And found it with a young and innocent Elvis Presley.
Unlike musical bios about Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and June Carter, and Fanny Brice, Elvis plays more akin to the fever dream style of Rocketman.
Stylistically, the Warner production is huge, frenetic, and ultimately entertaining. Although one acquires an immediate distaste for the Colonel, played by Tom Hanks, who does a wonderful job of being the man you love to hate.
Quality is superb. The production was shot digitally with an Arri Alexa 65, and it shows in every frame. The 6.5k original was finished at 4k, which means that Warner’s 4k UHD release is a direct compressed port from original
This is a reference quality release.
Those who may recall the Elvis films from the ’60s printed in dye transfer will find the look in several sequences, and it’s stunning.
For slipcase collectors, this one may be a keeper, as underlying the printed material and typography is a bejeweled, Elvis-worthy bit of artwork over foil.
One might presume that this will be another of those first-printing collectibles that we’ll find on ebay for thousands by this time next year. But then again…
Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Plays nicely with projectors – Yes
Makes use of and works well in 4k – 5
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