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Elvis on Tour (2010)

Elvis Presley , James Burton , Pierre Adidge , Robert Abel  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Joe Esposito
  • Directors: Pierre Adidge, Robert Abel
  • Producers: Pierre Adidge, Robert Abel, Sidney Levin
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003HKN52A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,594 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Elvis on Tour" on IMDb

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After the solid success of Elvis: That's the Way It Is, and with his career as a movie actor having reached a standstill, Elvis Presley undertook a second concert documentary. Elvis on Tour trails after the King on a few concert dates in 1972, as he powers through a curious set list that downplays the classic hits in favor of the likes of "Polk Salad Annie" and "Proud Mary." Rehearsal footage, preshow jitters, and after-hours sessions singing gospel with the gang are included; most revealing is a sequence that follows Elvis off stage and into his waiting limo, where he towels off in exhaustion, cracks a few jokes, and listens to the praise of the entourage. These glimpses are a logical counterpoint to the concert material; less explicable is the rundown of Elvis's early years, which hardly fits the subject at hand--and frankly reminds us that Elvis looks pale and just a bit puffy at this moment in his life. The fun stuff includes a workout on the still-new "Burning Love" (Elvis has to read from a lyric sheet), committed takes on "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "I Got a Woman," and a spirited "Never Been to Spain," a song that fits Elvis's taste for simple, dramatic builds. That, and Elvis giving a stage introduction to "the guy that gives me my water and my scarves and so forth." The movie's structure feels a little random, not that that will matter to fans. At times it catches the King looking undeniably weary of it all, except in those moments when a song really catches him (certainly during the gospel moments) and you see just how utterly "in the music" he was. The split-screen approach is intact, and the film's "montage supervisor" was a young fellow named Martin Scorsese. Note about this 2010 edition: The original song that played under the opening credits, a cover of "Johnny B. Goode," has been replaced (apparently due to rights issues) with a live "Don't Be Cruel." --Robert Horton

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15 cities. 15 nights. Catch him if you can! The show is over but the fans cry out for what every Elvis Presley fan wants. More! Then, an announcer speaks the words the packed house doesn’t want to hear: "Elvis has left the building." But what an incredible show lingers in minds and hearts. Elvis on Tour is the Golden Globe-winning Best Documentary chronicle of Presley's whirlwind 15-cities/15-nights 1972 tour. They are nights to remember, paced here with more than 25 numbers that embrace the rocker Elvis, the gospel Elvis, the ballad Elvis, even the kung-fu Elvis. In between tour stops come more moments to treasure--montage sequences (supervised by Martin Scorsese) showcasing Presley's early career and movies. More!

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135 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb music documentary August 17, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Director Robert Abel and producer Pierre Adidge present a marvelous look at Elvis in this documentary, using concert, rehearsal and backstage footage, as well as clips from the early days of his career, and a montage of him kissing his co-stars while "Love Me Tender" is performed. Excellent use of split-screen techniques are used, and the cinematography is always interesting.
Elvis looks in great shape from the neck down, quite trim and with the athletic flexibility to do deep leg lunges, and delivering each song with enormous emotional and physical energy. His face shows much dissipation however, and tells another story; the feeling one gets from this film is of a desperately sad man, a hurting soul, putting a brave mask on for the world. There is also not even a flicker of ego...we see only a hard-working guy, with not a shred of arrogance. He wears his flashy clothes with grace, style and humility, and sings his heart out, and it's a beautiful thing to see.

His voice is occasionally wobbly (and the sound quality also has its variables), but for the most part he shines, particularly in the songs with a spiritual theme. "Bosom of Abraham," "I John," and especially "American Trilogy" and "You Gave Me a Mountain" are very moving, and terrific listening.
His band is wonderful, and his back-up singers, The Sweet Inspirations and J.D.Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, an added delight.
Song list:
"Johnny B.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This video rocks, entertains . . . and saddens July 7, 2006
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
To start, I won't labor through listing all of the music on the concert video. Reviewer Alejandra Vernon did that nicely in her excellent Spotlight Review.

This is not my favorite Elvis concert video from a musical perspective - that would be "The '68 Comeback Special". But this video belongs on your Elvis shelf because it reveals an Elvis that we have not seen in his earlier work.

Pensive, tired, still unselfishly giving of himself to his fans. The thrill is gone and it has become work. He has a constant trail of people following him, depending on him, and he has the burden of projecting that Elvis image continuously.

There is a lot of off stage footage, which shows him to be thoughtful of and genuinely generous with his fans. He looks great for his age, but he is aging, and he seems sad. It's interesting that his only apparent joy in life (at least in this on the road, tour environment) seems to be music, including especially the impromptu off stage stuff . . . singing to himself in the limo, jamming gospel backstage with the band members. He's very likeable (loved by millions, of course) and one is glad to see him find escape in some good thing that he enjoys.

The on-stage music is good but is lacking a bit of the fire of his younger years. The stagework in the video is a montage from the series of stops on the tour. Clearly some of the concerts are better than others. At some he is a bit reserved and his famous stage posturing and movement is stilted and a parody of earlier times. He is HOT at a couple of them and, again, you can tell that he never stopped loving the music. The video brings it out clearly. Quite remarkably, we also see that he is still dealing with stagefright.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb concert performances from a fifteen-city tour November 1, 1998
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Format:VHS Tape
This superb video focuses on the spectacular, 1972 Elvis Presley concert tour. Its chock full of entertaining segments of this captivating superstar, both on and off stage. Highlighting performances from his fifteen-city tour, he is clothed in an impressive array of costumes. All of them adorned with jeweled belts, capes and scarves. His presence on stage is totally spellbinding. Included are flash-back performances of a very riveting, young Elvis, as he sings and gyrates to "Don't Be Cruel" and "Ready Teddy." This is the actual performances as seen on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. Enjoy film clips of his boyhood days. Included are actual scenes of the famous hair cutting when he was inducted in the army. Experience Elvis singing all your favorite songs, up close and personal. See him perform "See See Rider," "Polk Salad Annie," "Proud Mary," "Burning Love," "Suspicious Minds," "Funny How Time Slips Away," " An American Trilogy," "I Got a Woman," " Mystery Train," " A Big Hunk O' Love," "You Gave Me a Mountain," "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," " Love Me Tender," " Bridge Over Trouble Water" and "Can't Help Falling in Love." A very entertaining movie from start to finish. Almost as good as being there with front row tickets. END
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis in decline, but fascinating nonetheless December 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What a difference two years can make in the life of a touring mega-star. Having recently purchased the excellent DVD of the 1970 Elvis - That's The Way It Is, I was unprepared for the drastically changed Elvis of this 1972 theatrical release. The changes are not just in his appearance, but more importantly in his vitality and vocal performance. In fact, the appearance aspect was the least of my concerns. True, he has put on weight since the earlier film, but so what? He still looks handsome at thirty-seven, and if there are telltale signs that his lifestyle is beginning to catch up with him, then this is hardly surprising after 16 years of relentless stardom. Far more worrying, however, is the decline in sheer vocal quality.

From the very first song (Johnny B. Goode), Elvis sounds tired and slurred. His voice is worn, and lacks the resonant beauty that it had just two years earlier. On many of the slower numbers (eg Separate Ways, Love Me Tender and Bridge Over Troubled Water), a distinct "wobble" has crept into his singing, making it difficult for him to sustain a smooth line in the quiet passages. (Compare these with, say, his 1970 recording of Twenty Days and Twenty Nights and the unevenness of his later singing is immediately noticeable.) The change is nowhere more evident than in his middle register. He is still able to belt out the notes in climactic moments - An American Trilogy is proof of that - but gone is the wonderfully rich baritonal quality and freshness of his earlier singing.

The decline seems to have set in from 1971 onwards. Up until then his voice had been magnificent, with 1969 and 1970 arguably his peak years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis doing what he loved
I wore out my original copy of Elvis On Tour! I was at the Buffalo, NY concert and this movie brought back beautiful memories for me.
Published 3 days ago by elviscreole
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Johnny B Goode
Everything is top notch except the intro as they Warner Bros couldn't get the rights to Johnny B Goode. Come Chuck Berry. we love your music too. Read more
Published 15 days ago by HankNSW
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgetable memories
had the original video cassette. played it over and over for many years.had to upgrade to CD as VCR no longer works. Read more
Published 16 days ago by malcolm dowds
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Fan Forever
This DVD was awesome,its the third DVD I've got from Amazon,and it didn't disappoint.I love everything Elvis does,but I'm really into his concerts,Elvis On Tour was great,the music... Read more
Published 28 days ago by elvisfanforever
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GREAT GREAT DVD
Awesome DVD. Very pleased with it. It was exactly what I wanted. Have only watched once at this point but it is great.
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars just ok
Audio and vidoe isn't as good as expected on bluray. Content is good as it takes you back to the early 70's. Too much money for this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it very much
It brings me back into time when music was music by the king of rock & roll. Thank you so much king
Published 2 months ago by David Pitre
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good overall
Enjoyed the last segment which was a several songs from the tour stop. Thought the entire DVD would be a portion of the tour songs.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frank Wiedemeier
5.0 out of 5 stars great job
this vender I have ordered stuff from for yeaRS they do a great job and merchandise is always here when they say or before it was a Christmas present
Published 2 months ago by Jim Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars Good not great
It was nice to see some of the live performances but this video doesn't have as much behind the scenes as I was expecting. Overall it was good not great.
Published 3 months ago by seattleguitarist
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Johnny Be Goode replaced
yeah its true unfortunately. but on the positive side the songs from elvis the lost performances were added i hear. well at least teddy bear/ dont be cruel were. im not sure about release me, how great thou art, all shook up or are you lonesome tonight? and i cant stop loving you. i hope they... Read more
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Bluray compared to Regular DVD HELP!!
As far as content, possibly not, as I have not researched the differences, if any! As far as resolution, yes! You will get better quality picture and sound from the blu-ray than the dvd!
Jan 12, 2012 by R. S. Luther |  See all 2 posts
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