Doors fans have eagerly awaited the release of more Doors documentaries. Filmed and shot on a spring and summer tour in 1968, “A Feast of Friends” shows The Doors in concert as well as behind the scenes. As noted in Eagle Rock Entertainment’s press release of the DVD, “Feast of Friends” has never been officially released except for showings in a few film festivals in the late ’60s. The Doors apparently never considered the film finished, because they never played it at concerts like they did with the “Unknown Soldier” film.
Although “Feast of Friends” has never been fully released, fans will recognize a lot of scenes because they were used as source material for videos in the ’80s. “Feast of Friends” has also been extensively bootlegged, so a lot of fans may have seen second or third generation (or older) copies of it. But for DVD the film has been restored from the original negative, color corrected, and the soundtrack has been remixed and re-mastered by Bruce Botnick. This release is a chance for fans to see the 40-minute film as a whole and decide for themselves if it looks finished.
The DVD also includes bonus features of “Feast of Friends: Encore,” a newly produced documentary “which provides a deeper look into the life of the band at this period as they tour, record, travel and even vacation together.” The British documentary “The Doors Are Open” will also be included in the bonus features, as will “The End,” filmed for the Canadian TV show “The Rock Scene: Like It Is” in 1967. While “The Doors Are Open” and “The End” filmed for “Rock Scene” have been released before, Eagle Rock says the image quality has been restored and the sound “transformed” again by Bruce Botnick. The “Rock Scene” will also feature later interviews with Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Danny Sugerman.
Originally published Sept 2, 2014.