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This is the long awaited DVD officially released by Elvis Presley Enterprises. After watching this I found it 'worthwhile' and in understanding Elvis an essential purchase, especially when you understand the man studied several styles for two decades and took it VERY seriously from 1960-1974.
.. 'By Most Accounts
Elvis was as happy and exhilarated as anyone around him had ever seen'. Once more presented with an artistic challenge, he embraced each day that brought the live show date nearer. He incessantly pondered his intended presentation, emphatically compiling and revising the set-list on a daily basis. Among the musical gems being considered were songs like 'The Wonder Of You
', 'My Babe
', 'The Impossible Dream
', 'Suzy Q
', and 'The Twelfth Of Never
'. These selections were eventually omitted in favor of 'What Now My Love', 'Steamroller Blues', 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry', 'It's Over' and 'My Way'.
Hot on the heels of their Blu-ray release of Follow That Dream
, Twilight Time is back with another Elvis Presley vehicle, 1960's Flaming Star
. This spiffy new Blu-ray, which boasts an excellent transfer, is strictly limited to 3,000 copies. Director Don Siegel tackled this Western several years after gritty '50s classics like 'Riot in Cell Block 11' (1954) and 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1956), but this was more than a decade before his iconic 'Dirty Harry'. Make no mistake, this is no Elvis Presley musical lark; The King meant business with this one. He knocks out a novelty tune early on, presumably to satisfy those who simply couldn't bear the thought of a Presley movie without tunes, but otherwise he is here to act. Technical merits of this release are generally very good, and Flaming Star comes Recommended.
'Elvis: King of Entertainment
' DVD is one of the most comprehensive documentaries of the King's history. It starts during the war years and documents the influence the local charismatic churches had on his life. A great deal of the video coverage is a first for Elvis fans. The account then continues on through his meteoric climb to fame, shows TV footage not seen before and continues on through his movie career to his return as a live entertainer enchanting the world.
He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley. Brilliant, sincere, touching could all be used to describe this two part documentary and no more would need to be said but then again the purpose of a review is to give the reader an in-depth description of what is being reviewed. This two part documentary, narrated by Sander Vanocur, is definitely a labor of love and the sincerity of all involved shines through time and time again. The documentary delves deeply into exploring the religious side of Elvis' life, which most Elvis fans knew existed, but had only heard little snippets of prior to this documentary.
For all his accomplishments, perhaps Elvis Presley's greatest, and unknown legacy was his enormous generosity, unknown until now. With the use of new interviews, on-location filming, classic footage and photos, Elvis A Generous Heart
takes you through the history of a shy, humble country boy always ready to share his love, and treasures, with friends, family and even complete strangers. For the hardcore Elvis fan there is perhaps too much same old. But the new material and unseen footage on offer go a long way, offering a new insight and appreciation of the world's greatest entertainer.
The Memphis Recording Service
[MRS], the producers of this DVD
, boldly state on the front cover that never before have we ever had live film footage (i.e., with synchronized sound) of an Elvis concert from the 50's ... until this time. Well, we certainly do now! Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it
When I think about Elvis' movies, I sometimes think back to when I first 'discovered' Elvis Presley (January of 1978) and my first impressions of 'Elvis movies'. What I always recall is initially enjoying these films but cringing when Elvis would start singing, probably nothing against Elvis, just that to my mind movies were for acting not singing, as such I could not stand it when the story was interrupted But then after a while (probably) I learned to love both (So I assume this part) but then it developed (I assume slowly evolved) into actually watching the movies FOR Elvis' singing and as the movies got 'tired' as in I had seen them often I began to lose interest in the actual movie and just watch for the songs. Which (I guess) eventually led to a decline in overall interest.
I must admit to finding that the 1969
is a remarkable work that should have broad appeal - a big surprise. My initial skepticism was quickly overcome. This concert DVD should appeal to any Elvis fan that likes Elvis music to start with. With full quality normal audio, from CD, anyone can play this via their DVD player preferably then with the audio output via a stereo system. [And this is no diversion from what the format is] This DVD is well worth consideration for inclusion in your Elvis library for several reasons.
Touched by Love
 is an uplifting true story of love, hope and devotion and its important message is one of the most important parts of Elvis' legacy, one that deserves to be remembered forever. The end statement of the film says it all: 'To Elvis Presley for his compassion and ability to spread joy'. The movie is based on the reminisces of a real-life person, Lena Canada, a therapist in charge of handicapped girl named Karen played by future star, Diane Lane. The acting is first rate, particularly Diane Lane, whose portrayal (and transformation) of Karen from a lifeless body in her wheelchair to an animated and vibrant, talkative young girl is exceptional. The movie features performances by Elvis, Love Me Tender
and Ready Teddy
A favorite show of mine growing up, and one that I have always wished would come out on DVD, is the short-lived 1990 ABC series Elvis-Good Rockin' Tonight. It only lasted for 10 episodes with three unaired episodes, and was later edited into one long, (4 hours) film' Elvis: The Early Years'. It follows a young Elvis from his days in Tupelo to the end of his days at Sun Records. The series stared Michael St Gerard, Jesse Dabson, Blake Gibbons, and Millie Perkins. I'm posting this here because I always hear people say 'well, they've made 'Walk The Line', and 'Ray' why has there never been a production on par with those two for Elvis? Well, there has! I've just received a bootleg of the series and I'd like to review all 13 episodes.
Right there, in the middle of 'Ku-u-i-po', with no fanfare, no preparation, comes footage of Elvis appearing live in Hawaii ... In 1957 ... In color ... It is 30 seconds long ... But . . . wow. Ultimately, the wide format and split screens of Aloha From Hawaii DVD [2013 Edition New Edit] work better than I imagined they would, and they serve to shed new light and energy upon a concert that has become so familiar to Elvis fans. Use of split screen technology returns Aloha to its roots, albeit in modern form. It's Elvis. It's fun. What more could I ask?
The first thing that draws your attention on holding the Elvis '77 : The Final Curtain set is the look, the presentation artwork is like never before. It is extremely well made, with high quality binding and workmanship. But with this set there is so much more to 'distract' the Elvis fan, on further inspection you will find two DVDs flush on the inside of the front cover and two more on the back cover. The first most will go for is the 1977 CBS TV Special, and that made its way into my DVD player really quickly. Updated 22/1/11.
Long-sought by fans, ''Elvis
' made its overdue DVD debut Tuesday, on the Shout! Factory label. The disc offers the full 148-minute 'theatrical' version that played in cinemas overseas, and includes a commentary track from Ronnie McDowell, who supplied Russell's 'Elvis' singing voice, and author Edie Hand.
As commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley continue, Shout! Factory on March 2 will release 'Elvis
', marking the first time that the well-regarded television miniseries has been available on DVD.
Video Preview: Elvis The Movie
Made in 1979, just two years after Presley's death, 'Elvis' is a high-class exercise in hagiography, presenting the musical legend as his fans would want to remember him.
The Aloha From Hawaii Deluxe Edition
2 DVD set features many new camera angles resulting in a vastly improved and cohesive concert experience. The sound quality is also greatly improved, with all instruments and backing vocals clearer than ever before. Overall, an exciting set with informative booklet.
If you don't think of Elvis Presley as a romantic guy, then your mind will be quickly changed by an enlightening new DVD, Love Me Tender ... The Love Songs of Elvis Presley
. If you were around during Elvis' prime, you already know he possessed one of the most charismatic personalities in modern music.
Elvis is quite good here in King Creole
, bringing an obviously heartfelt and earnest, restless energy to his role that no doubt was encouraged by Curtiz.
The Elvis By The Presleys DVD
set is an entertaining, informative biography that belongs in the collection of anyone who considers themselves to be an Elvis fan. It also serves as an important document of 20th Century pop culture.
In a memorable line from I'll Remember You
, Elvis sings 'I'll return to stay'
to his beloved. Although its not in the living, breathing way most of us would prefer, Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii
skillfully preserves one of the legendary performer's last triumphs forever.
The 1981 documentary This Is Elvis
-- produced with the guidance of Jerry Schilling
and Joe Esposito
-- made its DVD debut recently from Warner Home Video in a two-disc 'Special Edition'.
Elvis: That's the Way It Is
captures in an electric concert setting one of the 20th century's most popular singers at arguably his peak musically and physically.
Let me tell you folks, Hot Shots And Cool Clips DVD Volume 3
is one very good DVD, it offers something for everyone, Fifties, Sixties and Seventies ... this is one very good DVD ...
In the summer of 1970, a slim strong-voiced Elvis performed a live show for four weeks at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. The result was that the world fell in love again with Elvis and his music. He gave his fans the show of a lifetime in these performances, including songs from his beginnings such as All Shook Up, and Hound Dog, all the way to his final #1 hit Suspicious Minds.
Review of Elvis Presley - Paternity Suit
. Mr. Glass's research is well documented and presented in a sequential order. This sequential order definitely for me pointed out the strategy used by Mr. Paul Caruso the lawyer for Ms. Parker, to literally push Elvis to the point of settling out of court just to save his sanity.
Elvis Presley - Paternity Suit
- The whole case lasted for more than 6 years in Elvis' life and was not such a small thing as most people thought. This set reveals information which was totally ignored until now.
In Elvis - The Hollywood Collection
there are some of the Elvis movies that don't always get shown during Elvis tribute times, but are special to many people.
A treasure trove of Presley ephemera, Memphis Recording Service: The Rise Of Elvis Presley Volume 2 1955
offers a fascinating peek at the meteoric rise of the Sun Records star. Highly recommended.
Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows
is an amazing, full record of three historic moments in Elvis Presley's and Ed Sullivan's careers. Instead of just giving us the isolated Presley performances, Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows
gives fans of vintage TV just what they want: entire programs, including their commercials. I highly recommend Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows.
It's the late afternoon of June 27th, 1968; the clock is a few minutes shy of 6pm. Backstage at NBC Studios, the air is fraught with tension as 33-year-old rock legend Elvis Aron Presley sits in his dressing room sweating profusely-and it's not entirely caused by the custom-made leather outfit he's wearing.
Sandwiched between Jailhouse Rock
(1957) and GI Blues
(1960), King Creole
endures as one of the best Elvis Presley
musicals ever made. This DVD from Paramount mirrors the virtues of its acclaimed US cousin, with a great video transfer and a boisterous Dolby Digital 5.1 mix lead by the centre channel.
One of the great things about reviewing television programs as part of my job is getting to see the shows before they go to air, often in a more intact state than when they finally are telecast. So, I should tell you that this review is based on the full version of 'Elvis The Early Years
'. By the time Channel Ten airs it in Australia on November 6, over 30 minutes will have been cut. And, to be honest, that can only be a good thing: the less that is seen of this production, the better as far as I'm concerned.
Another feature of the first film is upheld by the continued musical presence of Elvis Presley. Nearly every time there is a montage, the film makes efforts to weave in another Presley song. As opposed to last time, where most were contemporary covers, these tunes are mostly sung by the King himself.
Elvis By The Presleys
is the documentary about Elvis I have been waiting for. Not the familiar story, films and photo's (which are also very good) but a look behind the scenes with a lot of private home movie footage. Any Elvis fan will like this DVD, I can assure you that. It's the best documentary since This is Elvis
In honor of the 36th anniversary of the filming of Elvis' 1968 TV special and the much anticipated release '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD
, we will take a look at the people behind the scenes of this milestone in Elvis' life and career.
With Elvis: The Birth of Rock N' Roll
we clearly have what I would refer to as a repackage, meaning that the distributor, Kultur, has taken an aging documentary on Elvis Presley originally titled Elvis: The Beginning
(1992) and dressed it up into something it's not.
This is a much appreciated DVD release and highly recomended. When they say "remastered for optimum sound and picture quality" they actually mean it. The sound is excellent throughout and unlike previous Loving You DVD release's, the picture is much brighter and without the depressing shadows.
There are many complex facets to the Elvis Presley story. One of the most overlooked is Elvis' incredible generosity. That oversight is corrected in an engrossing new documentary called 200 Cadillacs.
The latest Elvis film to be released on DVD is the pugilistic offering, and highly enjoyable, Kid Galahad