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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving This, 20 May 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD] (DVD)
Elvis second film, "Loving You" is an excellent, semi-autobiographical account of Elvis rise to fame.
This fabulous quality DVD is a real pleasure to watch. A great job was done here; although a huge pity is the lack of special features.
Elvis is "Deke Rivers", a delivery driver, who by chance sings a song at a state fair; and is immediately noticed by the very sexy female manager.
The plot is simple, yet acted very very well, as Deke soon becomes a success. But his dark past comes back to haunt him, and we find that Deke is not only talented, but troubled.
There is plenty music in Loving You; almost every song is truly excellent, from the title tune, to classics such as "Mean Woman Blues", "Got a Lot O Livin' To Do" and of course, "Teddy Bear."
Look out for the "graveyard scene" where Deke bares his soul; superb acting and a really pleasing script on such a great DVD, makes this a joy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality 50's musical, 30 Aug 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD] (DVD)
50's Elvis superbly restored. This DVD brings "Loving You" back to life. Picture quality is excellent and the soundtrack - now in Stereo - is crystal clear - play it through a good quality home cinema or hi-fi system and then you are back in '57! A must for any Elvis fan or student of rock 'n' roll.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving You, 12 Nov 2003
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Sean (Northumberland, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD] (DVD)
In some ways Loving You is the first 'Elvis Presley Movie', yes Love Me Tender came first but that was very much a western role with the soundtrack taking second place, it was even originally going to be called The Reno Brothers.

Released in 1957 Loving You was Elvis's first colour movie. Unfortunately it doesn't quite reach the accolade of the greatest of all his movies. Jailhouse Rock and King Creole had a grittyness, slightly better scripting and Elvis had vastly improved as a actor by that stage. Loving You however does fit nicely behind them as one of the only true great Elvis movies. Of all his 50's movies actually it is Loving you which is the most overtly entertaining.

The film is extremely colourful, it is very 1950s, not unlike Rebel Without A Cause actually and is wonderfully shot. Excusing the odd bad line (''what is he doing to those women''), the gawky teenagers and ego inflating nature of the story line, generally the script rises to the occasion. There could be nothing more poignant and easier for Elvis to do then this semi-autobiographical story of a poor country driver called Deke Rivers who is elevated to the big time with Lizabeth Scott in the Col Parker role. Elvis' real band was used in the film, Bill Black even gets a few lines. At the final concert Elvis' parents: Gladys and Vernon are in the audience (there in aisle seats) that is actually why following Glady's death Elvis could never watch the movie again. It is however little touches like this which makes it even closer to Elvis' own rise to the big time; Loving You was actually one of Elvis's most fun shoots.

Elvis gives a passable if slightly eager performance, a bit more confident then Love Me Tender where he was rather stilted. The pretty Dolores Hart gives a great performance considering it was her screen debut. She plays a fellow singer and love interest; she would also appear in Elvis's 4th feature King Creole.

What really elevates this film is the on screen chemistry between Wendell Cory and Lizabeth Scot, both duking it out over management. Lizabeth Scott pulls of some very crafty Col. Tom Parker tricks to elevate Elvis to the big time which ring remarkably close to the truth.

What else elevates this film are the musical sequences. Elvis manages to successfully transfer his on-stage persona to film; they all work as great separate music videos in there own right. He moves fantastically. Mean Women Blues at a cafe is probably the best, with his hair flowing and his hands clapping he wades through the scene looking really cool before getting into a fight. This is Elvis in the 50s: a tough Rock N' Roller. Lonesome Cowboy also features some brilliant dramatic lightning.

The Loving You soundtrack is in the wonderful situation of being his best ever soundtrack Long Player: Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do, Party and Teddy Bear rank among the very best and most loved of Elvis's Rock N' Rollers. Even a lesser known song like the tough rock n' roller Mean Women Blues is brilliant; only Hot Dog slightly falls short of the mark. Elvis was unhappy with his previous soundtrack (Love Me Tender done at the Fox Lot with none of his band) so made a effort to treat the Loving You soundtrack with the previous care and attention it deserves, it was decided to not record at Paramount Studios. The soundtrack is a important piece of the Elvis 50's cannon and deserves to be reviewed as just a truly great album and not just a soundtrack.

The songs in the actual film are specially intended alternative versions of the songs released, they include many changes. The on-screen version of Loving You is longer for example, a point noted on the back sleeve. Some of these versions where released in The Essential Elvis series.

The transfer of the film is quite good; bringing all the vibrant colours out, the DVD however contains no extras. I love the barefaced cheek of hopelessly produced DVDs when they label Scene Access as a 'Special Feature', Scene access should be mandatory not a special feature. The DVD does however have a song index that allows you to view the brilliant music sequences separately.

This film is often overlooked due to Jailhouse Rock and King Creole however this is Elvis's first Rock N' Roll movie, a must have for all fans of the King in his primetime 50s heyday, glorious entertainment packed with brilliant tunes. Due to the lack of extras it is maybe not worth shelling out for if you already own it on video unless you can get it at budget price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Elvis, 14 Nov 2003
This review is from: Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD] (DVD)
This is an excellent film. Elvis shows a vast improvement in acting ability from his first film. There is an excellent supporting cast, Wendell Corey is particularly good. The sets look good, the costumes are good and the songs are first rate.
Elvis plays a young man picked out to tour with a band around small town America and then hits the big time, a bit like his own story. He is being manipulated by his manager (well played by Lizbeth Scott), falls in love with the girl, get the girl and reforms his manager (just like real life!). And, you get to hear Elvis's bassist, Bill Black, speak! A silly story but just the thing to soothe the furrowed brow.
The DVD doesn't really have anything more to offer than VHS just scene selection and song selection but saying that the picture quality is excellent.
If you're an Elvis fan you'll know this film, if not buy it today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality DVD of A Classic Film, 21 Feb 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Loving You [1957] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
WOW, this is a fantastic quality DVD. The picture is pin-sharp, with stereo sound and a great film, making this a joy.
Loving You is an excellent film, a good cast, well acted and really great music.
It is a pleasure to have such a high quality DVD of one Elvis film, as his acting career is sorely neglected on DVD.
Pity there are really no special features, there must be trailers, press-info, interviews, deleted scenes and trivia someplace.
Hopefully we will soon see DVDs of Elvis best films, Flaming Star, Trouble With Girls, King Creole, Wild In The Country etc...with good features
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic quality, classic Elvis., 18 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD] (DVD)
The quality of this re-mastered version of Elvis' second film is amazing. The colours are bright and vibrant. It looks like it was made recently, not in the 50's! Once you have watched the film you can enjoy the songs again one by one with the "Song Selection" menu. Everyone should add this film to their DVD collection and see Elvis at his best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can beat Elvis ?, 16 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD] (DVD)
This is a charming story of a young man spotted as a singer
and guitarist in rural America. The stuff of dreams, and as
we know, Elvis's real life followed a similar pattern.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a really great film of Elvis in the 50's It's got it al, 17 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD] (DVD)
It's got it all.......A film that truly shows Elvis as a rising star. I love the DVD because once you know the movie story line, you can then play all you favourite songs. I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Elvis at his best - in colour too!, 3 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD] (DVD)
Lovingly transfered to DVD, one of Elvis's finest musicals is brought to life. You buy this not for the story but to see Elvis in colour in the 50's singing some of his best and well known songs such as Teddy Bear, Party, Mean Woman Blues and of course Loving You to name but a few. In the final song look out for a guest appearence of Elvis's mother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray of The King at his best... please, 11 Feb 2013
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Elvis Presley - Loving You [DVD]Loving You must surely be a prime candidate for a re-release in Blu-ray quality. The vibrant young King, fabulous Lizabeth Scott, great music ... why are they waiting?
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