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The Doors [Blu-ray]

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3.0 out of 5 stars In between are doors June 3 2008
Calling this movie "The Doors" is misleading. It would be more accurate to call it "Jim Morrison, His Lovers and Groupies, and Occasionally Those Other Guys In the Band," since that is how it's presented.

It's always tempting to latch onto a rock legend in these rock biopics, and Oliver Stone clings like a limpet to the ghost of Jim Morrison, happily dousing him with the worst kind of glamor. Acid-soaked scenery and mysticism are in every scene, but Stone seems content to wallow in the rock'n'roll debauchery rather than get into Morrison's head.

It opens with a voiceover of Jim Morrison's poetry, as we slowly fade into a stalled recording session. Then it flips back to 1949, as Morrison's family drives through the desert. The boy catches a glimpse of several Indians by the road -- and one of them dies as the family leaves.

Then it flips ahead to Morrison's (Val Kilmer) years at college -- he crashes a party for a pretty girl named Pamela (Meg Ryan) who becomes his longtime lover, makes strange arty films, acid-trips in the desert, and devotes himself to his poetry. Then his pal Ray Manzarek (Kyle McLachlan) creates a rock band, with Morrison's poetry and voice as the centerpiece. Soon The Doors become a fixture in L.A. -- and then a famed band.

But as the Doors become more famous, Morrison increasingly loses himself in the messianic-Dionysian-rocker role that has been set out for him (partly by himself). His fame allows him to do all sorts of weird things. He weds a witch-journalist (Katherine Quinlan) but loves his fey girlfriend Pamela. And when he outrages the authorities with the threat of public exposure, the downward spiral starts that will only lead to death.

Stone certainly knew how to evoke the golden ages of rock'n'roll.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but Fascinating Film. July 4 2004
When a young man by the name of Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer), who writes Poetry and Studying Film in the University of Los Angeles. When Jim falls in love with a beautiful young woman (Meg Ryan). But then, his life slowly changes, when he decide to quit film school to be a songwriter and singer with the help of his close friend (Klye MacLachlan). Jim and his friend, together, they form a band called "The Doors" with two another members (Frank Whaley and Kevin Dillon). Which "The Doors" becomes One of the Most Sensual and Exciting Figures in the History of Rock and Roll, especially the lead singer-Morrison from the Sixties. Which the legendary outlaw, who rocked America's Consciousness-forever.
Directed by Oliver Stone (Any Given Sunday, Born on the 4th of July, The Hand) made a fascinating drama that make Stone's One of his Best Films. Kilmer is Perfectly Cast as Jim Morrison. The Supporting Cast are Terrific, including:Kathleen Quinlan and Micheal Madson. Also Rock Singer:Billy Idol, Cult Star:Crispin Glover and Film Director:Stone appears in Cameos. DVD has an sharp non-anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an digitally remastered-Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround Sound. This DVD is the Director appoved transfer for HD Televisions. DVD Feautres are only:Production Notes, Cast & Crew Bios and Theatrical Trailer. There's also a Special Edition DVD of this film also. This was a Box Office Disapointment and the only flaw in the film is Second Half, where the film slows down. The film is nicely photographed by Robert Richardson (JFK, Kill Bill Vol.1 & Vol.2, Natural Born Killers). Written by the Director:Stone and J.Randall Johnson. Panavision. Grade:A-.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Visuals, Vocal Mojo Almost Rising April 9 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a visual spectacular and the music is
very good as well. Although the movie concentrates
on Jim's bad habits, it comes across as mainly
positive -- Jim is the good antihero. The psyche-
delic stream-of-consciousness imagery is
outstanding and the soundtrack is excellent,
except, well...
Oliver Stone is wonderful with capturing the
optical qualities of the mind-expanding experience.
He auditioned Val Kilmer for the vocal parts and,
according to legend, couldn't tell the difference
between Jim's and Val's vocal styles. Well, most
other people can, I think. Yes, Val is a graduate
of Juilliard and has an outstanding IQ according to
the standard psychological testing methods (by the
way, Timothy Leary was a professor at Harvard who
helped to develop those methods). Anyway, he sings
noticeably off-key in several songs. Come on, Val!
You're a genius Juilliard grad with juice. Next time
insist on more vocal "takes" -- your audience is
not all tone deaf.
With that said, this movie is worth your time and
money. Just ignore those flat notes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty of Justice Dec 21 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is the one work that tarnished Morrison's image the most. In this movie, Morrison's drug abuse and screwed up behavior are often portrayed as the product of inner genius and a philosophy of life. In reality, drug abuse is only drug abuse, and screwed up behavior is only screwed up behavior. This generic romantic presentation of the Doors is quite frustrating, and very limited in scope. There is just a lot of quasi-intellectual rubbish, and not much substance to the story. There were twenty or more factual mistakes in the film, and they will be revealed when a person has done their research. Val Kilmer also, in my view, has deficiencies in how he portrayed Morrison. His singing voice was not always up to par, and not for one second did he abandon a warped and stoned kind of persona. What Kilmer was best at, was his depiction of Morrison's moves and behaviors on stage. 'The Doors' is the most popular exponent of the largely accepted romanticized view of the Doors. The jarring factual mistakes make this the worst of all such works, however. Everyone would be much better off listening to the Doors' music (the first six studio albums), which stand as an impressive and creative body of work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Timmax
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock Film
I've always liked this film, since it first came out and enjoyed the special features where the documentaries delve into Morrison's behaviour and pathology. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DOORS - Oliver Stone's Vision Not A Bio-Document, Remember This...
I love this 2 disc dvd of the The Doors, 2nd disc has lots of cool details & extras. I think Val does a great job, u can believe he is a singer of a rock band. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jaysen Palmer - ELEVENTH HOUR
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Doors!!!
Been a huge fan of The Doors forever!!! I love Jim Morrison he is the bomb!! This is a great video to see the kind of lifestyle Jim lived everyday to excess this is a must have DVD... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2010 by Tracey Henry
3.0 out of 5 stars Doors opening
Calling this movie "The Doors" is misleading. It would be more accurate to call it "Jim Morrison and Those Other Guys In the Band," since that is how it's presented. Read more
Published on March 19 2007 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Doors half-open
Calling this movie "The Doors" is misleading. It would be more accurate to call it "Jim Morrison and Those Other Guys In the Band," since that is how it's presented. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
I must say Oliver Stone and his company did a great job of recreating the atmosphere of the late 1960s.The film looks like a sixties movie. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by John Profetto
2.0 out of 5 stars Stone's Lone Stab at Comedy
It seems like every great director attempts a comedy at some point in his career. Stone is no exception, and with THE DOORS, he makes an unfortunate foray into feature length... Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Inspector2211
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!!!
My son got me this for last christmas, I already had the vhs version, but this 2 disk set is even better. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by TINA
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