The Doors’ first and only self-produced documentary Feast of Friends never saw completion and was shelved for 45 years due to Jim Morrison’s legal issues.
Now, the never-before-released documentary that chronicles life on the road during the band’s 1968 summer tour is getting an official release on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11th.
The only film about The Doors, made by The Doors, Feast of Friends offers fans an inside look at the iconic rock band’s ’68 tour from their point of view. The film’s original audio and video has been completely remastered for the release by Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC.
Directed and shot by Paul Ferrara starting in April ’68, the doc is comprised of concert performances which are “intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat – playful, sensitive, chaotic and touching,” according to the film’s press release.
“It’s a fictional documentary,” Morrison says in the film’s official trailer. “I can’t say too much about it because we’re not really making it, it’s just kind of making itself.”
Along with the film, the Feast of Friends release will also feature bonus material including Feast of Friends: Encore, which goes deeper inside the making of the doc and the band’s life on tour. Also included is The Doors Are Open, a British TV documentary originally aired on December 17th, 1968, focused around the band’s performance at London’s Roundhouse, as well as The End, a feature that was filmed in Toronto, Canada in August 1967 for The O’Keefe Centre Presents: The Rock Scene – Like It Is.
Bootlegs of Feast of Friends have circulated among die-hard fans for decades and has been screened at a handful of film festivals. The source of the bootleg is said to have come from Morrison’s personal copy, which he carried with him when he moved to Paris in 1971. As legend goes, Morrison is thought to have concealed the film in a brown paper bag and forgot it at a friend’s house, but never reclaimed it, as he passed away a few days later.
On what he hopes viewers will get from watching the film, Morrison replies in his true cheeky fashion, “I hope it will leave them puzzled.”
Watch the trailer for The Doors’ Feast of Friends below.