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The Doors [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1991]

  • SKU: 4101947
  • Release Date: 08/14/2001
  • Rating: R
Oliver Stone's biopic of rock singer Jim Morrison, The Doors, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Stone, interviews with the cast and with the real-life people depicted in the film, nearly one hour of additional scenes, a documentary, concert footage, the theatrical trailer, and production notes. This is an excellent release from Artisan.

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    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 13)

    Special Features

    • "The Road of Excess" documentary: Includes behind-the-scenes footage; original concert footage; interviews with Val Kilmer, Frank Whaley, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Kevin Dillon, Kathleen Quinlan, Oliver Stone, Robby Krieger, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
    • 43 minutes of additional footage
    • 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
    • Cast and crew information
    • Cinematographic moments
    • Commentary by director Oliver Stone
    • Digitally mastered
    • Featurette
    • Interactive menus
    • Production notes
    • Scene access
    • Theatrical trailer and teaser
    • Widescreen version


    The Doors
    Val Kilmer delivers what was considered one of 1991's best performances as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's hallucinatory bio-pic of the seminal 1960s rock group The Doors. Stone cuts a jagged swath through Morrison's life, starting with a childhood memory where Morrison sees an elderly Indian dying by the roadside. It picks up with Morrison's arrival in California and his assimilation into the Venice Beach culture, followed by his film school days at UCLA; his introduction to his girlfriend Pamela Courson (Meg Ryan); his first encounters with Ray Manzarek (Kyle MacLachlan); and the origin of The Doors -- made up of Manzarek, Robby Kreiger (Frank Whaley), and John Densmore (Kevin Dillon). As the fame of The Doors grows, Morrison's obsession with death increases. The band grows weary of Morrison's missed recording sessions and no-shows at concerts. Morrison, meanwhile, sinks deeper into a drug-induced haze, having mystical sexual encounters with Patricia Kennealy (Kathleen Quinlan), an older rock journalist involved with sadomasochism and witchcraft. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Val Kilmer
      Val Kilmer - Jim Morrison
    • Meg Ryan
      Meg Ryan - Pamela Courson
    • Kyle MacLachlan
      Kyle MacLachlan - Ray Manzarek
    • Frank Whaley
      Frank Whaley - Robby Krieger
    • Kevin Dillon
      Kevin Dillon - John Densmore

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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Rock and Roll

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      A look at the life and times of rock group The Doors. Jim Morrison's influence on Rock and Roll was legendary. The music of the Doors was innovative for the late 60's. The times when other groups, from England, were all competing for the charts at the same time. Jim Morrison was more interested in the art of music then the fame. His success contributed to his downfall and ultimate death. But along the way, the music of The Doors made Rock history and influenced a generation. Watch the movie for the music!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Like you were there, especially concert footage.


      Val Kilmer, absolutely was born for this roll. To think he had to lobby for it, is just mind boggling. This is a terrific way to either live or RE-live the era, regardless of what poetic license Oliver Stone may have taken. The songs are great and the concert footage can be enthralling. The roll of Kilmer's life should have made him a bigger star, but the movie had mediocre reviews based on what was perceived as Stone's excesses and the movie's length. However, if you're not looking for profundity in script and want to "experience" The Doors and Morrison at his best and worst, this it!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie!!!


      This is a great movie, my wife and I love it! It's brilliantly directed by Oliver Stone, and Val Kilmer's acting is amazing! He looks and acts just like Jim Morrison. This is a great depiction of the Doors and Jim Morrison's life. Just like other Oliver Stone true story films, (like Alexander and JFK), he does a great job of making his films as accurate as possible. I highly recommend this film! Also, two of my personal Oliver Stone favorites are Natural Born Killers and U-turn.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Movie


      This is a great movie depicting the wonderful and trajic life of Jim Morrison and the Doors. From the poetry to the music to the bitter end this movie spans the Doors' moving career from their meeting to Jim'd death. The choice of accompanying music is unbelievably haunting and Val plays a perfect Jim. Also love the Pam role played by Meg. Top notch.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great choice for Jim

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      Val Kilmer was the perfect choice for Jim Morrison. No one could have portrayed him better.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      Watch it... especially if you're a fan. Val Kilmer did an amazing job. He actually sings in the film and sounds just like Mr. Mojo Rising. :)

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My favorite Val Kilmer movie


      I have The Doors on DVD with Val Kilmer. The Doors is my favorite Val Kilmer movie. In The Doors I liked Jim and Pam

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      Val Kilmer is amazing in this film!!!! I loved it!!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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