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The Doors - Special Edition [DVD] [1991]

Val Kilmer , Meg Ryan , Oliver Stone    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Oliver Stone, Randall Jahnson
  • Producers: A. Kitman Ho, Bill Graham, Brian Grazer, Catherine Meyers, Clayton Townsend
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LZ5P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Doors is Oliver Stone's epic, typically portentous homage to the band that soundtracked his youth. As is generally the case with Stone's films, its scope is impressively wide. He places The Doors at the eye of a 1960s cultural and political maelstrom through which passes Andy Warhol, Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy among others. But the details and dialogue often jar badly: the scenes in which various gilded youths imbibe the young Jim Morrison's early efforts at lyrics as if they were anything beyond dreadful sophomoric doggerel are a particular strain on the credulity. The film's central conceit--that Morrison's body was somehow inhabited at an early age by the spirit of a Navajo medicine man--makes the deranged conspiracies of JFK seem plausible by comparison.

The Doors is redeemed by Stone's ability with ambitious set-pieces (the concert scenes are terrific) and a tremendous performance from Val Kilmer, who plays Jim Morrison as a pompous, self-regarding oaf who treats bandmates, friends and women appallingly. While this may well have been the case it is debatable whether Stone intended to show his hero in such an unflattering light: the closing scenes in Pere Lachaise cemetery, which linger over the graves of Wilde, Molière and Flaubert before arriving at Morrison's witlessly vandalised plot, certainly suggest a belief on Stone's part that the author of the ridiculous "American Prayer" has earned a place in the literary pantheon. This film fails to make a convincing case for that but, like Morrison's own work, is a compelling, cautionary illustration of what a supremely ordinary singer and songwriter is allowed to get away with if he looks good in leather trousers.

On the DVD: The Doors Special Edition has the benefit of a bewildering array of special features, though many are less impressive than their billing: the "Behind the Scenes" documentary is eight minutes of apparently random footage of the film being made, and the making-of documentary isn't much more illuminating. The interviews with the cast are also on the desultory side. There is a conventional scene selector and another that allows the viewer to choose from the songs that appear in the soundtrack. There are also several sound options and subtitles. Most useful of all is the illuminating and engaging running commentary by Oliver Stone. --Andrew Mueller

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Oliver Stone directs this film biography of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the celebrated 1960s rock group The Doors. It traces the group's road to success, from their first rehearsal sessions through to their sell-out live concerts, and follows Morrison on the self-destructive path which would eventually take him to an early death. Starring Val Kilmer as Morrison, Meg Ryan as his girlfriend Pamela Courson, and Kyle MacLachlan as Ray Manzarek, the band's organist.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It really is pretty good... 12 Jan 2010
By B. Howe
There's a lot of disparity of opinion here about whether the film is great or terrible, and the truth is that it really is pretty good; not mind bendingly brilliant, but a really honest artistic attempt at recreating the life of the Doors and Jim Morrision at the time. I was afraid it would be a shameless rummage through Doors hits, and an excuse to plaster them on screen, exploiting the Morrison myth, but it's really not. It follows Morrison from the beginning of the 60's up until his death, and along the way gives a perspective on the wayward ride there. It is not a definitive account, but how could it be? It will not satisfy everyone's 'expectations', but then again the myth surrounding Morrison is so prolific and varying that no film ever will do this. Also, people looking to mindlessly venerate Jim Morrison might want to reconsider buying it, or change their perspective. It is not a hallowed hall of shining glory all the way through, and if it was, it wouldn't be a very accurate depiction of Jim's life, or the Doors' music.

What it is, is a really good attempt at rendering a subjective look at the Doors and Morrison; part myth, part fact, and at times as listless as Morrison's own mind must have been. It's helped on by Val Kilmer who, as the official review up there says, does a frighteningly good Morrison singing impression. He looks the part and acts it well, and is follwed by great supporting actors. There are some reviews here deriding Kilmer, but I think from looking at them, they mostly have to do with people projecting their desire to have the 'real' Jim Morrison, and that's not going to happen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doors - Breaking Through on Film 25 Mar 2011
Oliver Stone has captured and era and tells the story of The Doors. Val Kilmer has the most convincing voice with actually singing, sounding like the voice of Jim Morrison - this is no lip snyc act, which makes this performance just believalble.

Love or hate the Doors, or Jim Morrison, those were the days and this film caputures the zeitgeist of the time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok but definative 20 Aug 2011
An ok film, but if you are looking for truth and facts about the lizard king then probably best to read a book or do your own investigating rather than watching this as it is a film after all and not a documentary. I have read a couple of books on Jim Morrison and you need to make your own minds up after reading, not watching this. But saying that this is mildly entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching what was 12 Feb 2013
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I first owned this film on video (remember those?) and it reintroduced me to The Doors. It has dated a little yet that feels alright as it makes it seem authentic. I have all The Doors music and books of Jim Morrison's poems and they tweak my heart as I miss my youth and it echoes in films such as this. Jim Morrison was flawed whereas the rest of the band were fairly level headed, but the naive compexity of his lyrics are still rather obscure in meaning. I love this film and think Val Kilmer is quite brilliant. 4 stars because it is open to debate as to accuracy, but worth an archive spot in anyone's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Thing 22 Jun 2012
This is the fourth time I'm buying this movie. 2x VHS and now 2x DVD. My copies keep going missing - and I keep having my moments when I want to watch The Doors The Movie again. That's in a nutshell. Is it a great movie? If you have that whole Doors vibe going and you "get it" it absolutely is. Val Kilmer is mesmerizing on occasions, and does a fantastic job throughout. The director knew exactly what he was doing, demonstrating the coming together, sparking and disintegration process in sound and vision so much so, it hurts sometimes.

I've seen reviews where people are complaining about the wigs, about certain camera techniques, about the artistic licence that was taken to translate what are *lives* in essence into a movie that only lasts for a couple of hours; I can only say, shame you didn't get it, but that's ok. Those of us who do, we know what this is and it's an extraordinary thing which, like the Doors itself, will last the ages.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Doors is a bizarre and at times uneven film that seemingly tries to mix the real-life story of the legendary band with the mystical and metaphysical influences behind their enigmatic front man, Jim Morrison. As a result, it begins with a scene of Morrison as a boy, driving through the Navajo desert with his family and witnessing the site of a car crash in which a group of Native Americans have been severely injured or killed. The key song, Riders of the Storm, plays in the background, as director Oliver Stone (in collaboration with cinematographer Robert Richardson) uses colour effects and digital manipulation to create a hauntingly surreal landscaped, bathed in blood red light and lost within a wavering sense of heat and claustrophobia. The scene becomes the axis on which the subsequent story will pivot, managing to establish and convey Morrison's various obsessions with shaman culture, mysticism, the desert and death.

From here, the film adopts a (brief) sense of normality, showing us how the original line-up of the Doors came into effect, and how they managed to find an audience through constant gigging in and around downtown Los Angeles. However, once the band have become established and a general chronology of events has been put into place, Stone goes off on a tangent, showing Morrison engulfed by rock and roll excess, fighting his demons and still coming to terms with the lone spirit of death (a vision that was seemingly there from the start, cradling a dying man on that lonesome stretch of desert road).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 days ago by gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Doors Biography
Really enjoyed this DVD, brought it for a friends birthday as she had it on VHS but not DVD. Quality of the DVD excellent and thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Published 1 month ago by ejmerriott
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Certainly not one for me. Maybe if you are or were a Doors fan you would like it. Most of the time I fast forward it. It was terrible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne Powis
1.0 out of 5 stars extreme uplifting and heartbreaking
First my dvd player won't work it. However I have a very old dvd and this film gives you a rain drop off pure genius insight to our beloved Jimmy. Awesome.
Published 2 months ago by debbie cosgrove
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch
Having been a huge Doors and Jim Morrison fan for a while I was sceptical of this film but overall I enjoyed it. It is difficult to determin whether it is awful or good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film not so good bluray!
Ok, really love this movie and i have had this on most format releases through the years including the big laserdisc boxset,UK video,USA region 1 and UK region 2. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. I Jappy
5.0 out of 5 stars you gotto love this film
One of Stones better films.
Good performances, epic music.
I will not ruin the ending just watch it for yourself
Published 10 months ago by Firth Froth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors - Special Edition
I have given this DVD 5 stars because it is a brilliant movie. It gives you an idea of what life was like for the people who were close to 'Jim Morrison'. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dream Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars THE DOORS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors
Great movie, masterwork of Oliver Stone. Excellent Val Kilmer, great music, that's sure because of The Doors. Must watch for every music fan.
Published 11 months ago by Marko
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