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The Doors - No One Here Gets Out Alive - The Doors' Tribute to Jim Morrison CD (album) cover


The Doors



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3 stars First of all, information on DVD cover is not quite correct, it reads: Full length performances of ''Touch Me'', ''The Changeling'' and ''L.A. Woman''. In fact there are only 2 full performances - ''Light My Fire'' from Ed Sullivan Show, where the band played reduced version of the song, and 'Touch Me''.

The rest are short cuts of songs and the band's footage from different sources, alternating with interviews of surviving Doors, their producer Paul Rothchild and authors of bestseller book published in 1980 - ''No One Here Gets Out Alive'' - Danny Sugarman and Jerry Hopkins. The film in many ways inspired by this book and tells The Doors story in a period between summer 1965, when Ray Manzarek met Jim Morrison and they decided to form a band, and their last classic album, ''L.A. Woman''. Obviously, Jim Morrison's person is a central point of the whole movie. It's hardly possible to unravel the mystery of his life and art, you can only come a little closer to the solution, with the help of this film and other sources.

For me most interesting parts of the film are sections with Paul Rothchild's interview. Worked with the band over 5 albums, he probably understood the essence of The Doors music like nobody else. And he refused to produce ''L.A. Woman'' album and offered them to record it by themselves only because he did not like the songs. Though according to his later interviews, he felt that the only way to discipline Jim and finish the album was to make the band responsible for the whole recording process. Anyway, it's unbelievable, The Doors were bestselling band in the country, but Paul Rothchild decided to sacrifice a good amount of money for his belief. Then or now, I don't know any other person who is so honest with himself and his mates.

Initially "No One Here Gets Out Alive" is a tribute to Jim Morrison. Now, in the second decade of 2000s, it is also a tribute to Paul Rothchild and Danny Sugarman, sadly, they are no longer with us. And it is also a document of the time when the film was created - Ray Manzarek, Roby Krieger, John Densmore and Jerry Hopkins were much younger in 1981. "No One Here Gets Out Alive" is a wrong video if you want to see The Doors playing live, there are other DVDs with their music. If you were interested in The Doors story you probably already read everything that interviewed persons said here, but now you can see and hear them. For those who only started to discover the band it's a good starting point for further investigations.

NotAProghead | 3/5 |


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