling, Marc Benno and Patricia Kennealy. Some of the interviews are superfluous, only needed to establish the early history of The Doors. Some are insightful and thoughtful, Richard Goldstein being an outstanding example. Marc Benno, who played guitar on L.A. Woman, has some surprisingly insightful remarks about Jim Morrison.

It does tease the panel discussion from the Critique show that The Doors did in the aftermath of the Miami incident, it isn't shown. As far as I know that panel discussion moderated by Goldstein and with Patricia Kennealy, Al Aronowitz, and Roscoe (a DJ) has never been seen. I think it's something Doors fans would like to see. Why it wasn't included on The Doors Soundstage I'll never know or understand.
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