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This Is Elvis


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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, David Scott, Paul Boensch III, Johnny Harra, Lawrence Koller
  • Directors: Andrew Solt, Malcolm Leo
  • Writers: Andrew Solt, Malcolm Leo
  • Producers: Andrew Solt, Malcolm Leo, Bonnie Peterson, David L. Wolper
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 1 2000
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F13S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,024 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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I love anything to do with Elvis. It was strange though that both discs were similar. I watched the disc 1 ,then disc 2, and there was so much on disc 2 that was repeated. I would suggest to people just to watch disc 2 - it has more on that disc. It would have been nice if disc 1 was of one of Elvis's concerts.
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By K. L. on Feb. 9 2012
Format: DVD
As with my other Elvis movies, stays sealed for nostaligic purposes and is only opened if someone wants to watch it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mateo on July 26 2002
Format: VHS Tape
As an Elvis worshipper and musician, I rate this video five stars. Among all of the documentaries on Elvis, this video is unique for its emphasis on actual performance footage and outstanding performances rather than hackneyed, misinformed, or irrelevant commentary/opinions on Elvis by Elvis experts/friends/family. I urge fans--especially newer fans--to check out this video for its singularly coherent and complete overview of the art of Elvis.
As an Elvis worshipper with an interest in history, on the other hand, I rate the video four stars. The art of Elvis does not tell the whole Elvis story. While the video does reference a bit of the biographical and cultural context of Elvis's early years, the video disregards almost completely the tragic decline and demise of Elvis. Ironically, by perpetuating the historical tradition of not dealing with Elvis's end, the video serves as an unexpected historical document in its own right.
In conclusion, this video is an artistically satisfying but historically incomplete account of Elvis Presley. If you don't yet own the new comprehensive DVD boxed set--or a DVD player, for that matter--this video will probably inspire you to buy both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 20 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This video has Elvis singing 2 songs from his last tour when he was fat from the CBS TV special done 2 weeks or so before he died. This is rare footage. He actually does an inspired performance of "My Way". He was truly "facing the final curtain" as the words to that song say. This is probably one of the best documentaries available. It's interesting though. I saw this movie when it came out in the theatre in 1981. This movie has been edited to cut out dirty words Elvis used during the filming of some of the concert tour footage from 1972. Most notably in the back of a limo, Elvis in unaware that a microphone is on during filming. He tells Joe Esposito he didn't see the launch of the Apollo space craft because he was busy doing something with some lady at the hotel that night. What he really said was scrubbed and new words were dubbed over his voice making him appear to say something completely different or really toned down at least. Also, arriving at another coliseum he jokes with his body guards about what he was doing with a lady the night before at the hotel. Once again in this video, his original real words are scrubbed out and a voice double is used to put other words in Elvis's mouth which I guess are supposed to be less offensive. What he originally said might not even rate a PG rating but it's interesting to note that someone thought it better to edit out the truth and replace it with a lie apparently to make Elvis appear less... I don't know what. The new words kind of say the same thing but in much toned way which only comes out kind of weird though. The story of his life. Like Elvis says in one interview, "The image is one thing and the human being is another." Yea, even in death. If you want a good summary of the Life Of Elvis with some decent concert footage thrown in, this can work for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 15 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I am a new Elvis fan, having only discovered the King about four months ago, and only much more recently did I become curious about his life. I purchased _This is Elvis_ four days ago and have watched it no fewer than eight times since then.
Much has been said here already about this film, so I will focus on two much-maligned aspects of the film--the dramatic reenactments and the voiceovers.
The first moments of the film are dramatic reenactments. We open with a reenactment of Elvis's loved ones finding his body at Graceland, and then we have reenactments of scenes from Elvis's childhood growing up in Tupelo and then, Memphis. While the phrase "dramatic reenactment" can immediately bring to mind fears of copious cheese, this need not be the case here. These portions of the film are tastefully done and decently acted and directed. Most importantly, they are crucial to the structure of the film. It would have been odd, indeed, for a film claiming to be a definitive portrait of Elvis to pick up when he's nineteen or so and cutting records. We need a vision of his earlier life. Since there is no video record of that time, the dramatic reenactments are necessary to fill the void. At any rate, these only take up about the first ten or so minutes of the film.
Some have also criticized the use of narration, in general, and the first-person narration of the Elvis impressionist, in particular. First of all, without narration, this film would be nothing more than a collection of video clips strung together. Narration is called for to give this collection the shape of a narrative (as the term "narration," of course, suggests). That said, one might still ask, why first-person narration? Personally, I find the use of first-person narration here to be inspired.
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