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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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  • Actors: The Doors
  • Directors: Martin R. Smith
  • Producers: Jeffrey Jampol
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: 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: 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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DJ62MS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jym Cherry on January 20, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Bacon on August 25, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesse & Kari on February 27, 2013
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This long awaited documentary about the Doors is focused on the L.A. Woman, album... the very last album by the Doors with lead singer Jim Morrison.

As a long time Doors fan, who's seen myriad documentaries and read a ridiculous amount of biographies, I was at first a little nonplussed that this was indeed a standard-format documentary, and not at all the "mind-blowing story of the Doors by the Doors", as had been touted for quite some time before it's release. This is likely said in the other reviews, and if so I vehemently agree.

That out of the way, I did actually enjoy the documentary. There was not a slew of 'new' anything for hardcore fans. Like most commercially branded Doors items, this is an 'introductory level' documentary... obviously and primarily geared for new fans. Many of the same/previously seen footage items, with the exception of some live film of the L.A. Woman recordings done in the studio (though for us diehards, we already saw this entire cut come out on the internet nearly a year ago).

Other gripes I have are how there is constantly live concert footage used depicting Morrison seeming to sing tracks from LA Woman, when in fact it's not only the wrong time-frame for him to be singing it, you can clearly see he's singing some other song with the L.A. Woman track dubbed over it.

The documentary bleeds on pretty effortlessly, moving over the L.A. Woman sessions, while filling in some back-story for the band by going through the tracks of the album one by one. Strangely, some editing must have been had at the commercial level, as L'America was entirely missing. I find this odd, because of all of these songs this one had one of the most interesting back stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynette McClenaghan on April 27, 2015
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For those who are interested in The Doors' music this is essential. People close to the band, who were involved in the recording and of course, the three surviving musicians (at the time) give the viewer important insights into the creation of The Doors' last album with Jim Morrison. The interviews are excellent, the archival footage is fascinating and the music is timeless. The extroverted Ray is particularly good value - his passion for the music they made is unabated after all these years and he is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker. Robbie and John are also terrific interview subjects. Worth it for the three Doors in themselves.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MaggiesBooks on May 10, 2012
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I watched the LA Woman documentary last night. I bought a copy off Amazon.com for $8 shipped.

It was not very good. A lot of it was a rehash of the Doors career which has been told many times. Virtually all the footage used has all been seen before, and the quality of a lot of the footage wasn't that good compared to other documentaries it has appeared in. Some footage was even shown more than once which seems odd given how much footage exists of this band.

There were a few bright spots. There were interviews with people you rarely hear from about The Doors: Jac Holtzman, the owner of Elektra Records; Bill Siddons, their original manager; Bruce Botnick (recording engineer); Michael McClure, a poet who was friends with Morrison; Jim Ladd, LA DJ and huge Doors fan; Frank Lisciandro (film school friend and the guy who filmed many of their shows). I don't think I had ever seen an filmed interview with any of those guys except Jim Ladd, so this was truly the highlight of the program. It's also amazing to see how old these guys are now.

They also had what appeared to be recent interviews with the band. It was mostly the same stories they have been telling for 40 years, except they did play their instruments a little bit and explained some of the music. The info about the two session musicians they used was kind of cool but it's not new information. Manzarek, guilty as anyone for the constant mining of old Doors material for money making, can be really annoying to listen to for a variety of reasons. He has a very annoying trait of interjecting Morrison lyrics into his comments, almost on cue.

They included a "lost" song that is on the 40th anniversary CD.
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I agree. I don't think there will be all that much new on this. I'll probably wait for some reviews before deciding if this is worth the price.
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