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When You re Strange, written and directed by
the award-winning Tom DiCillo, is the first feature
documentary released on The Doors. Graced by the
narration of Johnny Depp, it carries the audience
through the journeys of vocalist Jim Morrison,
keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger,
and drummer John Densmore. This 90-minute
presentation features never-before-seen rare archival film,
pulled from their inception in 1966 to Morrison s passing in 1971.
These snapshot scenes of the band s history is as much an intimate
experience, as it is revealing.
After being featured at the Sundance, Berlin, Deauville, and San Sebastian Film Festivals, music fans who didn t catch this in
theaters can now relish in this extraordinary documentary. It celebrates the collaborative power of this illustrious rock quartet
and their revolutionary fusion of creativity and thought-provoking rebellion.
Of course that's Johnny Depp narrating When You're Strange, the 2010 documentary about the Doors: who else but Hollywood's biggest fan of counterculture history? The film's other prominent attraction is the treasure trove of heretofore unscreened footage from the band's heyday, including backstage material, film-school stuff, and a curious project shot by (and starring) Jim Morrison after the group had broken through. That color footage, which When You're Strange returns to throughout its running time, has a bearded, zonked Morrison driving through the Southwest desert, on the road to who knows where. For fans, this footage is fascinating to watch, although the actual narrative of the band's rise and flameout will be very familiar if you already know the story. And even for newbies, the breathless, grandiloquent nature of writer-director Tom DiCillo's approach will likely be a bit off-putting. Made with the participation of band members Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, and John Densmore, the movie adopts a general air of sadness about Morrison's substance abuse, noting that a band intervention led to but one week of sobriety for their lead singer/shaman. It's not all gloom: footage of Morrison wading through a pre-concert crowd catches some of the giddy promise of his unpredictability, which seems so in tune with the era. Those fresh glimpses of an icon make this film worth seeing, even if you've traveled down this road before. --Robert Horton
This is an awesome documentary on The Doors. To me, this is "THE" documentary to watch about The Doors. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Rainey Dawn
This is just brilliant! Everything from the start to beginning tell of the origin of The Doors. I was lucky enough to meet John Densmore & let him sign it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roxanne
I have recently come to appreciate everything that is The Doors...my recent obsession with them brings shame as I am just now beginning to love Jim, Ray, Robbie, and John. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SALOME
The Cruisin' series is the best . Had them on 8-track when I was in my late teens & early 20's . Gonna get them all again on cd this time . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anthony Pieri
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It has no subtitles or other languages.
Jul 19, 2010 by Carlos Hernandez | See all 2 posts
No. The narration is Depp's, from what I've read I don't think the original narration that was voiced by Tom DiCillo is too different from what Depp's is. There isn't much bonus features on the DVD you can see my review for more info.
Jun 20, 2010 by Jym Cherry | See all 2 posts
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