Elvis: Return to Tupelo NR CC

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From his father's prison time and being raised in public housing to his triumphant homecoming concert in 1956, this documentary offers insight into the upbringing that would result in the legendary King of Rock 'n Roll.

Starring:
Pat Broeske, James Dean
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

Elvis: Return to Tupelo

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Michael L. Rose
Starring Pat Broeske, James Dean
Supporting actors Albert Einstein, Dixie Locke Emmons, D.J. Fontana, June Juanico, Joey Kent, George Klein, Kris Kristofferson, Wink Martindale, Marilyn Monroe, Magdalene Morgan, Elvis Presley, Gladys Presley, Vernon Presley, Gordon Stoker
Studio Viacom Media Networks
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This is must for any true Elvis fan.
Carrold J.
He lived in such abject poverty when he was growing up that I am sure that made him compassionate and sympathetic later in life toward others who had less than he did.
SLS
I've been a long time Elvis fan, so when I watched this video, I was surprised how much new things I learned about his growing up.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 24, 2009
Format: DVD
An in depth look at Elvis from birth to 1956 - superbly done!

There have been a lot of documentaries released over the years on Presley's life and career. This 2008 film from Michael Rose Productions is one of the best and - while it covers some of the territory that's been done before - there's enough newly discovered footage and interviews to appeal to those who already own "everything Elvis".

Kris Kristofferson narrates the 90-minute film which takes us from Pressley's birth in Tupelo, Mississippi (and even some background on his parents) through his high school years (with new interviews with many of his high school friends) and on to his move to Memphis and recording for Sun Records. It stops in 1956 just as he heads to Hollywood to make his first film ("Love Me Tender"). There is a lot of discussion about race and Elvis' interest in Black music; more than I have seen before. And we hear the real story behind his hip swiveling from his closest friends. Only two musicians are interviewed: One of the original Jordanaires and DJ Fontana, his drummer. Other interviews are with his early girl friends, country music historians and even local Tupelo tiur guides! Rose seemed to have found every person in Tupelo who ever knew Elvis and gathered some really rare footage and still photos that I don't think have been shown before.

The 60 minutes of "bonus material" include newsreels about Elvis from the period (though why there is a 3-minute one on the Tornados in Tupelo, I don't know). And a 12 minute "Drew Pearson's Merry-go-round" film about Elvis from the 1950s. Then there are what must have been outtakes from the documentary where the interviewees comment on Elvis meeting Bill Monroe and the women who dated Elvis. These add nicely to the package.

Elvis fans will want this but so should anyone interested in pop culture and the music business in the early to mid-1950s.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joan Gagliano on January 31, 2010
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DVD received in excellent condition. Our handicapped son is a big fan of Elvis & he as been looking for this DVD for a long time.
Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Readin' and Rockin' on December 26, 2011
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No reviews. Hard to fathom. This is one of the very best documentaries/vid-ographies you will ever see. Certainly one of the two or three best ones for Elvis Presley.

If they sell out, maybe they'll get more going. It's great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michel on January 5, 2014
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Excellent documentary about Elvis's childhood and the influence of Tupelo on his career. Includes interviews with childhood friends and others who knew Elvis as a youngster. Shows videos from the launch of his career, road trips, tv appearances and return to Tupelo.
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Informative and interesting documentary about Elvis' upbringing as a poor boy in a struggling family. It shows how much Elvis was helped and influenced by black people of his day and their impact on his music. He was raised among blacks, loved them and their music and was accepted by them as a part of them. Thus, Elvis grew up "colorblind" to race. His interest was music, regardless of a person's race. Since I had a similar upbringing, I can identify with the way he felt toward people of other races. It just simply was not an issue for Elvis. In this respect, Elvis was way ahead of his time. Blacks helped teach Elvis guitar and dancing. This made him unique... This would be a good documentary for every music-loving American to see. Music does not have a race or gender. Elvis understood that. We should too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary DeMello on September 6, 2011
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I was actually surprised because I thought I knew alot about Elvis but this movie had more interesting info.

I would recommend it to any Elvis fan!
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I've been a long time Elvis fan, so when I watched this video, I was surprised how much new things I learned about his growing up. It was very interesting and entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone that has an interest in Elvis Presley.
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I really enjoyed the documentary and learned a lot more about Elvis. This documentary was well done. I highly recommend it for viewing.
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