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The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080i/60
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit), English LPCM 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/24-bit), English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 94 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • List Price: $19.98

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:4/5]


The Doors – Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman is a typical documentary in the “Classic Albums” style that explores the making of the final album by the Doors with Jim Morrison. The remaining members of The Doors, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, and John Densmore along with engineer and co-producer Bruce Botnick give a song-by-song breakdown of the recording of the historic L.A. Woman album sessions. There are interesting and reflective insights into the creative process, the controversies surrounding Jim Morrison (the forever young frontman was facing criminal charges and possible prison time for indecent exposure at the the time), and perhaps a few new revelations for hardcore and casual fans alike. I for one was unaware that the famous “city of night” line from the title track was a reference to the John Rechy underground novel about homosexuality in America.

There may always be a debate amongst Doors fans about what is the greatest album from their catalogue, but I don’t think too many can argue that L.A. Woman was a bad way to go out (even though there would actually be a little known post-Morrison album). This look into its construction and the history surrounding it is a definite must for fans.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

Eagle Rock has provided Mr. Mojo Risin’ with a 1080i/60 AVC encodement that is clean and artifact-free. Much of the documentary is archival photographs and film footage, which necessitates that the quality is below that of the new high definition footage of the remaining members of the Doors in their interview footage. Still, it’s a strong release for the source material at hand.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is the way to go when watching Mr. Mojo Risin’. There isn’t much going on for much of the documentary, the mix being typically front-heavy, dialogue-driven and based in the center channel, but the music is where it’s at, and those additional channels add a lot of ambience and spaciousness with airy high frequencies and musical bass tones. The LPCM is good as well, serving up a natural midrange and clean dialogue.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

All extras are in high definition 1080i and include additional interview segments,  some archival performance footage of The Doors, plus a photo slideshow with additional live Doors performance as the musical accompaniment.

The Supplements:

  • Bonus Footage:
    • John Densmore on L.A. Woman
    • Ray Manzarek Discusses Riders on the Storm
    • The Doors Guide to L.A.
    • Thoughts on Performing Live
    • Crawling King Snake
    • She Smells So Nice — Slideshow

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

“Our world on you depends, our life will never end…” What better way to end a review on a classic Doors album. If you’re a rock and roll fan, then check this out as a rental at the very least.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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