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About the Movie
August, 1970: With Jim Morrison's ongoing Miami obscenity trial casting an ominous shadow over the band, The Doors flew to England to play the Isle of Wight Festival. Waiting for them at "The Last Great Festival" were over 600,000 fans who had already torn down the barriers, crashed the gates, and enjoyed performances by the world's top acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell. The Doors took the stage at 2 am, playing with the weight of the trial on their backs, and showed fans they still had the magic that had propelled them to the top during the Summer of Love. "We played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form," said Doors organist Ray Manzarek. "He sang for all he was worth, but moved nary a muscle. Dionysus had been shackled." Less than a year later, The Doors were no more. Here, for the very first time, is the last Doors concert ever filmed. The Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight.
Great concert musically
Worth the purchase if you are a Doors fan. The concert - musically - I thought was excellent. The film successfully places you into the mindset of being at the show and in 1970. Ray, Robbie and John all play tightly and show what great musicians they are (were)...Morrison is subdued presentation wise though. Few shots show his eyes open; he is either attempting to stay straight and narrow because of filming - or - he is heavily medicated - or - both. His voice sounds great considering it is 1970 and he is a month away from a conviction for Miami. You watch, listen and imagine that after his conviction his voice quickly caught up with the subdued body demeanor suggested at this show. Morrison's voice showed wear on LA Woman; he was clearly deteriorating in comparison to a few short years ago. While that was a classic album, you can hear Morrison straining on the vocals in comparison to their debut record. His presentation at this show hints that future. All in all, this film connects a short period between Miami and what was recorded on LA Woman for a Doors enthusiast.