Feast of Friends
Eagle Rock Entertainment/ Eagle Vision/Shock
The Doors’ Feast of Friends was an impressionistic documentary feature made in 1968, shown a handful of times and then buried. So now it’s here on DVD for all to see and padded out with a few extras.
The original film – Feast of Friends – is just 40 minutes in length, but the DVD is worthwhile for fans due to the extras, including the obvious (outtakes and extra scenes) and a miscellany that actually presents the real value – an incredible live performance of The End recorded live in 1967 and The Doors Are Open a British TV documentary that originally aired in December of 1968.
All of this footage here captures The Doors in the middle-phase of their career, star still in ascendance.
The Feast of Friends doco is, frankly, waffle. A bore. The typical “tripped-out” take on the late 1960s that is so painfully of its time as to be unwatchable beyond the sake of curio; it holds no real weight.
But its scarcity – until this official release – is the selling factor. And fair enough. It’s the extra features on the disc that make this, as a whole, worth your time. (When was the last time you ever thought or said that? Who sticks around for the extra features these days?)
It won’t win over new fans – but Doors obsessives will have to have it.
And that’s where this review comes in…
I have TWO copies of The Doors: Feast of Friends to giveaway to lucky Off The Tracks readers. Just name your favourite Doors song in the comments-section below to be in with a chance to win. I’ll pick two lucky winners, each will receive a copy of the DVD.