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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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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.
The entire movie was still very vivid in my mind. I still thought Kurt Russell done an outstanding job in the part, maybe even appreciated it more than I did first time round.
I always regretted never getting the chance to see Elvis live in my lifetime (I was 13 years old when he died in 77), but his music has kept me great company on my journey and I hope he has on yours too.
Not the greatest movie ever made, but a reasonable insight and history look into where it all started for Elvis and his family. Nothing much newsworthy for most E fans, but definetly worth a viewing for anyone with a passing interest in E's music and life.
The Blueray disc has some interesting interviews and extra pieces for Elvis diehards.
Minor niggle is the cutting of Burning Love from the final Vegas show at the end of the movie. It definetly added a + point to the original - anyone know why it got chopped for the latest release of this movie.
Thanks to John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Season Hubley and co for a fine effort and tribute to the man that really was the King!
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The best elvis Presley tribute movie yet and did you know Kurt Russell also played a 10 year old kid in the movie it happened at the world's fairPublished 20 days ago by eddie shaw
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