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Change of Habit (Widescreen)
Change of Habit (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Change Of Habit, Aug. 8 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Change of Habit (Widescreen) (DVD)
Ending his days in Hollywood with the type of dramatic role he always craved, Elvis gives an ironic twist to his movie career. Though it is not a particularly profound film , Change Of Habit does represent a change of pace for Elvis. A drama instead of a comedy, this film featured only three songs. Elvis stars a Dr. John Carpenter, a professional man for the first time in his career. Dr. Carpenter heads a clinic in a ghetto area of a major metropolitan area. He is suprised to be offered assitance by three woman. Unknown to him, the three are nuns in street clothing who are on a "secret" mission to aid the community but are afraid the local residents might be reluctant to seek hekp if their true identities were known. Dr. Carpenter falls in love with Sister Michelle Gallagher (Mary Tyler Moore) but her true vocation remains unknown to him. Sister Michelle also has feelings for Dr. Carpenter but is reluctant to leave the order. The film concludes with Sister Michelle entering a church to pray for guidance to make her choice - the church or Dr. Carpenter.
Unfortunately, by this time, Elvis had lost his lack of interest in pursuing a film career and had let his film contracts expire. He was eagerly awaiting his freedom to return to live performances.
It's interesting to note the cast in this film. Mary Tyler Moore who had success in the Dick Van Dyke show and her own series The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Ed Asner who co-stared on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Jane Elliot (Sister Barbara Bennett) is now a well know soap opera star. Darlene Love who was a member of The Blossoms singing group that backed Elvis on his 1968 NBC TV Special and later played Danny Glover's wife in Lethal Weapon plays one of the backup singers in this film.
Produced for Universal Pictures by Joe Connelly. Released November 10, 1969. Color.

Frankie and Johnny (Widescreen) [Import]
Frankie and Johnny (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frankie and Johnny, Aug. 3 2002
Elvis appeared in this lighthearted musical based on the folk song, "Frankie and Johnny". In the original song, the title characters are lovers whose romance goes awry when red-headed Nellie Bly steals Johnny away from Frankie. Frankie gets revenge by shooting Johnny dead. The movie lightens the tone of the tale by adding a few details and changing the downbeat ending. In the film, the song has been especially written for riverboat performers Frankie and Johnny, played by Donna Douglas (The Beverly Hillbillies) and Elvis Presley. Johnny is a gambler whose bad luck changes when dancer Nellie Bly, played by Nancy Kovak, joins the troupe aboard the riverboat. Each night, the three perform the number "Frankie and Johnny" onstage. As Johnny's interest in Nellie increases, so does Frankie's jealousy. One night, someone loads real bullets into Frankie's prop gun, and Johnny is shot during the performance. As luck would have it, Johnny is saved by a charm that he wears around his neck.
The film did benefit from the juicy secondary roles played by a seasoned cast of character actors which keep the film from being any less interesting. Harry Morgan, who later gained recognition on the TV series M*A*S*H played Cully the piano player. Robert Strauss, the burly villain in many crime dramas, played Blackie, the boss's stooge and Sue Ane Langdon portrayed Mitzi, the girl who is always edged out in the romance department.
Produced for United Artists by Edward Small. Released March 31, 1966. Color.

Roustabout (Widescreen)
Roustabout (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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3.0 out of 5 stars Roustabout, Aug. 3 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Roustabout (Widescreen) (DVD)
Elvis plays opposite Barbara Stanwyke (The Big Valley) this time out and is in awe of his co-star. It is reported he worked hard on this film to live up to Ms. Stanwyke's professional standards.
Unfortunately, the scriptwriters were less demanding of themselves, and the film suffers from banal dialogue and predictable plotting. Elvis stars as Charlie Rogers, a drifter with a chip on his shoulder who lands a job as a roustabout (handyman) with a down-and-out carnival operated by strong-willed Maggie Morgan, played by Stanwyke. When Charlie breaks into song on the midway one day, throngs of young people flock to hear him sing (which may be believable were they all penned by Lieber & Stoller). As news of his talent spreads, Maggie's carnival begins to turn a tidy profit. Charlie's good fortune continues as Cathy, a young and pretty carnival worker played by Joan Freeman, takes a romantic interest in him. However, after a misunderstanding involving a customer's missing wallet, Maggie and Cathy chide Charlie for his selfish attitudes. The embittered young Charlie quits Maggie's outfit to work for a rival carnival. When Maggie's carnival starts to go under, Charlie returns with enough money to ward off the creditors. His unselfish act wins Maggie's respect as well as Cathy's heart.
With a cast of big-name stars, including Barbara Stanwyke, Leif Erickson, and Jack Albertson, Roustabout was one of Elvis's better films from this period.
Elvis would later says that working with Stanwyke made him a better actor.

Viva Las Vegas (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Viva Las Vegas (Widescreen/Full Screen)
DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Las Vegas, Aug. 3 2002
Perhaps his best musical comedy, in Viva Las Vegas Elvis was finally teamed with a co-star whose talent matched the intensity of his own style. Ann Margret plays Rusty Martin who perfectly compliments Elvis's character of Lucky Jackson. Lucky is a race car driver who is in desperate need of a new engine for his car. He arrives in Las Vegas for the Vegas Grand Prix and runs into Count Elmo Mancini (Cesare Danova) who is his rival on and off the track and are both competing for the affection of Rusty. Rusty works at the same hotel as Lucky, who throughout the film is trying to raise money to repair his car. Rusty is reluctant to become seriously involved with Lucky because of the dangers of his occupation. Eventually, she changes her mind and assists him in his last-minute efforts to complete his repairs. Lucky lives up to his name and wins the Grand Prix.
Viva Las Vegas is perhaps best remembered for the romance between Elvis Presley and Ann Margret. The romance was played out on front pages of the newpapers after the two were noticed attending restaurants and nightclubs together in Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, the romance between these two high-profile stars
did not survive the production of the film. Rumours about as to what split them up, ranging from Elvis's relationship with Priscilla Beaulieu to Ann Margret's hasty confession to the press that she and Elvis were engaged. Though the relationship did not work out in the long term, Elvis and Ann Margret remained friends for the rest of his life. According to Ann Margret, Elvis sent her flowers in the shape of a guitar on the opening night of every one of her Las Vegas engagements.

Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii
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4.0 out of 5 stars BLUE HAWAII, Aug. 3 2002
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Originally titled "Beach Boy", this musical comedy became the most successful film of Elvis Presley's career. Elvis stars as Chad Gates, whose wealthy family owns a successful pineapple plantaion in Hawaii. In the opening scenes Chad has just returned from the Army. His parents are eager for him to pursue the family business. Chad chooses instead to work as a guide in the tourist agency where his girlfriend Maile (Joan Blackman), is also employed. His new vocation not only allows him to use his knowledge of the islands' most beautiful sites but also affords him enough time to cavort on the beach with his native Hawaiian buddies. Tension mounts as Sara Lee (Angela Lansbury), Chad's blue-blooded mother, objects to his job, his girlfriend, and his beach-loving friends. Chad eventually proves successful in his new vocation and finally wins the approval of his family by marrying Maile and making plans to open his own tourist agency.
Though a very good muscial comedy and hugely successful at the box office, Blue Hawaii sealed Elvis's fate in terms of his film career. Though Flaming Star and Wild In The Country had not lost money at the box-office and were better films, they did not generate the profit as this film had done. The Colonel used the box-office grosses of Blue Hawaii to convince Elvis that his fans preferred him in musical comedies.
It's interesting to note that Juliet Prowse had originally been slated to play the part of Maile Duval but was replaced with the lesser known Joan Blackman due to ludicrous demands made to Fox Studios to accept the part.

Wild in the Country (Widescreen)
Wild in the Country (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild In The Country, July 30 2002
Wild In The Country would offer Elvis his last serious role in a film by a significant director (Philip Dunne). Elvis portrays Glenn Tyler, a southern boy from a rural, poverty-stricken background, who has just been released from juvenile hall. Central to the character of Glenn is that the brooding young man is at a crossroads in his life, and he must choose the path most suitable for him. His choices are represented by three women. Noreen (Tuesday Weld) is Glenn's cousin who urges him to stay with his own kind. Noreen offers passion and good times, but such a carefree existence allows little thought for the future. Betty Lee (Millie Perkins), who is Glenn's childhood sweetheart selflessly places Glenn's future above her own needs, urging him to leave town and attend college. She is prepared to lose him that he may have an education and a secure future. Hope Lange costars as Irene Sperry, the court-appointed psychiatrist assigned to Glenn's case, who recognizes in him the raw talent of a budding writer. She also encourages Glenn to attend college but causes scandal when she falls in love with him. Glenn ends up following Betty Lee's advice and asking her to wait for him.
With a strong supporting cast including a young Tuesday Weld who was only 17 years old during the film's production. She was one of the hottest and wildest starlets in Hollywood and already had romances with two of of her costars in the film - Elvis and Veteran Actor John Ireland.
Produced for Twentieth Century Fox by Jerry Wald. Released June 22, 1961. Color.

G.I. Blues (Widescreen)
G.I. Blues (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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4.0 out of 5 stars G.I. Blues, July 30 2002
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In his first musical comedy, Elvis Presley stars as lady-killer Tulsa Maclean, an Army Sergeant stationed in West Germany. Tulsa and his buddies hope to make enogh money to open a small nightclub upon their return...
G.I. Blues marks the debut of the new Elvis Presley. Fresh out of the army, gone were the sideburns the press had found so offensive, and gone was the flashy, hip attire. The look was more convervative.
The changes in terms of image and film genre do not mean that G.I. Blues was an inferior film, which many Presley biographers have implied. It remains a well-crafted musical comedy with a number of solid songs and a strong female co-star. The only negative result is that Elvis would be discouraged from making other types of movies. This film is considered the prototype for future Presley films, which, unfortunately, declined in quality as the decade progressed.
Produced for Paramount Pictures by Hal B. Wallis. Released November 23, 1960. Color.

Jailhouse Rock (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]
Jailhouse Rock (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]
DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jailhouse Rock, July 30 2002
Jailhouse Rock successfully capitalized on the rebellious side of Elvis's persona, which was an aspect of his image still making headlines at the time of the film's release. As an embittered Vince Everett, Elvis portrayed the most volatile, as well as the most exciting, character of his film career. After accidentally killing a man in a barroom brawl over a woman, Vince serves a manslaughter sentence in the state penitentary, making him cynical and self-centered. While Vince is in prison. former country singer Hunk Houghton, played by veteran character actor Mickey Shaughnessy, takes the young man under his wing and teaches him how to play guitar. After his release, Vince stumbles onto a hot, new singing style. With the help of record promoter Peggy Van Alden, played by child actress Judy Tyler, he takes the entertainment industry by storm. Later, Hunk joins Vince's entourage, which becomes larger as the ambitious young singer fights his way to the top. Unfortunately, Vince leaves Peggy behind, despite her love for him. Attempting to teach the arrogant young Vince a lesson, Hunk punches Vince in the throat, injuring his vocal cords. A repentant Vince then realizes his love for Peggy, and his voice is miraculously restored.
Jailhouse rock showcases Elvis Presley the rebel. Elvis's character - Vince Everett - is self-centered, overly aggressive toward women, and somewhat greedy. Though he exhibits a change of heart toward the end of the movie, it is his unruly behavior and defiant attitude that many remember from the film. This is Elvis at his finest showing off his ability to be as tough as James Dean or Marlon Brando.
Far from being greedy or selfish, in real life Elvis was known throughout his life for his generosity toward friends, acquaintances, and even complete strangers. After principle photography for Jailhouse Rock had been completed, Elvis presented all 250 crew members large envelopes inscribed with, "Thanks to the entire cast and crew". Inside each envelope was a personally autographed photo of Elvis, plus a small gift.
Elvis was devastated shortly after the production of Jailhouse Rock had wrapped when news was given that costar Judy Tyler and her new husband Gregory Lafayette were killed in a gruesome car crash near Billy The Kid, Wyoming. It was disclosed to a reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal that "Elvis broke down and cried".
Produced for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by Pandro S. Berman. Released October 17, 1957. B&W.
* There was a particulary awesome colorized version of this film released by MGM in the 1990's. Why they have not chosen to add it to the flip side of the original B&W version that is currently available is unknown.

Love Me Tender (Widescreen)
Love Me Tender (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Richard Egan
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE ME TENDER, July 30 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Love Me Tender (Widescreen) (DVD)
In this western drama set immediately after the Civil War (originally titled "The Reno Brothers"), Elvis appears in the secondary role of Clint Reno. This was the only time in his acting career that Elvis received second billing. Clint, the younger of the four Reno brothers, stayed behind to run the family farm during the war while his older brothers were off fighting for the Confederacy. Star Richard Egan plays Vance Reno, the elderst brother whom the family believes to have been killed in battle. Upon returning home, Vance is shocked to discover that Clint has married Vance's former sweetheart, Cathy, played by Debra Pagent (who appeared in The Ten Commandments). The love triangle, complicated by the greedy actions of some unscrupulous ex-Confederates, eventually pits brother against brother, resulting in Clint's death. The downbeat ending is tempered by the brother's reconciliation as Clint dies in Cathy's arms.
Originally titled "The Reno Brothers", this western drama was re-titled after a number of articles announced that advanced sales for "Love Me Tender"--one of the songs recorded for the film--exceeded a million copies. It was the first time advanced sales for a single release had ever suprassed the million mark, and the producers capitalized on the publicity by changing the film's title.
The enormous amount of press coverage also affected the film's conclusion. During production, fanzines leaked that Elvis's character was supposed to die near the end of the film. As originally shot, the final scene features Mother Reno solemnly ringing the dinner bell as her three remaining sons toil in the fields. Pain and loss are registered on the faces of Mother Reno and Cathy, who mourn the death of Clint. Elvis's legion of fans were disturbed by the news that their idol was to be killed off in his first film and caused such a commotion that Twentieth Century-Fox shot an alternative ending in which Clint is spared. For reasons known only to the producers the second ending was rejected. Instead a third version of the ending was used and Clint is killed as called for in the original script, but the final shot superimposed a ghostly close-up of Elvis as Clint crooning "Love Me Tender" as his family slowly walks away from his grave. Hence the fans were then left with a final image of Elvis doing what he was famous for--singing.
The same promotion surrounding Love Me Tender that generated excitement among the fans also generated loathing among the critics. Many were brutal in their assessment of Elvis's performance, particulary Time Magazine, comparing Elvis's acting and screen presence to that of a sausage, a "Walt Disney Goldfish", a corpse, and a cricket--all in the same brief review.
If Elvis cried over the mean-spirited reviews, then he cried all the way to the bank. The film recouped its production costs within three days of release, guaranteeing that Elvis's Hollywood future would be lucrative.
Produced for Twentieth Century Fox by David Weisbart. Released November 15, 1956. B&W.

Love Me Tender (Widescreen)
Love Me Tender (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Richard Egan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Me Tender, July 29 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Love Me Tender (Widescreen) (DVD)
Comparing this film with other films from the same period I think it is a very good film. Of course it is a musical. There is also a forgotton significance to this film. Most of the Elvis concert footage from this period is weak. This film allows an Elvis fan to see him perform via Paramount film footage. Even though they are movie songs and he is lipsyncing he still throws in those 1950's moves.
The movie was filmed in 1956 and it is Elvis Presley's first role. He receives third billing to veteran actor Richard Egan and actress Debra Pagent who is known for her role in The Ten Commandments.
It is a western set in the Civil War Period. Vance (Richard Egan)is called to serve in the Confererate Army. Clint (Elvis Presley) is too young to serve and stays home to tend the homestead. Cathy (Debra Pagent) is Vance's girlfriend and her family is killed in the war.
Cathy goes to stay with Clint & his mother until Vance returns. At some point they are given bad information that Vance has perished in the war and eventually Clint & Cathy become married.
Vance and his army buddies (not knowing the war is over) rob a train office and are pursued by army officials as they head home. Once home Vance finds out about Clint & Cathy and though he pretends to be happy for them he is awefully hurt by the marriage.
Though Clint is glad his brother is alive and well he is also growing increasingly uncomfortable with the situation. Elvis gives a really good performance as he starts becoming paranoid and thinking Cathy & Vance still have something going between each other.
The tension ensues between Clint & Vance over Cathy and over the money stolen from the train office and ends in a showdown between Clint, Vance and his old army buddies.
Elvis is hit by a bullet and dies in the end.
For those who say Elvis cannot act, I guess they never watched him die.

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