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The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman [Blu-Ray]

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"Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman'" is the story of the making of the Doors' last album with Jim Morrison "L.A. Woman". 2011 is the 40th anniversary of the album's release and this program goes into detail of how the album came about, its recording and what was happening to the band at the time. The story is told through new interviews with the three surviving Doors: Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore plus contributions from Jac Holzman, founder of their label Elektra Records, Bill Siddons, who was their manager, Bruce Botnick, engineer and co-producer of the album and others associated with the Doors at this time. The show includes archive footage of the Doors performing both live and in the studio, classic photographs and new musical demonstrations from the Doors.

Bonus Features: Additional interviews not featured in the broadcast version.


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Product Details

  • Actors: The Doors
  • Directors: Martin R. Smith
  • Producers: Jeffrey Jampol
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DJ62L4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2012
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Forty years ago in 1971, I bought L.A.Woman, and as all Doors fans back then, was completely blown away by their yet- another amazing sound. As like the Classic Albums dvd THE DOORS from 2008, this dvd also takes us into the making of the Doors L.A. Woman, with amazing stories and footage. The surviving Doors John Densmore, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger tell us the stories behind 9 of their 10 songs- The Changeling, Been Down So Long, Crawling King Snake, Love Her Madly, L.A. Woman, The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat), Riders On The Storm, Cars Hiss By My Window and Hyacinth House. The only song not covered is L'America.

Jim Morrison was and would never be the same after the Miami arrest, and his lyrics on this album especially attest to that fact. When The Doors went to begin recording this album at the Sunset Sound Studios in LA, Paul Rothchild didn't like one sound they were playing and walked out saying he would not record any of it. Paul Rothchild recorded all The Doors albums, so this really came as a shock to all of them. Bruce Botnick ignored Rothchild's walk out and took The Doors to their rehearsal studio and asked if they had anything else to record. As always, Jim and Robbie always had plenty of material for songs.

Unlike being in the Elektra Studio at Sunset Sound, where it took dozens of takes ending up in weeks or months to get the songs just right for one album, The Doors finished this album in their rehearsal studio on Santa Monica Blvd. in 4 days! All the songs were finished after one or two takes, making this a true garage band album. Bruce Botnick brought in some extra talent with Jerry Scheff on bass guitar and Marc Benno on rhythm guitar.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TheBandit VINE VOICE on January 29, 2012
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I loved this documentary, with as some others have said is basically the same style as the Classic Albums series. It's an hour long, but the bonus features run a total of forty or so minutes - which really adds value to the release. I immediately went to check out the newly rediscovered song recorded during the album sessions: "She Smells So Nice." Don't expect much if you haven't heard it yet, but it was still a fun piece of history to hear. It's basically a blues jam with what sounds like improvised lyrics (with unfortunate distortion marring the vocal track).

But the main documentary goes through the album, song by song (minus "L'America" for some weird reason), with the surviving Doors offering lots of interesting anecdotes. They also - separately - play their individual parts for some of the songs, which is cool. Producer Bruce Botnick isolates separate tracks from the master tapes - allowing the viewer to hear portions of some songs with just one instrument, unaccompanied. I actually wish there was more of that. Fans will recognize most of the old vintage footage of the band performing, and I wasn't wild about the few scenes where they attempted to sort of sync L.A. Woman songs with older performance footage.

Over all, if you love the Doors and especially the L.A. Woman album, you should check out this documentary. The music sounds awesome on Blu-ray in 5.1 surround sound too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2012
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I find it odd that I have seen no one review the audio quality of the Blu Ray production. I actually got a taste of it on DirecTv History Channel tonight and the clarity combined with the surround mix was great. I have several hundred Concert DVDs, Blu Rays, CDs and HD recordings and this recording is right up there in the top 5 for quality. I played and watched it on a McIntosh audio system in my home theater and it was stunning. I started played this early in the morning when the family was in bed and I had to watch/listen to the whole thing until 2:00AM because it was that good. Kudos to Doug Sax and Bruce Botnick for compiling an acoustical rock and roll gem along with great visuals and interspection on a legendary American rock band all on one High Definition Blu Ray disk. I have ordered this blu ray disk and the other multichannel Doors albums on SACD. Really looking forward to a little time travel back to the 60s............
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon the Librarian on September 27, 2013
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I am an avid Doors fan. I had no idea this DVD existed until recently.
Any Doors fan will thoroughly enjoy it, if only because it reinforces
your strong belief that the Doors are one of the greatest rock groups of all time.
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I am extremely happy with this DVD. What I liked the most was the views of Ray, Robby, and John giving insight, and first hand knowledge of the experiences all four of them shared. It wasn't a documentary by a director who wasn't there at the time. I know these people do their research, however, it's not the same when somebody tells a story and leaves out details that are more important to draw attention and dramatize the troubled times more so then elaborate on the good things that happened while the band was together from beginning to end. All three band mates, alive at the time of making this documentary were there and the accounts of how the four worked so well together is refreshing instead of depressing. Very well put together and thought out.
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