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Elvis Presley - '68 Comeback Special (3-DVD Amaray Version) [2008]

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  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: SonyBMG
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AX60LE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Elvis: '68 Comeback Special shows how, isolated from his original audience after a long sojourn on Hollywood soundstages, and threatened by the vibrancy and social gravity of rock, the King sought to reclaim his throne. This was filmed five years before he achieved broadcast history with his legendary 1973 global satellite telecast, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, but more than three decades later, it's Comeback Special that looms as the Memphis icon's most substantial achievement as a stage performer. If the candy-coloured sets and hyperactive choreography of its larger production numbers smack of its network packagers' desperation to be hip, Elvis himself rises to a riveting, assured performance at the peak of his powers.

Looking fit and relaxed, and sheathed in black leather, Elvis covers a shrewd song list encompassing early rockabilly hits, gospel (rendered unintentionally hilarious by its florid dance routines) and comparatively restrained ballads. Standout performances include two intimate stage sets that put him literally within his fans' reach, most strikingly in a brief reunion with four of his earliest bandmates (including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana). The latter segment is only a brief sample of a session posthumously released on video as One Night with You, which is, if anything, even better than this terrific portrait of a towering American artist. --Sam Sutherland

Product Description

December 3rd 1968 was the day Elvis Presley returned for the first time in eight years with perhaps the greatest performance of his stellar career. This box set is released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first recording Elvis ever did - at Sun Studios on July 5th 1954 - 'That's All Right', and includes the original broadcast version, two complete jam sessions concerts and two complete solo concerts - which were originally shot to be used as part of the broadcast but have never been aired. Also included are all the takes that made up the original broadcast's two production numbers, and all the material is presented with newly mastered sound and picture quality.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 1 Oct 2006
This was Elvis's first live concert for 8 years, played before a small audience of fans and friends. It is a live impromptu gig which shows beyond doubt that Elvis was the greatest raw natural music talent of them all.

From the amazing Lawdy miss Clawdy - to the ripping One Night With You and

great Ballads he holds the audience spellbound. The band are all in their with him demonstrating their huge individual talent and havin a great time with the Boss. Magic!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Rock 'n' Roll at his very best 27 Sep 2004
By gwilimo
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Elvis has never looked or performed better in my opinion than in the 68' Comeback Special. If you loved the sit down performances (my fave parts), then you're in for a treat, the first disc both on show, and they are great!!
You are not going to see the King in a better mood than this. He laughs, jokes through the songs, plays about with the lyrics.
There is just so much on here, and when you get to DISC 3, believe me when they say it's all on there, they mean it. All the incompleted takes, stops and starts. Just a fantastic package.
5 stars easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Genius! 25 Aug 2004
There is always the stereotype of Elvis in the white jumpsuit however this show was recorded before his Las Vegas years and Elvis never looked better!
This show was recorded after Elvis had finished his movie contracts and he really showed the rest of the world what he was made of.
The first disc shows Elvis' original NBC television special in it's entirety. This has some brilliant songs on it with Trouble/Guitar Man being amongst them.
Later in The disc it shows just the sit down shows with old friends Scottie Moore and DJ Fontana playing an unplugged set and talking to a small intimate audience.
The second disc shows Elvis performing on his own and blasting out some classics.
This really is worth every penny for the show which put Elvis back onto the map. This along with Elvis: That's The Way It Is are the greatest Elvis shows you can buy!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational! 27 Jun 2004
Sensational is the word that comes to mind while browsing through the new "Elvis - The '68 Comeback Special (Deluxe Edition DVD)". This 3-disc set assembles all the footage related to the famous '68 Comeback Special. A great deal of the material shown is released here for the first time in its entirety, or released for the first time pure and simple.
While some parts, delightful as they are, will definitely be for Elvis fans only (the takes and raw components of the production numbers on disc 3), the bulk of this set is essential watching for any rock enthusiast - the two sit-down shows, the two stand-up shows, and the adapted NBC TV special as it was originally aired on December 3, 1968, represent not only some of Elvis's finest moments of his whole career, but are nothing less than some of the most exciting rock gigs ever filmed. Watching these shows now, in great remastered sound (there's choice between Dolby stereo and Dolby 5.1) and unseen picture quality, and realizing that they have been in the vaults for more than 35 years, one can but wonder why it took them so long to release them. In his almost frightful effort to reinvent himself, Elvis continually transcends the limitations of space and time, revealing along the way as only he could what rock 'n' roll is all about - and we have a true classic performance on our hands.
You can now watch some 7 hours of it. Not to be missed.
(In the European issue of this set "It Hurts Me" has been erroneously left out on the Original Broadcast Version of the Comeback Special.)
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis at the peak of his powers 1 May 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Ten years had passed since Elvis had performed live on a regular basis and seven since he had faced an audience at all during which time the music scene had changed so dramatically that he was seen as a has been. However, the evidence all too clear on this video is that this is a man of supreme talent that had been suffocated by Hollywood. Aside from the production numbers the highlights are Elvis dressed in black leather looking as good as anyone can on a small square stage belting out all his most famous songs up until that point. The video version is extended as to what was seen in December 1968 and is a must have video for anyone who likes pop music to see its most important catalyst give us versions of songs such as Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog with all the energy and rawness that was evident in the originals ten years earlier. In hindsight one forgets the importance of the timing of the special for Elvis career letting the viewer just soak up the charisma bounding of the screen and how on earth can it be that nine years later he was gone. This just maybe was as good as it got.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Boss Man 30 May 2008
I'm not normally that keen on live performance films, but seeing Elvis here has blown me away. The power of the voice, the songs, the sheer passion he pours into it all (especially the finale 'If I can dream') have to be seen to be believed. Elvis looks better than ever throughout. It's as if he's liberated from the dreadful movies/movie soundtracks after all those stifling years, and is singing his heart out again to show the world he still can. Utterly awesome. A great talent.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the movies.........ELVIS IS BACK!!! 9 July 2004
Well at long last the 68 Comeback Special is given the royal treatment it so rightly deserves.The picture quality is superb.The sound,while not in DTS,is in either stereo or Dolby Digital 5.1. and is much improved to any VHS release.So should you buy this if you have a previous DVD release?.....oh yes!!Here we have for the first time EVERYTHING,uncut,including all the outtakes,that was captured during the shooting for the TV special.The 2 "sit down" shows where Elvis beats everyone to the MTV Unplugged format by 30 years and in the process gives us some of the most raw and powerfull Rock 'n' Roll you're gonna hear.Joined by his old band members in a little circle with a couple of guitars and the drummer using his sticks on a guitar case they play the music they love.Loose and free Elvis just plain and simply ROCKS.At times when the music takes over him he just can't sit down any longer and lets go with some unscripted movements,guitar in hand singing his god damn heart out.At points in the performance you almost feel the electicity in the room,the very same charge that started Rock 'n' Roll in the first place.But for me it's the 2 "stand up" shows that top this disk set.Alone on stage Elvis here proves he's no has been.He takes his old songs and breathe's new life into them.With a full orchestra and choir offset to the side of the stage,the new arrangements mixed with some of the finest singing he ever did,combine to a powerful and rockin' experience.It's all here,the moves,the look,the voice,the sheer talent.He literally stalks the stage like some kind of Rock 'n'Roll animal that someone just happened to let out!!This is musical dynamite.Also included is the original broadcast version of the 68 Special.This is the only let down on the set. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... as it is ELVIS and you can't get any better. Remember him at his...
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Published 1 month ago by SilverSurferEdin
3.0 out of 5 stars Come back...he never went away.
The king at his very best. Love the singing with the band. The 'staged' bits are a bit long & don't really captivate, but Elvis doing what he does best is seriously 'the dogs ... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Pedro Graça
5.0 out of 5 stars ... hes the king and this is him at his best a must have for any elvis...
what can i say hes the king and this is him at his best a must have for any elvis fan
Published 2 months ago by brian anthony hull
5.0 out of 5 stars it is Elvis showing what he could do best combined with that mixture...
I've watched this a dozen times already..I always saw myself as a fan.. But this '68 Special is actually timeless, it is Elvis showing what he could do best combined with that... Read more
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