In addition to regular DVD and Blu-Ray formats, a Deluxe Edition is available on each physical format, packaged in a 40-page DVD sized hardback book with a scrapbook style presentation on each track including lyrics, background info, trivia and photos.
The Doors: R-Evolution tells the story of the band’s growth in front of the camera from accepting the formulaic to taking control of the medium.
Revolution: From creating one of the early music videos, their approach to FM radio, billboard advertising, and the use of creative album art and advertising - the Doors helped to revolutionize the way rock bands were promoted.
Evolution: From an unknown L.A. band to performing on pre-recorded television pop shows to international celebrity on the still emerging live television format. The Doors would take control of their own celluloid persona and create some of the most memorable promotional films in the music television history.
Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek both graduated from the UCLA Film School in 1965, so it’s not surprising that The Doors had a greater interest in film than most bands.
Between 1967 and 1968, The Doors appeared on several major pop culture television shows in the US. If required, they went along with the practice of lip-synching although the presence of Jim Morrison meant that something out of the ordinary could happen at any moment. Despite the generic, sometimes sterile formats of these shows, there was an element of danger in The Doors’ performances, so their rebellious image remained intact as their success grew.
In 1967, with the help and support of Elektra Records, the band made a film to promote the release of Break On Through, which helped generate excitement and airplay in major markets from coast to coast.
The Doors never shied away from controversy; they had a lead singer who actively sought and courted it. In early 1968, at the height of their success, the band again married sound and vision to highlight their views on the Vietnam War. A16mm film was made to accompany the song The Unknown Soldier, juxtaposing an archetypical US family scene with a character (Jim Morrison) being tied up, shot and buried. The television stations it was supplied to refused to show it.
After Jim Morrison died in 1971, the music The Doors made between 1967 and 1971 continued to gain in influence and importance. The arrival of channels on TV dedicated to music videos plus compilations and live albums necessitated the creation of further films to promote them. In 1985, Ray Manzarek turned to his love of film to direct the noteworthy and frequently seen visualization of the song L.A. Woman.
This collection shows many aspects of The Doors on film. Rarities include the band’s full performance on “Shebang”, an interview with Dick Clark, a color version of the band’s appearance on “Malibu U” (and never before seen outtakes), the complete, color version of Hello, I Love You from German TV, the director’s cut of the 1985 L.A. Woman short film, and as bonus features, a new edit by Murray Lerner from the 1970 Isle of Wight festival and the infamous film commissioned by the Ford Motor Company in 1966 with The Doors providing the soundtrack. With the exception of the Ford piece, all the audio has been restored by Bruce Botnick, the band’s long time engineer and co-producer of the L.A. Woman album.