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#1 of 53 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 22 2014 - 05:51 AM

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Two Disc Special Edition First Time on Blu-ray™

and Premium Digibook  

Remastered Elvis: That’s the Way It Is Set for Special Screening August 16 at Orpheum Theatre in Memphis during Elvis Week

 

Viva Las Vegas 50TH Anniversary
New as a Premium Digibook

 

Burbank, Calif., April 22, 2014 – To celebrate Elvis Week, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release two of “The King’s” fan favorites on August 12 as Premium Blu-ray™ Digibooks.

 

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is - Two Disc Special Edition, which was re-edited and remixed for its acclaimed release in 2000, will now debut on Blu-ray™ as a Premium Digibook, newly remastered, and with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary Viva Las Vegas will also be offered as a Premium Blu-ray Digibook.  These Premium Digibooks include rare behind-the-scene photos and are available for $27.98 each (SRP).

 

This year’s Elvis Week will be held from August 9-August 17 in Memphis at Elvis Presley’s Graceland. As part of the festivities, the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Memphis will host the world premiere screening of Warner Bros.’ newly-remastered Elvis: That’s The Way It Is. Fans in town for Elvis Week will be treated not only to the newly-remastered film, but will also get to experience an outtake performance or sequence never before seen on the big screen, along with some special on-stage surprises still to be announced. Tickets will be available for purchase on May 1, 2014 viaTicketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Orpheum box office. For more information on this or other Elvis Week events, visit Graceland.com.

 

About the Elvis Titles

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is Two Disc Special Edition Premium Digibook

With thousands of feet of materials including sequences added to capture with greater intimacy Elvis' performances and his creative process behind-the-scenes, the previously released Elvis: That’s The Way It Is - Special Edition is now being made available as a Blu-ray™ two disc Special Edition Premium Digibook. Denis Sanders (Shock Treatment) directed this “rockumentary.” Academy Award® nominated[1] Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch) was the cinematographer, following the show’s development from rehearsal to stage.

 

Special Features:

Disc 1 (BD) 2001 Special Edition and Special Features:

·  Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis: That's The Way It Is

·  12 Outtakes - song/nonmusical sequences 

·  1970 Original Theatrical Version

 

 

Disc 2 (DVD) 1970 Original Theatrical Version and Special Features:

·  12 Outtakes - song/nonmusical sequences 

 

Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Premium Digibook

In his highest grossing movie, Elvis shares the screen with Ann-Margret, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on screen. He plays 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. George Sidney, who also directed Ann-Margret in Bye Bye Birdie, combines the hormonal heat wave with

fascinating sights of ’60s Las Vegas. David Winters (West Side Story) choreographed the 10 musical song-and-dance scenes which also featured his dancers. 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.” The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo.

 

 

Special Features:

·  Commentary by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of “Elvis in Hollywood”

·  Featurette Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas

·  Theatrical trailer

 

Elvis Aaron Presley

(1935 – 1977)

Elvis Presley 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. His 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 even compilations of his RCA recordings, such as “Elvis 30 #1 Hits” and “Elvis 2nd to None,” have both topped the Billboard charts of best-selling albums. 

 

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

 

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is – Two Disc Special Edition Blu-ray Premium Digibook

Street Date: August 12, 2014

Order Due Date: July 8, 2014

$27.98 SRP

Cat/UPC: 1000459945/ 883929398850

 

Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Blu-ray Premium Digibook

Street Date: August 12, 2014

Order Due Date: July 8, 2014

$27.98 SRP

Cat/UPC: 1000484309 / 883929409013

 

 

 

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#2 of 53 OFFLINE   LouA

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Posted April 22 2014 - 04:50 PM

This is good news. I was waiting for Elvis That's The Way It Is  to be released on Bluray.  I already have Viva Las Vegas on Bluray,  but if this Digi book is an improvement over what I already have , I'll probably go for it . Incidentally , I'm not really familiar with the Digibook concept . Is it similar to the Elvis On Tour Bluray release?



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Posted April 22 2014 - 05:34 PM

Not a single new Elvis movie.  Disappointing if that's called a "celebration".   :(

 

Now that Warner is releasing Paramount catalogs, I would have hoped for Blue Hawaii or a few others.  At least something NEW on Blu-ray and not some digibook reissue.   But I guess new Elvis movies are destined to enter the massive WHV queue and we'll see something in perhaps 2023.



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Posted April 22 2014 - 05:42 PM

Not a single new Elvis movie.  Disappointing if that's called a "celebration".   :(

 

Now that Warner is releasing Paramount catalogs, I would have hoped for Blue Hawaii or a few others.  At least something NEW on Blu-ray and not some digibook reissue.

I agree.  I have seen the HD stream of G.I. Blues and it would make a great BD.  I guess Viva Las Vegas is becoming the Elvis reissue vehicle, like Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and Casablanca are for Warner's catalog classics.  Amazing.



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Posted April 22 2014 - 05:43 PM

This is good news. I was waiting for Elvis That's The Way It Is  to be released on Bluray.  I already have Viva Las Vegas on Bluray,  but if this Digi book is an improvement over what I already have , I'll probably go for it . Incidentally , I'm not really familiar with the Digibook concept . Is it similar to the Elvis On Tour Bluray release?

 

The only improvement will be the packaging.   It's probably the same disc, but if not, best case scenario it will be the same video encode with the same special features but a lossless audio track.  That's just how Warner operates with their reissues.



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Posted April 22 2014 - 06:07 PM

Not a single new Elvis movie.  Disappointing if that's called a "celebration".   :(

 

Now that Warner is releasing Paramount catalogs, I would have hoped for Blue Hawaii or a few others.  At least something NEW on Blu-ray and not some digibook reissue.   But I guess new Elvis movies are destined to enter the massive WHV queue and we'll see something in perhaps 2023.

Isn't That's The Way It Is new to Bluray?



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Posted April 22 2014 - 06:27 PM

Isn't That's The Way It Is new to Bluray?

 

 

I guess so, but I was referring to his movies.  I have plenty of his concert discs on DVD, but have discovered that the only ones that get played are those when he's in his prime in the 50's.   Sorry don't mean to rain on anyone's parade and I'm glad it's good news to some.   I was just expressing my disappointment after getting my hopes up upon seeing the thread title.



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Posted April 22 2014 - 08:35 PM

In for That's The Way It Is.

 

Rereleasing Viva Las Vegas is weird though.  Why a 3rd blu-ray edition, but not do the same for Jailhouse Rock? And why is Elvis on Tour still a pack-in exclusive and not yet available on a separate disc?



#9 of 53 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 22 2014 - 10:46 PM

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#10 of 53 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 22 2014 - 10:49 PM

Question...

 

I never considered myself a big Elvis fan.  However, that has changed over the 

recent year or so.

 

Last year I bought the digibook of Elvis on Tour when it went on sale.  Sadly, I have

yet to open it.

 

What are the differences between Elvis on Tour, Elvis: That's The Way It Is and Viva

Las Vegas?

 

I assuming Elvis: That's The Way It Is may be a documentary.  I vaguely remember it

being shown on cable.

 

Any recommendations which of the three titles is the best?


 

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Posted April 22 2014 - 11:58 PM

 

The only improvement will be the packaging.   It's probably the same disc, but if not, best case scenario it will be the same video encode with the same special features but a lossless audio track.  That's just how Warner operates with their reissues.

 

The press release in the original post indicates the same Dolby Digital 5.1 track as the 2007 BD:

 

Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Premium Digibook

In his highest grossing movie, Elvis shares the screen with Ann-Margret, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on screen. He plays 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. George Sidney, who also directed Ann-Margret in Bye Bye Birdie, combines the hormonal heat wave with

fascinating sights of ’60s Las Vegas. David Winters (West Side Story) choreographed the 10 musical song-and-dance scenes which also featured his dancers. 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.” The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo.

 

 

Special Features:

·  Commentary by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of “Elvis in Hollywood”

·  Featurette Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas

·  Theatrical trailer

 

 

Which is a ridiculously stupid move by Warner. It doesn't make any sense to foot the bill for DigiBook pacakging just to re-package a seven-year-old Blu-ray Disc. I believe every other WB DigiBook re-release has featured some improvement on the former release, even if that means simply a bonus features DVD.



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Posted April 23 2014 - 12:26 AM

So now Warners is recycling old Blu-rays?  Again, you have to wonder who is hitting the button here.



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Posted April 23 2014 - 04:12 AM

Viva Las Vegas is a fictional movie as opposed to the other documentary films you mentioned. Elvis co-stars with Ann-Margret who was at her sizzling, sex kitten peak in this film and proves herself in her production numbers with and without Elvis to be his female equivalent.

 

The racing storyline of the film is as predictable as can be, and there's no question who Ann-Margret will end up with by film's end, but it's nevertheless one of Elvis' best films of the 1960s and was one of his biggest hits, too.



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Posted April 23 2014 - 04:42 AM

Viva Las Vegas is a fictional movie as opposed to the other documentary films you mentioned. Elvis co-stars with Ann-Margret who was at her sizzling, sex kitten peak in this film and proves herself in her production numbers with and without Elvis to be his female equivalent.

 

The racing storyline of the film is as predictable as can be, and there's no question who Ann-Margret will end up with by film's end, but it's nevertheless one of Elvis' best films of the 1960s and was one of his biggest hits, too.

And Ann-Margret does a song (My Rival) in one continuous take-unheard of in a musical in those days. Quite an achievement.

I'd keep Viva Las Vegas of the three. Plenty of good musical numbers. This is the only time EP worked with a director (George Sidney) who knew how to make a musical.



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Posted April 23 2014 - 05:25 AM

Viva Las Vegas is a fictional movie as opposed to the other documentary films you mentioned. Elvis co-stars with Ann-Margret who was at her sizzling, sex kitten peak in this film and proves herself in her production numbers with and without Elvis to be his female equivalent.

 

The racing storyline of the film is as predictable as can be, and there's no question who Ann-Margret will end up with by film's end, but it's nevertheless one of Elvis' best films of the 1960s and was one of his biggest hits, too.

 

 

I always joke with my wife that Viva Las Vegas is "that Ann-Margret movie that had that singer guy in it, too".  :wub: She is adorable in this film.



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Posted April 23 2014 - 05:46 AM

I always joke with my wife that Viva Las Vegas is "that Ann-Margret movie that had that singer guy in it, too".  :wub: She is adorable in this film.

I remember going to see Viva Las Vegas at my neighborhood movie theater with my older siblings and having my eyes fixated on Ann-Margret.  Puberty was making an early arrival during that film experience. :P


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Posted April 23 2014 - 06:43 AM

I remember going to see Viva Las Vegas at my neighborhood movie theater with my older siblings and having my eyes fixated on Ann-Margret.  Puberty was making an early arrival during that film experience. :P

 

My eyes are still fixated on Ann-Margret whenever I watch this film. :wub:  I am not a big fan of most of the Elvis movies, but I can watch this one over and over and over and over again.



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Posted April 23 2014 - 09:38 AM

Not a single new Elvis movie.  Disappointing if that's called a "celebration".   :(

 

Now that Warner is releasing Paramount catalogs, I would have hoped for Blue Hawaii or a few others.  At least something NEW on Blu-ray and not some digibook reissue.   But I guess new Elvis movies are destined to enter the massive WHV queue and we'll see something in perhaps 2023.

 

From what I understand, Warner doesn't dictate what Paramount puts on their schedule. So, really, the only other Elvis films Warner could decide to release on Blu-ray are the ones they own:

 

It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)

Kissin' Cousins (1964)

Girl Happy (1965)

Tickle Me (1965)

Harum Scarum (1965)

Spinout (1966)

Double Trouble (1967)

Stay Away, Joe (1968)

Speedway (1968)

Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)

Charro! (1969)

The Trouble with Girls (1969)

This Is Elvis (1981) (Documentary)

 

I'm not sure any of these would sell better than the concert film.


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Posted April 23 2014 - 01:49 PM

What are the differences between Elvis on Tour, Elvis: That's The Way It Is and Viva

Las Vegas?

 

I assuming Elvis: That's The Way It Is may be a documentary.  I vaguely remember it

being shown on cable.

 

Any recommendations which of the three titles is the best?

 

Viva Las Vegas is a musical feature film from 1964.  It's the best of Elvis's light-comedy roles, and he and co-star Ann-Margaret have an amazing chemistry together.  The songs in the film are also very good.

 

That's The Way It Is is a concert documentary covering Elvis's performance engagement in Las Vegas in August 1970.  I personally think it contains the best live concert footage that exists on Elvis.  He's in great shape physically and vocally, more confident and relaxed than he was during the famous 1968 "comeback" special, and supremely engaged with his audience.

 

Elvis On Tour is another documentary, this time following Elvis on the road in the spring of 1972.  It's perhaps a better documentary film than That's The Way It Is (it captures a much more reflective, interior side of Presley than the previous film), but the onstage footage doesn't quite match the fire and immediacy of the 1970 stuff.  Also, Warner's Blu-ray (though beautiful) is severely compromised because they had to substitute the original filmmakers' inspired use of 'Johnny B. Goode' over the opening titles with a rather perfunctory version of 'Don't Be Cruel' (due to song publishing difficulties)

 

I consider all three essential experiences for the Elvis fan - but if I had to pick one, I'd go with That's The Way It Is.



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Posted April 23 2014 - 02:12 PM

Viva Las Vegas is a musical feature film from 1964.  It's the best of Elvis's light-comedy roles, and he and co-star Ann-Margaret have an amazing chemistry together.  The songs in the film are also very good.

 

That's The Way It Is is a concert documentary covering Elvis's performance engagement in Las Vegas in August 1970.  I personally think it contains the best live concert footage that exists on Elvis.  He's in great shape physically and vocally, more confident and relaxed than he was during the famous 1968 "comeback" special, and supremely engaged with his audience.

 

Elvis On Tour is another documentary, this time following Elvis on the road in the spring of 1972.  It's perhaps a better documentary film than That's The Way It Is (it captures a much more reflective, interior side of Presley than the previous film), but the onstage footage doesn't quite match the fire and immediacy of the 1970 stuff.  Also, Warner's Blu-ray (though beautiful) is severely compromised because they had to substitute the original filmmakers' inspired use of 'Johnny B. Goode' over the opening titles with a rather perfunctory version of 'Don't Be Cruel' (due to song publishing difficulties)

 

I consider all three essential experiences for the Elvis fan - but if I had to pick one, I'd go with That's The Way It Is.

As a big Elvis fan for 45+ years, I like That's The Way It Is over Elvis On Tour, as far as the two documentaries go.  I remember seeing it on a double bill with Rio Lobo.  That was quite a night of entertainment for an eighteen-year-old Elvis and John Wayne fan.  I went back the next night to see them again!







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