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Presley, Elvis - on Tour [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Bill Baize, Estell Brown, James Burton, Ed Enoch
  • Directors: Pierre Adidge, Robert Abel
  • Writers: Pierre Adidge, Robert Abel
  • Producers: Pierre Adidge, Robert Abel, Sidney Levin
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: July 8 1997
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6304479689
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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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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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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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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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Format: VHS Tape
This 1972 Elvis Presley concert film is my favorite movie by The King. I first watched it when my friend at my local video store lended it to me. I watched it, and I was mesmerized. After returning the video to my friend, I went searching every video store in town for a copy, and I finally found one at a store in Menlo Park Mall.
This tapes features Elvis live at his best. His energy is very evident on several performances, most notably Polk Salad Annie, in which Elvis shows off his karate moves, swirling, twirling, and jumping. His voice is in top tier during an emotional performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water. When he performs Love Me Tender, it is intercut with scenes of Elvis kissing several female audience members and romantic scenes from his movies. There is also a scorching performance of Burning Love (third verse missing), and Elvis does a rocking resurrection of Lawdy, Miss Clawdy that is my favorite performance on the tape. His vocal performances on Can't Help Falling In Love and An American Trilogy shine, and Elvis delivers a rocking A Big Hunk O' Love.
Elvis On Tour is a must-have film.
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By A Customer on Sept. 9 2002
Format: VHS Tape
EoT is one of the most AMAZING films ever. It chronicles the life of the King of Rock and Roll during his 1972 tour. All done in various forms of Pan & Scan, WIDE (and I empasize the word WIDE) screen, and that cheesy camera trick called Cinerama (multiple-screens). This was a popular trick in the 50s and 60s to get an even bigger screen. This was done on usually the tacky movies of the period, but split screen has never been any tackier, cheesier, or more beautiful than on Elvis on Tour. I guess that's why I get all mushy and sentimental on those parts because it reminds me of the decade of my childhood: the 70s.
The other amazing aspect of the movie is how Elvis had total control of everything. It seemed he had this magic spell over everything that was around him. The music itself? Well, it's the imperfect sound of Elvis in concert. There's beauty in imperfection.
I remember 25 years ago in 1977 when Elvis died. Thats when I got my first exposure to this amazing film. In fact, I have in my possession an audiotape of the broadcast of EoT. My 6 year old voice in on that tape, my mom and dad's voice is on that tape. It's a 25 year old time capsule! After the movie was over, I went into my bedroom with the tape recorder and imitated Elvis for hours. If not for sentimental reasons, if you haven't seen this movie, do yourself a favor and buy it NOW!
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Format: VHS Tape
Presley's second documentary focusing on live performance during his "Comeback" era ('69 to '73), this one is full of life and Elvis' high energy. His great rapport with his fans is captured beautifully - the close-up of the spellbound ladies at the conclusion of "You Gave Me A Mountain" is incredible.
The earlier "Elvis - That's The Way It Is" centered on one event - his third Las Vegas engagement [not counting the 05-56 gig], capturing the behind the scenes events of a huge venue and a huge star. There is a heady nervousness to those proceedings, whereas with "On Tour" we get a more "settled in" entertainer - but still the perfectionist!
There are many magnificent moments, i.e., Elvis recording the very personal "Seperate Ways" (written by friend/song writer/bodyguard Red West); Elvis warming up on [the still unreleased] Kaye's "Wandering" [interestingly enough, the melody upon which "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" is based - the Tom Jones/Elvis number] with friend/Music Publishing Rep./Lighting Tech. Lamar Fike, et. al; Elvis singing the Gospel "I, John" backstage with the Sweet Inspirations. Until this '72 movie, I'm sure many were unaware of the real significance of non-Secular music was in his life.
A reviewer noted a decline in Presley's voice from the '70 documentary. Yes, it is clear that he did lose some control, some color; his vibrato was not as strong. But he seemed to gain range and power. The slight decline could be attributed to constant touring - the instrument was worn.
The '56 TV clip was a terrific segment, capturing the young, raw Rocker, still on the rise. Watching him sing and play live was a revelation back in '73 when I saw "On Tour" in the movies. At the time, it caused me to discount the '70s personae as overblown, overproduced, unfunky.
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