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Elvis Presley: The Missing Years [DVD]
Elvis Presley: The Missing Years [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elvis Presley
Offered by mivendo UG
Price: £7.32

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have item for longtime fans, 23 Nov. 2002
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This DVD is an excellent addition to veteran fan's collections. It does have it's limitations however, which probably preclude it's becoming a bestseller.
The narrative is spot-on, very informative and easy to follow. Unfortunately, there is very little footage on-screen throughout this narrative. We get to see the well-known-by-fans clips of Elvis's induction into the army, but after a first run of these in their entirety, they are replayed as 3 second clips again and again, interspersed with still photographs.
Although this does not greatly detract from the narrative content, you will find yourself looking away from the screen whilst you listen to the narrator.
There is an audio CD in this package that is nice for die-hard fans, but almost certainly a dead loss for newcomers to Elvis. The sound quality is very poor, albeit understandably, as the tracks featured are around 45 years old. If you listen carefully though, you will be transfixed by the raw energy and ebullience of the early Presley performances. I almost prefer this rough, raucous music to the later, polished and professional sound that Elvis produced with RCA.
All in all, this DVD is worth buying. But don't expect too many special DVD extras, because there are none.

Love Me Tender [VHS]
Love Me Tender [VHS]
Offered by shannon-raven
Price: £9.99

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis's first ever motion picture. With big stars of the day, 3 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Love Me Tender [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In this first Elvis movie, we see our hero as a young western farmer, too young to have joined his older brothers fighting in the American Civil War. He and his family believe the eldest brother, Vance, to have been killed a while ago, and Clint (Elvis) falls in love with Cathy, Vance's fiancee. They eventually marry, and then the fun starts, as all 3 older brothers suddenly return home from the now ended war. Vance of course still thinks that Cathy is waiting for him to return so they can marry. A fairly bland, yet pleasant story line, acted well by all involved, including young Elvis, who still has blonde hair at this stage of his career. The descision to add 3 further songs to the title theme is a bit of a mistake in my opinion, as these songs do not fit well into the storyline. But it's nice to see Elvis performing them I suppose. Trivia Fact: Elvis's mother, Gladys, was so upset by the original ending of the film (where Clint dies) that the studio called the actors back and made them shoot an extra scene. This had Elvis, superimposed over the graveyard scence, singing an extra verse of Love Me Tender. A good film, showing us that Elvis Presley was more than just a singer. Without a single acting lesson, he does an admirable job as Clint Reno. Well worth watching even if you aren't a diehard Elvis fan.
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