The Doors 15th Anniversary Edition—Lionsgate
Val Kilmer gives a vastly underrated performance as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s 1991 The Doors, a somewhat thin examination of the life of one of rock’s most admired and misunderstood front men. Awash in a mix of alcohol, drugs, and sex, Kilmer nails the Morrison persona. Although the material gives a less than three-dimensional view of the man, his performance is incredible.
The set design and cinematography really evoke the late 1960s with smoky, psychedelic interiors, along with Morrison’s fascination with Native American mystique and imagery. A haze always seems to engulf the picture, which adds to the dreamy, substance-altered feel. The remastered 1.77:1 anamorphic picture is adequate, and the audio (available in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS ES) pounds through every speaker, giving an added dimension of immersion.
The curious extras package includes a French film subtitled in English about Morrison in Paris, in which the artistic and cultured of the French music scene explain the importance of the Doors. It’s ponderous and lackluster. Better is the “Doors in LA” documentary featurette, which has genuine insight. Still, it would have been nice to have an updated version instead of one from years ago. The problem with the film as well as the extras is that it’s all about Morrison and not necessarily the film.
All in all, this is a decent package. But, if you’ve got another version, the new extras don’t justify your buying this one—unless you’re a die-hard fan and just have to have it.