Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

DVD Review: 'The Doors: Special Edition'

Posted on

The Doors

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
140 minutes
performer:
Val Kilmer, Kevin Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathleen Quinlan, Meg Ryan, Frank Whaley
director:
Oliver Stone
distributor:
TriStar Pictures
author:
J. Randal Johnson, Oliver Stone
genre:
Biography

We gave it a B

Oliver Stone’s trippy 1991 biopic gets the deluxe treatment on this new two-disc set. DVD does wonders for the film’s druggy visuals; the ’60s-style lighting textures, desert vistas, subtle ILM effects, and floaty camera work all look spectacular here. But this ”special edition” hardly seems all that special, with a package of extras that’s skimpier than a groupie’s hot pants. There’s a sleepy commentary track from Stone (and no one else), a dated 1991 featurette, the usual trailers and cast notes, 43 minutes of dull deleted scenes, and a new documentary in which various cast and crew members, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, and Jim Morrison’s wife Patricia Kennealy-Morrison pontificate endlessly on the supposed genius of rock’s most pretentious ”poet” narcissist. On second thought, maybe the meager amount of bonus stuff is a good thing. B