Live in Europe 1968

Those who grew up thinking that Jim Morrison was a character that Val Kilmer played in Oliver Stone's "The Doors" should give a look and listen to "Live in Europe 1968." Morrison was the real deal as

Those who grew up thinking that Jim Morrison was a character that Val Kilmer played in Oliver Stone's "The Doors" should give a look and listen to "Live in Europe 1968." Morrison was the real deal as far as 1960s rock stars go: He was beautiful, shameless and completely irresponsible. "I don't know another band where the lead singer was so erratic," says Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who embodied the Doors' musical essence. The group's music is on fine display in these performances shot in Germany, Denmark and England. The 5.1 Dolby surround sound is top-notch considering the age of the source material, and the black-and-white camera work is crisp and clear. The nine songs ("Light My Fire" is performed twice) include a frightening version of "Back Door Man" and a rendition of "When the Music's Over" in which Morrison appears to be in a deep trance. The DVD gives a sure sense of what the Doors mystique was about: a roiling blend of literary reach, musical daring and animal magnetism.—WR