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Elvis - His Best Friend Remembers

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Product Description

Own a piece of The King! This once-in-a-lifetime DVD lets you experience the legacy of the immortal Elvis Presley as never before! Join "Diamond Joe" Esposito, Elvis' closest friend and trusted confidant of almost 20 years, as he shares his most intimate memories and incredible stories of life with the King of Rock and Roll! Offering an exclusive insider's glimpse of the real Elvis Presley, on-stage and off, the remarkable, must-have DVD includes hundreds of rare personal photos, newsreels, film clips, interviews, home movies and much more! Joe was there for it all - best man at Elvis' wedding, by his side for the triumphant '68 Comeback Special and ultimately - pallbearer at the King's funeral. From the Army years to the glory days of Top 40 superstardom, Joe Esposito was an eyewitness to the life and times of a genuine American legend. And now, you can be too, with this unforgettable presentation of Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers!

Essentially an illustrated interview with longtime Elvis buddy Joe Esposito, Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers is meant for the hardcore Elvis fan only. Esposito met Presley in the Army and stayed a member of the "Memphis Mafia" for the rest of the King's life (and death--his account of finding Elvis's body is by far the most interesting part of the interview). Esposito's memories are cozy and sanitized; in his telling, the news that Elvis gave Tom Jones his first peanut butter sandwich while on vacation in Hawaii qualifies as a fascinating anecdote. Random footage from newsreels and various Presley press conferences is cut into the interview, along with a lot of vintage '60s Polaroids. As befits the bargain-basement ambience, there's not a single note of Elvis music to be heard. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • DVD Exclusive: 11 Bonus Chapters
  • Joe Esposito's Bio

  • Product Details

    • Directors: Terry Moloney
    • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
    • Run Time: 130 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00006674W
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Elvis - His Best Friend Remembers" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    Format: VHS Tape
    I really enjoyed this DVD and thought it was a wonderful look into the King's private life. Joe allows us to see hundreds of of rare and never before seen photos, which I thought were well worth the price of the DVD. There are also newsreels of Elvis and Joe does a wonderful job of telling us his recollections of his time with the King.
    I have seen most of Elvis's movies and biographical movies such as "This is Elvis," "Elvis, That's The Way it Is" and "Elvis On Tour," which I love and highly recommend. This, however, for the first time, allowed me to find out intimate, private details that I never would have known about otherwise.
    Joe tells so many interesting tidbits and answers some questions I've always wondered about all these years. I also appreciate the fact that Joe was Elvis's friend from the time they met in the Army until Elvis's death. He was loyal and never turned his back on Elvis. You can tell Joe really loved Elvis and Elvis's family and we should feel honored that he allowed us to get a glimpse into their most private lives. This is a very sentimental and at times funny glimpse into Elvis's private life, while always staying tasteful as Joe never says anything negative about Elvis's family and friends. I have a lot of respect for him after watching this film. Elvis was lucky to have such a trustworthy and loyal friend!
    There is also a touching tribute song to Elvis towards the end that I thought was beautiful and Joe's touching recollection of Elvis's death really broke my heart. You won't be disappointed by this DVD if you love Elvis they way I do!!!!
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    Format: DVD
    This is a very positive, upbeat tribute to Elvis by his top man and best friend, Joe Esposito. He avoids the negative topics that has already been covered endlessly by the media, and focuses on more folksy and humorous stories about the King. At times I wish he could have talked more in depth about some of the topics, instead of including chapters about the impersonators, the biggest fan, the nuttiest fan. I could have done without that information. I'm sure Joe has a lot more interesting Elvis anecdotes to share, and to see such rubbish included brings this DVD down a couple of stars in my book.
    Still, it is refreshing to view a kinder portrait of Elvis by someone close to him instead of the vitriol dished out by West, & Co in their book written by Steve Dunleavy. Elvis deserves better, and so do his fans, so if you're looking for the more sensationlistic Elvis information, you won't find it in this DVD.
    It is interesting to note that a few years back, Joe Esposito was embroiled in a battle with EP Enterprises (read: Priscilla), who tried to force him to surrender his private collection of movies and photos of Elvis he'd taken over the years. Perhaps this DVD is the result of a compromise that was reached.
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    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    First of all, when you buy a DVD that is not "official" - and that includes most of the documentaries made these days - you won't get to listen to any Elvis-music at all. And in this case, you hardly even see Elvis perform.
    What you get is 1 hour of picture after picture, while Joe Esposito tells you his stories. The stories are a little shallow, they give you the overview and nothing more.
    There's also a few glimpse of the press-conference at Graceland in 1960 with sound (about a minute), you see Frank Sinatra and Elvis TALK on the Welcome Home-show from Miami (20 seconds), that's about all you hear from Elvis. You also see a few glimpse from a 1950's newsreel, the press-conference after the wedding etc. No sound. Oh yeah, and there's about a minute from the famous b/w-footage done at Hayride in '57 where you see Elvis rockin' and rolling. Great footage, but it has been shown on many documentaries.
    The bonus-material is mainly (junk). 6 chapters, and one is about the world's craziest Elvis-fan. Another chapter is about Elvis-impersonators, but you don't see them perform! There's also one that shows two news-reports from August 1977. Here they added about 30 seconds with J.D. Sumner from an interview done right after Elvis died, and all he says is "except for Jesus Christ, there was no bigger man"..
    Basically this DVD is for the die-hard collector. It's nice to hear a story or two about Elvis, but an hour of stories mainly accompanied by pictures just gets boring.
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    Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
    This is a 2 hour 10 minute documentary that seems to be a cross between any ET television segment and a typical timeshare travelog video. The home videos, including extented interview segments not usually seen in the usual Elvis rehash documentaries, are worthwhile just to hear Elvis' thoughts in his own words. I had hoped this documentary would be enlightening to show a more balanced (and honest) view of Elvis' duality, since Elvis is usually portrayed as somewhere between an "angel with a broken wing" to a lost sinner, but this documentary tends to portray Elvis as a downright neutered cream-puff hearts-and-flowers cherub without a shred of the raw masculine romantic seducer who captured the hearts of millions during his lifetime and after. I had hoped that Diamond Joe would set the record straight, considering he really was Elvis' right-hand man for 20 years, but this movie makes it clear his strings were connected to Elvis Presley Enterprises. The Machine is still running, and Elvis is still lost behind the smoke-screen of media illusion. Elvis never stopped being a man, but his friends seem to have turned him into a shrine, just a picture on the wall, angelic voices in the background, a halo of remembrance -- and the essence of Elvis as dead as vinyl. If you're looking for any true character insight about Elvis, stay away from this documentary. Hero worship and exploitation are a bad combination, and this movie shows the real heartbreak of knowing a man such as Elvis for 20 years, yet apparently having no clue who that man really was. If you want to know the true Elvis, listen to his music, watch the movies and concerts you like, and remember that Elvis never lied about himself. Elvis laid down, but at least he didn't sell out.Read more ›
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