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The Doors: R-Evolution

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With or without the commentary option provided in the disc menu, the perspective on the band, as well as its collaboration with the label, prior to their signing (and that of their City of Angels peers, Love) solely a folk axis, reaffirms the ambition behind the music itself as much as the essays in the booklet within the package (a 40-page hardback book appears in deluxe editions available of both DVD and Blu-Ray).

A conceptual piece of cinema from 1984, based on "People Are Strange," constitutes something of a tribute to its author Manzarek, who passed away in 2013. But the movie overstates its point as heavily as a similar creation from the next year, for "LA Woman," fails to make one. A collaboration of the three surviving Doors, the mid-nineties exhumation of "Ghost Song" and its attendant video is more effective homage to Morrison and the enduring quality of the band than the records they made after his death in 1971, illustrating how R-evolution, in its best moments, captures the arresting qualities of their art, sans theatrics.

Running Time: 154 minutes approx. Bonus Features: Love Thy Customer (music by The Doors): Ford Training Film-1966. Outtakes: Malibu U-1967; Break On Through (To The Other Side)-Isle Of Wight, August 1970; "Breaking Through The Lens" documentary.

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