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The Doors



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2 stars I watched this video documentary a long time ago, in 1991, in the VHS format. In 1980-81, I bought the book of the same name written by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman, and at that time I liked the book, being one of the few books written then about Morrison and the band. But, as time passed and I found another book which I considered being much better than this book ("The Doors", written by John Tobler and John Doe in 1983), I think that Hopkins and Sugerman`s book, while being well written and researched in some parts, lacked some accurate things and tended a bit to make grow the "Morrison Myth and Legend" with the use of some "sensationalism" in the style of writing. It has some very good photos, and good information about their discography (with Morrison in the band only).But, with the passing of time I really started to not like this book very much. Anyway, it seems that this video documentary, done in 1981 maybe to be a video companion to the book, it is much better than the book, because it includes interviews with the other members of the band (Densmore, Krieger and Manzarek), with the authors of the book, and with Producer Paul Rothchild. It also includes some humour by Manzarek`s part in some of the fragments of his interviews, and one of the best parts of this video is the inclusion of some video clips, most of them being presented in fragmented form, with a very few being presented in complete form ("Light My Fire" and "Touch Me", with "Touch Me" being a TV broadcast of the band and a small orchestra miming to the album recording of the song while only Morrison sings live, and with "Light My Fire" being a live TV broadcast fom the "Ed Sullivan Show", their only appearance on that TV programme due to the band refusing to change the lyrics of the song during their performance because Sullivan considered them as a bit "immoral" for that times). Some of the other live clips fragments show Morrison shouting and obviously showing him in a bad shape (drunk), which is one of the things that I sometimes don`t like very much from some of his performances with the band in concert. But he obviously was a great artist, a very good lyricist, and the band as a whole was a very good band. Anyway, this video documentary is much better than Oliver Stone`s film from the nineties, which I don`t like and I consider it as much more "sensationalist" and inaccurate than this 1981 video documentary.
Guillermo | 2/5 |


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