'The Doors: Feast of Friends' [Blu-ray]
(The Doors / Blu ray / NR / 2014 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: Feast Of Friends, filmed in 1968, was the first and only film produced about The Doors by The Doors. It offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer 68 tour. While never truly completed, the film provides a stylistic approach in true sixties cinémavérité style.
Blu ray Verdict: As we are told from the off, 'In 1968, work began for what would become the first, and only film produced about The Doors. By The Doors.' The trouble is, due to one thing or another, it never got really finished and so for 50 years it has languished in a tin, on a dusty shelf - until today.
"It's a fictional documentary ... I can't say too much about it, because we're not really making it ... it's just sort of making itself," Jim Morrison cryptically adds. A peak behind the curtain of The Doors on their 1968 tour, it's the sixties personified in oh so many different ways. "By the end of the movie it might well not even be about us, for all we know," a bearded Morrison quips midway through this totally magnetic time capsule of a documentary.
In the spring of 1968 The Doors were the biggest band in America hot on the heels of the success of 'Light My Fire' and 'Hello, I Love You' about to recreate that feat. Paul Ferrara, who was working as a photographer of the band, as well as a UCLA film school friend of Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, noticing the rising star and power of his friends suggested they make a documentary of the spring/summer tour before the European tour.
Ferrara was enlisted to photograph and design the film, he brought on friend Babe Hill as a sound man, and for a brief period an underemployed actor named Harrison Ford as gofer and cameraman!
Beautifully restored and remastered from the original, dusty tapes, The Doors: Feast Of Friends is an incredible, truly delightful journey back in the way back machine of time and life. It also now features the bonus of the companion film, Feast Of Friends: Encore, where using footage from Feast Of Friends, Encore is a complimentary piece which provides a deeper look into the life of the band at this period of their existence.
When Morrison is asked what he thinks watching the film back will do to his audience, he replies, "I hope it will leave the puzzled." You have succeeded, my brother, You have succeeded. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Material of:
Feast Of Friends: Encore
The Doors Are Open - British TV documentary originally aired on December 17th, 1968
The End - Filmed in Toronto, Canada in August 1967 and first broadcast in October that year, this performance of 'The end' was for the O'Keefe Centre Presents: The Rock Show - Like It Is.