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Jailhouse Rock [DVD]

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor, Jennifer Holden
  • Directors: Richard Thorpe
  • Writers: Guy Trosper, Nedrick Young
  • Producers: Kathryn Hereford, Pandro S. Berman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B95P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,746 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Richard Thorpe directs this American musical drama starring Elvis Presley. The film follows young construction worker Vince Everett (Presley) who is sent to prison for accidentally killing a man. While behind bars he discovers his passion for music and begins to nurture his talent with the help of his cellmate, former country singer Hunk Houghton (Mickey Shaughnessy). After he is released over a year later, Vince attracts the attention of beautiful music promoter Peggy Van Alden (Judy Tyler) who helps him catch his big break.

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Elvis Presley's third and best film is this musical romp released in 1957, just as the Big "E" was reaching the peak of his hip-swivelling pre-army success. Filmed in ultra-cool black and white, the movie stars Elvis as a good ol' boy who saves a woman from an assault but kills her attacker, so he's convicted of manslaughter and sent to jail. While doing time he takes up the guitar and becomes a singing sensation, ready for the big time when he's finally released. He becomes a big star but his inflated ego gets him into trouble with his former cellmate and his new girlfriend. Short on plot but heavy on rock & roll, this EP classic features such hit songs as "Treat Me Nice", "Baby, I Don't Care", "Don't Leave Me Now" and, of course, the classic title song, performed in an elaborate jailhouse number that Elvis choreographed himself. This is Elvis in all his big-screen glory, and the movie's upbeat ending made it a huge success during its original release. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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just love Elvis still on wattling for hes rotund
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In a nutshell, a young punk is jailed for manslaughter and emerges from prison as a fame-worthy singer!

As movie plots go, this is a typical 1950's 'boy makes good' storyline. As a musical however, this is certainly legendary material. Twenty two year old Elvis throws himself into this role like a pro, and should've won some kind of film award for his highly believable presentation of the main character, Vince Everett. He plays the sulky, arrogant, and violent role so well that you forget it is Elvis Presley. But you are intermittently reminded with the fantastic musical numbers throughout the movie that it is Elvis, especially the Baby I Don't Care number.

This great 1957 black & white classic boasts the first on screen music video, and that is the movie title song Jailhouse Rock. Said to be partly choreographed by Elvis himself, it is one of the most recognized musical song and dance classics of all time. The title song needs no introduction of course, being one of the most important anthems ever in rock & roll history. Elvis performs this hard hitting song into masterpiece category.

Elvis was totally traumatized upon completion of this movie when he learnt of the tragic death of his 24 year old co-star, Judy Tyler, who never lived to see this movie. She died in a car accident twelve weeks before the film's official release.

Jailhouse Rock is a great movie classic you'll watch many times over. Recommended as a must for your collection.
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Too often Elvis' film career is dismissed out of hand, the profusion of banal Hollywood pictures that he made taken as the sum total of his acting ability. But look back to the early days and specifically this, Elvis' third film (made in 1957 before his army induction) and you'll find something very special indeed. Given the rarity of a decent script and credible characterisation Elvis was actually quite a gifted actor as this trailblazing film amply demonstrates.
Vince Everett is a young man full of misdirected passion. A spell of trouble lands him in jail -cue terrific title sequence-and after a few stumbles in the dark, certainly ' All Shook Up' Everett finally finds his true niche as a singer.
With a strong supporting cast -including Judy Tyler who was tragically killed shortly after the film's release- Jailhouse Rock has a lot to recommend it, not least Elvis' sensational performance, often acclaimed as a career best. This is a moot point as he made at least a handful of other first-rate films, but what's not in dispute is how enormously enjoyable this vintage slice of rock 'n' roll is in every respect: it positively oozes pizazz!
Forget anything detrimental that you've heard about Elvis' films and simply wallow in the musical glory of Elvis Presley in his heyday.
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This is the rebel Elvis, the type of role he should have been given more of. To those who say that Elvis couldn't act, I say quit listening to those who group all Elvis films into one category, sit down and watch the man act! Elvis shows flashes of Dean, Brando and Newman as he delivers such lines as: 'That's the way the mop flops, kid'; 'Lady, I don't know what the hell you're talking about'; 'That ain't tactics honey, that's the beast in me' and 'I'm starting a new custom: no tip'. Guaranteed to make you see Elvis in a new light as a great actor. Beautiful!
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Before the 60's films that made Elvis a joke came Jailhouse Rock. This film will forever go down in history as his best loved movie and soundtrack. Before the world of pop video came Jailhouse Rock and no one could stop the powerful force of Elvis on or off screen! Elvis wanted to be James Dean, the teen rebel, and in this film Elvis was just that. Elvis acted great in this film and I believe he would have become a huge film star but the army stopped that.
Jailhouse Rock is my fave Elvis film. I loved all his early films but this one stands out from the rest. The 60's films were a joke but in the 50's Elvis ruled the film world. He acted like James Dean, he became that film rebel. This film should have been released again this year but I can live with watching it on video like everyone esle.
I give this film 5/5. There is no other music film that stands out like Jailhouse Rock!
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I always believed that the early Elvis films were the best. He showed a raw edge and acting style which was similar to James Dean in those days. It is such a pity that his film career was ruined by making so many awful films in his later years, thanks to the idiotic manager of his Colonel Tom Parker who was more interested in his mega bucks than anything else.

Here, he plays a young singer Vince Edwards who is jailed for manslaughter after getting involved in a bar room brawl. During his months in prison, he learns a style of rock music from his mentor played by Mickey Shaughnessy. Upon his release, he meets by accident Peggy (Judy Tyler) who recognises his talent and sets him off onto the road to stardom. The rest, as they say, is history. Its a rather dated, but memorable look back at Elvis's early career. Includes some of his early hits such as 'Treat Me Nice'; I Wanna be Free' and of course the famous title song now recognised as one of the finest Rock and Roll songs of all time; 'Jailhouse Rock'.

Filmed in Widescreen, picture is clean and crisp with slight print damage in some scenes, although hardly noticeable. Sound is mono, but is good on a Home Cinema System which is switched to Stereo Only. Supplemented by a trailer and subtitles for the hard of hearing.

It should be added too that like James Dean who died shortly in a car crash after completing his scenes in Giant; Judy Tyler was unfortunately to suffer the same tragic fate as Dean, herself being killed in a car crash soon after she completed her scenes. So this is a tribute in her memory.
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