Review: 200 Cadillacs DVD
Drawing on interviews with Elvis' close friends, people who received Cadillacs from The King and Cadillac salesmen, the documentary is riveting viewing thanks to its intriguing subject matter, tight editing and a wonderful music soundtrack.
The documentary features more than 200 photos of Elvis, many of them previously unpublished, and there are some great shots to look at.
There are many wonderful stories in 200 Cadillacs. Apart from its titular focus, the documentary goes beyond just the giving of Cadillacs to Elvis the humanitarian and Elvis the emotionally concerned friend. The stories include Elvis' response to the death of a friend's brother, an incident involving Myrna Smith, Elvis and a $30,000 Diamond Ring, and drama concerning the first TCB Necklace.
While the basic theme of 200 Cadillacs is concerned with Elvis' charitable endeavours, the documentary hints at a subliminal, more profound theme - Elvis Presley as a concrete example of Christian morality (a person generous, kind of spirit, benevolent and devoted to his kingdom).
A highlight of 200 Cadillacs is its strong, rock and roll, sometimes bluesy soundtrack. The music complements the narrative to a tee, and will have many fans rushing out to buy the companion soundtrack album. A fitting blend of lyrical sentiment, rock & roll musicality and strategic placement combine to give the story added impact.
Some of the standout tracks are the poignant 'Shine A Little Light On Elvis', the title track and 'Running With The King'. Many of the songs were composed and performed by Rex Fowler.
Verdict: 200 Cadillacs is an important documentary shedding much needed light on an often overlooked part of the Elvis Presley story. With a persuasive narrative, fine editing and an in your face soundtrack, it is highly recommended for both the casual fan and serious student of The King. 200 Cadillacs ranks as one of the best Elvis documentaries ever made.
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.