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Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman released On Blu-Ray

Mr Mojo Risin is the story of the making of the Doors last album with Jim Morrison L.A. Woman . 2011 is the 40th anniversary of the albums release and this programme goes into detail of how the album came about, its recording and what was happening to the band at the time. The story is told through new interviews with the three surviving Doors: Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore plus contributions from Jac Holzman, founder of their label Elektra Records, Bill Siddons, who was their manager, Bruce Botnick, engineer and co-producer of the album and others associated with the Doors at this time. The show includes archive footage of the Doors performing both live and in the studio, classic photographs and new musical demonstrations from the Doors.

The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' – The Story of L.A. Woman is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment with an AVC encoded 1080i transfer in 1.78:1. This documentary features a wide variety of archival footage interspersed with contemporary (and archival) interview footage, and as should be expected, quality varies greatly. The older concert footage which is sourced from 16mm (and perhaps even 8mm) is incredibly grainy and soft, but still looks really surprisingly good considering its age. A lot of that footage is in black and white, which only increases the appearance of grain. On the other hand, the contemporary interview sequences are quite sharp and well defined, with excellent color and acceptable levels of fine detail. There is at least one archival interview included with producer Paul Rothschild, and that, while not at the level of the older black and white footage, is noticeably softer and fuzzier than the newer footage, again as should be expected. Quite a bit of the archival footage is remarkably free of damage despite being in smaller millimeter formats, and should be enjoyed by The Doors' many fans.

The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' – The Story of L.A. Woman features three audio options, two lossless, an LPCM 2.0 mix and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix, as well as a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Both lossless mixes sound very good to excellent, though some of the source elements in terms of the archival recordings simply can't completely overcome the limitations of how they were recorded. Those wanting unedited concert footage of The Doors are going to be disappointed, as this is much more a talking heads piece than anything. That said, fidelity is strong throughout this presentation and for a documentary there's also a surprisingly wide dynamic range at work, offering everything from simple spoken word to Morrison's scream of pent up fury as he sings. The surround mix isn't especially impressive in terms of over the top immersion, especially since the music comes and goes in dribs and drabs, but both lossless tracks certainly get the job done without any problems whatsoever.

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L.A. Woman
Release Date: 
Monday, April 19, 1971 (All day)

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