The Doors' "Feast of Friends" Documentary Finally Hits DVD on November 11
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:39:07
Fans of The Doors, rejoice and then make a calendar reminder for November 11 after you cream in your pantalonis. Why is November 11 a significant date for Doors fans?
Well, that's when a never-before-released documentary film produced by the band will hit retail.
Titled Feast of Friends, the intimate and rare look at the explosive rock band is, after 45 years, finally being released. [Amazon link]
Here's the history of the doc: Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison's legal issues, the uncompleted film was only ever seen at a few film festivals and was never completed. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC have painstakingly remastered the audio and video and compiled bonus footage as well as an historic British documentary called The Doors Are Open.
In April of 1968, filming began for what would become the first and only film produced about The Doors…by The Doors.
Funded by the band and helmed by friend and fellow film graduate Paul Ferrara, the footage shot for this film would become the well from which the majority of future documentaries and music videos about the band would draw. This film became Feast of Friends, as Paul Ferrara thought it was a great lyric to use for the title. Other than a few appearances in film festivals the following year, an official release would never be seen. Until now.
If not for a poor quality bootleg copy circulated among collectors and eventually via the Internet, the film's existence would have scarcely been known beyond the circle of diehard The Doors fans. By many accounts, the original source of that bootleg is thought to have been Morrison's own copy, which he hand-carried when he moved to Paris in 1971 after recording what would be The Doors' final album. Concealed in a paper bag and forgotten at a friend's house, Morrison would never reclaim it, as he passed suddenly a few days later.
Feast of Friends offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer '68 tour. Whilst never truly completed, as the production funding was abruptly cut due to the band's political problems stemming from Jim's arrest in Miami, the film provides a stylistic approach in true '60s cinéma vérité style.
Grab this for yourself or The Doors' fan in your life. Christmas and the holidays are coming!
Who plans to watch or own this doc or nab it for The Doors lover in their life?