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

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Director: Denis Sanders

Cast: 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,

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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:
08/07/2007
UPC:
0012569798618
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
6,507

Special Features

Disc 1:; 2001 Special Edition; Restoration featurette Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis - That's the Way It Is; Presley career highlights; Director/restorer filmographies; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English & Français (main feature. bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled); Disc 2:; 1970 Original Theatrical Version; Plus a dozen never-seen outtake song/nonmusical sequences; Subtitles: English & Français (main feature. bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled)

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Disc #1 -- Elvis: That's the Way It Is - 2001 Special Edition
1. Mystery Train (Credits) [:46]
2. In the Studio [2:56]
3. Rehearsals (That's All Right) [2:29]
4. Little Sister/Get Back [3:17]
5. Horseplay [3:28]
6. Twenty Days and Twenty Nights [3:40]
7. Las Vegas [4:14]
8. Cattle Call; Chime Bells [3:49]
9. Words; You Can't Say That [2:34]
10. Mary in the Morning [3:12]
11. Countdown to Showtime [1:59]
12. That's All Right [4:04]
13. I Got a Woman [2:38]
14. Hound Dog [2:26]
15. Heartbreak Hotel [2:00]
16. Love Me Tender [3:12]
17. I Can't Stop Loving You [5:14]
18. Just Pretend [2:26]
19. The Wonder of You [4:30]
20. In the Ghetto [2:28]
21. Patch It Up [2:40]
22. You've Lost That Loving Feeling [3:02]
23. Polk Salad Annie [4:12]
24. One Night [4:51]
25. Don't Be Cruel [2:48]
26. Blue Suede Shoes [1:32]
27. All Shook Up [1:29]
28. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me [1:05]
29. Suspicious Minds [2:17]
30. Can't Help Falling in Love [6:13]
31. End Credits [2:13]
Disc #2 -- Elvis: That's the Way It Is - 1970 Original 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]

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Elvis: That's the Way It Is 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best tribute to the king of rocknroll!i love it.elvis is so electrifying on stage and so funny off! for instance he does things like almost swallows the mic, fools around with the memphis mafia, falls off his chair. on stage he is fast and electric, still funny and sounds as great as gold records!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After recording the re-mastered version of this movie in 2001, on TNT, I recently purchased the "Special Edition" DVD. The movie is a top notch re-master, leaving out all the inanity of the original. Showing the formulation of a top-flight stage show from rehearsal to final curtain, it illustrates Elvis at quite possibly the top of his craft. The band is tight, there's a song for everyone, and it is one heck of a concert. However, one small complaint..how could the producers include the song "I Just Can't help Believin'" during the menu portion of this "Special Edition", and not include the song on the DVD..? It is, perhaps, one of his seminal live recordings, even with the mix-up in the lyrics in the second verse, and one song that deserves inclusion (it was featured in the original broadcast of the re-master, at the end of movie, after the credits). Other than that, a great concert movie of a dynamic stage presence. Now then, Turner, how about giving "Elvis On Tour" the same courtesy..?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film almost makes you hold your breath as you sit with eyes widened watching the spectacular - in particular the way Elvis projects his showiness, slick stage presence, and rich/sensual 'soul feeling' (watch the last stanza of 'You've lost that lovin' feeling', as the camera films him from side stage, half crouched down, in very tense, restrained movement, emphasizing the feeling 'on the inside', and 'syncing' in with the full black-vocal chorus backing: unbelievable!) You're also made aware like never before of his enormous 'stage intelligence/intuition' - to be able to draw you into his world, to be able to make an entertaining/funny situation out of something you wouldn't normally think of, and to be able to project his personality in full confidence, totally without self-consciousness. When the beginning of the show starts, with a great stereo mix of waves of ecstatic audience applause, coupled with Elvis singing ¿Mystery Train/Tiger Man¿ at his dynamic, full-throttle, rhythm and blues best, and then stepping back from the microphone to mimick James Burton's electrifying lead-guitar break in a slick, showy, wide stance, you're presented right up front with what makes great entertainers great: the ability to 'stay ahead' of their audience - to continually draw their attention afresh by presenting unanticipated emotional and visual representations on stage. Even if you're not a fan, watch it. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis at his peak! Picure and sound is so good (almost like it was recorded 2002) that it almost feels unreal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie is the best look at Elvis up close and personal it shows him before and after his show. Although I must say it is a little too one sided, as it depicts Elvis as a great showmaster. All in all I think this DVD really is worth it's money and a must have for anyone that remotely likes Elvis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis Presley is considered by many to be the greatest rock star of the twentieth century. What is sometimes lost in looking back at Elvis is his incredible voice. This guy could sing, and sing in ways no other rock star before or or after him . This documentary/concert includes some outstanding moments including Elvis belting out his version of You've Lost That Loving Feeling, where he shows us the strength of his voice as well as his uncanny ability to transform a song into a entertainment experience. Another favorite is his rendition of Polk Salad Annie. Here Elvis desplays his skill as an entertainer. His hip swinging version gives us a sense of what made him such a unique entertainer. He was always laughing at his himself even though he knew his importance in the entertainment world. This was probably the last time Elvis was filmed looking great and singing great. Although his Aloha From Hawaii concert would follow a couple of years later, you could see that he lacked not only his energy on stage but that his voice was changing from one of pure rock to more of a male crooner (a great one). You also get a glimpse of Elvis behind the scenes, some of which is fun to watch. For Elvis fans this is a must and for rock fans it is a lesson on what our new generation of entertainers are missing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the version that should have been released in 1970! Elvis is alive and well as well as looking and sounding phenominal! In this re-edited version the fan scenes are gone and you see more of what you want to see-Elvis fully on top of his craft. 30 years later and it becomes crystal clear why the Elvis phenomenon is still going strong. I hope they re-edit Elvis on Tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis is fantastic. This is how it was having fun and just goffing around and making a concert. As Elvis said in the movie, ''straight up vodka,keeps me going''laugthing. it's just a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Originally Released in 1970, This special edition contains some of the clips (left on the cutting room floor) This movie shows Elvis Presley at his best, live in concert and in the more personal arena of Las Vegas. As a child I saw The King in concert twice and this motion picture captures Presley's unique electrical performances.
warrior1690 More than 1 year ago
Watching Elvis interact with those around him and in the audience just reaffirmed why he is STILL the King! The best film about him so far as you see and remember him only at his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This dvd truly shows Elvis' tremendous ability as a performer. He never looked or sounded better. His personal charisma is unbelievable, and his energy is electrifying. He had an ability to give his best, but still was able to make fun of himself. No matter what song Elvis sang, he made it his own. (For example, the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost that Lovin Feelin".) There truly has never been anyone comparable to Elvis, either before or since.
Rocko_Jerome More than 1 year ago
I like this better than the 68 Comeback, which meansd it's my favorite Elvis on video experience. But only the Extended Version. In this version, you get to see Elvis the musician building and directing his show, working with the musicians in his employ, a glimpse at Elvis as the person behind the porsonae. You then see what amounts to a full production of the best concert E had in him, way before the stage show became kitsch. It's beyond "Rock'n'Roll" or any inane genre classification, it's simply American Music all in one synthesis presented for your entertainment. The original version, however, shows just Elvis goofing off during the rehersal period, falling out of chairs on purpose and making bad jokes. During the actual show we get footage of scary freaky fans babbling nonsense between the presentation of each song. This was the version in theaters in the 70s and the only one the general public saw until 2001. Compared to the original version, the Special Edition is revelatory. You see Elvis as much more than the caricature, the butt of a million jokes and lame impressions. You see here the phenomenal talent that's been tragically eclipsed by the crassness of the product Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE (TM)) has shoveled on us for 50 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis is outstanding in his perfomance. Clearly he will never be matched.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything you ever wanted in an Elvis concert film. Gone are all the annoying bits about the old TTWII, replaced with more live concert footage. The Producer of this new edition salvaged everything off the cutting room floor that he could possibly salvage, and did a great job putting it together. Elvis looks as good as he ever looked: lean, mean, and takin' care of business. The ladies will especially appreciate the ''butt shot'' (clothed, of course) that has already become a buzzword among fan groups.