Complete Comeback Special DVD Details

By: Elvis Australia
Source: EPE / BMG
May 13, 2004 - 1:31:00 PM
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ELVIS: '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD
ELVIS: '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD
"ELVIS: '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD" is a three-disc set featuring all the material shot for Elvis Presley's 1968 television special, which is considered one of rock 'n' roll's greatest moments on television and one of the most magical and important moments of Elvis's career.

- Available for the first time, the original Elvis television special as it first aired on NBC on December 3, 1968, but with one change: the restoration of the bordello segment that was deleted from the show's main production number at the request of the broadcast's primary sponsor. (This restoration was also made in the previous home video and DVD releases of the show, but those releases varied from the original broadcast version in other ways as well.)

And all the material shot from which the components of the TV special were assembled:

- Available in their absolute entirety for the first time, both of the black leather sit-down shows - Elvis, clad in black leather, performing jam sessions with original band-mates Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, and friends.

- Available in their absolute entirety for the first time, both of the black leather stand-up shows - Elvis, clad in black leather, performing solo on stage.

- Available for the first time, all the material shot for the Trouble/Guitar Man opening of the special - used and unused takes - everything in its complete, raw form.

- Available for the first time, all the material shot for the gospel production number - used and unused takes - everything in its complete, raw form.

- Available for the first time, all the material shot for the big Guitar Man production number - used and unused takes - everything in its complete, raw form.

- Available for the first time, all three takes and the false start shot for the If I Can Dream show closer - all in complete, raw form. (The final take was the one chosen for the television special.)

- Available for the first time, the shots of Elvis from the closing credits roll of the television special - but without the credits roll.

- Available for the first time, the complete taping session for Elvis's on-camera "huh-huh-huh" promotional tag for the television special.

- The exciting new If I Can Dream music video created for this DVD set and its promotion. It is assembled from the traditional white-suit If I Can Dream show closer and Elvis's never-before-released performances of the song at the end of his two black leather stand-up shows.

To illustrate further what we mean by "comprehensive" - You know how the show closed with Elvis playing guitar standing in the big read ELVIS letters as the credits rolled? We even give you a version of that without the credits. And to further illustrate the point, you get all the '68 material complete with the chatter and whatnot going on while sound is on before and after the camera is rolling and you see the "slates" marking each take. We trust you will like our definition of "comprehensive." No trimming up or censoring out.

The original videotape material for this program has been digitally remastered and restored. The audio, originally recorded in mono, has been digitally remastered and rechanneled for Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 surround.

Disc 1 (running time: 2:40:49)

Available for the first time, the original Elvis television special as it first aired on NBC on December 3rd 1968 available in their absolute entirety for the first time, both of the black leather sit-down shows - Elvis, clad in black leather, performing jam sessions with original band-mates Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana and friends.

Disc 2 (running time: 1:48:32)

Available in their absolute entirety for the first time, both of the black leather stand-up shows - Elvis, clad in black leather, performing solo on stage available for the first time, everything in its complete, raw form, used and unused takes:

Trouble/Guitar Man opening of the special / Gospel production number / Guitar Man production number / If I Can Dream show closer / Elvis scene shot for the closing credits roll without the credits roll / The complete taping session for Elvis's on-camera "huh-huh-huh" promotional tag for the television special / The exciting new If I Can Dream music video created for this DVD set combining white-suit finale with black-leather performance footage.

Disc 3 (running time: 2:51:27)

All components / takes shot for the gospel production number and the Guitar Man production number.

BMG has opted to start off with DVD only, as the VHS market worldwide is nearing extinction. It's virtually a sin to watch this glorious material on VHS anyway! Still, BMG and EPE are discussing possible means of addressing the demand that will continue for Elvis on VHS.

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