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The Doors Like a lot of people, I had problems with Oliver Stone's overheated biopic about the most pretentious great band of the '60s, The DoorsThe DoorsBiographyPT140MR Like a lot of people, I had problems with Oliver Stone's overheated biopic about the most pretentious great band of the '60s, The Doors1997-04-25Kevin DillonKyle MacLachlanKathleen QuinlanMeg RyanFrank WhaleyKevin Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathleen Quinlan, Meg Ryan, Frank WhaleyTriStar Pictures

The Doors

Genre: Biography; Starring: Val Kilmer, Kevin Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathleen Quinlan, Meg Ryan, Frank Whaley; Director: Oliver Stone; Author: J. Randal Johnson, Oliver Stone; Runtime (in minutes): 140; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Like a lot of people, I had problems with Oliver Stone’s overheated biopic about the most pretentious great band of the ’60s, The Doors. Yet to the director’s credit, he gives plenty of dissenters — including Jim Morrison’s sort-of wife, Patricia Kennealy — the chance to vent their criticisms within this deluxe disc edition. Though the packaging reaches astounding heights of wanton indulgence (who needs the multiple hologram of Val Kilmer on the cover?), there’s meat under the trimmings: an exceptionally good-looking wide-screen transfer, a 1991 featurette, Stone’s audio commentary, and a brand-new making-of documentary with lots of amusingly bitchy stuff. Best moment: Actor Frank Whaley, after being informed that everyone is to call Kilmer ”Jim,” confesses that he called him ”a–hole” instead. ”I think,” Whaley deadpans, ”it improved his performance.” A-