Review : Loving You DVD
Source: Elvis Australia
May 14, 2004 - 1:04:00 PM
Elvis Reviews, Elvis DVD Reviews, By Daniel Avram
When premiered in 1957, moviegoers could barely hear the dialogue due to the screaming and swooning of Elvis' frenzied fans. Now newly remastered for optimum sound and picture quality, Loving You stars a young Elvis Presley in his second feature film. This semi-autobiographical tale - which boasts some of his most outstanding performances including 'Teddy Bear' and 'Loving You' - chronicles the King's meteoric rise to super-stardom. With his unique vocal style, smouldering sensuality and easy-going sex appeal to burn, Elvis shows us why he will live forever!
Features these classic Elvis hits - Got A Lot Of Living To Do - Party - Teddy Bear - Hot Dog - Lonesome Cowboy - Mean Woman Blues - Loving You
DVD Extras: Celebrity Interviews. Martin Sheen, Carson Daly, Tom Verica & Gail O'Grady and Jean Smart.
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.
Elvis looks much more relaxed in this movie when compared to his first film Love Me Tender (1956). The storyline suits him perfectly, and not surprisingly, Elvis delivers some fantastic performances. He is supported by a strong cast and backed by original band members Scotty Moore and Bill Black. Keen fans will also notice the only film appearance of Gladys and Vernon Presley together, as audience members, during 'Got A Lot Of Living To Do'
As a bonus there are four interviews included. The interview with Martin Sheen is quite interesting. Martin is a big fan and tells of his love for Elvis and seeing Love Me Tender about 20 times in the 50's. Unlike the other interviews which I found unexciting, this one grabbed me from the start with Martin Sheen's enthusiasm for the interview and for Elvis. I watched the interview twice then the movie. I have given away my old copy of Loving You and replaced it with this delightful DVD.
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By Daniel Avram & David Troedson April 2004 - Elvis Australia.
This DVD is formatted for worldwide use for playback on all PAL compatible systems. Region 0
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.