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Elvis [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Kurt Russell , Shelley Winters , John Carpenter    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell, Robert Gray
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • 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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058NK64Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,675 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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 fi lm 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis-Kurt Russel 1 July 2010
I was waiting this movie !!!! I watched it by BBC broadcast long time ago, and I thought that was one of the best perform about Elvis.
Kurt Russel is so intense in this role ,that It's a pleasure to watch. Don't miss this DVD, It's a must to have in our Elvis collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kurt on form 1 Aug 2013
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Got this for the wife who is a big Elvis fan.Even if your not a big fan,you'll still find this interesting. Kurt Russell is exceptional in the role of Elvis.Well acted and a great cast.A great look at his personal life and his relationship with his mother.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kurt is King 17 May 2004
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I bought this recently and remember it well from it's many viewings on TV. Kurt Russell is very, very good as Elvis, no-one has ever really bettered this performance. However, it is his performance that has really made this a cult classic. The script seems to be just a collection of Elvis quotes made over the years and a lot of scenes are out of sequence to true events. Elvis's first girlfriend was not Bonnie, he didn't get up on stage and perform in Germany and so on, but I guess it had to be done for dramatic reasons. Season Hubley as Priscilla is terrible, wooden and stilted. Shelley Winters is excellent as Gladys Presley although poor old Vernon only gets about 2 lines in the whole movie. Charlie Hodge makes an appearance as himself and does a good job (how could he go wrong?!). Although Kurt Russell has made many movies since, he has never quite hit the highs promised with this performance.
It's worth buying if you're an Elvis fan, however beware as there are many lengths of the movie ranging from 120 min up to 200 min. It would be worth putting out on DVD as there are many fans out there and this the best of the Elvis bios. DVD would also clean up the picture and the sound would be better. I'm surprised it hasn't been done before now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snake Plissken IS Elvis!! 12 April 2010
By John S. Harris - Published on
Wow! Hard to believe that the very youthful-looking Kurt Russell was just two years away from "Escape From New York" and three years away from "The Thing" when he made this TV movie.

I saw this TV movie when it was first broadcast in 1979 but hadn't seen it since. In the intervening years I moved to Memphis (by coincidence, not design), visited Graceland several times as a tourist, met oodles of people who knew or were closely associated with Elvis, spoke several times with some of his then-living family members, spent a couple of years driving fanatical Elvis fans around Memphis in tour buses, and generally have "absorbed" Elvis into my life's orbit about as closely as a non-fanatical non-insider can. In other words, I view Elvis the man and ELVIS the cultural phenomenon with considerable warmth and respect.

So with that pair of eyes I finally got to see the "Elvis" TV movie again, this time with a beautifully cleaned-up DVD print. Five stars! The movie is fun, informative, and covers a lot of ground in its nearly three hour running time. No, it doesn't cover every aspect or event of his life. This isn't a comprehensive documentary as is not meant to be. Rather, it is a loving portrait of a young boy from Mississippi who was devoted to his mom, mournful of his stillborn twin brother, ridiculed and occasionally tormented as a young man for being a little different, simultaneously delighted by and overwhelmed by his rapid success and popularity, lonely after the death of his mother, having great difficulty dealing with the inability to have a "normal" life when he wanted to escape the fishbowl, occasionally paranoid, and quite often scared and insecure.

In other words, we get a complex human portrait of the "spectacularly successful yet still very flawed" Elvis instead of just the "unequaled, unparalleled cultural myth on a pedestal" Elvis.

And Kurt Russell is superb in his performance, no question about it.

Having lived in Memphis long enough to have seen Elvis' old haunts, schools, residences, etc, it gave me a bit of a chuckle to see what substituted for those locations in the movie. Graceland in the movie looks very little like the real Graceland, and the same for Sun Records, Humes High School, Lauderdale Courts housing projects, etc. Not that I expected the film to be shot at the actual locations, mind you. It's just a movie, remember? But for us local folk it was good for a few giggles.

So why was director John Carpenter, known up until then for horror and sci-fi, selected to helm this project? I don't know for sure, but I suspect it was because Carpenter proved with his now-classic 1978 movie "Halloween" and earlier projects that he could deliver a good result on a very low budget, and "Elvis" sure looks like it was shot on a shoestring budget. Others have reported that Carpenter was hired because the producers thought he would be good at handling a TV movie about music given that he had composed his own score for "Halloween".

Watch this movie to see a very young Joe Mantegna and Ed Begley, Jr. Mantegna's name is misspelled in the opening credits as "Mategna".

Some of Elvis' real-life associates play themselves in this film, including Charlie Hodge and some singers and musicians.

The commentary track isn't must-hear but it is worth a listen --- very interesting trivia and anecdotes.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of "Elvis: The Movie" Starring Kurt Russell 24 Aug 2001
By "lore1" - Published on
Elvis has been played by many different actors since he found his way into the national consciousness as an icon of twentieth century culture, but none have handled the role with the skill that Kurt Russell displays in this 1979 ABC tv movie. While the story does take some artistic license by using composite characters and rearranging some of the chronology of Elvis' life, it still is full of accurate biographical about the singer. John Carpenter's (a frequent collaborator of Russell's) direction is amazing considering the typically limited budget of the average tv movie. Russell does an excellent recreation of Elvis' speaking voice, while country singer Ronnie McDowell provides the vocals on some of Elvis' biggest hits. McDowell sounds so much like Elvis when singing that it's absolutely indistinguishable from the real thing. This movie is the best of the Elvis biographies. If you're an Elvis fan, order ir now. If you're not, well, get it anyway. At the very least, you'll become a Kurt Russell fan.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Russell gives a first-rate performance! 5 Mar 2010
By Timothy Swan - Published on
Less than 2 years after Elvis Presley died on August 16th, 1977, this made-for-television movie was originally presented on the ABC network in the spring of 1979. On that occasion, it went head-to-head against 2 Oscar winning Best Pictures: "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" on NBC and "Gone With The Wind" on CBS. "Elvis" triumphed on that night. And, after viewing thia film, it is easy to see why. Directed by John Carpenter, Kurt Russell turns in one of his finest performances of his stellar career, perfectly capturing the true essence of the king of rock and roll. Season Hubley portrays Priscilla, the woman who would become Mrs. Elvis in 1967. Interestingly, Season Hubley would marry Kurt Russell in real-life, shortly after this film was completed. Kurt's real father, Bing Russell, would play Elvis' father Vernon. Oscar winner Shelley Winters is brilliant as Elvis' mother Gladys. Joe Mantegna as Joe Esposito, Robert Gray as Red West, Pat Hingle as Col. Tom Parker and Charles Cyphers as Sam Phillips round out the supporting cast. Look carefully for Ed Begley, Jr. as original drummer D.J. Fontana. 2 Memphis Mafia members, Charlie Hodge and Larry Gellar, appear briefly as themselves. Country singer Ronnie McDowell, who had scored a huge hit with the song "The King Is Gone" in September 1977, shortly after Elvis passed away, provides the vocals for the songs that were utilised within the film. Among the memorable songs depicted here are "Old Shep", "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", "Tutti Frutti", "Unchained Melody", "How Great Thou Art", "Suspicious Minds" and "Blue Suede Shoes". Russell went on to recieve an Emmy nomination for his unique and excellent portrayl of Elvis, carrying it off with ease. What a great thrill it is to finally have this film available on DVD, after nearly 31 years. The presentation here is nothing short of amazing, combining all of the original elements together. Other actors have also played Elvis on-screen: Don Johnson, Dale Midkiff, Michael St. Gerard, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, David Keith. But, it is this first-time rendition by Kurt Russell that still remains the best one ever. And, with this DVD version, it was well woth the wait.
32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter's "Elvis" finally comes to DVD!!! 30 July 2007
By Ernie McHone - Published on
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Back in 1979, Kurt Russell was known for Disney flicks and television. While, Elvis didn't make him a star, it did make people aware of his talent. The director of this picture, John Carpenter had just come off the heels of the massive hit, "Halloween". With these great talents involved, one of the great telefilms of all time was created.

It's great to have this film on DVD after so many years of limbo. Now that it's in your hands, put it in the DVD player, sit back and enjoy yourself.
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