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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.The makers of the DVD "missed out" a whole section with the song "It Hurts Me".This blunder should have been spotted before they released it.Very poor.0 out of 5.When they re-release this set with the mistake corrected are they going to let us punters who bought this version have a replacement disk at a cheaper price??.....No,I didn't think so.But that aside this set captures Elvis at his very best.Watching this for the first time makes you understand that when he wanted to,Elvis really was the King.