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Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite- The Historic 1973 Television Special (1973)

Elvis Presley , James Burton , Marty Pasetta  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Jerry Scheff, Charlie Hodge, John Wilkinson
  • Directors: Marty Pasetta
  • Producers: Elvis Presley, Marty Pasetta, Harry Waterson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lightyear Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305841225
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Elvis Presley's performing career, punctuated by its extra-musical achievement as the first global satellite broadcast devoted to a single entertainer. Both the broadcast and its companion album captured the King in his most grandiose persona, fueled by Hollywood scale and Vegas glitz, as a caped pop superhero.

He may have looked trim, but posthumous accounts (especially Peter Guralnick's Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, the second volume in his definitive biography) confirm what a second look suggests--on this evening, Elvis was alternately overwhelmed and distracted, bravura renditions of signature songs (most triumphantly, the "American Trilogy" medley originated by Mickey Newbury) offset by less-focused readings. Fans may still savor a generous and diverse song list, but viewed beside Presley's earlier, more consistent performances (including a rehearsal the previous night, since released as The Alternate Aloha Concert), this legendary concert anticipates Presley's imminent decline.

In this remastered version, three songs have been deleted due to music clearance issues, while four songs taped after the actual show have been inserted. A fifth bonus track, "No More," makes its first appearance on video. --Sam Sutherland

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the moment I've waited for March 18, 2005
This Deluxe Edition DVD features pretty much everything you could ask for in regards to Elvis Aloha from Hawaii. You get the staged footage of Elvis arriving in Hawaii and greeting fans, which is actually pretty boring. You get the complete rehearsal concert that was taped two days before the live broadcast. Elvis shows more energy here than in the broadcast concert, but he forgets more of the lyrics and sings two less songs. You get the complete Aloha from Hawaii Concert, which has been re-edited from scratch. The show was originally broadcast with quite a bit of "montage" footage, which means multiple images from the concert seen on the screen all at once in video blocks, but almost all of those effects were removed from this version. After the concert, Elvis recorded five songs on stage with no audience, which were inserted into the concert after commercial breaks, played with montage footage of Hawaii. The complete footage of that recording session is here, complete with all takes of each song, with no footage of Hawaii. Finally, the original broadcast version of Elvis Aloha from Hawaii is included, minus the commercials. What more can you ask for?
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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Aloha From Hawaii May 4, 2000
By Mr.Mr.
This is the way an Elvis DVD must sound like! Yes Guys: it's truly Dolby Digital 5.1. Aloha from Hawaii is simply the best sounding Elvis DVD I own. (If only the >That's The Way It Is< DVD would have that Sound! The >That's The Way It Is< documentation is the best Elvis ever captured on film, and the sound of the DVD is a big crime.) Aloha from Hawaii is a must for every Elvis fan anyway. For the last time he looks really great again after losing weight. It's obvious that Elvis is on some kind of medication during the Concert, he's not moving a lot at all, but hey: the man doesn't need to. He's getting more and more relaxed from Song to Song, his voice is great and the Gig has lots of strong moments. >My Way< sounds wonderful and >An American Trilogy< blew me away. If the Concert would only be 3 hours longer! When it's over, I always have the feeling that Elvis was just getting warm and started to feel comfortable on Stage. Aloha from Hawaii is the last great filmed TV performance of Elvis. After that the magic got more and more lost. He's not half as good (and himself) as he is in >That's The Way It Is <, but he's great anyway. Everybody who loves this man like I do: GET THIS DVD! It's worth it!
Michael Kiske
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No bells and whistles, just the basic 1973 special December 26, 2006
By A Fan
This DVD is a basic presentation of Elvis' excellent 1973 Hawaiian concert TV special, which was broadcast worldwide. If you want an in-depth presentation, you should get the 2 DVD Deluxe edition. This DVD includes the footage of the original show including post-concert performances of 5 songs recorded for the US TV show. Elvis' performances are outstanding and this is one of his best live concerts of the 70's. The performance may seem simple by today's mega-star standards, there are no background dancers or pyrotechnic displays, and Elvis does not jump around the stage like he did in his younger days (of course he doesn't lip-sync to pre-recorded tracks like some of today's stars do), but it was top of the line for 1973. In 1973 few stars put on "stage shows" for their concerts. For the most part they just got on stage and sung their songs, and Elvis does a great job at that. This is proof that Elvis was still at the top of his art in 1973! The bonus material includes some photos but really does not add much to the set. This DVD should be enough for the casual fan and it is available at a reasonable price. Hardcore fans will want the deluxe edition.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - he's back and clearer than ever. August 7, 2004
I'll be brief and to the point.

This dvd remastering is fantastic. You can see the pores in his skin, the follicles of his hair. The sound is beautiful. We have all already seen the concert, but not like this. Thank you, thank you, thank you goes out to all the people who painstakingly beautified this dvd to its peak visual and aural symphony.

Well done and enjoy it!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Elvis fans January 9, 2007
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This is the "King" at his very best. At the hieght of his career for looks, stage presence and voice. This is his best live show ever. Well filmed and produce. It showcases his vocal range and inimitable style.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis' Last Hurrah April 2, 2005
I love this DVD - play it all the time. As a teenager in the 70's I was totally put off by Elvis. I couldn't relate to the "Captain America meets Englebert Humperdink" personna/music. I liked the 50's Elvis when I'd hear him - but I thought he was washed up. I didn't see the special when it first aired in '73.

Now I'm older and wiser. This DVD has everything that you could want related to the show. The dress rehearsal really kicks a#@. What an incredible band! In the actual show Elvis is a little off key compared to the rehearsal - he looks pretty nervous through the first few numbers. But then he relaxes and we get a primo performance. I find myself watching the first disc more - the uncut performances of the rehearsal and the broadcast. I never seem to get tired of it.

James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, the Sweet Inspirations and the whole gang just smoke throught the whole thing. After this, Elvis had a few more good moments left on record, but the overall quality of his work really deteriorated. This was his last peak - on video at least.
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