The Doors‘ long lost self-produced documentary, Feast of Friends, will be seeing a proper releases more than four decades after its creation.
The 1968 film has been previously only available to fans as poor-quality bootlegs, but now it has been remastered and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray beginning Nov. 11.
Feast of Friends was filmed during the Doors’ summer tour 46 years ago by director Paul Ferrara and funded by the band itself. But it was never completed, Rolling Stone reports, after receiving generally negative reviews at film festivals and was eventually shelved due to singer Jim Morrison’s legal problems from allegedly exposing himself to an audience in Miami.
Ferrara also shot the cover photograph of the Doors’ Waiting for the Sun album, and his relationship with Morrison later led him to direct the 1969 film HWY: An American Pastoral. The film contains a mix of on-stage performances and behind the scenes footage of the band approached in a ’60s cinéma vérité style.
“It’s a fictional documentary,” Morrison says in the film’s trailer. “I can’t say too much about it, because we’re not really making it. It’s just kind of making itself.”
The new version of Feast of Friends has been color-corrected and mastered in high definition by long-time Doors co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick, who also remixed and remastered the soundtrack.
The DVD and Blu-ray will also include a handful of bonus features. Those include the newly made Feast of Friends: Encore complimentary piece assembled with additional footage shot for the original film such as footage of the band recording “Wild Child” in the studio, a solo performance by guitarist Robby Krieger, a Morrison poem and an altercation with photographer Richard Avedon.
As well, it will include the 1968 British documentary The Doors Are Open centered around the band’s final performance at London’s Roundhouse, also remastered and restored.
And, lastly, it also includes The End, a special performance of the song “The End” for British program The O’Keefe Centre Presents: The Rock Scene – Like It Is from October 1967. (The footage later aired in the U.S. on the program The Now Explosion in 1970.) In this packaging, the piece is supplemented with interviews of surviving band members John Densmore, Krieger, Ray Manzarek and former manager Danny Sugerman.
Feast of Friends has become a cult fan favorite over the years with a legacy of mythology surrounding it. The grainy bootleg version that was until now the only way of seeing the film was purportedly Morrison’s own, which he brought with him when he moved to Paris in 1971 and he left at a friend’s house in a brown paper bag just days before his death.