Elvis - His Best Friend Remembers
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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!!!!
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.
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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A good presentation of Elvis's life story by Diamond Joe Esposito, but nothing new.Published 14 months ago by Guy Gold
Like Joe Esposito. Hurts me to see him start to break down when he talks about Aug. 16,1977
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