The historic last concert filmed of The Doors is now available for the first time, as Eagle Rock Entertainment presents The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 on Blu-ray+CD, DVD+CD, and Digital Video on February 23, 2018.
The last known unseen full performance of The Doors in existence, The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 has been completely recut and remixed, from the original film footage. Fully approved by The Doors, this previously unreleased concert was restored via the latest 21st century technology, color correcting, and visually upgrading the original footage. The entire concert, which is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, was mixed from the original multitrack audio by longtime Doors engineer/mixer/co-producer Bruce Botnick.
Viewers/fans may have caught a glimpse of this performance in the 1997 Isle of Wight film Message To Love, however, this release presents The Doors’ set with the full-length songs in maximum visual and sound quality.
Check out the Wight 1970 trailer right here:
The scene is August 1970. Frontman Jim Morrison’s ongoing obscenity trial, from an incident a year prior in Miami, weighs heavily on the band. “The Last Great Festival,” as it’s known, is taking place in England at the Isle of Wight, which boasted a venerable who’s who of 1970’s top acts: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and more.
The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 captures and showcases the essence of this poignant performance, as well as offering a snapshot of the era, with footage of fans (over 600,000 in attendance) tearing down barriers and crashing the gates to gain access to the event.
The Doors hit the stage at 2 a.m. on August 30, 1970, delivering an intense 84-minute set. In it, Morrison, organist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore traverse such staples as “Roadhouse Blues,” “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” and “Light My Fire.” Illuminated by a mere red spotlight (the band weren’t informed that they needed to bring their own lighting equipment) gave the show an eerie crimson hue, almost echoing the figurative weight of the trial.
“Our set was subdued but very intense,” Manzarek later stated. “We played with a controlled fury, and Jim was in fine vocal form. He sang for all he was worth, but moved nary a muscle. Dionysus had been shackled.”
The set is completed with bonus featurette “This Is The End” – 17 minutes of interviews conducted by the film’s original director, Academy Award-winning Murray Lerner with Krieger, Densmore, and original Doors manager Bill Siddons. Additional archival interview footage with Manzarek from 2002 is also included.
For more information, please visit: www.thedoors.com.