Elvis' movies and I : My review of the Hollywood Elvis DVDs

By: David Troedson
Source: Elvis Australia
May 25, 2014

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.

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Today I found the perfect solution albeit over 35 year later, in the 'Hollywood Elvis' DVD series. I can say I was 'sus' about these releases, so it was a surprise.

What we have is Elvis music videos.

While the original movies themselves offer great clips, in many cases there was plenty of room to make improvements, the producers have not just 'dished' up regular movie versions ... they have put a LOT of work and thought into creating the best possibly visual and listening experience.

For example in the 'Hollywood Elvis' Volume 4 DVD Spring Fever is edited WITHOUT the annoying girls singing, and some incredible edits were used to make this a great new clip ... If You Think I Don't Need You another example of how an edited movie version becomes a new complete clip! Girl Happy in the movie TWO short versions appear, here it is brought to life as a COMPLETE clip, with some very nice edits! I'm Coming Home a nice added song for the 'Tickle Me' soundtrack, includes hilarious slapstick segments. Do the Vega ... Animal Instinct ... You're the Boss all not in the movies, but again NOW we have film music videos to enjoy! There is some UNRELEASED footage as well ... Elvis preparing for The Lady Loves Me, on the set of 'Viva Las Vegas', some rare 'Roustabout' footage, rare pictures and alternate takes.

To-date there have been 4 releases, volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4, with more to come.

All are highly recommended to and movie fan, and well, every fan.

Elvis In Hollywood Volume 4 DVD :

Viva Las Vegas
Night Life
C'mon Everybody
I Need Somebody To Lean On
Yellow Rose Of Texas/the Eyes Of Texas
The Lady Loves Me
What D I Say
If You Think I Don't Need You
Today Tomorrow And Forever
You Re The Boss
Do The Vega
Santa Lucia

Little Egypt
Poison Ivy League
Hard Knocks
Its A Wonderful World
Big Love Big Heartache
One Track Heart
Its Carnival Time
Carny Town
Wheels On My Heels
I'm A Roustabout
Theres A Brand New Day On The Horizen

Girl Happy
Spring Fever
Fort Lauderdale Chambers Of Commerce
Startin' Tonight
Wolf Call
Do Not Disturb
Cross My Heart Hope To Die
The Meanest Girl In Town
Do The Clam
Puppet On A String
Ive Got To Find My Baby
You'll Be Gone

Long Lonely Highway
It Feels So Right
Dirty Dirty Feeling
Easy Question
Put The Blame On Me
Night Rider
I'm Yours
I Feel That Ive Know You Forever
Slowly But Surely

Harum Holiday
My Desert Serenade
Go East Young Man
Shake That Tambourine
Hey Little Girl
Golden Coins
So Close Yet So Far
Animal Instinct
Wisdom Of The Ages


Viva Las Vegas - Take 1 (rare Unreleased Footage!!)
Today Tomorrow And Forever - Duet
It Hurts Me
Girl Happy - Correct Speed
I'm Coming Home
So Close Yet So Far - Take 1
Fools Fall In Love
The Meanest Girl In Town
I Feel That Ive Known You Forever

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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. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.

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.

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