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The Doors Live At The Hollywood Bowl [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore
  • Directors: Ray Manzarek
  • Producers: John Densmore, Rick Schmidlin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2000
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WZZV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,413 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Doors perform live at the Hollywood Bowl on 4th July, 1968, in the only surviving full-length concert footage of the band. Includes definitive versions of 'Alabama Song', 'Light My Fire' and epic set-closer 'The End'.

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Watching The Doors Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a sobering experience, for the viewer must confront the painful truth that popular music, to judge by its increasingly infantile and banal state, will never see their like again. Either that, or admit The Doors were an irrelevant footnote in the history of pop--an idle thought that a few minutes of this extraordinary concert will dispel. Fortunately for posterity, this July 5, 1968 performance was captured by four cameras and recorded in 16-track audio, and has now been digitally remixed for DVD. The result is a crisp picture and generally excellent stereo sound that is far better than most archive footage of this band.

On stage Jim Morrison has the aura of an intense performance artist, whose dark, smoky voice forms only a part of his complex persona; guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboard player Ray Manzarek and drummer John Densmore complement Morrison's free-associative outpourings with improvisational jazz-inspired interjections. They make music like no other band before or since: who else could segue effortlessly from Kurt Weill's "Alabama Song" to Willie Dixon's "Back Door Man"? And just when they're in danger of becoming too pretentious, Morrison bursts any lurking self-importance with a wry smile, a jokey aside or even a belch. But the seriousness remains, at least implicitly, throughout as Morrison's edgy lyrics--from "When the Music's Over" to "The Unknown Soldier" and "The End"--constantly hint at disturbing social undercurrents outside the concert arena. Is it fanciful to imagine that in the minds of his audience the ghosts of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement are hovering just out of view? Such thoughts are what make The Doors so unique: their music invites questions, positively dares the audience to ask them; that's why they remain so endlessly fascinating well over three decades later. And that's why this concert performance will find a home with any and every fan of the band. "The time to hesitate is through". --Mark Walker


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "james_padgett" on 26 Aug 2001
Format: DVD
If you're wondering whether to go for this or the Live In Europe, then put the latter straight out of your head. This DVD is worth buying just for "The End" and "Light my Fire" Both fantastic songs, but twice as good when live and in surround sound. It captures the event brilliantly. Morrison is electric, Manzarek perfect, Krieger's intricate finger work amazes and Densmore is fantastic. Buy it now, or forever hold your peace.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jamestheeskimo@aol.com on 11 Dec 2000
Format: VHS Tape
It is billed as the only recorded full live performance of the doors. Even if there are others, this is the only one you need. Unfortunately, it was thirteen before my time, but with this video it's like I'm there. It is only shot using four cameras, it feels imtimate, it's close up, you can see the concentration, you can see the Doors 'comunal' mind at work. The performance is, as with most things Doors, perfect, especially Jim's theatrics with John's cymbals on The Unknown Soldier. Even when Jim does his improptu poem about the grasshopper/moth the band improvise a seamless accompaniment. Forget the people that call it an embarrassment, it has stood the test of time. The Doors were and are a legend in there own lifetimes. Having not been around when he was this is the closest I have and I have to say, it'll do me just fine.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
I was so surprised to find this amazing DVD. I would never have believed it possible that The Doors had been filmed professionally and elegantly performing a top-quality gig. What a brilliant band. If you've ever wondered whether these guys could cut it live, here is your proof. They are superb. So is the sound quality and the direction is really sympathetic - no silly tricks, you are just allowed to enjoy the concert. One of the best gig movies I have ever seen. If you like The Doors, this is all you need.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 2000
Format: VHS Tape
One of The Doors biggest ever concerts filmed by Jim Morrison's film friends (one of which was Harrison Ford) gives all Doors fans old and new a real sense of how powerful The Doors music was. Jim Morrison's performance shows his love for improvisation during his live acts. He drifts in and out of songs leaving the rest of the band to try and keep up with his wild tangents. Hi ten minute plus version of The End is a highlight of the concert.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mldgray@fsmail.net on 9 Dec 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This once thought lost concert shows the DOORs at the height of their success during the late 60's. It captures this emortal band forever and is definatley a video to watch again and again and AGAIN.
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