Eagle Rock Entertainment has released a number of pieces centered on The Doors in recent year. Between the likes of Mr. Mojo Risin’ to Live at The Hollywood Bowl to this most recent release, Eagle Rock has painted a fully vivid picture of just what continues to make this band beloved by fans of all ages decades after the band’s final performance. R-Evolution is another special addition to Eagle Rock’s growing catalogue of recordings and documentaries from The Doors for a number of reasons. The primary reason for its success is that it examines the band from an angle which it has never done so before. That angle is how the band evolved over time in the public spotlight of television. Audiences get to see the band performing its hits on the likes of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Jonathan Winters Show, and so many others. These performances offer a whole new glimpse into the band. Making this latest release even more enjoyable is its compliment of bonus features. Included with both the DVD and Blu-ray presentation of R-Evolution are: an extra near hour-long documentary as well as a bonus live performance of ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side). That’s not all that fans get, either from the included bonus. The real highlight of the bonus features will be discussed at more length later. The last aspect of Eagle Rock’s latest in its ongoing tribute to The Doors that makes it so worthwhile for fans of this groundbreaking band is that it will be available in both a standard and deluxe edition when it is released later this month. It’s the last part of what makes this latest release a must have for any true fan of The Doors.
The first aspect of R-Evolution that audiences will appreciate is the fact that it presents the band in a fashion like never before. Eagle Rock has shown the band from a personal level in Mr. Mojo Risin’. It has shown the band in its natural live setting in Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Now, fans of this groundbreaking band see the band grow through the use of television in this release. Knowing the band’s reputation—and especially that of its equally legendary front man Jim Morrison—it’s kind of odd to see Morrison and his band mates dressed so prim and proper early on in its performance on Shebang. Here was a band that was the antithesis of bands like The Beatles dressed almost like John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The change in the band is obvious as the years pass. It’s especially interesting to see the remaining band members perform in the post-Morrison years. It’s something that audiences can only appreciate by seeing for themselves. It should be noted on the side that there is some brief nudity in the main presentation. So viewers should use their discretion in viewing it.
The performances themselves that have been culled for this musical documentary are of course the foundation of its success. They aren’t however the only part of its success. Making this latest release even more of a joy for fans of The Doors is the extensive bonus features included as part of the whole. Audiences are treated to a bonus live performance of ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’ as part of the collective bonuses. Also included as a bonus is a near hour-long documentary on The Doors titled ‘Break Through The Lens.’ This documentary adds more depth to the songs and performances included in the main feature. It also serves to expand on the Doors documentaries already released by Eagle Rock Entertainment in recent years. As nice as these additions are, the real gem of R-Evolution’s bonuses is the picture-in-picture commentary. The option of having PIP allows viewers to take in the main feature all while taking in the remaining Doors members’ thoughts on the recordings. It knocks down two obstacles at one time. For that addition, those behind R-Evolution are to be highly commended.
Those behind R-Evolution are to be commended for making available PIP commentary. They are just as worthy of praise for the last factor in this presentation’s success. That factor is the availability of R-Evolution in both standard edition and deluxe edition. R-Evolution has been made available both in standard edition and expanded deluxe edition on both Blu-ray and DVD. The deluxe edition comes complete with a bonus forty-page booklet loaded with trivia on the band, photos, lyrics and so much more. This collection of extras is well worth the extra cost for any true blooded Doors fan. Regardless of whether one picks up the standard or deluxe edition of R-Evolution, there is no denying that this upcoming musical documentary is quite the way for Eagle Rock Entertainment to kick off 2014. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eaglerockent.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.