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Elvis on Tour

Elvis Presley , Bill Baize , Pierre Adidge , Robert Abel    Unrated   VHS Tape
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After the solid success of Elvis: That's the Way It Is, and with his career as a movie actor having reached a standstill, Elvis Presley undertook a second concert documentary. Elvis on Tour trails after the King on a few concert dates in 1972, as he powers through a curious set list that downplays the classic hits in favor of the likes of "Polk Salad Annie" and "Proud Mary." Rehearsal footage, preshow jitters, and after-hours sessions singing gospel with the gang are included; most revealing is a sequence that follows Elvis off stage and into his waiting limo, where he towels off in exhaustion, cracks a few jokes, and listens to the praise of the entourage. These glimpses are a logical counterpoint to the concert material; less explicable is the rundown of Elvis's early years, which hardly fits the subject at hand--and frankly reminds us that Elvis looks pale and just a bit puffy at this moment in his life. The fun stuff includes a workout on the still-new "Burning Love" (Elvis has to read from a lyric sheet), committed takes on "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "I Got a Woman," and a spirited "Never Been to Spain," a song that fits Elvis's taste for simple, dramatic builds. That, and Elvis giving a stage introduction to "the guy that gives me my water and my scarves and so forth." The movie's structure feels a little random, not that that will matter to fans. At times it catches the King looking undeniably weary of it all, except in those moments when a song really catches him (certainly during the gospel moments) and you see just how utterly "in the music" he was. The split-screen approach is intact, and the film's "montage supervisor" was a young fellow named Martin Scorsese. Note about this 2010 edition: The original song that played under the opening credits, a cover of "Johnny B. Goode," has been replaced (apparently due to rights issues) with a live "Don't Be Cruel." --Robert Horton


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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis on Tour Oct. 28 2012
By Ric@46
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Elvis on Tour is very good, indeed.
A lot of excellent Elvis songs, good variety from early years and later on in Elvis career.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Insulting Document of Some Great Performances Jan. 10 2003
By Mateo
Format:VHS Tape
Elvis achieves several classic performances in this video; highlights include "An American Trilogy" and "Bridge over Troubled Water" as well as informal gospel warmups and warmdowns such as "I John" and "Lead Me, Guide Me." But this tape should not be available to the public in its present form.
In spite of Elvis's greatness, the film is horrifyingly bad. The camera work and editing are amateurish at best, with several outrageous mistakes--most notably Elvis playing his guitar left-handedly because of accidental image mirroring. The sound may be the worst of any concert video ever legally released, with the sound coming in and going out as though the tape had been left in the sun, the piano completely indiscernable throughout the entire concert, and several of the other instruments frequently likewise indiscernable because of the extreme tape hiss. Finally, any sense of coherent direction is nonextistent, with irrelevant pseudo-documentary moments interrupting Elvis's performances.
BMG has taken over Colonel Tom Parker's job of insulting both the art of Elvis and the sensibilities of Elvis's fans. And this video may be the biggest insult yet. This video needs the same treatment as "That's the Way It Is" received; until that treatment comes, I will refuse to watch this video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There are only 3 Elvis "live" videos! Nov. 17 2003
By Susan
Format:VHS Tape
There are only three released videos filmed of Elvis "live" during performances. This is one of the three and the only one to show the King on tour. For that reason, it is to be treasured. But not only for this: it also shows Elvis performing his early seventies numbers, and his interaction with the audiences of that time. Every appearance by the King is moving, shows his character and his mischievous nature and most of all - shows every new generation of fans what it was like to see the one and only King of Rock n Roll perform. Why this is not on DVD baffles me. Although re-editing of the movie would make it tighter, the live performance segments make up for everything! Hey, MGM/Turner, whoever! please, do you have any plans for this to be on DVD ? Are there any more Elvis performances locked away in a vault that you could put on DVD ? Elvis fans all over the world are a growing force and would LOVE to see more of the real Elvis - trust me, these performances are nothing like the inane Elvis movies which are so readily available! THIS is the real reason they called him the KING!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Religious experience July 13 2008
By Shanti
Format:VHS Tape
Absolutely fantastic film. Elvis outstanding charisma and talent really comes through. We get to know the artist and person better then in any other Elvis documentary. PLEASE PUT THIS OUT ON DVD! MAKE IT A SPECIAL EDITION WITH LOTS OF BONUS MATERIAL THAT WAS CUT OUT OF THE ORIGINAL VERSION.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Document Of Elvis's Later Years Jan. 31 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"Elvis On Tour" captures a loose, energetic King on the road. It features dozens of innovative split screen shots of Elvis. Whether he's making a quip or showing off his karate moves, this is Elvis at his peak.
"Elvis On Tour" is much looser than "That's The Way It Is". He does not seem nervous like he did on the previous tape, and he adds extra flare to the songs that he performed in the previous outing. Elvis's voice is in its greatest shape ever here. He delivers a powerful, intense vocal performance on "Bridge Over Troubled Water", then gives a gentle reading of "Funny How Time Slips Away". The rockers are also extremely good. Elvis gives electrifying versions of "A Big Hink O' Love" and "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy", plus a good version of "I Got A Woman". Closing this magnificient video is a beatiful rendition of "Can't Help Falling In Love".
I do have one gripe however. On the "Lost Performances" video, there are several performances filmed for this video that should've have been included. These songs are a powerful "Are You Lonesome Tonight", "I Can't Stop Loving You", "All Shook Up", "Release Me", "Teddy Bear"/"Don't Be Cruel", and a stunningly beautiful "How Great Thou Art". However, this truly is a must - have. Elvis is truly at his finest hour, his last moment of glory before sinking into the pits of drugs and fatty food.
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Format:VHS Tape
I have seen some interesting reviews so far about horrible video taping and even some 'Elvis is decline' comments. This movie is a documentary, basically cameras following Elvis around on tour. This is not taped in Las Vegas. In Vegas, Elvis did 2 shows a day with no travel. When on tour, it was night after night of traveling from City to City, show after show. There are not 2,000 fans in the audience, more like 12,000-21,000 depending upon the city. He attitude between shows in Vegas and shows on the road are understandably different. A little less polished, a little more raw, and on ocassion a lot more powerful. I love the Vegas shows, but if you want to see Elvis 'on tour' this is the ONLY way to get close. I doubt I'll ever experience anything quite like it again, but I'll always have this video. The video does not portray very well what a concert is like, the highs and lows that happen from beginning to end. Again, it is the closest thing we have to remember by. As for Elvis going down hill, this was not long after Thats the way it is and just before Aloha in January of 1973. Had I named this movie, it would have been 'Elvis Unleashed'. Its a shame we don't have one those tour shows available from end to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must
Un bon aperçu de la vie professionnelle d'Elvis. Tout est bien orchestré dans ce documentaire. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carole Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars good
recu a date l'ami de mon ami etait bien content fan de Elvis donc sa lui a fait plaisir merci
Published 13 months ago by Isabelle
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Published on April 19 2011 by emsteph
5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS ON TOUR- Elvis at his best!!
wow, this dvd captures elvis on tour like no other video or dvd, and elvis is at his best here!! His voice is well captured with full power and range,unlike elvis thats the way it... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2010 by Dennis Paleotheodoros
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it and fall in love with Elvis all over again.
This is a great documentary for its time. Masterly assembled and more in-depth than Elvis: That's the way it is, Elvis on Tour takes you backstage with the King on the several... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2010 by A. Mancini
1.0 out of 5 stars An Insulting Document of Some Great Performances
Elvis achieves several classic performances in this video; highlights include "An American Trilogy" and "Bridge over Troubled Water" as well as informal gospel... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by Mateo
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Presley's last movie
This is a rare Elvis Presley movie with outtakes (in the end credits). And there are some Elvis Presley movies with no end credits like Jailhouse Rock and Love Me Tender. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2002 by Stephen Verhaeren
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