The last complete filmed concert by The Doors which was recorded at the Isle of Wight music festival on Aug. 30, 1970, is to be released for the first time as The Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 in configurations of DVD/Blu-ray and CD and also on digital video on Feb. 23 Eagle Rock Entertainment announced on Dec. 14.
The Doors' concert footage was excerpted with two songs – “When the Music's Over” and “The End” – in the documentary Message to Love, a film currently available on DVD that features highlights from them and the other acts who performed at the festival – The Who, Free, Donovan, Tiny Tim, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Leonard Cohen, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Joni Mitchell. But the group's uncut performance will be seen for the first time with the release of this new DVD/CD, according to Eagle Rock.
The band performed starting at 2 a.m. under a single red spotlight because they weren't told they needed to bring their own lighting, the company says. In that moody setting, they performed a set list that featured “Roadhouse Blues,” “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” their trademark “Light My Fire,” and the two songs mentioned previously. “Our set was subdued but very intense. We played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form. He sang for all he was worth, but moved nary a muscle,” keyboardist Ray Manzarek remarked later.
The concert has been re-mixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital sound for the new release from the original multi-track audio by Bruce Botnick. The DVD also includes “This Is the End,” a 17-minute short with interviews of the band and their manager Bill Siddons.