Doors documentary “When You’re Strange” to get limited theatrical release on April 9th

After receiving enthusiastic receptions at several film festivals, Tom DiCillo’s documentary on legendary 1960s rockers The Doors will receive a limited theatrical release on April 9, 2010, Variety reports. The documentary, called When You’re Strange, is narrated by Johnny Depp and was made with the support of surviving Doors band members Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger, and the estate of the late Jim Morrison. The 90-minute documentary uses archival footage–much of it never seen before–shot between the band’s formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971.

When You’re Strange is scheduled to open in only a handful of major markets, including (according to Variety) New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, and San Francisco. However, the documentary is scheduled to be released on DVD three months after its theatrical debut.

Johnny Depp made the following comment about the film: “DiCillo’s When You’re Strange is a meticulously crafted, exhilarating ode to one of music’s greatest, most exciting ensembles, The Doors. Watching the hypnotic, hitherto unreleased footage of Jim, John, Ray, and Robby, both on and off the stage, I felt like I was there, with them, living and experiencing what they were experiencing, seeing it all through their eyes. [. . . ] In terms of a rock ‘n’ roll documentary, or any kind of documentary for that matter, it simply doesn’t get any better than this. What an honor to have been involved. I am as proud of this as anything I have ever done.”

The Zone thanks Emma for the Variety story and Theresa for the quote from Johnny; you can read more about the Doors documentary on the Zone’s News & Views forum.