Elvis: That's the Way It Is
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Elvis: That's the Way It Is

4.5 17
Director: Denis Sanders

Cast: Denis Sanders, Elvis Presley

     
 

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Elvis: That's the Way It Is offers a candid look at Elvis Presley at a point when he decided to permanently abandon movie roles and return triumphantly to concert gigs. It shows him strutting around Vegas with his entourage, Elvis painstakingly preparing for his stage show, Elvis relaxing backstage and trading jokes with his vocal accompanists, and, of course,See more details below

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Elvis: That's the Way It Is offers a candid look at Elvis Presley at a point when he decided to permanently abandon movie roles and return triumphantly to concert gigs. It shows him strutting around Vegas with his entourage, Elvis painstakingly preparing for his stage show, Elvis relaxing backstage and trading jokes with his vocal accompanists, and, of course, Elvis before a live, loud audience. Photographed by Lucien Ballard the film was directed by Denis Sanders of Shock Treatment fame. This film was hugely reedited and reissued in 2001, with around 40% new material that replaced preexistent fan footage with musical performances and revelations; it also works in a a version of 'Love Me Tender' that finds The King strutting through the audience. That cut of the film - which received heightened critical kudos - rates 4 stars, and qualifies as more of a performance film than a documentary.

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Barnes & Noble - Patrick Macias
In 1970, Elvis Presley seemed stalled on the comeback treadmill: Not quite part of the rock 'n' roll scene that was then dominated by the Beatles and Rolling Stones, nor part of the burgeoning '50s revival movement. He was a man who needed to do it his way, and his 1970 tour of duty in the Las Vegas Hilton International Hotel -- at the time and for many years to follow, the world's largest -- consummated his ultimately successful self-reinvention. Elvis: That's the Way It Is, released that same year, documents the Culver City rehearsals and the six-night stand at the Hilton, presenting the dawn of Vegas Elvis, the legendary showman whose rhinestone-studded attire established the oeuvre for the growing desert oasis. In addition to this legendary showman, we see Elvis the person, wolfing down hamburgers and suffering from pre-show jitters. In the 1970 release of the film, we were also treated to a number of interviews with devoted fans that, alas, subtracted from Elvis' own screen time. This brand new Special Edition DVD of the film features a Dolby Surround Stereo remix with restored footage and alternate takes that replace the non-essential fan elements. The stellar additions are never-before-seen performances of songs such as "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and the Beatles' "Get Back." Also included are the original theatrical trailer and an all-new documentary "Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis: That's the Way It Is."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2014
UPC:
0883929398850
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
3:23:00
Sales rank:
19,189

Special Features

Disc 1: Elvis: That's The Way It Is (2001): Restoration featurette Patch it up: the restoration of Elvis: That's The Way It Is Twelve song and non-musical outtakes Theatrical trailer

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Disc #1 -- Elvis: That's the Way It Is -1970 Theatrical Version
1. Credits [2:16]
2. "Good Morning, Hollywood camera." [4:09]
3. Bonafide Fans Of Elvis. [8:24]
4. I Just Can't Help Believing. [4:07]
5. Elvis' Summer Festival. [7:35]
6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin.' [6:33]
7. A Romantic Wedding. [5:51]
8. Opening Night Jitters. [5:00]
9. That's All Right, Mama. [2:27]
10. I've Lost You. [3:55]
11. Patch It Up. [3:09]
12. "When I First Started..." [1:27]
13. Love Me Tender. [1:32]
14. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin.' [3:58]
15. Sweet Caroline. [4:19]
16. I Just Can't Help Believing. [2:43]
17. Presley Fans In Vegas. [5:01]
18. Elvis Impersonators. [4:48]
19. Bridge Over Troubled Water. [2:43]
20. Heartbreak Hotel. [4:09]
21. One Night With You. [1:48]
22. Blue Suede Shoes. [1:42]
23. All Shook Up. [1:24]
24. Polk Salad Annie. [1:21]
25. Audience Mingling. [5:07]
26. Suspicious Minds. [3:48]
27. Can't Help Falling In Love With You. [5:55]
28. Chapter 28 [2:58]

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