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The Doors Collection features the Universal Home Video long-form videos "Dance On Fire" - "The Doors Live At The Hollywood Bowl" - and "The Soft Parade". All three videos were personally directed by Ray Manzarek, who first met Jim Morrison while they were both attending the UCLA film school.This special edition features Ray, John Densmore and Robby Krieger on the analog tracks, along with Doors engineer and producer ("L.A. Woman") Bruce Botnick, for over three hours of candid, intimate, revealing conversation.
If you are a new or original fan of the Doors, this spectacular DVD should give you enough incentive to jump on the DVD bandwagon without reservation. It's quite simply the finest single audio-visual source of Doors music and history, presented with the full participation of the band's surviving members (Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, John Densmore) and featuring a variety of bonus features that will send any Doors-phile into a state of rock & roll euphoria. We're not kidding, folks--this is a must-have disc for anyone who's ever been mesmerized by Jim Morrison and the late-1960s, early-'70s rock phenomenon known as the Doors.
The primary content consists of three acclaimed films, all running about an hour long and directed by Manzarek, that give the viewer a deeper appreciation of what the Doors were all about. Not only was the band filmed in a variety of live concert settings (especially at the legendary Hollywood Bowl show, included here), but they were also precociously aware of the value of film, creating music "videos" long before MTV and taking their cue from Manzarek's mid-'60s stint as a UCLA film student. Also included are clips from several TV appearances (including a PBS interview in which Morrison predicts the future of recording technology with astounding accuracy), revealing backstage footage, and, of course, some of the most hypnotic concert performances ever filmed.
Two of Manzarek's student films (Evergreen and Induction) indicate that the keyboardist could easily have become a successful director, but fate blessed him (and us) with a future in one of America's all-time greatest rock bands. What The Doors Collection conveys more than anything is that these four young men formed a unique cohesion of talent, that they all loved and admired Jim Morrison (and still do), and that they continue to share that love--along with some conflicting recollections and amiably contrasting opinions--on a commentary track that's wise, fun-loving, and refreshingly free of drippy nostalgia. Indeed, when Manzarek uses the word "atrocious" to describe Oliver Stone's 1991 film about Morrison and the band, he's merely defending the fact that Morrison was himself a sweet, lovable young man who had a dark side--no one's denying that--but who also fronted a band that continues to unite listeners and viewers in the positive spirit of creativity and freedom of expression. --Jeff Shannon
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We also have the beautifully filmed Hollywood Bowl concert, which makes this collection a positive boon. While it may be true that Jim wasn't exactly on form that night, its still pretty good (a test ... close your eyes and listen.) "When the Music's Over" and the middle portion of "Celebration of the Lizard" show off the band at their weird poetic best. Only the Doors, only Jim Morrison could get away with stopping a song mid-stream and yelling "Wake up" ... rambling into strange poetry back out into a song, pacing the audience, driving the tension up and up until the first drum snap of "Light My Fire." The main let down comes with "The End". Jim haggles with an unresponsive light man to turn the house lights down, ruining the mood. Its humorous, but not exactly good.
This DVD is three hour long video titles re-released. But, if you owned those videos, you know that this is a bargain for the price.
I hate to encourage a further money grab, but it would be nice to have a comprehensive "ultimate" collection w/everything available on one edition; not just material here, but all of The Doors available video stuff on one release. New menus, get rid of some the bad editing/silhouettes from Soundstage (if that's possible), new material (there's got to be some) etc. DMC is probably planning something like this for the future.
A great buy, wether you're a DOORS fan or you just like "pop-music" (I don't really lik that term) history like I do, you won't regret the purchase.