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DVD/Video, released in 1990

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Five To One (Album version, fragment)
2. Back Door Man (From Roundhouse, London, September 1968, fragment)
3. Celebration Of The Lizard (From Roundhouse, London, September 1968, fragment)
4. The End (From ''Apocalypse Now'', fragment)
5. Moonlight Drive (TV appearance, fragment)
6. Crawling King Snake (From Roundhouse, London, September 1968, fragment)
7. Unknown Soldier (From Roundhouse, London, September 1968, fragment)
8. People Are Strange (From Ed Sullivan Show, fragment)
9*. Light My Fire (From Ed Sullivan Show)
10. When The Music's Over (Hollywood Bowl, July 5, 1968, fragment)
11*. Touch Me (From The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour)
12. The Changeling (Album version, fragment)
13. L.A. Woman (Video clip, fragment)

Interviews: Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Paul Rothchild, Danny Sugarman and Jerry Hopkins

Total time 59:54

* - full versions

Line-up / Musicians

- Jim Morrison / vocals
- Ray Manzarek / keyboards and Fender piano bass
- Robby Krieger / guitars
- John Densmore / drums

Releases information

Filmed in 1981

VHS (1990)

DVD Eagle Rock (2002)

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(17%)
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Review by NotAProghead
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
3 stars First of all, information on DVD cover is not quite correct, it reads: Full length performances of ''Touch Me'', ''The Changeling'' and ''L.A. Woman''. In fact there are only 2 full performances - ''Light My Fire'' from Ed Sullivan Show, where the band played reduced version of the song, and 'Touch Me''.

The rest are short cuts of songs and the band's footage from different sources, alternating with interviews of surviving Doors, their producer Paul Rothchild and authors of bestseller book published in 1980 - ''No One Here Gets Out Alive'' - Danny Sugarman and Jerry Hopkins. The film in many ways inspired by this book and tells The Doors story in a period between summer 1965, when Ray Manzarek met Jim Morrison and they decided to form a band, and their last classic album, ''L.A. Woman''. Obviously, Jim Morrison's person is a central point of the whole movie. It's hardly possible to unravel the mystery of his life and art, you can only come a little closer to the solution, with the help of this film and other sources.

For me most interesting parts of the film are sections with Paul Rothchild's interview. Worked with the band over 5 albums, he probably understood the essence of The Doors music like nobody else. And he refused to produce ''L.A. Woman'' album and offered them to record it by themselves only because he did not like the songs. Though according to his later interviews, he felt that the only way to discipline Jim and finish the album was to make the band responsible for the whole recording process. Anyway, it's unbelievable, The Doors were bestselling band in the country, but Paul Rothchild decided to sacrifice a good amount of money for his belief. Then or now, I don't know any other person who is so honest with himself and his mates.

Initially "No One Here Gets Out Alive" is a tribute to Jim Morrison. Now, in the second decade of 2000s, it is also a tribute to Paul Rothchild and Danny Sugarman, sadly, they are no longer with us. And it is also a document of the time when the film was created - Ray Manzarek, Roby Krieger, John Densmore and Jerry Hopkins were much younger in 1981. "No One Here Gets Out Alive" is a wrong video if you want to see The Doors playing live, there are other DVDs with their music. If you were interested in The Doors story you probably already read everything that interviewed persons said here, but now you can see and hear them. For those who only started to discover the band it's a good starting point for further investigations.

Review by Guillermo
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.

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