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(2004/Wienerworld) PAL, Code 0, English, color+b&w, 61 Mins., 1987. Superb! documentary narrated by Levon Helm. Contains rare early recordings and never-before-seen footage. special price offer - while stock last!
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1956 was the defining year for Elvis Presley - and for Rock'n'Roll.
The effect Elvis Presley had on the world is deep and undeniable. He literally changed our music culture and everything that goes with it. Unless you were around when it happened or are a fan, it may be a little difficult today to grasp this reality. But this DVD goes a long way to visually explain it all.
The documentary was made in 1987 but the performances are all from 1956, and so you should not expect 5.1 surround or even stereo sound. It is very well narrated in a 'southern' style as it graphically takes you on that journey when Elvis Presley became a household name almost overnight through sheer raw talent.
Snippets from his early television performances are here, from the Dorsey Brothers, Steve Allen, and Milton Berle shows to the final Ed Sullivan appearances. Elvis unleashes his devastating unprecedented style onto shocked American television audiences to mixed reactions. What looks like tame body movements today translated to suggestive out and out sexual behaviour back in 1956!
Shake Rattle and Roll, Heartbreak Hotel, Money Honey, Love Me, and Hound Dog are performed almost demonically! He looked possessed! Such were his feelings for the rythym and blues he was performing. Some of these songs were old recordings by earlier bluesmen but suddenly it was like pouring petrol over a naked flame. They brought out the beast in an otherwise very shy and polite young man and it looked like Elvis was plugged into an electric socket. This resulted in anger and protestation from adult America, whilst awe and ecstasy emanated from their children.
Elvis belonged to the teenagers. Suddenly they had a hero of their own. The teenagers won through and the rest is history.
A friend borrowed it and never seen again.
This is a great snapshot of Elvis at the cusp of his breakthrough, the year he became a legend (although for my money the SUN Elvis will always be the best)
Narrated by Levon Helm, it is full of rare TV appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and Steve Allen.
My beef is that it is not remastered at all, no subtitles either.
And they changed the first song from American Trilogy to My Way (not sure why!)
Get if you can for the rare footage.
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