Elvis - '68 Comeback Special

Elvis - '68 Comeback Special

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Director: Steve Binder, Elvis Presley

Cast: Steve Binder, Elvis Presley

     
 

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This was not only Elvis' comeback, but also his first-ever TV special. Originally telecast December 3, 1968, the 60-minute songfest begins with Elvis offering a medley of his old hits: "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," etc. In honor of the Yuletide season, Presley also croons "Blue Christmas." The more elaborate

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This was not only Elvis' comeback, but also his first-ever TV special. Originally telecast December 3, 1968, the 60-minute songfest begins with Elvis offering a medley of his old hits: "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender," etc. In honor of the Yuletide season, Presley also croons "Blue Christmas." The more elaborate production numbers include "Guitar Man," "Nothingsville," "Big Boss Man," and "Trouble." Wrapping up things is the grand finale, "I Can Dream." Backing up the King is the Blossoms vocal group.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Fagan
History plays odd tricks on Kings, and the video renaming of this classic production -- originally telecast December 3, 1968, as simply Elvis -- has forever painted Presley's performance here as that of an underdog. At the time, Presley was a rock-'n'-roll memory. He labored in an increasingly hokey Hollywood career while the '60s British invasion, garage rock, and psychedelic movements made his hip-swiveling '50s persona seem woefully uncool. But just as Presley's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show heralded his arrival as a huge star a decade earlier, the '68 Comeback Special reestablished his position as rock royalty. A bit fleshed out from its original TV length -- the original hour now runs 73 minutes -- it features Presley in various settings, from a leather-jacketed troubadour with a small combo to full-blown big-band frontman in a sharp, white suit. It is a tune-filled command performance by an artist who perhaps wasn't so much coming back as he was restaking a claim to a title that was rightfully his: the world's first rock star.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
UPC:
0828767050591
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bmg Marketing
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

2006 edition of the TV special; re-edited and expanded; Video collection of fun moments from the shooting of the special; Photo gallery

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elvis: '68 Comeback
1. Opening Production Number: Trouble/Guitar Man [3:26]
2. That's All Right [3:30]
3. Baby, What You Want Me to Do [1:46]
4. Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up [3:39]
5. Can't Help Falling in Love [2:15]
6. Jailhouse Rock [2:00]
7. Don't Be Cruel [1:34]
8. Blue Suede Shoes [2:49]
9. Love Me Tender [3:17]
10. Baby What You Want Me to Do - Impromptu Jam [3:11]
11. Gospel Production Number: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child/Where Could I Go but to the Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved [9:29]
12. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy [2:59]
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? [2:52]
14. Trying to Get to You [2:57]
15. Tiger Man [3:02]
16. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again [1:34]
17. One Night [2:08]
18. Memories [3:23]
19. Guitar Man Production Number: Nothingville/Guitar Man/Let Yourself Go/Guitar Man/Big Boss Man/It Hurts Me/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man [15:18]
20. Finale: If I Can Dream [3:11]
21. Credits [1:55]
22. Promo Spot [1:05]

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4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that Elvis went away for a while doing movies, some good some not but when he did this tv special all I could do was watch this larger than life magnetic,talented, beautiful voiced human being (as well as drop dread handsome)with complete awe!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ELVIS RETURNED TO TV IN 1968 WITH DESPERATE ENERGY AND WANTING TO PLEASE.ELVIS SHOWED US AGAIN HE WAS A TREMENDOUS PERMORMER AND VERSATILE SINGER.THE SHOW WAS WELL PRODUCED AND HAD A GREAT FINALE.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis's original material was what made him Elvis. I saw him in one of his last concerts and I was just SICKENED. I was young and saved up money for 6 months to afford a ticket, and when i got there i was horrified. Nothing but a fat slob doped on up drugs stumbling around stage. This DVD does have some good extras and if you never witnessed Elvis at his worst, you would probably recommend this DVD to all your friends. So enjoy :"