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Elvis Presley Gladiators: The 1974 Elvis Karate Legacy Project (1974)

Elvis Presley  |  G |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Elvis Presley
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: First Look Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QMV13A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The King and Karate April 10, 2010
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Several years back I bought a video from Rising Sun Productions titled the New Gladiators.I largely purchased it because it was supposed to have had more than 30 minutes of Elvis Presley practicing karate on it.At least that's how it was advertised.However when I recieved it the "king of rock and roll" was nowhere to be found.He had put up the money for this documentary about the 70s karate scene,but he didn't appear in it.Buyers were then informed that Rising Sun did in fact have the Presley footage,but they were going to release it in an entirely different package.Can you say "rip-off"? Hey I liked the documentary.It featured some of the best martial artists from that era.But once again I bought the tape for the Elvis footage which is what Rising Sun used as the selling point.Well that footage has turned up on this DVD.And if you're an Elvis completist I don't see how you can't add this to your collection.This is more or less a home movie of Elvis,his bodyguards,and several martial artists,including Bill Wallace,giving a demo at a Tennesee dojo.The audio is awful and it's the major reason I don't give this DVD more than 4-stars.It has a commentary by Wayne Carman but that should have been kept seperate because with it we can hardly hear what Elvis and the other particpants are saying.The disc has a few really cool extras.There is an illustrated booklet about Elvis'involvement with karate and six picture postcards with Elvis in his custom-made gis.There are even outtakes from the famed '68 Comeback Special with Elvis rehearsing a martial arts routine.Once again if you're an Elvis fan you should own a copy of this DVD.
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1.0 out of 5 stars elvis presley the sadiators September 10, 2010
By loren
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I have been a fan of Elvis for many years.. never heard him sing a bad song..I waited for the video to come out for many years in the beginning it was billed as Elvis contribution to the martial arts I for one thought it was going to be a documentory of some of the legends of martial arts back in the day...This is a discrace to the man himself...it was footage of the king doing the same karate moves over and over again. to the point of getti just plain sickening..To say that I was dissappointed would be the understatement of the year...Back when he was with Sensei Ed Parker he looked good I would have liked to see some of his karate from that era..there is no doubt that he did study the martial arts.. but for how long I have no idea...some of the people in the movie were very good at martial arts. noteably Mr. Bill Superfoot Wallace...they shouold have shown more footage on him and another of the young martial artists instead of on Red West and Elvis doing the same moves over and over again..that is my opinion..and as much as I loved Elvis. I feel this was a waste of his time and my money...just my opinion..Sensei Frost Florida..
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Elvis was making a documentary film on his passion for karate, called Gladiators! There are many varied stories as to what exactly Elvis was filming? Some even say it was gonna be a feature film like Bruce Lee made but was unfinished, what ever it is? It is a look behind the scenes to Elvis's private life and his relationship into the world of karate and it's stars like Bill (super-foot) Wallace who is featured in this film. A must for Elvis's fans, I enjoyed it very much. Great Quality! Not like anything else Elvis for sure....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Karate February 13, 2014
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I enjoyed the "Elvis Presley Gladiators" DVD. It was great to see vintage and never before seen footage of Elvis doing Karate. Something he had a passion for besides performing on stage. The movie picture is clear however the audio of Elvis speaking is not. The DVD should have been digitally remasterd with chapters and scene selections included for a better quality film as a tribute to "Elvis the King" of "Rock n Roll". Elvis fans will enjoy. Something which makes this DVD worth buying is an illustrated booklet about Elvis involvement with karate and six picture postcards with Elvis in his custom-made uniforms. There are also some outtakes from the "68 Comeback Special" of Elvis rehearsing martial art routines. Once again if you're an Elvis fan you should own a copy of this DVD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars After so many years... March 26, 2011
By Jeffrey
Wayne Carman is a martial artist out of Branson, Missouri and did train with Elvis and really was a fan of Elvis as a person. The Elvis he knew was a young, healthy, polite southern boy without the weight or, as far as Wayne knew, the drugs. I first met him 10 years ago and he'd been trying to get this footage out for years even then.

My understanding was that Elvis wanted this footage to be part of a documentary about the expanding full contact scene in the 70's. What we see is as far as it got. My old home footage would be laughed at, we only care because it's The King. Not an awesome video but take it for what it's worth. It's a chance to see Elvis off the stage and as a human being.

I didn't want to rate this since I know Mr. Carman but it won't let me post without it. I'm going to give it 3 stars but only out of neccessity, not a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Just thought potential buyers might like some background and context.
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