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Elvis: That's The Way It is (Special Edition) [1970] [VHS]

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  • Directors: Denis Sanders
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 13 Aug. 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MHO1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,013 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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Special edition of the 1970 documentary following Elvis on his second season in Las Vegas. Remixed and remastered throughout, the film has also been re-cut to place more emphasis on the music and to include concert footage recently rediscoverd in the studio vaults. Features such hits as 'In the Ghetto', 'The Wonder of You' and 'Suspicious Minds'.

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A concert documentary from 1970, Elvis: That's the Way It Is captures Elvis Presley midway through a fateful transition, seeking to reclaim his musical primacy after a decade of self-imposed exile from concert stages. Sidelined by his big-screen career, eclipsed by rock's mid-60s transformations, the King had begun his return two years earlier with the relatively lean attack of his fabled network television appearance, '68 Comeback Special. Now the Memphis legend was poised to reposition his performing profile by pursuing the top rungs of headliner status in Las Vegas, a career choice that seems even more ephemeral in hindsight than it already did at the time.

That's the Way It Is follows the show's genesis from rehearsal to stage, with the performance footage that provides its inevitable climax shot over six nights. The rehearsal footage, expanded for this special edition, offers further proof that Presley's band was simply superb: stripped of the orchestrations and lush choral arrangements that would be grafted onto the stage show, the sextet sounds both tough and nimble. In performance, we're treated to a mostly riveting glimpse of Presley in top vocal form, poised at the brink of bombast. This is Elvis before the onset of portentous Richard Strauss overtures, karate kicks, and tossed scarves, kicking off the show with the classic "That's All Right". If he risks undercutting the punch of his early songs with self-deprecating clowning, he attacks two Ray Charles classics with gusto. --Sam Sutherland, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: DVD
This great new version of the 1970 concert film, 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'
will hopefully help to redress the balance of critical opinion concerning the
final phase of Elvis Presley's career. Those who only remember the
caricature will be surprised at how good Elvis looks and by the sheer power
and magnetism of his performances. Vocally, he was at his absolute peak.
Fans will be delighted to see new footage and some great new camera
angles (it feels like you're actually on the front row sometimes). Gone are the
irritating interviews and sideshows - this version focuses firmly on the man
himself. On the negative side, some of the songs from the original film have
been sacrificed - I Just Can't Help Believin being the most glaring omission.
The rehearsal section lacks the momentum of the original and the sound mix
is quite poor in places. That said, the special edition includes a great
rendition of Santa Claus Is Back In Town, demonstrating Elvis' ability as a
blues singer. The concert performances themselves are simply superb.
Everyone will have their favourites, but for me the lesser known Elvis songs
are the highlights. I Can't Stop Loving You is fantastic. Just Pretend really
shows off Elvis' vocal range. Patch It Up is a real rocker. This is Elvis at his
best. Sit back - and enjoy!
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Format: DVD
I am very Disappointed with this release. Disc 1 is very good and in excellent condition. But then it would be, as it was only released a few years ago. The Original Film on Disc 2, does not look like it has been cleaned up in any way at all and is no better than my old VHS copy. The extra's (less than 40 minutes) are in bad quality and even stagger here and there. And what about the 'Lost Performances' video? No sight of that footage!
The Ideal would have been a package like the 'Aloha' and '68 Special' sets a couple of years ago. I would of cut out the Elvis Impersonators and the Fan interviews Etc from the original film and gathered all existing rehearsal and concert footage from both films plus 'Lost Performances' before re-editing it all together with never before released footage in a 3dvd set in Remastered quality.
If you have not got the new 2001 version (On Disc 1) then this may be worth getting, although you can buy it as a separate DVD. If you have , then I wouldnt bother with this. I for one cant wait until they get it right. I would rather pay three times as much for the real deal!
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THAT'S THE WAY IT IS. ELVIS.

VERDICT :
Buy It !

SEE FURTHER BELOW FOR FULL TECHNICAL DETAILS.

NEVER MIND ALL THE TECHNICAL GUFF, WHAT'S ELVIS LIKE ?
He's brilliant !
This is the King in 1970 at the peak of his second classic period ( 1968 - 1973 ).
He Rocks and he Rolls, he jigs, he does karate moves and he even cracks the occasional joke.
Just buy it. You'll love it,

N.B. REGIONS :
I bought the Region 1 version.
Potential purchasers have asked if this version will play on a UK Machine.
Yes it does. At least it does on my Sony Blu-Ray player.
Both the DVD and the Blu-Ray disc play on my UK Blu-Ray player.

The official Amazon 'Product Details' describe the discs as Region A/1
which is of course made for America, Canada etc but not for Britain.
Normally that would mean it wouldn't play on a UK player.
Despite this, both discs play perfectly on my Blu-Ray UK player.

THE FILMS :
That's the Way it is. Elvis.
Blu-Ray and DVD plus booklet.

COST :
I paid £13.24 = £11.28 plus £1.26 for postage on 08.10.14.

SELLER :
Ordered from 'All your Music' - an American seller based in California
BUT arrived from 'Digital Waves' c/o Keymail UK Limited. Harmondsworth. U.K.

DELIVERY TIME :
Delivery only took 10 days.
I paid on 08.10.14. It arrived on 18.10.14.
Very good delivery time for an item purportedly sent from the USA.

POSTAL PACKAGING :
Good.
The item arrived in softish brown cardboard with corrugated inner lining
which protected the contents reasonably well.

SHRINK WRAP ETC :
The Blu-Ray set was shrink wrapped.
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Format: VHS Tape
This is the most important readily available Elvis video for fans to own. It shows Elvis in rehearsal and on stage at his true creative peak before performances became either routine or laden with grandiose and cumbersome ritual. At the time he had in place over 500 arrangements and orchestrations he could instantly call upon and a backing band unmatched before or since. Herein lies a compelling glimpse of just how these were put together with Elvis directing from guitar and piano. The on-stage action is from more than one concert - he did two a day at the time - and it is still hard to believe just how good he was compared to the media charicatures prevalent today. One star is missing from my rating simply beacuse this is a re-edited version that inexplicably omits the on-stage "I just can't help believing" which is a masterpiece.
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