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The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68 [Blu-ray] (2012)

The Doors , The Doors  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: The Doors
  • Directors: The Doors
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090O07RS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On July 5th, 1968, The Doors took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for a concert that has since passed into legend. The Doors were performing on the back of their 3rd album release Waiting For The Sun and the US No.1 single Hello, I Love You. They had been honing their live performances over the previous 2 years and were on absolute peak form. Now for the first time the original film footage from the Hollywood Bowl has been digitally scanned and restored to present the show better and more complete than it's ever been seen before, with 2 previously unreleased tracks (Hello, I Love You & THE WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (aka just Texas Radio And The Big Beat) returned to the running order and with sound newly remixed and mastered from the original multitrack tapes by The Doors engineer and co-producer Bruce Botnick. This is now the definitive edition of this famous performance. / Bonus Features: Over an hour of new bonus material including Echoes From The Bowl, The Doors route to the Hollywood Bowl, You Had To Be There, memories of The Doors performance at the Bowl, Reworking The Doors, an in-depth look at how the film was restored, and three bonus performances: Wild Child from The Smothers Brothers Show in 1968, Light My Fire from The Jonathan Winters Show in Dec 1967 and a version of Van Morrison's Gloria with specially created visuals. / Line-up: Jim Morrison (vocals), John Densmore (drums), Robby Krieger (guitars), Ray Manzarek (keyboards) / Track Listing: 1) Show Start / Intro 2) When The Music's Over 3) Alabama Song / Whiskey Bar 4) Back Door Man 5) Five To One 6) Back Door Man (reprise) 7) The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (previously unreleased) 8) Hello, I Love You (previously unreleased) 9) Moonlight Drive 10) Horse Lattitudes 11) A Little Game 12) The Hill Dwellers 13) Spanish Caravan 14) Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear? 15) Wake Up! 16) Light My Fire 17) Light My Fire (segue) 18) The Unknown Soldier 19) The End (segue) 20) The End

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl, Classic Restored! October 20, 2012
When The Doors were planning what to do for the Hollywood Bowl show in 1968 Ray Manzarek floated out the idea of coming out in Kabuki masks and Japanese robes. Alternatively, Jim Morrison, who was already showing the disillusionment of being a rock star, said "just give me my microphone, and do whatever you want to do." Maybe if Morrison had been more receptive to the idea and they had gone through with it, the costumes would have distracted them from giving one of the best concerts of their career, and it was filmed.

"Live at the Bowl `68" shows The Doors at the height of their musical prowess and their career. The summer before "Light My Fire" had made The Doors a nationally known act when it hit number one on Billboard's charts. Later in July of 1968 "Hello, I Love You" would do the same, and in September of 1968 they flew to Europe on what would become their one European tour. The Hollywood Bowl show was to be a celebration of The Doors and it was a hometown audience for the band, as well as the prestige of playing at the Hollywood Bowl. Before the show The Doors met and had dinner with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, both of whom attended the Hollywood Bowl show with Pam reportedly sitting on Jagger's lap during the show. That spring The Doors had started filming the shows that would become "Feast of Friends" so they decided to film the Hollywood Bowl show. If all that wasn't enough pressure, Morrison took a hit of acid before going on.

"Live at the Bowl `68" reveals the stark theatre of The Doors, Morrison prowling the stage, the rat-a-tat-tat of John Densmore's drums, Manzarek's apparent joy as he played, and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger wandering the stage like a lost troubadour.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting Rock History October 24, 2012
If you're into classic rock, then who doesn't appreciate - if not love - The Doors and their contribution to the soundtrack of our youth? Their music is still burned into our minds and their live performances are the stuff of legend. To that point, The Doors supplied plenty of post-Independence Day fireworks on July 5, 1968 when the legendary quartet played the Hollywood Bowl, a concert that is considered to be the band's finest on film. For the first time, the film from the historic performance has been painstakingly restored using the original camera negatives and the audio has been remixed and mastered from original multi-tracks by the group's engineer Bruce Botnick. This new restoration offers a stunning visual upgrade from earlier versions and will give fans the closest experience to being there live alongside Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, who opined, "You can hear it as if you were at the Hollywood Bowl, on stage with us."

LIVE AT THE BOWL '68 will include three previously unreleased tracks from the performance. Technical issues with the recording of "Hello, I Love You," "The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)," and "Spanish Caravan" prevented them from being released in the past. Now, through meticulous restoration of the audio, all three will be included, marking the first time the concert has been available in its entirety.

The DVD, Blu-Ray and digital video each feature a 16x9 high-definition digital transfer with both a stereo and 5.1 audio soundtrack as well as over an hour of bonus material.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD review from an owner....WOW! October 21, 2012
Now THIS is the way to release a classic concert....
1) you retrieve all the existing elements and songs
2) you get a modern crew to edit the footage and clean up the sound
3) you present it in brilliant widescreen!

AND... in the value for money department
bonus feature "Echoes Of the Bowl" on the history of the Hollywood Bowl and the Doors talking about playing there
bonus feature about the event itself from the participants not only the Doors but the Chambers Brothers who opened
another bonus feature "Reworking the Doors" talking about the technical achievement in fixing the old sound and video etc..
and BONUS performances from TV shows as well as a music video....

This is just a brilliant way to bring a treasure from the glorious 60's Rock Icons back to life in all the best ways... heck just the concert redone would have been enough but all the bonus features are something we used to only get for something like Gone With the Wind or The Wizard of Oz....I'm very happy to have this, and it is easily one of my more cherished concert videos. I will revisit this over and over again... If you are a fan of The Doors this should be a NO Brainer!!
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!! September 10, 2012
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I have just seen this! The video quality is unreal in 1080! The sound is fantastic! This is a must for any music fan. Doors fans will be amazed. Its like being....right....there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They DID The Bowl Proudly November 4, 2012
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I finally watched this new version and recently saw the one with a complaint of old version and must say that even if it has been altered in some formatting that hardly a real issue to how the whole video done. A much better print then the original DVD that was out. How they made the lost tracks fit was a marvel. It almost seems to me they used the Hollywood Bowl audio from the tapes they got from "Absolutely Live" but states otherwise, nevertheless, this one is worth picking up if your just wondering what The Doors were like "Live" or the collector wanting a better complete concert. The bonus material with members are really good as well. A history of the Bowl (which I have been to and it is a great venue for a concert) & the way the added songs were put into the DVD. So in conclusion, get this one, keep the other if you want to which they cut out the fireworks in this version & enjoy The Doors in the peak of their career. Highly recommended, get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Really Enjoyed This Blu-ray:
Video and sound quality were both great considering the technology limitations of that era. This is a quality restoration. Even the casual fan will enjoy this. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Doug C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i like it
Published 9 days ago by Ronald E. Van Buren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good record of a live doors show. Considering the time period, probably the best.
Published 18 days ago by john
3.0 out of 5 stars sound is great. Who is the guy standing to the in ...
Not thrilled with the camera work, sound is great. Who is the guy standing to the in the shadows to the right of the drummer throughout the concert ?
Published 2 months ago by RM Kingfish
5.0 out of 5 stars The dvd honestly looks like it was recorded today
I have now watched and listened to this breathtaking dvd four times now. The video and audio is incredibly impressive. The dvd honestly looks like it was recorded today! Read more
Published 2 months ago by password54
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was longer, but at least Morrison was ...
Wish it was longer,but at least Morrison was coherent enough to perform.
Published 2 months ago by munching man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by John O. Kinnick
3.0 out of 5 stars is all terrific---it looks and sounds great, and I'd give it five...
The sound, camerawork, etc. is all terrific---it looks and sounds great, and I'd give it five stars if that's all there were to consider. Read more
Published 3 months ago by F. Ross
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
I love the Doors, and I have another DVD much better than this one.
I can't say what is bad in this DVD, I have seen it once and for sure I am not seeing it again.
Published 5 months ago by Uruguayo
1.0 out of 5 stars WRONG DVD FORMAT AGAIN!!!
Hello Amazon,
I am very angry writing this review, cause I ve just received my order and IT IS IN THE WRONG FORMAT AGAIN!!! ( NTSC ) AND NOT PAL ! Read more
Published 6 months ago by THOMAS
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