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DVD! Tour guide ELVIS sings 14 songs and still manages to drive sightseers around the islands in golf carts in this lush musical that features great locales and such tunes as "Blue Hawaii," "Can't Help Falling in Love with You" and "Rock-a-Hula Baby." With Angela Lansbury, Joan Blackman, Roland Winters. 101 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. Actors: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters, and Jenny Maxwell. Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC - Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1) - Subtitles: English Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada.) - Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 - Number of discs: 1 - Rated: PG (Parental Guidance suggested) - Paramount DVD Release Date: 2007 - Run Time: 102 minutes - NEW DVD
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The color is great in this movie. The full theatrical 2:35:1 Panavision frame is presented in a very nice anamorphic transfer.
The print is fabulous for a picture of this age. There are occasional blemishes of a speck or two on the screen. Once in a while the picture to the left and the right isn't as clear as the center, but it was still very good overall.
Digitally it was very good with no squares or compression issues with the transfer to DVD. It's great to see that the film preserves the background, landscape, scenery and colors well over time.
The sound has been re-mastered for Dolby Digital 5.1. The 5.1 mix sounds pretty good with vocals from Elvis in the center channel and the instruments coming up on the satellites. The rear channels don't really get used at all, it's mostly the front 3 speakers and the sub. It is a very crisp, clean, deep stereo Elvis you get.
The original mono is also included which sounds terrible when compared to the 5.1 sounds.
The film is an old movie, and it is hard to compare to movies of today. But for back then, it was a big deal Elvis in a movie.
I recommend this DVD. It was transferred very well. Picture and sound is good enough or very good, and it was an enjoyable movie pretty much.
It is nice that it is in stereo rather than mono like on the LaserDisc version.
The movie is about a young man named Chad who is returning from the army to his home (and his girlfriend) in Hawaii. His parents want him to follow right in their footsteps and help run their pineapple plantation, but Chad wants to get a ‘real job’, one that he earned, not inherited. He gets a job as a tour guide, but when his girlfriend thinks that he’s falling for the pretty schoolteacher he’s driving around, she gets jealous and the fur flies. The songs include Blue Hawaii, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Ito Eats, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Rock-a-Hula Baby, and many others.
The stellar cast includes such cameos as Floyd the barber from The Andy Griffith Show and Iris Adrian from The Fast and the Furious, The Love Bug, and The Jack Benny Program. It was produced by Hal B. Wallis, the same man who produced True Grit, Rooster Cogburn, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, all great movies. This DVD also includes the original theatrical trailer, making it even better (as if it was possible!).
The last 20 minutes or so of the film was at the Coco Palms Hotel in Kauai. This facility has been out of commission since 1992 & the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki. Apparently, stateside we were suffering through H. Andrew and didn't have much sympathy for Paradise. Aye, yi, yi...why?!
The Hyatt chain has signed on to redevelop the Coco Palms to be ready for visitation in 2017 making every effort to preserve the footprint. Do yourself a favor and look at photos from the era. The hotel opened in 1953 in a grove of 2000 coconut palm trees. Fascinating that this film has the ability to send a love letter from the era.
Do yourself a favor and Google Coco Palms to visit a past time for Hawaii and view "Blue Hawaii". You will get a real feel for the "King" and Hawaii. Lord, he is sexy (Elvis that is!).
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Unfortunately, there are no bonus features with this DVD, but I can tell you're getting excellent picture and sound quality.