The Doors

The Doors

Val Kilmer
Director: Oliver Stone Cast: Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer
, Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
, Kyle MacLachlan
Kyle MacLachlan
Oliver Stone

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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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By 1990, the air from the '60s had nearly cleared, leaving two ways to look at The Doors and its frontman Jim Morrison: As an overly serious showman whose self-aggrandizing navel-gazing embodied the elements that would eventually turn back the progress of the '60s counterculture and whose pretensions overwhelmed his talent; or as a martyr for self-expression deserving of worship. For this biopic, Oliver Stone, a self-professed Doors fan, opts decisively for the second approach and his film seldom benefits from the choice. Choosing to portray excess through excess, Stone's film is a dizzying neo-psychedelic hodgepodge that leaps from one symbolically-charged incident to another, and for those not already enamored of Morrison and The Doors it might easily verge into camp. Leaping on top of a car and declaring oneself the Lizard King might appear heroic to some, but to others it just looks silly. That said, Stone, as always, has made an audaciously stylish, visually compelling film and Val Kilmer does a remarkable Morrison impression, both on stage and off. The same can't be said of Meg Ryan in the role of Morrison's common-law wife. She delivers a shrill, grating performance that reaches a nadir during a Thanksgiving incident involving a charred turkey. Though too uneven to recommend without grave reservations, beyond disastrous holiday dinners, The Doors is worth viewing for isolated moments of brilliance such as a visit to Andy Warhol's Factory, presided over by none other than Crispin Glover as Warhol.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2001
UPC: 0012236115816
Original Release: 1991
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:18:00
Sales rank: 8,506

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