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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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 10)

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

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • 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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This movie rocks!!

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    This film was very well acted, and the incorporation of Doors songs was great!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    This has to be one of Val Kilmers best movies in my opinion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great performances, okay transfer

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    The movie is great. The audio is top notch. The transfer leaves something to be desired.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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