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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 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!).