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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, James B. Douglas, Robert Ivers, Leticia Roman
  • Directors: Norman Taurog, Michael Curtiz
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 301 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AL6AUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,516 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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GI Blues disc (for boxset)-Elvis stars in the timeless tale of an American soldier who entertains his fellow soldiers with his talented guitar playing as they face the enemy in war-torn West Germany. ; King Creole disc (for boxset)-The mob tries to lure Elvis, a popular New Orleans singer, into their dangerous circle. Elvis gives Bourbon Street a new spirited b eat with his captivating singing.; Blue Hawaii disc (for boxset)-Elvis as a war veteran returns to the beautiful Hawaiian islands to re-adjust to civilian life. Elvis decides to work as a tour gui de and romance the lovely out-of-town

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G.I. Blues

After Elvis Presley got out of the army in 1960, he was instantly ushered into this Paramount movie about an Oklahoma singer who (surprise) gets out of the army and wants to open a club. Making a potentially lucrative bet that he can seduce a cabaret singer (Juliet Prowse), Elvis instead falls in love. Refurbished from his rockabilly roots into a slicker model for early-'60s pop, the Elvis of this movie is the one who made almost 30 more just like it. The songs include the title track, plus "It's Not Good Enough for You," "Tonight Is So Right for Love," and "Wooden Heart." Directed by Norman Taurog, a studio veteran who made his first film in 1928 and worked numerous times with Presley as well as Jerry Lewis. --Tom Keogh

King Creole

Before his handlers persuaded him to settle for the safety of a screen franchise, the young Elvis Presley had weightier ambitions as an actor. The 1958 King Creole, his fourth feature outing, hints at the underlying seriousness of his goals. Presley plays Danny Fisher, a New Orleans teenager struggling to graduate from high school while working in a sleazy French Quarter club to support his family. He's also characterised as a troubled youth with a dangerous temper and feelings of shame and resentment toward his meek, unemployed father (Dean Jagger). When Danny's gift for singing provides him with a potential career break (and the requisite excuse for Elvis's production numbers), his involvement with a ruthless gangster (Walter Matthau) and his sultry, alcoholic moll (Carolyn Jones) threatens both his future and his family.

King Creole boasts an impressive production pedigree (including producer Hal Wallis and director Michael Curtiz, the team behind Casablanca) and the supporting cast helps elicit one of Presley's most emotional performances. Jones in particular overrides the inherent clichés of her role: her self-loathing and sexuality are both palpable. Presley--still a few years away from the more sanitised image that would be integral to those franchise features--is young enough to be a credible teen, but more crucially he makes his rage and yearning largely convincing. --Sam Sutherland

Blue Hawaii

Elvis Presley's seventh film was the first of his "Hawaii trilogy" (a group completed by Girls! Girls! Girls! and Paradise, Hawaiian Style). While its story is daft--the King has just been released from his army-posting in Italy and returned to the islands, where he's trying to avoid working in his father's fruit business--the music, including "Blue Hawaii," "Almost Always True" and the beautiful "Can't Help Falling in Love", is not. Angela Lansbury plays Elvis's mother, who can't seem to get through to him. The film is directed by Elvis's frequent collaborator, Norman Taurog. --Tom Keogh

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Parkes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2010
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For the price of a bargain DVD, you have 3 films that stars Elvis. GI Blues is always a favourite of mine as this has one of the best known musical songs in. It always uplifts me when watching it and I always seem to sing a long with the music.

King Creole is without doubt, the best serious acting roles that Elvis did. The dark moody character that he portrayed and the brilliant music from the film make it a good one to watch. Probably if Elvis wanted to be a serious actor, then this is the film that would have secured him a serious role.

Blue Hawaii is the weaker of the 3, but the visuals and location makes it still worth watching.

Overall, a great set.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KatyC on 20 Feb. 2010
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I have to disagree with the person who says Blue Hawaii is the weakest film of the three. I think it`s the best one.
I love those blue Hawaiian seas, the sunny beaches, the palm trees, the lovely young people, the songs. I watch Blue Hawii time and again, whenever I feel like basking in its sunny, happy, youthfulness.
It`s a feel-good film. I even forgive the fact that some of the songs are out of sync. with the singers` lip movements.
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Yes, I agree with the reviews that emphasize that Gi Blues and King Creole are better, especially King Creole which I thought was really good. Blue Hawaii has some flaws for modern audiences especially with the name of one of the servants of Angela Lansbury's character ((who is incredibly annoying) as Ping Pong which personally, I cringed at each time it was said. Still, at least it exposed the innate snobbery towards local ethnic people in the plot.
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This was certainly good value for money, as you get to see ELVIS in three different movies. I thought he acted very well, and as I hadn't seen these before, I really enjoyed the storylines. His singing has always been OUT OF THIS WORLD for me as his voice is MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved the Wedding in BLUE HAWAII with the famous wedding songs. I will certainly never tire of ELVIS, because after all HE'S THE KING!!!!!!!!!!
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An Elvis fan I had not seen any of his early films for years so decided to hint that would be a nice gift for Christmas, so along came Santa and left me G.I. Blues, King Creole, Blue Hawaii. They were in a 3 CD set, a perfect gift for an Elvis fan.
I would recommend it for anyone, not only Elvis Fans.
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By charles_g on 16 Jun. 2011
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Elvis, well you can't go wrong with these musicals and who wouldn't want to have a wedding as Elvis did on Blue Hawaii.
You can sing with every song and admire elvis in the envious roles, Elvis seemingly hated doing these films but i'm sure every fan LOVES them, this is how i want to remember ELVIS.
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Really wanted the GI blues movie but this box of 3 Elvis films was actually cheaper than the single DVD also available.
Great quality considering the age of the originals. Would highly recommend to any Elvis fan or to anyone wanting to know how good he was in his early film career.
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By Chris Morse VINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2009
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You get 3 films, all in which Elvis is surprisingly good. In fact Kid Creole is a film in which he puts in an incredible performance.
They're all great, the kids love them too. A great way to re-live those BBC2 Saturday afternoons watching Elvis before Play Away came on :)
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