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The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman [Blu-Ray] (2011)

The Doors , Martin R. Smith  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • 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 (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DJ62L4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Story Of THE DOORS Only Garage Album- L.A. Woman 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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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Inside Story of L.A. Woman January 20, 2012
For the second year in a row The Doors have released a documentary on film about the band. Last year it was "When You're Strange" with footage taken mostly from Jim Morrison's film "HWY." This year to kick off the self described "The Year of The Doors" is the film "The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin': The Making of L.A. Woman."

"The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin': The Making of L.A. Woman" tells the story of the making of The Doors seminal album, "L.A. Woman". Relying on mostly footage taken from The Doors documentary, "Feast of Friends", (that was shot in the 60's and has been used for most other video projects since then) and new interviews with the surviving members of The Doors, including Bruce Botnick, and Paul Rothchild explaining why he decided not to produce L.A. Woman (every previous Doors album was produced by Rothchild) and exactly which song he considered "cocktail music". Other interviews include Morrison's film school friend, Frank Lisciandro, early Doors advocate DJ, Jim Ladd and music journalists, Ben Fong-Torres and David Fricke.

"Mr. Mojo Risin' is a good mixture of discussions of the songs and putting "L.A. Woman" in the cultural context of the times when it was recorded and released without getting bogged down in the technicalities of either.

All the songs on "L.A. Woman" are discussed in the film with the exception of "L'America", but interesting facts and stories surrounding the genesis and recording are included, with demonstrations by The Doors on their instrumental contributions. Ray Manzarek tells of how Jerry Scheff, who played bass for Elvis Presley, got involved in the recording and of the contortions he had to got through to play the bass lines Manzarek showed him.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look at the making of a great album January 29, 2012
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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One of the best music documentaries I've ever seen. It's fascinating to hear how the music and album were made from the people who made it. Ray Manzarek's commentary and playing alone make it worth the money. A must have for Doors fans. An excellent introduction to some of the Door's best music for new listeners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Entry
Another wonderful entry in the Doors music history. As more and more of these are released, it becomes clear that footage is being scavenged over and over to make the new addition... Read more
Published 15 days ago by scs
5.0 out of 5 stars This was music was music Rock and roll was Rock ...
This was when music was music
Rock and roll was Rock and roll
Rock bands worked their way from the bottom to the top and not appearing on tv x factor/American idol/the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by A. Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything went well
Published 1 month ago by NATHAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for any fans of The Doors. There's more any just information on the album
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars DOORS fans should own this, it's well made.
This is very infformative, too bad they didn't say anything about the song "Lamerica". I couldn't believe all those cool billboards with the album covers and track songs... Read more
Published 3 months ago by paul r shaar
5.0 out of 5 stars LOve the Doors
I loved this DVD because I love the Doors and it was the story of making the album. Great story of how the Doors produced this album themselves.
Published 5 months ago by J Densmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
What a great DVD for any The Doorrs fan. I loved it and is loaded with many extra features. Would order again
Published 6 months ago by Chris Cage
5.0 out of 5 stars Best doors album in over 40 rears!
This album is one of the best and intresting doors albums ever, although there have been other doors works released, this one is the best recorded album of all, after hearing this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert W. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for The Story of LA Woman
I appreciated the commentaries from the band members of the Doors. I would recommend this to other fans of the Doors.
Published 8 months ago by SUsan Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Loved the insight on the music and lyrics to the songs. Recommend to all Doors fans such a good DVD.
Published 8 months ago by Karen L. Soper
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