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Blue Hawaii
     

Blue Hawaii

4.6 9
Director: Norman Taurog

Cast: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Nancy Walters

 

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Norman Taurog directs one of Elvis Presley's sillier star vehicles, Blue Hawaii. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials

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Norman Taurog directs one of Elvis Presley's sillier star vehicles, Blue Hawaii. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a fine Paramount release from Presley enthusiasts, or those who have a taste for the pop culture events that were Elvis films.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Blue Hawaii is not a great movie by any means, but it's so amiable and ingratiating that most people will be willing to overlook its flaws and just let it wash over them. Its flaws are certainly many, starting with a screenplay that is filled with clichés and trite dialogue, and features a fairly hoary basic premise and a plot that thinks nothing of coming to a dead halt so that Elvis Presley can sing and swing through a number. Yet there's also lightheartedness to the whole enterprise that keeps it afloat. Clearly, the main attractions here are Presley and the setting, and the film doesn't stint on either one. Presley's in practically every scene, and he excels at this kind of role: slightly rebellious, but for the right reasons; easygoing, but determined; and always ready to break out the guitar and jam with his friends. And while there are plenty of scenes that are clearly studio-bound, director Norman Taurog also makes sure that he doesn't neglect the "travelogue" aspect of the film. Throw in "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Rock-a-Hula Baby," the title number, and a healthy heaping of other songs, and you've got an entertaining, unchallenging way to pass the time.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2000
UPC:
0097363714149
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9; Dolby digital: English 5.1 surround; English mono; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Chad Gates
Joan Blackman Maile Duval
Nancy Walters Abigail Prentice
Roland Winters Fred Gates
Angela Lansbury Sarah Lee Gates
John Archer Jack Kelman
Howard McNear Mr. Chapman
Flora Hayes Mrs. Manaka
Steve Brodie Tucker Garvey
Darlene Tompkins Patsy Simon
Christian Kay Beverly Martin
Jenny Maxwell Ellie Corbett
Hilo Hattie Waihila
Lani Kai Carl Tanami
Pamela Kirk Selena (Sandy) Emerson
Iris Adrian Enid Garvey
Jose de Vega Actor
Gregory Gaye Mr. Duval

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
Dolores Fuller Songwriter
Hal Kanter Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Joseph Lilley Score Composer
Warren Low Editor
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Allan Weiss Screenwriter

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Title-"Blue Hawaii" [2:31]
2. Chad Returns [5:02]
3. "Almost Always True" [2:00]
4. The Shack [3:36]
5. "Aloha Oe" [:40]
6. Slap Happy [2:28]
7. "No More" [:57]
8. Prodigal Son [3:01]
9. Grandmother's Birthday Party [6:14]
10. "Can't Help Falling In Love" [1:29]
11. Tourist Guide [1:00]
12. The School Teacher [2:23]
13. Welcome Home Party [2:04]
14. "Rock A Hula Baby" [5:42]
15. Shoolgirl Tour [1:06]
16. "Moonlight Swim" [1:58]
17. Pinapple Fields [1:44]
18. One Bored Tourist [2:12]
19. Hanky Panky [2:17]
20. Hukilau [1:48]
21. "Ku-U-I-Po" (Hawaiian Sweetheart) [1:04]
22. "Ito Eats" [2:02]
23. "Slicin' Sand" [2:12]
24. My Son, The Chauffeur [:13]
25. "Hawaiian Sunset" [:55]
26. Steppin' Out of Line [:07]
27. "Beach Boy Blues" [3:08]
28. Unemployed [1:18]
29. Continuing The Tour [1:33]
30. "Island Of Love" (Kauai) [:32]
31. Torch Lighting Ceremony [1:35]
32. Women, Women Everywhere [1:42]
33. Chad Chases Ellie [3:43]
34. A Mad Maile [2:12]
35. Gates Of Hawaii [5:07]
36. "Hawaiian Wedding Song" (Ke Kali Nei Au) [:17]

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Blue Hawaii 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Blue Hawaii is my favorite Elvis movie. I loved the family plot, young love plot and the ending was great. The movie also had bits of racism & class issues that were handled with dignity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
elvis is good in this song and dance thing very good shots of hawaii it isn't the best movie every made but fun to watch
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is a family delight. I enjoyed it because of the scenery, the plot/s and, of course, Elvis. I've been told that the scenery is authentic Hawaii; whether true or not, it is gorgeous. It is, obviously, a musical..and a love story, too (of course). It is a movie that made me feel keen disappointment that there was no sequel...but then, I cannot begin to imagine how the story line could have been continued.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply the most wonderful piece of filmography I have EVER encountered. Because ELVIS IS IN IT! wow, man.... nothing else to say. I mean, ya know, it's like the greatest thing in the world, man...