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The Doors continue to light fires on R-Evololution DVD

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By Phyllis Pollack

Slated for release on January 21, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment's retrospective on the Doors, entitled The Doors R-Evolution is a visual and musical up-close look at the band through television appearances and creative videos synched to their music.

The film is available both on Blu-Ray and on Digital Formats.

Eagle Rock Entertainment won a Grammy Award for its Doors documentary film "When You're Strange" with narration by Johnny Depp in 2011.

With sound remixed and remastered by Bruce Botnick, The Doors R-Evolution has music through its entirety. With many of the band's biggest hits, including "Light My Fire," "People are Strange," and more, the band breaks on through to the other side during the age of psychedelia, and other culled footage is synched to video during the '80's and '90's.

Most of the film is in color, with some exceptions that include a performance of "The Crystal Ship" and an interview on the late Dick Clark's American Bandstand, filmed in 1967. A second performance on the show of "Light My Fire" also graces the DVD.

Other television appearances are also included. Among those broadcasts are a rendition of "Moonlight Drive" on the late Jonathan Winters Show, "People are Strange" with Murray the K,"Break On Through To The Other Side" on Shebang, and 'Touch Me" from the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

A promotional film for "The Unknown Soldier" by Mark Abramson and Edward Dephoure add another twist to the retrospective footage.

A short interview segment with the Doors is featured, during which quotes include, "We're inside the music...because we are our music."

Morrison's charismatic presence seeps through every performance.

Some of the performances include the obligatory blonde go-go dancer, while Morrison seems to be in a trance.

A recording studio passage is also part of the DVD as the band goes through a rendition of the aptly titled "Wild Child."

A 1970 performance of "Roadhouse Blues' becomes a stark reminder of the frenzy that Morrison invoked on the road.

A black and white performance of "Crawling King Snake" shows Morrison's stark appearance change, as the now bearded singer seems bloated and overweight, while still able to deliver a captivated performance with his voice far rougher than during the band's earlier period.

One of the highlights of the DVD is the segment for the song "L.A. Woman." Neon shots of famous L.A.'s night spots and restaurants, against a backdrop of Palm Trees, the beach, and the multi-ethnic backdrop of L.A. are the perfect setting for this love song to Los Angeles.

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