The Doors

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

It has always been uncanny to me how much Val Kilmer actually looks like Jim Morrison. Weird. I guess he was literally born to play the part. That’s what this is, basically a journey of how the musical band, The Doors, came to be.

Val Kilmer plays lead singer, Jim Morrison, almost to a tee. I’ve heard people describe this movie in one sentence: “He gets drunk, he gets high, he writes a song…”. I’d like to think that there’s more to it than that.

Oliver Stone, as always delivers an epic of a tale. Even if it is just a history of a rock and roll band, still it’s packed with a lot of soul and is more of an homage to the band than anything else.

Playing out the rest of the bands members are Kyle McClannahan and Frank Whaley. Obviously, the original band had a say in what happened when the movie was being made and it makes them look like angels compared to Morrison, and somehow I doubt that’s the way the whole thing went down.

In a better role, Meg Ryan plays Morrison’s wife, Pam. Also, Kathleen Quinlan plays a reporter who also has a thing for Jim. Through ups and downs (mostly downs), the film follows the band from their inception break-out hit “Light My Fire” to their later days when they were singing such songs such as “Touch Me”…

Still, if you’re a Doors fan, and I am, this is one movie to check out. We all know what happens in the end, but watching this movie to get us there is very entertaining.

Video: How does it look?

The back of the box says: “Director approved HDTV transfer”. Most people would take that to mean that it’s 16:9 enhanced. It’s not. Not to say that the picture is bad, because it’s not. It’s much better than the special edition laserdisc and is all on one side. However, I believe that if it were to come out today, it would be dual layered and 16:9 enhanced, but it came out “then” and is not…so…

Audio: How does it sound?

A great remmix of the soundtrack produced a superb 5.1 mix. This being a movie dealing with music, it sounds awesome. All channels are used very often and The Doors never sounded better than while watching this movie.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Not a whole lot here, a couple of trailers and production notes and cast bios. Other than that, that’s it.

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