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Elvis: The Miniseries (2007)

Camryn Manheim , Rose McGowan , James Steven Sadwith  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Camryn Manheim, Rose McGowan, Danny Nelson, Jack Noseworthy, Randy Quaid
  • Directors: James Steven Sadwith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III and BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM delivers a definitive performance in the acclaimed mini series event that depicts Elvis from 50s teen outcast to worldwide sensation, through his grim decline to spectacular 68 comeback. Experience the triumphs and tragedies, excesses and affairs, madness and music of The King Of Rock & Roll, featuring a stellar cast that includes Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Camryn Manheim as his beloved mother Gladys, Oscar® nominee Randy Quaid as the notorious Colonel Parker, Robert Patrick as Vernon Presley, and Rose McGowan as Ann-Margret.

Elvis: The Miniseries was produced with the cooperation of the Presley empire, and it shows: this 173-minute opus uses Elvis's original recordings and real Graceland locations. The official imprimatur might also account for the movie's emphasis on the good years: what we get here is the early rise to fame, the Army interlude, then a run through the increasingly dispiriting movie career. It climaxes with the 1968 comeback TV special, leaving Elvis's addled final decade undetailed (but foreshadowed, to be sure). The story of the Mama-lovin' Tupelo boy who ascended to the throne of rock has been told so many times it has taken on the contours of Greek myth: we know everything that's coming, but we gain reassurance from hearing the familiar anecdotes anyway (and then Elvis and the boys started fooling around with "That's Alright, Mama" and Sam Phillips rolled the tape, etc.). In this telling of the myth, the villain is an easy find: it's Colonel Tom Parker, the big-talking and short-sighted manager who reaped big profits from Presley's movies but kept the King out of projects such as West Side Story. Randy Quaid gives the movie's best performance as the cunning Colonel.

An intelligent script helps the movie over the episodic nature of biopics, and Camryn Manheim and Robert Patrick are nice casting as Elvis's parents. But the whole thing hinges on the central E-casting, and here Jonathan Rhys Meyers proves a mixed bag. He appears a little intimidated by the role, and never quite owns it, even if he's very good as the dewy, more-or-less innocent Elvis. Having to lip-synch to the original recordings makes Rhys Meyers look outmatched at times: how's that big sound coming out of that spindly guy? Kurt Russell's performance in John Carpenter's classic TV-movie remains the gold standard. This take on Elvis makes him out to be a pawn in a crazy game, rather than a self-directed musician with a very distinct vision of his own. --Robert Horton

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
I hate biopics...the stars are never as interesting or charismatic as the artists they portray and they just come across as second class...TV!
well...I passed on this when it ran on the tube...and I WAS WRONG! This is off the hook good...the star gets Elvis...the shyness, the enthusiasm, the desire for fame....the naive little boy in the ever evolving sex symbol package, Randy Quaid is dead on perfect as the Colonel..and the rest of the cast does not dissapoint.

I am telling you...the recreations are breathtakingly cool.. these producers GOT IT...and GOT IT RIGHT...
this is from a very very hard to please skeptic...

Elvis fans will love it...casual fans who may be interested because of all the press on Elvis this week (30th anniversary of his passing)..this would be a great place to learn about The King!
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mini-Series! June 10, 2007
As a life long Elvis fan this was one of the better movies about the 'King'! Of course there is nothing like the original...but this movie covered alot of territory that has not been touched upon before. I was glad to finally see a portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker as he really was suppose to be..a real CREEP! This film finally shows just how deep Elvis got in with Parker, and in the end did stand up for himself. Having been to Graceland, the realism of the filming being done in Memphis(for certain scenes) was the best. The supporting actors are also great! Besides getting to the truth on Parker we get to see that Elvis and Ann-Margret were involved as she attests to in her bio, and now we get to see what really happened. I have seen this movie several times thanks to 'Showtime Channel' and am so glad that it will be out on DVD this summer- With all the garbage being released daily, I only wish the studios wouldn't make us wait forever for quality shows/movies! To the movie studios..Keep Up The Good Work!!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historically Accurate Movie!!!!!! July 21, 2007
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I saw this movie about two months ago on Showtime. Hadn't heard of it before then. I have been to Graceland, Sun Studio, Beale Street, and various areas around Memphis. It is pretty cool that all the locations used in the movie are historically accurate. I am also a fan of the early Sun Records rockabilly stuff (mainly 1954-1957) and was delighted to see his connection with Sun portrayed accurately. Great movie, great acting, JRM portrays Elvis as the shy, gawky teenager to the later 60's Elvis depressed by how far he had become distanced from his musical roots, and the reality that he was no longer the public figure his entourage was conning him (whether knowingly or unknowingly) into believing he was. I think this is the truest portrayal of who Elvis really was, and even though it it was sad in it's reality at times, it gave me a more "human" view and insight into the "King of Rock and Roll". I can't wait to get the DVD!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
They have knocked Elvis down, slandered his name; talked about his dark side, and his fortune and fame. They talk about his drugs and his temper too. Still in this movie it's plain to see why don't you stop steppin' on his `blue suede shoes.'
With scenes of Memphis and Vegas, Elvis: The Mini-Series makes for a uniquely entertaining movie. We see Elvis as a southern boy, dirt poor, rising up from the dregs of poverty. In the beginning he is agonizing over his '68 comeback special. America is anticipating seeing him in one of his greatest performances. In flashbacks there is a memorable scene as the Presleys are fighting over the last pork chop. It's a scene that sticks out in Elvis' mind. As he rises to fame he defies his father Vernon and the formidable Colonel Tom Parker (Randy Quaid). His mama dies and he blames himself. Still, he never gives up on his dream.
Camryn Manheim is all right as Priscilla. Rose McGowan captures Ann-Margaret well. But Jonathan Rhys-Meyers literally explodes on the screen. He looks, acts, and sounds so much like Elvis that it is indeed shocking. He shines especially while performing `Blue Suede Shoes.' But, during the riveting '68 concert scenes there is a bit of a disappointment. Rhys-Meyers doesn't quite capture the real thing, but who can truly imitate Elvis at his absolute best?
Elvis sympathized with the less fortunate and gave all that he had to the world before he left us. He had a generous spirit. He lived the American dream. Perhaps that is why we love him and will never forget him. This movie is a must for Elvis fans. He lives on in our hearts. God bless you Elvis. Rest In Peace.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute To The King August 16, 2007
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This program was awesome. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers perfomance was amazing, he nailed Elvis right down to the blue suede shoes. I think this movie really captured Elvis the person and brought him to life once again. The final scene was inspiring, and summed up the entire story in one song. This shows why to many of us, Elvis will always simply remain, "The King." Also, this story will introduce this legend to a whole new generation.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meyers is King !!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 18, 2007
I am a diehard lifelong Elvis fan and this is the ONLY movie on Elvis ever made that is outstanding. Meyers is perfect, without going over the top or looking like an imitator. Other movies had Elvis with his jumpsuit on at Graceland, overdoing the accent, sunglasses on everywhere, ect. (and that includes Kurt Russell who was WAY overrated in his portrayal). The rest of the cast is also outstanding, as well as the script and using the King's real music ! The story line for the most part was very accurate and focused on important things no other movie has. Kudos to Quaids performance of Colonel Tom. I can't believe it took so long to release this on DVD. My only question now would be...can Myers & Co. do a sequel to finish the rest of his life ????!!!!
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