Review : Elvis A Generous Heart DVD
Source: Sunday Herald Sun - Melbourne
December 4, 2014
Elvis Reviews, Elvis DVD Reviews
Elvis is without a doubt the most beloved, idolized legendary star in history. Through his music, live performances and his films he brought joy to millions of people around the world. But for all his accomplishments as an entertainer perhaps his greatest legacy was his enormous generosity. The new DVD, 'Elvis...A Generous Heart' examines his wonderful legacy of generosity.
Elvis A Generous Heart. Elvis' accomplishments as an entertainer have been well documented and they continue to be with an endless stream of music and live performances. Because of his popularity long after his death, new material is continually unearthed and created to fill the demand. Marshall Blonstein, president of Morada Music, the parent company of Tangiers Entertainment, and his creative team have put together a new and unique and never before seen perspective on Elvis.
The media unfortunately prefers to focus on sensationalism and all the negative things stars do. Elvis A Generous Heart focuses on the King's charity to organizations, friends, and total strangers. Everyone knows that Elvis was the most successful entertainer in the world. We have heard of all the riches he attained because of that success. Little has been reported about what a great man he was and the way he freely shared his wealth, his 'generous heart'. Elvis loved to make people happy; he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, jewelry and cars away just to see people light up.
This revealing DVD takes you through the history of Elvis from being a poor sharecropper's son with little more than basic daily subsistence to the most beloved, wealthy and famous entertainer in the world. Even though he reached such great heights, he remained a humble country boy always ready to share his love and treasures with friends, family, and even complete strangers. There are many reasons the world mourned his death back in 1977 and it was more than for the joy he brought to people in live performances, movies and recorded music. Many of the unknown events include the legendary Aloha From Hawaii concert in 1973 that raised more than $75,000 for cancer research and in 1964 Elvis purchased the FDR presidential yacht and donated it to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, who in turn raised $55,000 for research upon its sale. People who were the closest to Elvis do in depth interviews on the DVD to tell some now celebrated and new stories of his generous heart.
Elvis A Generous Heart is a wonderful tribute to an artist that recorded timeless music that remains as popular today as when it was released. His stature as performer on stage, in the studio and in films remains unrivaled. Thanks to this DVD so does the man's generous heart.
The legendary 'Aloha from Hawaii' concert in 1973 raised more than $75,000 for cancer research. In 1964 Elvis purchased the FDR presidential yacht and donated it to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, who in turn raised $55,000 for research upon it's sale.
Elvis Presley was the single largest private contributor to the Pearl Harbor Memorial site in Hawaii.
In 1975 he gave a concert in Jackson, Mississippi to raise funds for the victims of a tornado in his native state. As a child Elvis had witnessed the devastation of a tornado.
In 1968 Elvis auctioned one of his Rolls Royces to raise money for a charity that aided mentally handicapped children.
The list of his generous acts goes on and on and on. Through the use of new interviews, new on-location filming, classic footage and photos, 'Elvis... A Generous Heart' will be one of the most definitive films ever made about the great generosity and kindness of the King, Elvis Presley.
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Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of 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.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.