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Elvis [Blu-ray] [1978]

4.7 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kurt Russell
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003SE6QJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,342 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kurt Russell is Elvis in a career-defining performance. Just two years after Elvis Presley died, Kurt Russell brought him back to life in the original biopic about the king of Rock 'n' Roll. Broadcast on ABC in 1979, Elvis marked the first time director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell would work together in what would become a legendary pairing in film history (Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing and Escape From L.A.) Tracing Presley's life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to stardom to his triumphant return to Las Vegas. Elvis features Shelley Winters (Gladys Presley), Season Hubley (Priscilla Presley), Bing Russell (Kurt's real-life father as Vernon Presley), Pat Hingle (Colonel Tom Parker), Joe Mantegna ("Memphis Mafia" member Joe Esposito) and Ed Begley Jr. (drummer D.J. Fontana) in an all-star supporting cast for an effort that garnered numerous Emmy® nominations including Outstanding Lead Actor for Russell. Restored from the original film elements. Special Features - 'Bringing a Legend To Life' featurette with archival interviews of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter (1979). Commentary by 'The Voice of Elvis' Ronnie McDowell and author Edie Hand. Rare clips from American Bandstand. Photo gallery.

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Format: Blu-ray
I bought this off another site with frre art cards and it arrived on Saturday 2 days before it hits the shops. Its the full un cut film not the cinema version. Nice wide screen and clean print. Sadly its grainy in places but does not affect the film. Kurt Russel was superb as Elvis and the music scenes are wonderful. Sound quality is superb and is good value at 2hrs 40 mins.
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By Decky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 July 2011
Format: DVD
Iv waited a LONG time for this to get a DVD release and i wasnt disapointed. As a lifelong Elvis fan it was a joy to see this again. The outlook wasnt good...a cheapo TV movie rushed out mere months after the death of the King....but trust me,its great and its hard not to respect this production. John Carpenters direction is solid. The song choices are great and the casting FANTASTIC all across the board except for a miscast Season Hubley as Priscilla,she was just missing something for me. Kurt Russel is phenomenal and there are moments you will forget its not actually Elvis your watching,i kid you not.Shelley Winters(a personal friend of Elvis) as Gladys is a genius bit of casting. Bing Russel,Kurts own das, as Vernon was always a great idea and truely works.Ronnie McDowells vocals are pitch perfect. I took a star off because it leaves out the last few years of Elvis' life and the film ends during the Vegas years,but still any Elvis fan will enjoy this.This film is hitting the 3hour mark and is in widescreen and looks great on DVD. Sit back,relax and enjoy. The King is back for one show only
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I have been waiting for this movie to come out on DVD for years!!!! It is AWESOME! If you love Elvis, then you will love this account of his life story. Kurt Russell is amazing as the The King and I can't wait for August when it comes out!!!
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Firstly I want to discus the movie.Carpenter-Russell-Elvis,Having been a great fan of John Carpenter & Kurt Russell & a massive Elvis fan,and still am,this biopic delivers In spades. This has to be the best one ever made about "The King" Kurt Russell's portrayal of ELVIS was so uncannily real,and no one has come close in my opinon, most people know the story by now,bearing In mind this was released two years after Elvis's death and Lot's of people where still In Mourning. The King was dead but Kurt brought him back to life, If only briefly.

The Blu-ray version! thanks Amazon for great service,waiting for me In my post box on the 16 August . Well it could have been better, I suppose for a thirty year old film, it's as good as it's gonna be, don't get me wrong, some scenes just jump out at you, then some scenes just fade, In hindsight it's 20 times better than any old VHS COPY you may have, and probably the best version you will ever see, oh and it's in wide-screen or letterbox if you prefer, well I do!. Having not seen a normal DVD version I have nothing to compere it to. To Buy Or Not To buy????? Lets just say It's not the best Blu-RAY release but it's definitely not the worse.
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This film was made only 2 years after Elvis passed away and they captured the mood of the time on hear...a real shock & enormous void was left but then you journey back to see young Elvis growing up, his love of his mother & their special bond with his twin Jessie that died at birth, you get the thrill of his early career and how and when it all started. Really well put together account of Elvis's life, I love it.
Kurt Russell is magnificent as Elvis showing all his complexities and Shelley Winters is so moving as his lovely mum...I really enjoyed watching this from start to finish and would recommend it if you haven't seen it :)
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Format: DVD
Firstly and most importantly this is a superb movie charting Elvis' life,but how i really wish Fremantle Media had put more effort into cleaning up the picture quality!!!There still remains some lines and marks on the screen throughout the movie, after such a long wait for this dvd release the least we could have had is a clean transfer in these modern times of film technology.The movie itself deserves more than 5* for its detail and content but im afraid the picture quality gets a 3*!
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First of all, this movie would not be so beautiful without the great performance of kurt Russell; and it's easy to understand why director John Carpenter would later decide to collaborate with him several time. Kurt Russell IS Elvis, in this movie, and the passion and respect he feels towards the legendry icon of rock'n'roll music, still nowadays, go far beyond the flat screens of our modern TVs, hitting us right into the chest. Elvis' love for his brother, for his mother and father (played by Kurt Russell's father Bing Russell), his fondness for sincerity, for a simple life away from the bright light of success; Carpenter tells us the story of the person, not of the icon, and Russell perfectly fits in this role. The beginning of the movie is terrific, with Elvis shutting off the buzz coming from the news shooting right into the screen of his television(it reminded me, even if it was very different in scope, the opening scene of fire walk with me), and then tha days of his youth, his feeling of loss and solitude (due to his twin brother death)which so well made him appear as a young Jonny Cash...everithing is done with a sense of respect and loss, and after watching this movie you can't help but wonder what would have happen if the King was still here, with us, sharing his pain and alleviating our own with his voice, his songs, his heart. Elvis is dead, no doubt about it, but thanks to this movie he is now a little closer, and that's, after all, all that now we can expect from him.
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