Why hasn't Jim Morrison's HWY ever been officially released?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Captain Leo, Dec 22, 2017.

  1. Captain Leo

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    We saw in that documentary that came out a few years ago that there exists an HD transfer of it - does anyone know why the whole film hasn't been given an official release? It might not be a "good" film per se but it would be a treasure to own.
     
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  2. Matthew Tate

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    i keep hearing it will be released eventually
     
  3. Encuentro

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    There may not be a market for it. I suspect that if it is ever released, it will be tagged onto another release as a bonus. I've also read that all solo Morrison works are owned by the Morrison/Courson estate and that The Doors would not have anything to do with its release.
     
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  4. Captain Leo

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    It should definitely be added as a bonus. Jim intended for it to be released, didn't he? I've read he was satisfied with the film, unfinished though it was. He showed it publicly during his lifetime.
     
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  5. Encuentro

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    Yes, he screened it at a number of film festivals. I believe he was very proud of it. If I remember correctly, he carried a copy of it, along with a copy of Feast of Friends, around Paris with him shortly before his passing hoping to get it screened there. However, in one of the last interviews ever given, he referred to the film as "more of an exercise."

    In the informal 1971 interview Morrison gave to Ben Fong Torres, Morrison states the film "...was more of an exercise for me and a warm-up for something bigger."
    HWY: An American Pastoral - Wikipedia
     
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  6. PaulKTF

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    Because it's probably terrible and not marketable. It's as simple as that.
     
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  7. Captain Leo

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    Could easily be added to a legacy release as a bonus. And given it's the only film Morrison produced in his lifetime I imagine there would be some interest. Also, it'd be paying respect to the man and his legacy to release it. He wanted it out there, and the negatives are just sitting there collecting dust.
     
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  8. rjp

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    if sales of the endless parade of doors reissues tell you anything at all, a morrison product of any kind would sell.

    doors fans buy anything, they buy albums on which every song they already have....twice, they'll buy this, in droves. it's the lizard king for goodness sakes.
     
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  9. Avenging Robot

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    Some years ago I’m pretty sure I saw copies of this film for sale from a less than legitimate source. I’m sure somebody here has seen it.
     
  10. Captain Leo

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    Yes there are very low quality bootlegs, but look at how amazingly bits of it looked on that recent documentary. Doing a restoration of a 50 minute film can't be too hard or too costly. I know I'd buy it.
     
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