Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: "The Doors" (1991)

Oliver Stone's The Doors is out in a special blu-ray edition today, and it's a musical biopic that stands out for a few reasons, not least of which was Val Kilmer's totally immersive performance as Doors frontman Jim Morrison (for which I maintain he was robbed of an Oscar nomination). Oliver Stone is prone to excess, and that's a criticism that certainly applies to this movie at times, but this is subject matter for which it might be appropriate, because it has the effect of placing you right in the middle of the late 60's sex, drugs and rock and roll craze, and it feels more authentic, vibrant and alive than any other film I've ever seen that tries to recreate that time period. The incredible soundtrack doesn't hurt it either. It's the reason that the movie holds up and stands apart from the rote, by the numbers rags to riches stories of so many films in this genre.