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Elvis: Up Close and Personal With Sonny West

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For nearly twenty years, Elvis Presley shared his homes and his life with his personal bodyguard and friend, Sonny West. Now in Elvis: Up Close And Personal in front of a theater audience, Sonny shares many of his intimate experiences & private thoughts about Elvis. Some of these stories have been shared previously with only his closest friends and many of his personal photographs of Elvis have never been seen by the public. In a revealing question and answer session with audience members, Sonny candidly answers questions about his beloved friend. Sonny West is a lively and engaging storyteller. Get to know Elvis, as you ve never known him before! The stories are often funny, sometimes touching and always illuminating, of the man who was much, much more than a myth: Elvis Presley.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sonny West
  • Directors: William F. Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cav Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00177Y9RU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DeFacto on June 27, 2008
Any Elvis fan would enjoy this DVD, but this is a real treat for those fans who like to know some of the behind-the-scenes stuff. Sonny West's endearing stories and warm-hearted respect for Elvis set the tone for this terrific spoken tribute to an American icon. The powerful closing photo montage is set to a haunting musical performance by Johnny Cash singing the song "You'll Never Walk Alone". You will want to watch this DVD every August 16th as you pay your respects to "The King".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Lundberg on August 10, 2008
This dvd is not what I expected at all. The entire 2 hour dvd is just Sonny speaking to a small studio audience. It's very awkward to watch. This small group of people just sits there looking at Sonny while he speaks to them about Elvis. What becomes wrong with this format is that Sonny feels compelled to amuse these people and keep them laughing at his stories. Occasionally some pictures will come on the screen of Elvis and then it's right back to stand-up Sonny and him trying to amuse his small audience. Sonny is also not candid about anything negative about Elvis. He doesn't really even mention anything about prescription drug use. He just speaks of the positive stories of Elvis and anything he feels will entertain his studio audience.

This dvd would have worked much better as a single interview with just Sonny himself and not him speaking to a studio audience. Also, the information he gives is pretty much exactly the same as what is in his book "Elvis Still Taking Care Of Business". Reading that book is a far better experience than this dvd.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Boomer Diva on June 27, 2008
It's hard to find something "new" about Elvis, but this personal recollection with Sonny West offers a heartwarming tribute to the "King." All Elvis fans need to view this DVD for never before seen photographs and stories shared by his personal bodyguard and friend. Great job!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lisa avona on September 26, 2008
O.K I BOUGHT THIS DVD DUE TO THE REVIEWS.. I THOUGHT IT WAS A BEHIND THE SEEN VIDEO BUT ITS JUST SONNY WEST TALKING TO AN AUDIANCE ABOUT ELVIS.. I'M SORRY BUT I DO NOT LIKE RED OR SONNY.. SONNY IS TALKING TO PEOPLE AND IT LOOKS LIKE ITS A TALK SHOW, THERE IS NO REAL PICTURES THAT WE HAVENT SEEN, I THINK SONNY IS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY AND COULDNT DECIDED WHAT TO DO SO HE DECIDED TO DO THIS.. THERE IS A SUBJECT THAT HE TALKS ABOUT WHEN THEY BOTH GO FIRED AND THATS WHY THEY WROTE THE BOOK ELVIS WHAT HAPPEN AND TO TRY AND GET HIM TO CHANGE, FIRST OF ALL IF THEY WERE REAL FRIENDS OF ELVIS REAL FRIENDS DONT DO THAT TO PEOPLE AND THEY WERE TOO LAZY TO FIND ANOTHER JOB INSTEAD OF RELYING ON ELVIS, I'M SORRY BUT PEOPLE GET FIRED FROM THERE JOBS EVERYDAY, WHAT MAKES THEM SO SPECIAL. JUST BECASUE THEY GREW UP TOGHTHER DOESNT MEAN YOU'LL HAVE A JOB WITH THAT PERSON FOREVER.. I'M GOING TO STOP HERE CAUSE WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE THAT WERE SUPPOSE TO BE FRIEND AND LOVED ELVIS THEY TURNED THERE BACK ON HIM INCLUDING HIS FAMILY.. I WOULD NOT BUY THIS DVD IF YOUR A REAL ELVIS FAN!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Reno on September 5, 2008
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You can read most of these stories in "Elvis, What Happened?" That book was written 31 years ago and he is still telling the same stories. Not that I recommend that book, I don't, I don't believe but maybe half of what was in that book. The format is bad. They could have put in more pictures of Elvis while he was telling his stories or a 1 on 1 interview would have been better. Save you money on this one and buy one of Sonny's books, you'll get more info.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marietta C. Cruse on September 27, 2008
sunny west is a joke he and his brother back stabed elvis and he never got over it. his best friend joe e knows the truth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on August 15, 2008
I really enjoyed this DVD and hearing all of the stories about Elvis. Some of them really made me laugh and others brought tears to my eye. I felt like I got an inside look into what it was like to have Elvis in your life, and I wish I could've had a chance to meet him and tell him how much I love him. There will never be anyone like Elvis, but it's nice to have a DVD like this one that is full of stories and insights into what it was like to have him as part of your life. I would also recommend Sonny's book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Grace on January 11, 2011
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I enjoyed this DVD so much. Sonny West has taken the high road and tells only funny and positive stories about Elvis. It is light hearted and funny and enjoyed the "behind scenes" as well. I highly recommend this DVD.
I only wish I could sit down with Sonny and talk one on one with him about the "King." I have so many questions.
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