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Elvis: That's The Way It Is [DVD] [1970]

Elvis Presley    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elvis Presley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A7SP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A concert documentary from 1970, Elvis: That's the Way it Is captures Elvis Presley midway through a fateful transition, seeking to reclaim his musical primacy after a decade of self-imposed exile from concert stages. Sidelined by his big-screen career, eclipsed by rock's mid-60s transformations, the King had begun his return two years earlier with the relatively lean attack of his fabled network television appearance, 68 Comeback Specia. Now the Memphis legend was poised to reposition his performing profile by pursuing the top rungs of headliner status in Las Vegas, a career choice that seems even more ephemeral in hindsight than it already did at the time. That's the Way it Is follows the show's genesis from rehearsal to stage, with the performance footage that provides its inevitable climax shot over six nights. The rehearsal footage, expanded for this special edition, offers further proof that Presley's band was simply superb: stripped of the orchestrations and lush choral arrangements that would be grafted onto the stage show, the sextet sounds both tough and nimble. In performance, we're treated to a mostly riveting glimpse of Presley in top vocal form, poised at the brink of bombast. This is Elvis before the onset of portentous Richard Strauss overtures, karate kicks and tossed scarves, kicking off the show with the classic "That's All Right". If he risks undercutting the punch of his early songs with self-deprecating clowning, he attacks two Ray Charles classics with gusto. --Sam Sutherland, Amazon.com


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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Elvis Presley concert 20 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This great new version of the 1970 concert film, 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'
will hopefully help to redress the balance of critical opinion concerning the
final phase of Elvis Presley's career. Those who only remember the
caricature will be surprised at how good Elvis looks and by the sheer power
and magnetism of his performances. Vocally, he was at his absolute peak.
Fans will be delighted to see new footage and some great new camera
angles (it feels like you're actually on the front row sometimes). Gone are the
irritating interviews and sideshows - this version focuses firmly on the man
himself. On the negative side, some of the songs from the original film have
been sacrificed - I Just Can't Help Believin being the most glaring omission.
The rehearsal section lacks the momentum of the original and the sound mix
is quite poor in places. That said, the special edition includes a great
rendition of Santa Claus Is Back In Town, demonstrating Elvis' ability as a
blues singer. The concert performances themselves are simply superb.
Everyone will have their favourites, but for me the lesser known Elvis songs
are the highlights. I Can't Stop Loving You is fantastic. Just Pretend really
shows off Elvis' vocal range. Patch It Up is a real rocker. This is Elvis at his
best. Sit back - and enjoy!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis thats the way it is 21 Mar 2006
By lorna
Format:VHS Tape
This is the most important readily available Elvis video for fans to own. It shows Elvis in rehearsal and on stage at his true creative peak before performances became either routine or laden with grandiose and cumbersome ritual. At the time he had in place over 500 arrangements and orchestrations he could instantly call upon and a backing band unmatched before or since. Herein lies a compelling glimpse of just how these were put together with Elvis directing from guitar and piano. The on-stage action is from more than one concert - he did two a day at the time - and it is still hard to believe just how good he was compared to the media charicatures prevalent today. One star is missing from my rating simply beacuse this is a re-edited version that inexplicably omits the on-stage "I just can't help believing" which is a masterpiece.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Fantastic! 14 Jun 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was the first Elvis DVD i bought. I have since bought, the 68 comback special and Aloha from Hawaii and well as various movies that he did. The 'Elvis -- That's The Way It Is' DVD is the best one yet! As a hugh Elvis fan i do beleive that this shows elvis in the same light as in 1956. His performances, both vocally and sexually are on an even with performances such as Hound Dog on The ED Sullivan show in 56 and the Jailhouse Rock video of 1957. The best performance is the Suspicous Minds track. Elvis shows a amazing amount of energy, enthusiasum and unbelievable vocals to a massive, screaming live audiance. After listening to recorded tracks on the 30 no1 hits cd, the live versions of such song like in the Ghetto, The wonder of you and suspicous Minds and twice as goo live. He also performs Thats all right Mama, All shook up and Hound Dog, thats all right Mama is equally as good as the original, even though elvis never performed Hound dog, Blue suede shoes etc as well after the 50s.
A must have!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Elvis - The way he was 23 Sep 2002
Format:DVD
I never seen Elvis live but this come close. This DVD shows you the real Elvis before the gig and then the man who was the King. The before films show him laughing and messing around before the real deal. On stage, no one could stop him. He was a powerful force. The voice, the style, the way he moved around is outstanding. The band behind him made everything run like clockwork but it was Elvis who made it look like childs play. Elvis was and still is the KING!
The outstanding parts are: the wonderful Polk Salad Annie and the great Suspicious Minds. I never seen a man so sexy and move so freely in my life. I sit there open mouthed as I watched Elvis knock everyone dead and I'm sure everyone wanted to be there while they watched. One Nite is also one of my fave parts coz the way he tells the band what to play hehe. He had them all in my hands and they loved it. The fans were the same. All Elvis had to do was smile, laugh or bend down and they were screaming for more.
Elvis Aaron Presley is the KING. No one can stop what he started and this DVD proves that no matter what happens in this world....Elvis is still the KING! If your not sure about Elvis....buy this DVD and then ur see the King in action....and ur be blow away!
5/5 from me :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ELVIS DVD BY A COUNTRY MILE 9 April 2002
Format:DVD
FACT (not opinion) -This is the BEST ELVIS DVD availble and it puts all the others to shame as it shows what can be done with Elvis in this format. A Great documentry thoughtfully re-edited and remastered with lots of previously unseen footage included.Plus EXTRAS; a short documentry on the making of the re-editted version (rather than the original),the original film trailer (what no trailer for the new version?) and a menu that quietly plays the cut song I Just Can't Help Believin -which we in the UK can't Believe was editted out. It was the hit song from the film and Elvis even refers to forgetting the words in the re-edit. The new version shows ELvis sense of humour off to much greater affect - think of Freddie Star meets Norman Wisdom meets Robbie Williams. Several scenes will make you laugh out loud.
Also if you've got a good surround set up get this an Elvis film in 5.1 stereo? What not mono!
The producers of this DVD deserve credit. This is Brilliant. However much more could have been included on the DVD incl songs were taken out of the re-edited version and I've seen the clips of Elvis singing Oh Happy Day with the Sweet Inspirations in rehersals and Little Sister live on stage with Elvis sitting down on stage playing guitar & theres load more where they come from. Also why no audio commentry to accompany the film -its not explained in the documnetry why the new footage in some places appears very faded whilst in others its pin sharp. Couldn't it have been digitally enhanced? The audio mix is also very safe and the orchestra is buried which is the fashion with the Elvis police who think strings and backing singers are uncool no matter that Elvis compiled this set up on stage against his managers wishes. The sound is 5.
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