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When You're Strange - A Film About The Doors [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger
  • Directors: Tom Dicillo
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TWOILI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,000 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ride the storm that was The Doors in this first, feature length documentary which looks at one of America's most "dark and dangerous bands" directed by cutting edge filmmaker Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp.

Using only original footage shot between 1966 and 1971 – both unreleased and rarely seen, When You’re Strange opens a window into the band’s world of fame and drugs but always returns to their fierce commitment to their music. Though Jim Morrison’s struggles and excesses shape the film, this is the story of Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore; musicians whose insistence on artistic freedom and refusal to compromise inspired generations.

This captivating film offers a glimpse into one of the most acclaimed rock bands and breaks on through to the world behind The Doors.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. S. Rotunno on 2 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I mainly echo Barriebb3 and DoorsMike's comments. I would give this 5 stars for the uninitiated and 3 for the more hardcore fan so i've compromised on 4 stars. Visually and sonically beautiful, and a great start overall, particularly with the hitchhiker film footage and early photos of the boys in the band (they should have played their early demos over these), but from there it's a familiar retread with a little bit of chronological sloppiness in the last couple of years. I think this is really set up as the 'official version' to counter Oliver Stone's artistic liberties with his film. Johnny Depp's narration is nicely stoner relaxed but seems a tad monotonous by the end and there's no mention of any alternative theories about Jim's death.
Probably just about worth the fairly cheap price, and if you're a casual fan you'll love it. I would have liked the 90 minutes that's already there plus another 30 minutes with something more in-depth. To end on a positive note, the Doors' music sounds wonderful and they're still pretty relevant 40 years on.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2011
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By no means perfect, "When You're Strange" reminds me of the cheap and tacky ripoffs that clog up Poundlands across the UK, though this is much much better than that tat. Depp narrates a mythological text, and the film revolves around this narrative. The film footage shown is woven around the story with tact and care, showing much that even to a hardened Doors fan has never been seen before : fragments from recording sessions, backstage footage, live material (and it is more than frustrating that only one Doors concert has been released in full visually thus far), and period interviews are skilfully interspliced with rarely seen footage from Morrison's amateur films (the largely plotless "Hwy") all restored to immaculate quality. Where this film does suffer, is that there is no retrospective footage, no post-1970 interviews, no historical context included, and thus, the major players, including the surviving members of the band have no opportunity to clarify, or detail, any of the events unfolding in this story apart from fragments of at-the-time discussion caught on camera. This is the films major weakness ; that it relies solely on archival material - and fails to use the important voice of memory to aide the story. It is the best Doors documentary ; and probably the best one there is going to be, and that is this films weakest element. To a relative newcomer to Doorsville, it's a necessary step - to the experienced and stoned immaculate, it's a case of being told what you already know, by Johnny Depp.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. black on 12 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
i'm a massive fan of the doors and was looking forward to this documentary.for the most part it's good - johnny depp's narration is fine,the rare footage of jim and the band is fascinating but for me it's all over too quickly ,more in depth interviews with ray manzarek,john densmore and robbie krieger would have been fascinating especially talking about the aftermath of jim's untimely death.still if your a fan of the band it's a must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Irwin on 30 Dec. 2010
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Although I can see a few bitter and twisted reviews here -- including a one-star effort... huh?!? -- ignore them and, take it from me, this is the definitive Doors documentary. It's got a lot of footage that many people haven't seen before and even "true fans" (as they like to call themselves), have only ever experienced as blurry VHS footage, but here it's presented in beautiful film-like quality. This is, essentially, the kind of documentary that anyone who has seen Oliver Stones, "The Doors" and thinks it's reality, needs to watch. This is way closer to "the truth" about this great American band.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lottigee on 28 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray
First of all, the USA release of this title is region free so you can import now if you can't wait...

I was a big fan of the Doors almost 20 years ago and this blu ray has re awakened my interest, by using only actual footage of interviews and concert performances as well as a very enjoyable and well chosen narrative by Johnny Depp this brings to life the story of Jim Morrison's short but eventful life.

Really great documentary, even my Husband who is not and never will be a Doors fan liked it.
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Documenting the principal milestones of both the Doors as a band and Jim Morrison as their iconic and chaotic frontman, this documentary is well produced, highly engaging and also long overdue.

Covering much of the same ground, it also sits rather nicely alongside the artistic vision of Oliver Stone in the biopic 'The Doors', against which it stands as a welcome balance (and, some might say, antidote). I also rather like the involvement of Johnny Depp, whose laid-back narration is well suited to the general feel of the film.

With a running time of only 86 minutes, it could have been considerably longer, and the film-makers seem to have missed a trick by not including a whole host of special features on the DVD. (Personally speaking, I could also have done without the footage of what looked very much like a fatally injured coyote that had clearly been hit by a vehicle, and I struggle to see the relevance of this and why it was included - give the poor animal some dignity!)

In summary, whilst I can't help feeling that the film itself is a bit on the short side, with the overall package somewhat lacking in terms of DVD extras, this is nevertheless a very good film, which I would highly recommend to both curious onlookers and Doors fans alike.
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