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ELVIS:THE HOLLYWOOD COLLECTION ON AUGUST 7


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#1 of 39 OFFLINE   Charles H

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Posted May 12 2007 - 04:25 AM

I am surprised that no one mentioned this news from USA TODAY's Friday edition. WB (which frequently leaks their announcements to USA TODAY) will be releasing the remaining Elvis film catalog in "The Hollywood Collection" ($60): TICKLE ME, CHARRO, GIRL HAPPY, STAY AWAY, JOE, LIVE A LITTLE, LOVE A LITTLE, and KISSIN' COUSINS. Also being released on August 7 are "special deluxe editions" of JAILHOUSE ROCK and VIVA LAS VEGAS!
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Posted May 12 2007 - 07:08 AM

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I am surprised that no one mentioned this news from USA TODAY's Friday edition. WB (which frequently leaks their announcements to USA TODAY) will be releasing the remaining Elvis film catalog in "The Hollywood Collection" ($60): TICKLE ME, CHARRO, GET HAPPY, STAY AWAY, JOE, LIVE A LITTLE, LOVE A LITTLE, and KISSIN' COUSINS. Also being released on August 7 are "special deluxe editions" of JAILHOUSE ROCK and VIVA LAS VEGAS!

I hope you mean "Girl Happy", outside of Elvis' concert films, it's the one movie I've been waiting for on DVD!
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Posted May 12 2007 - 12:44 PM

yes it gonna be girl happy.

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Posted May 12 2007 - 01:19 PM

i'll be passing on this set since these films are bottom of the barrell, but i might get the SE's of viva las vegas and jailhouse rock depending on what the extras are.
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Posted May 12 2007 - 01:37 PM

PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
& WARNER HOME VIDEO TO CELEBRATE
ELVIS PRESLEY AUGUST 7

24 Films Include WHV’s New Editions of Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, Elvis: That’s the Way it Is, along with the DVD debut of This is Elvis, and the Elvis Hollywood Collection with Six New-to-DVD titles Plus PHE’s The Lights! Action! Elvis! Collection


Burbank, Calif. May 14, 2007 – On August 7, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) will again join forces, this time to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley, and commemorate the 30th anniversary of “The King’s” passing. The man who made blue suede shoes, hound dogs and hip swivels an indelible part of America’s pop culture will come alive again as the two studios pool their DVD sales and marketing resources to release a total of 24 Elvis Presley films. The lead WHV titles in the promotion are Deluxe Editions of Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock and 2 Disc Special Editions of Elvis: That’s the Way It Is and This is Elvis (making its DVD debut). The lead Paramount offering is The Lights! Action! Elvis! Collection presented in a collectible blue suede case.

A series of major events honoring this rock ‘n’ roll icon are being planned throughout this year, the highlight of which is ‘Elvis Week 2007,’ taking place in Memphis from August 11 through August 18. As part of the festivities, Warner Home Video will be collaborating with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) on two “Elvis Music and Movies” nights on the grounds of Graceland Mansion, with outdoor screenings of Viva Las Vegas on August 13 and Elvis: That’s the Way It Is on August 14. WHV will also have a promotional presence at other Elvis Week events presented by EPE, including the Elvis Insiders Conference, “Elvis: The 30th Anniversary Concert” and the “Elvis: Midnight in Vegas Concert.” This year’s Elvis Week, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, is expected to be the biggest edition of the annual celebration of Elvis’ life and legacy to date. For all the details visit www.ElvisWeek.com.

WHV also will debut Elvis: The Hollywood Collection, containing six Elvis films never before on DVD – Charro, Girl Happy, Kissin’ Cousins, Stay Away, Joe, Tickle Me and Live A Little, Love A Little. The films will be available as a set, as well as individually.

PHE is packaging eight classic Presley titles in a collectible blue suede case. The Lights! Action! Elvis! Collection will include King Creole, G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Roustabout, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun In Acapulco, Paradise, Hawaiian Style and Easy Come, Easy Go. Considered by many to be Elvis’ finest acting performance, King Creole was also Elvis’ personal favorite of all his films and was directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca). G.I. Blues was the first film that Elvis made after returning from his stint in the army and features the all-time classic song “Blue Suede Shoes”. Elvis’ highest grossing film, Blue Hawaii, was filmed in part on location in the Hawaiian Islands, as were Girls! Girls! Girls!, which was nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture—Musical, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Elvis co-starred with a string of notable actresses including Ursula Andress in Fun In Acapulco, Barbara Stanwyck in Roustabout and Elsa Lanchester (best known for her role in Bride of Frankenstein) in Easy Come, Easy Go. All eight must-own titles are packaged together for the first time and feature sensational musical performances of beloved songs including “Hard Headed Woman”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Return To Sender”.

Please see end of release for complete pricing and list of titles from both studios. PHE orders are due June 26; WHV’s order due date is July 3.

Said George Feltenstein, WHV's Senior Vice President Theatrical Catalog Marketing, “With a talent as big as Elvis’ it’s only fitting to join forces again with Paramount. Doubling the marketing and sales effort focuses more attention on the 30th anniversary celebration and will ultimately benefit retailers and consumers alike. We’re particularly thrilled to be meeting consumer demand by releasing seven Elvis features to DVD for the very first time!”

“Elvis Presley lives on as an American icon and we’re very pleased to be teaming with Warner Home Video to celebrate his film legacy in a way that is befitting of ‘The King’,” said Michael Arkin, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Paramount Home Entertainment.

Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) was one of Hollywood’s top box-office draws, starring in 31 feature films and two theatrically released concert documentaries over the course of his career. ‘The King’s’ music was as much a part of his box-office success as his good looks and charisma. In fact, some of his top-selling songs were from the movie soundtracks. Eleven of his soundtrack albums made it into the top ten on the Billboard Album charts and of those, four became number one hits.

It is estimated that Elvis has sold over a billion records worldwide, more records than any other artist in record industry history, and even 30 years after his death, Elvis still conquers new legions of fans as recent compilations of his RCA recordings, “Elvis 30 #1 Hits” and “Elvis 2nd to None,” both topped the Billboard charts of best selling albums.

More biographical information is available at the official Presley Web site, www.elvis.com.


The Films


Viva Las Vegas Deluxe Edition
In one of his most popular movies, Elvis Presley shared the screen with Ann-Margret in Sin City, aka Las Vegas, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on-screen. He’s Lucky Jackson, a Grand Prix race driver working at a casino to raise cash for a new engine; she’s a hotel swimming instructor - and the romantic action revs up from their first meeting. Veteran director George Sidney, who guided Ann-Margret in the prior year’s Bye Bye Birdie, combines the hormonal heat wave with fascinating sights of ’60s Las Vegas. Songs include the high-roller title track, the stars’ duet on “The Lady Loves Me,” her sultry “Appreciation” and The King’s version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.”

Special Features:

• Commentary by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of “Elvis in Hollywood”
• Restored and Digitally Remastered in a 16x9 master, enhanced for widescreen televisions.
• New featurette Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas
• Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 from original production elements
• Theatrical trailer
• Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)


Jailhouse Rock Deluxe Edition (WHV)
In this 1957 box-office hit that’s Elvis “Presley’s best film” according to Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, the King plays Vince Everett, jailed for manslaughter after a bar fight. There, Vince learns to belt out tunes while “in the house” and after being paroled, follows a bumpy road to music and movie success. Six Presley songs by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller spike the story, including “Treat Me Nice,” “I Wanna Be Free” and the classic shimmy-shakin’ title tune that was Presley’s favorite of all his films’ production numbers.

DVD Special Features:
• Commentary by Steve Pond, music journalist
• Restored and Digitally Remastered in a 16x9 master, enhanced for widescreen televisions
• New Featurette The Scene That Stole Jailhouse Rock
• Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 from original production elements
• Theatrical Trailer
• Subtitles: English & Français (Feature Film Only)

This is Elvis 2-Disc Special Edition (WHV)
From executive producer and award-winning documentarian David L. Wolper (Roots, L.A. Confidential), This Is Elvis is an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait crafted by Andrew Solt (Imagine: John Lennon) and Malcolm Leo (Rolling Stone: 20 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll). Elvis’ “authorized biography” draws on interviews with the people who knew Presley best – family, friends, employees and mentor/manager Colonel Tom Parker – and includes some rare, never before seen footage, including home movies, newsreels and several key TV appearances.

Special Features:
• Disc 1: First-ever home video release of the original, uncensored 1981 Theatrical version in a new digital transfer with soundtrack remastered in Dolby Surround 2.0
o Vintage featurette Behind the Gates of Graceland
o Elvis Presley movie trailer gallery
o Subtitles: Français (feature film only)

• Disc 2: 1983 Unrated expanded Home video version with 40 minutes of footage not shown in theatres
o Subtitles: Français (feature film only)


Elvis: That’s the Way It Is 2-Disc Special Edition (WHV)
It’s summer 1970 and this concert documentary allows unrestricted access to the hottest show in town: Elvis Presley’s milestone four weeks of appearances at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Dozens of tunes (including favorites “All Shook Up” and “Suspicious Minds”) are included as the camera follows the show’s development from rehearsal to stage. This 2-Disc Special Edition contains two versions – the original 1970 theatrical version and the critically-acclaimed Special Edition from 2000, which captures even more of Elvis’ legendary performances. That’s double the entertainment for Elvis concert fans.

Special Features:
• Disc 1: (2000 Special Edition)
o Restoration featurette Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis: That’s the Way It Is
o 16x9 digital transfer with 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
o Presley career highlights
o Director/restorer filmographies
o Theatrical trailer
o Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

• Disc 2: (1970 Original Theatrical Version)
o Twelve never-before seen outtake song/nonmusical sequences
o Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)



Elvis: The Hollywood Collection (WHV)


Charro!
The Elvis on screen here isn’t the clean-cut all-American kid ready to hit the beach or dance floor. Instead, stubble covers his face; his hat hangs low over his eyes and a bandanna hides the ugly scar that marks him as a killer. Written and directed by Charles Marquis Warren (creator of TV’s Gunsmoke, Rawhide and The Virginian), this stark sagebrush non-musical saga follows an ex-outlaw trying to go straight – but he’s got a score to settle when his own gang frames him for a heist.

Special Features:
• First-time widescreen video release [16x9 2.4:1]
• Theatrical trailer
• Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Girl Happy
Rock ’n’ roll’s first icon was ranked 6th among the top box-office stars when he headlined this film. Elvis portrays Chicago club singer Rusty Wells, who, when not wowing the crowds, has the added task of watching over the overly exuberant daughter of his mob boss (Harold J. Stone) while she’s on vacation in Fort Lauderdale. Shelley Fabares, Presley’s favorite leading lady and a singing star in her own right (her 1962 tune "Johnny Angel" was a #1 hit), plays the daughter. And the lively songs include “Do the Clam,” “Good News,” “Puppet on a String,” the title tune and eight others. Also featured are Mary Ann Mobley and Gary Crosby.

Special Features:
• New digital transfer of complete original theatrical version with Startin’ Tonight song sequence now back in the film
• Theatrical trailer
• Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Kissin’ Cousins
In his 15th film, the King takes on two roles in this backwoods romp, playing dark-haired Air Force Lt. Josh Morgan and Morgan’s adversary, blonde good ol’ boy Jodie Tatum. Lt. Josh’s assignment: try to convince his look-alike cousin Jodie to allow a missile site to be built on his land. A fistful of tunes “Barefoot Ballad”, “It’s a Long Lonely Highway,” “Tender Feeling,” the title song and 6 others), some whoop-it-up-dancing and 13 mountain cuties called Kittyhawks add to the down-home delights.

Special Features:
• New digital transfer of complete original theatrical version with "Smokey Mountain Boy" song sequence now back in the film.
• Theatrical trailer
• Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)


Live a Little, Love a Little
In his 28th film, Elvis Presley plays frazzled photographer Greg Nolan, juggling two jobs and scrambling to keep his work life afloat while also contending with the kooky attentions of a beach beauty (Michele Carey). Four breezy songs, including the recent Elvis chart-buster, “A Little Less Conversation” and the “Edge of Reality” dream sequence add to the zippy fun. And, for the first time, Elvis takes on-screen chances with his public image doing more “adult” comedy.

Special Features:
• Theatrical trailer
• Languages & Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Stay Away, Joe
Elvis Presley portrays amiable Navajo rodeo star Joe Lightcloud, returning to his home to help his tribe become cattle ranchers. A talented ensemble of screen veterans joins Presley for this good-time, two-fisted tale filmed in and around Arizona’s scenic Sedona. Burgess Meredith is Joe’s rascally father, Katy Jurado is his tough-love step mom and Joan Blondell is the shotgun-toting local gal setting her romantic sights on Joe. Plenty of fun and a couple of tunes (the title track and “Dominick”) are along for the ride too.

Special Features:
• Theatrical trailer
• Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)


Tickle Me
Looking for part-time work until rodeo season opens, Lonnie Beale (Elvis) finds himself at a dude ranch/spa for actresses and models. Elvis enjoys his share of the laughs as he meets girl (Jocelyn Lane), loses girl and gets girl back - plus a fortune in lost gold. This film frolic tickles with a saddlebag of nine tunes, including “I’m Yours” and “Such an Easy Question.” There’s also considerable tickling of the funny bone since writers Elwood Ullman and Edward Bernds are veterans of the Three Stooges comedies.

Special Features:
• First-time widescreen video release [16x9 2.4:1]
• Theatrical trailer
• Subtitles: English (feature film only)

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Posted May 12 2007 - 01:52 PM

thanks 4 posting Ryan. so i'll still be passing on the set, but I will be picking up viva las vegas, jailhouse rock, and the 2 documentaries.
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Posted May 12 2007 - 03:16 PM

SInce the last VIVA LAS VEGAS wasn't anamorphic, I passed on it and have used my laserdisc when I wanted an Elvis/Ann-Margret fix.

Happy that I can now replace that with what looks to be a great new edition.

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Posted May 12 2007 - 03:26 PM

Fantastic news about Viva Las Vegas. An Ann-Margret commentary would have been nice, too.

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Posted May 12 2007 - 03:44 PM

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Fantastic news about Viva Las Vegas. An Ann-Margret commentary would have been nice, too.

My thoughts exactly. i would get Girl Happy if it had a commentary by Shelley Fabares Posted Image
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Posted May 12 2007 - 04:50 PM

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This is Elvis 2-Disc Special Edition (WHV)
From executive producer and award-winning documentarian David L. Wolper (Roots, L.A. Confidential), This Is Elvis is an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait crafted by Andrew Solt (Imagine: John Lennon) and Malcolm Leo (Rolling Stone: 20 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll). Elvis’ “authorized biography” draws on interviews with the people who knew Presley best – family, friends, employees and mentor/manager Colonel Tom Parker – and includes some rare, never before seen footage, including home movies, newsreels and several key TV appearances.

Special Features:
• Disc 1: First-ever home video release of the original, uncensored 1981 Theatrical version in a new digital transfer with soundtrack remastered in Dolby Surround 2.0
o Vintage featurette Behind the Gates of Graceland
o Elvis Presley movie trailer gallery
o Subtitles: Français (feature film only)

• Disc 2: 1983 Unrated expanded Home video version with 40 minutes of footage not shown in theatres
o Subtitles: Français (feature film only)

YES! YES! YES! This is what I've been waiting for!!! I used to own this on VHS and watched it countless times. I've hoped one day this fine biopic would make it's way to DVD. I'm even more ecstatic about the fact that 2 versions of the film will be in the same release! My birthday's not until Wednesday but this news is indeed an early birthday gift. I'm seriously excited about this.
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Posted May 13 2007 - 04:08 AM

I hope to get the "That's the Way It Is" DVD since it includes both versions, but that's it. I've never looked to see who owns the stuff, but I was really hoping for "Elvis on Tour" and his last TV Special he did before he died.

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Posted May 13 2007 - 02:10 PM

tv special won't be released. elvis on tour will probily be out eventually with extra footage.

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Posted May 13 2007 - 05:15 PM

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tv special won't be released. elvis on tour will probily be out eventually with extra footage.

I read somewhere several yrs ago that the Elvis estate doesn't want to ever release the CBS special because it showed Elvis in a very bad light, and it was very depressing to see a legend practically dying on stage in his last concert. As a big fan of his, I remember seeing that CBS special when it first aired, but I don't think I'd want to see it again, it was very depressing. Enough of it was shown in "This Is Elvis" for us to get the idea. I think I'll be looking forward to getting "This Is Elvis" because they never released the theatrical version in any format before. I only remember seeing a watered down version on laserdisc with extra footage that was missing the "raw" behind the scenes Elvis moments.
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Posted May 14 2007 - 12:20 PM

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I read somewhere several yrs ago that the Elvis estate doesn't want to ever release the CBS special because it showed Elvis in a very bad light, and it was very depressing to see a legend practically dying on stage in his last concert. As a big fan of his, I remember seeing that CBS special when it first aired, but I don't think I'd want to see it again, it was very depressing. Enough of it was shown in "This Is Elvis" for us to get the idea. I think I'll be looking forward to getting "This Is Elvis" because they never released the theatrical version in any format before. I only remember seeing a watered down version on laserdisc with extra footage that was missing the "raw" behind the scenes Elvis moments.

I haven't kept up on this, but someone told me some of his stuff was sold by his estate recently. I guess I was hoping that the TV special would be a part of that. Maybe I'll get "This Is Elvis" after all. I'm not sure I've ever seen the entire CBS TV special, but I know I've seen some of it--maybe "This Is Elvis" was where.

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Posted May 14 2007 - 04:52 PM

i've seen both shows taped for the tv special. they recorded omaha june 19,rapid city june 21. reason they are sad is because elvis was nervious because the kept the lights on the whole time. usally elvis had them off with just a spotlight on the stage. the best shows of this tour june 18 kansas city, cinn. june 25 and indianapolis june 26.

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Posted May 15 2007 - 11:47 AM

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i've seen both shows taped for the tv special. they recorded omaha june 19,rapid city june 21. reason they are sad is because elvis was nervious because the kept the lights on the whole time. usally elvis had them off with just a spotlight on the stage. the best shows of this tour june 18 kansas city, cinn. june 25 and indianapolis june 26.

Thanks for the information.

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Posted May 16 2007 - 06:23 PM

My parents went to Elvis's last concert which was here in Indianapolis. My mom still has her ticket stub. I think I was at a sitter's watching "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" on network television.

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Posted May 16 2007 - 09:53 PM

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I haven't kept up on this, but someone told me some of his stuff was sold by his estate recently. I guess I was hoping that the TV special would be a part of that. Maybe I'll get "This Is Elvis" after all. I'm not sure I've ever seen the entire CBS TV special, but I know I've seen some of it--maybe "This Is Elvis" was where.

The complete CBS TV special was released on laser disc, with additional footage that wasn't aired. Today it goes for HIGH prices. It might have been a vhs as well. I've got a tape of it in dreadful quality. It's quite a good performance really, but his estate doesn't like it because he's in bad shape physically, overweight tired and sweaty. He looks sick.

They'll never re-release it.

Never.

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Posted May 17 2007 - 01:35 AM

There are also songs that were filmed and cut before these films were released. One song made specifically for the European release of GI BLUES is even circulating among collectors.

When I was working on THIS IS ELVIS, we were approached by a private collector who had a 35mm print of the first preview version of GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS. There were 2 songs (Where Do You Come From, I Don't Want To) which were cut after Technicolor had struck the first batch of release prints, so the deleted songs had to be physically cut before shipping to the exchanges. Somehow, this one print survived the cutting. Unfortunately, the producers had no interest in obtaining the footage so the print was never acquired.

It would be nice if some of this material sees the light of day. The songs are on a par with many of the other movie songs: Animal Instinct, Night Life, It Won't Be Long, Five Sleepy Heads (certainly no classics) but the studios are sitting on film footage of Elvis which nobody has seen. Including this material on the DVD would certainly increase the appeal on these re-issued titles.

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Posted May 17 2007 - 02:12 AM

The fact that Warner won't be using the original poster art is disappointing. I don't like these new cover designs at all.

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