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Elvis [Blu-ray] [1978]


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  • Actors: Kurt Russell
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003SE6QJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kurt Russell is Elvis in a career-defining performance. Just two years after Elvis Presley died, Kurt Russell brought him back to life in the original biopic about the king of Rock 'n' Roll. Broadcast on ABC in 1979, Elvis marked the first time director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell would work together in what would become a legendary pairing in film history (Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing and Escape From L.A.) Tracing Presley's life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to stardom to his triumphant return to Las Vegas. Elvis features Shelley Winters (Gladys Presley), Season Hubley (Priscilla Presley), Bing Russell (Kurt's real-life father as Vernon Presley), Pat Hingle (Colonel Tom Parker), Joe Mantegna ("Memphis Mafia" member Joe Esposito) and Ed Begley Jr. (drummer D.J. Fontana) in an all-star supporting cast for an effort that garnered numerous Emmy® nominations including Outstanding Lead Actor for Russell. Restored from the original film elements. Special Features - 'Bringing a Legend To Life' featurette with archival interviews of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter (1979). Commentary by 'The Voice of Elvis' Ronnie McDowell and author Edie Hand. Rare clips from American Bandstand. Photo gallery.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris H on 15 Aug. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I bought this off another site with frre art cards and it arrived on Saturday 2 days before it hits the shops. Its the full un cut film not the cinema version. Nice wide screen and clean print. Sadly its grainy in places but does not affect the film. Kurt Russel was superb as Elvis and the music scenes are wonderful. Sound quality is superb and is good value at 2hrs 40 mins.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Mccaffrey on 24 July 2011
Format: DVD
Iv waited a LONG time for this to get a DVD release and i wasnt disapointed. As a lifelong Elvis fan it was a joy to see this again. The outlook wasnt good...a cheapo TV movie rushed out mere months after the death of the King....but trust me,its great and its hard not to respect this production. John Carpenters direction is solid. The song choices are great and the casting FANTASTIC all across the board except for a miscast Season Hubley as Priscilla,she was just missing something for me. Kurt Russel is phenomenal and there are moments you will forget its not actually Elvis your watching,i kid you not.Shelley Winters(a personal friend of Elvis) as Gladys is a genius bit of casting. Bing Russel,Kurts own das, as Vernon was always a great idea and truely works.Ronnie McDowells vocals are pitch perfect. I took a star off because it leaves out the last few years of Elvis' life and the film ends during the Vegas years,but still any Elvis fan will enjoy this.This film is hitting the 3hour mark and is in widescreen and looks great on DVD. Sit back,relax and enjoy. The King is back for one show only
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Kay on 26 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I have been waiting for this movie to come out on DVD for years!!!! It is AWESOME! If you love Elvis, then you will love this account of his life story. Kurt Russell is amazing as the The King and I can't wait for August when it comes out!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Melling on 7 July 2011
Format: DVD
Firstly and most importantly this is a superb movie charting Elvis' life,but how i really wish Fremantle Media had put more effort into cleaning up the picture quality!!!There still remains some lines and marks on the screen throughout the movie, after such a long wait for this dvd release the least we could have had is a clean transfer in these modern times of film technology.The movie itself deserves more than 5* for its detail and content but im afraid the picture quality gets a 3*!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Rose on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
WITHOUT DOUBT A GREAT PERFORMANCE FROM KURT RUSSELL.BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SINGER.
RONNIE McDOWELL, I GOOD COUNTRY SINGER IN HIS OWN RIGHT DID ALL THE VOCALS IN THIS FILM AND MUST BE GIVEN FULL CREDIT FOR AN AMAZING IMITATION OF PRESLEY'S VOICE FROM A YOUNG ELVIS RIGHT UP TO A MORE MATURE ONE.THE BEST I HAVE EVER HEARD,WELL DONE RONNIE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brf Churchill on 17 Aug. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Firstly I want to discus the movie.Carpenter-Russell-Elvis,Having been a great fan of John Carpenter & Kurt Russell & a massive Elvis fan,and still am,this biopic delivers In spades. This has to be the best one ever made about "The King" Kurt Russell's portrayal of ELVIS was so uncannily real,and no one has come close in my opinon, most people know the story by now,bearing In mind this was released two years after Elvis's death and Lot's of people where still In Mourning. The King was dead but Kurt brought him back to life, If only briefly.

The Blu-ray version! thanks Amazon for great service,waiting for me In my post box on the 16 August . Well it could have been better, I suppose for a thirty year old film, it's as good as it's gonna be, don't get me wrong, some scenes just jump out at you, then some scenes just fade, In hindsight it's 20 times better than any old VHS COPY you may have, and probably the best version you will ever see, oh and it's in wide-screen or letterbox if you prefer, well I do!. Having not seen a normal DVD version I have nothing to compere it to. To Buy Or Not To buy????? Lets just say It's not the best Blu-RAY release but it's definitely not the worse.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By j1325 on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
i was shocked to get this before it was meant to arrive which was good, it is a very good blue ray and it plays amazing its has if u are there at the concert thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Madrid on 1 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
As a rabid John Carpenter fan, I was more than happy getting a new movie from The Man that I had never seen. From his "hot period", no less: shot between Halloween and The Fog. Even being a tv-movie and not a horror film, Elvis delivers.

This is his first colaboration with Kurt Russell, and you can understand why Carpenter thought he could be a great Snake Plissken, two years later. Russell is terrific here, as magnetic as you need to be playing Elvis Presley. The movie, anyway, doesn't show the decadence of the late Elvis, it ends with a positive note, so Russell never has to take his acting to the limit.

It's not 2.35:1 Widescreen, as Carpenter's films use to be, because it's for 70's television. But the composition of the frames is great anyway. Not a classic electronic score by Carpenter either, but you don't need it when you have Elvis'songs... This is not a musical film, but the numbers are pretty well filmed for the time and the money.

If you are interested in Carpenter, Russell or Elvis, you won't be dissapointed.
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