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The treatment of Jailhouse Rock on DVD is a demonstration of how times and sensibilities have changed, in Hollywood and the world. As an Elvis Presley movie, it's been presented on this Warner Home Video DVD in a good letterboxed (2.35-to-1) transfer, as well as a full-screen version (1.33-to-1) that's less impressive in just about every way. But apart from the original trailer, there are no significant bonus features. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are here in Dolby Digital Mono, and subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages, and the movie has been given a very generous 28 chapters, covering all of the songs and the plot points. One would just think that more could have been done with what is generally regarded as one of the two or three most enduring -- if not the best -- of Presley's movies. Ironically, in 1957 some of the movie's virtues would have been more obvious -- not only was it an MGM film when that still meant something, but it was shot in black-and-white CinemaScope, not unheard of as a choice by a director and producer, but a deliberately arty, gritty selection of a format and medium; and it was produced by no less a figure than Pando S. Berman, as long a serving and generally highly regarded producer as graced Hollywood from the 1920's thru the 1960's, who pretty much only did quality movies -- but who also did gritty and challenging films, including The Blackboard Jungle, Bhowani Junction, and Tea And Sympathy. One would think that with this kind of pedigree on the cinematic side, plus the Leiber and Stoller songs on the music side, and the importance of the movie in Elvis' output, more would be done with it on DVD, much as was done on The Blackboard Jungle. It's overdue for that kind of treatment.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
If Jailhouse Rock isn't Elvis Presley's best movie, it's close enough to the top of the heap to be essential viewing for anyone interested in The King's legacy, and it's one of his few vehicles which really caught his raw, sexy energy and sneering charisma on film. Playing an ex-con rock & roll singer, Elvis' role isn't much of a stretch here, but it also allows him to let his natural charm shine through, and the film's cynical portrait of the inner working of the music business certainly seems to agree with him. Elvis didn't get many chances to play a character with a dark side or a bad attitude (especially after his hitch in the Army), and Jailhouse Rock finds him reveling in Vince Everett's cocky swagger and seen-it-all cool. Richard Thorpe's direction isn't especially inspired, but he keeps the story moving along well enough, and the production number for the title song is one of the few times Presley's live-wire magnetism made its way through the studio's choreography. Jailhouse Rock plays like a good, tough B-movie with some rockin' musical numbers thrown in, and it certainly serves Elvis and his talent far better than the glossier but empty-headed movies that dominated his post-Army career. Keep your ears peeled for the priceless moment where Elvis shares his opinions on modern jazz!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • UPC: 012569506121
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Black & White / Letterbox / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Vince Everett
Judy Tyler Peggy Van Alden
Mickey Shaughnessy Hunk Houghton
Vaughn Taylor Mr. Shores
Jennifer Holden Sherry Wilson
Dean Jones Teddy Talbot
Anne Neyland Laury Jackson
The Jordanaires Musician
Mike Stoller Pianist
Hugh Sanders Warden
Grandon Rhodes Prof. August Van Alden
Don Burnett Mickey Alba
George Cisar Jake the Bartender
Glenn Strange Mr. Simpson
John Indrisano Convict
Robert Bice Bardeman, TV Studio Manager
Percy Helton Sam Brewster
Peter Adams Jack Lease
Dan White Paymaster
Robin Raymond Dotty
John Day Ken
S. John Launer Judge
Dick Rich Guard
Elizabeth Slifer Cleaning Woman
Gloria Pall Stripteaser
Fred Coby Bartender
Walter Johnson Shorty
Frank Kreig Drunk
William Tannen Record Distributor
Wilson Wood Record Engineer
Tom McKee TV Director
Donald Kerr Photographer
Carl Milletaire Drummond
Francis de Sales Surgeon
Harry Hines Hotel Clerk
Dorothy Abbott Woman in Restaurant
William Forrest Studio Head
Katherine Warren Mrs. Van Alden
Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Jeff Alexander Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy C. Bennett Songwriter
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Randall Duell Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Kathryn Hereford Associate Producer
William Horning Art Director
Jerry Lieber Songwriter
Robert E. Relyea Asst. Director
Alex Romero Choreography
Aaron Schroeder Songwriter
Abner Silver Songwriter
Mike Stroller Songwriter
Sid Tepper Songwriter
Guy Troper Screenwriter
Richard Trosper Screenwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ben Weisman Songwriter
Ralph Winters Editor
Ned Young Original Story
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos [:17]
2. Main Title [1:09]
3. The Sugar Man [1:09]
4. Trouble in a Dress [:50]
5. The Fight [:52]
6. Sentencing; Hunk [5:32]
7. One More Day [2:46]
8. Young and Beautiful [3:31]
9. I Wanna Be Free [4:00]
10. Food Fight [3:01]
11. Freedom; the Letters [2:55]
12. The Exploitation "Man" [3:57]
13. "Young and Beautiful (reprise)" [3:46]
14. Don't Leave Me Now (Take One) [2:20]
15. Don't Leave Me Now (Take two) [5:14]
16. At Peggy's Parents' [4:12]
17. Vince's Voice Change [6:02]
18. Treat Me Nice [5:13]
19. The Girl's Got Other Plans [5:00]
20. Hunk Returns [3:00]
21. Jailhouse Rock [3:16]
22. One More Day (Reprise) [4:43]
23. Climax Studios [3:16]
24. The Debu-Detente [2:07]
25. Baby, I Don't Care [4:23]
26. The Way the Mop Flops [4:53]
27. Teaching Vince a Lesson [5:08]
28. Young and Beautiful (finale) [3:54]
Side #2
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos [:17]
2. Main Title [1:09]
3. The Sugar Man [1:09]
4. Trouble in a Dress [:50]
5. The Fight [:52]
6. Sentencing; Hunk [5:32]
7. One More Day [2:46]
8. Young and Beautiful [3:31]
9. I Wanna Be Free [4:00]
10. Food Fight [3:01]
11. Freedom; the Letters [2:55]
12. The Exploitation "Man" [3:57]
13. "Young and Beautiful (reprise)" [3:46]
14. Don't Leave Me Now (Take One) [2:20]
15. Don't Leave Me Now (Take two) [5:14]
16. At Peggy's Parents' [4:12]
17. Vince's Voice Change [6:02]
18. Treat Me Nice [5:13]
19. The Girl's Got Other Plans [5:00]
20. Hunk Returns [3:00]
21. Jailhouse Rock [3:16]
22. One More Day (Reprise) [4:43]
23. Climax Studios [3:16]
24. The Debu-Detente [2:07]
25. Baby, I Don't Care [4:23]
26. The Way the Mop Flops [4:53]
27. Teaching Vince a Lesson [5:08]
28. Young and Beautiful (finale) [3:54]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play
   Language Selections
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
         Spanish
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions for the Hearing Impaired
            English
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
            None
   Theatrical Trailer
Side #2
   Play
   Language Selections
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
         Spanish
         None
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions for the Hearing Impaired
            English
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2001

    THIS IS A GOOD MOVIE!!!

    I have been studying on Elvis lately because my mom, who died recently, was a big Elvis fan and I wanted to know what it was about Elvis that my mom liked. Well, I read LOTS of good books, and I find Elvis to be a very interesting person. So, I decided to see some of his movies. I wasn't at all sure I would like this movie since I don't particularly like the song Jailhouse Rock. Well, I was wrong, this is one of Elvis' BEST movies. I was more than pleasantly surprised. My daughter and I watched this over and over and never got tired of it. I was a bit put off at Elvis' attitude in the movie, because Elvis was not really like that, but I was glad to see him lose the attitude in the end. In one scene, at Peggy's home, he really looked like James Dean to me. I liked the songs he sang, especially ''Your So Square''. Just really enjoy how Elvis put himself into his songs!! This movie had some good lines, some humor, and of course Elvis is just beautiful to look at! Overall it was just a really good Elvis movie. You'll like it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2001

    Don't you ever watch this once, watch it twice...

    It is my personal opinion that this movie should have been called ''Young and Beautiful'' rather than ''Jailhouse Rock''. Only a small portion of the picture takes place in the pen, and the Jailhouse Rock number itself appears only once in a TV shooting sequence, whereas ''Young and Beautiful'' is thematic throughout. It is the first song Elvis sings and the last, and much of the instrumental in between. When Vince Everett (Elvis) kills a man while defending a woman, he is sent to jail, where he meets Hunk Houghton, former country star. Under Hunk's hardened influence, Vince turns from an average, nice guy to a cold, sardonic, brooding character whose only interest is to make money. Lots of money. Hunk also teaches him to play the guitar and Vince decides to try making his money through music after he gets out. He meets Peggy van Alden, another singer's ''exploitation man''. She helps Vince make a record. When the record is stolen from them by a double-crossing company, Vince and Peggy start their own record company. Then they start having troubles. Peggy has seen that Vince looks at their relationship as strictly business and a means to one end: money. So she goes out with Teddy Talbot the Record Spinner for a date and in doing so makes Vince mad. He finds another girl and makes Peggy mad as well. Neither of them give in and use the telephone to clear up the problem. Then Vince heads for Hollywood, gets into a movie, and falls in love with his leading lady. He's giving a party for her when Peggy turns up to talk about cutting some new records. Vince realises how much he missed her, but makes her upset again by telling her that he is going to sell out his record company to another for the extremely lucrative benefits that will result. By the end of the movie, however, he realises that Peggy is all that really matters to him after all, and the curtain goes down with him singing ''Young and Beautiful'' to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jail House Rock Really does Deliver

    This is one of Elvis Presley best movies made. Elvis Presley stars as a truck driver that gets thrown into jail because of manslaughter. His cell mate was once a star. Once freed, he meets Peggy Van Alden (Judy Taylor). She becomes his agent. And he hires a lawyer to be his manger. Once the ex-star is free from jail, trouble brews. I recoomend this film for Elvis Presley fans.

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