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WHEN YOUR STRANGE BLU-RAY DVD REVIEW THE DOORS-BY JOHN EMMS

Relax and enjoy this detailed and captivating documentary. YES YOU HEARD RIGHT..This is not no bs archival footage thrown together but actually one hell of a great film. In fact, it’s hard even after watching the film a few times not to be blown away each time you see this rare and personal footage. At times it’s mind blowing!!! 

JOHNNY DEPP narrates and does a super job of understanding the band’s dynamics on a musical and personal level, but he never gets in the way of the story.  Director Tom Di Cillo opens the film with the blatant news of Jim Morrison’s over the radio, with actual footage of Morrison driving a vintage Ford Mustang from his 1969 film American Pastoral.

Morrison himself  is seen turning up the radio dial hurtling through the desert heat, while the film injects actual DJ EXCERPTS announcing his death on the airwaves.

 The scene is eerie and blows you out of the room.

Elsewhere there is extra footage with Morrison’s family and moving scenes with his father a Navy Admiral. In additon recording and rehearsal studio footage from all parts of the band’s career and sixties historical cultural moments power the  film and indeed the band’s massive appeal.

There is a lot more film of Morrison than the rest of the band. However Kreiger, Manzarek, and Densmore’s footage and there is a good chunk shows how accomplished they were as players and arrangers. There is tons of insight gained from the survviving members and this is a real plus.

Morrison’s premature death gets plenty of time, but no one in the film tries to resolve the issue. Fantastic never before seen photos of Morrison including his move to Paris France.

Highly recommended film for minor or major fans of the band.

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