The sad irony of the new Doors documentary When You're Strange is this: While it'll almost definitely appeal to old-school fans of the legendary band, it's that precise fan-base that'll probably finish with the flick and think ... yeah, but I knew all that stuff already. Informationally speaking, there's next to nothing here that a loyal Doors fan doesn't already know, which in a way makes When You're Strange come off as little more than a glorified DVD supplement.
The big selling point of the film is that When You're Strange contains a ton of archival video footage that's never been seen before. And if you're a serious fan of this excellent band, then of course you'll want to see the scratchy old clips of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Kriger, and John Densmore as they ascend the ladder of rock stardom. So while this recently-unearthed material may prove to be a gold mine for the fans, the documentary is also saddled with a generally flat voice-over narrative that doesn't add much to the final product. If the selling point of this documentary is this previously-unseen video footage (and it is), then just lose the Cliff's Notes narration and simply chart the band's trajectory using only the videos and the music.