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A must have item for longtime fans,
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This review is from: Elvis Presley: The Missing Years [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD is an excellent addition to veteran fan's collections. It does have it's limitations however, which probably preclude it's becoming a bestseller.
The narrative is spot-on, very informative and easy to follow. Unfortunately, there is very little footage on-screen throughout this narrative. We get to see the well-known-by-fans clips of Elvis's induction into the army, but after a first run of these in their entirety, they are replayed as 3 second clips again and again, interspersed with still photographs.
Although this does not greatly detract from the narrative content, you will find yourself looking away from the screen whilst you listen to the narrator.
There is an audio CD in this package that is nice for die-hard fans, but almost certainly a dead loss for newcomers to Elvis. The sound quality is very poor, albeit understandably, as the tracks featured are around 45 years old. If you listen carefully though, you will be transfixed by the raw energy and ebullience of the early Presley performances. I almost prefer this rough, raucous music to the later, polished and professional sound that Elvis produced with RCA.
All in all, this DVD is worth buying. But don't expect too many special DVD extras, because there are none.