Elvis - His Best Friend Remembers
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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 HortonSee all Editorial Reviews
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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.