When You’re Strange, Tom DiCillo’s documentary about Jim Morrison and 1960s rock band The Doors, verges close at times to hagiography. In DiCillo’s eyes, Morrison remains the rock god of legend rather than the bloated drunk he became in real life.
But his film, narrated by Johnny Depp, is well worth a view for the copious archive and newsreel footage of Morrison and the band it includes. There are also scenes from HWY: An American Pastoral, the experimental film the singer made in 1969, two years before his death in Paris in 1971 at the age of 27.
When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors is released by Universal on Blu-ray & DVD.