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The Doors: Special Edition (UK)

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Certificate: 18
Running Time: 0 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
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The movie features a `tour de force` performance by Val Kilmer, who not only bears a striking resemblance to Morrison, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing in the film. It has actually been written that even some of the remaining Doors members had trouble distinguishing Kilmer`s vocals from Morrison`s originals.
The Doors, which provides a fantastic pastiche of the `flower power` era and the `summer of love`, also serves as a biography of Jim Morrison, who in spite of his untimely death in Paris in 1971, remains as much of a rock icon today as during his lifetime - his grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetary in Paris has become a true shrine. Additionally, Stone`s direction employs the use of so many psychedelic special effects that The Doors truly transports the viewer back to the sixties creating an almost `virtual` experience.

Starring alongside Kilmer are Kyle MacLachan as Manzarek, Kathleen Quinlan as rock journalist Patricia Kennealy, Meg Ryan as Morrison`s hippie-chick girlfriend Pamela, Paul Rothchild as Michael Wincott, Frank Whaley as Robby Krieger, and Kevin Dillon as John Densmore. Seventies rock star Billy Idol also makes a cameo appearance in the movie as Cat - his role was originally much bigger but prior to filming Idol was injured in a motorcycle accident that left him seriously injured - when he does appear he is either on crutches or sitting down.

The Doors also includes all the classic music that is synonymous with the Doors, during the height of their career which, interestingly, only lasted for 6 years from 1965 - 1971 in spite of the group`s continuing legendary status. The movie soundtrack features Riders On The Storm, Break On Through, Light My Fire and many more compelling tracks.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Oliver Stone
Behind the Scenes
Making Of
Direct Access to 19 songs from the movie
Interview/Personal Profile with Oliver Stone and Val Kilmer
Additional interviews with Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon and Paul Rothchild

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Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English

Directed By:
Oliver Stone

Written By:

Josh Evans
Michael Madsen
Michael Wincott
Kathleen Quinlan
Val Kilmer

Casting By:
Billy Hopkins
Risa Bramon Garcia

Soundtrack By:
Carl Orff
Jim Morrison
Ray Manzarek
Robby Krieger
John Densmore

Director of Photography:
Robert Richardson

Joe Hutshing
David Brenner

Costume Designer:
Marlene Stewart

Production Designer:
Barbara Ling

Clayton Townsend
Joseph P. Reidy
A. Kitman Ho
Sasha Harari
Bill Graham

Executive Producer:
Mario Kassar
Brian Grazer

Momentum Pictures

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10 / 10
This film is one of the most controversial ever. Most say it`s inaccurate, and, from what I have heard and read I have to agree. Oliver Stone only portrays the wild, drunk drug addicted side of Jim Morison in this movie and forgets about the poet and sensual person he was most of the time. I guess for cinematic reasons he had to show Jim as being wil 24 / 7 when really, he wasn`t. All in all Val Kilmer`s performance is one of the best I have ever seen, he does his own singing and sounds similar to Jim. The picture is crystal clear and the DD 5.1 soundtrack adds a whole new dimension to the film. The extras are well worthy of a run out, with making of type doc, commentary, trailers, deleted scenes and direct song access into the film. If you`re a Doors fan - unmissable, if you`re not - then I would probably stay away.
posted by Jim Morrison on 27/1/2003 18:48
9 / 10
This movie is one of the reasons why I am a hardcore Doors fan. Although the film is not accurate to what really happened in the life of Jim Morrison and the rest of [disctitle]The Doors[/disctitle], it was entertaining.
Although the film is called [disctitle]The Doors[/disctitle], it mostly follows Jim Morrison. It shows him going from a rock God to an alcoholic and abusive drug user all in two and a half hours.

If you are not a Doors fan this movie will still suit you as it is mostly aimed to entertain all audiences instead of giving the facts to the hardcore fans.
This DVD isn`t as good as the Region 1 - 2 Disc Special Edition i got awhile back as it didnt have the deleted scenes, the only positive thing though was that it did have subtitles and the sound quality was better.
One not to be missed though!
posted by Darren Mclachlan on 26/7/2005 06:16