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Elvis Presley - Elvis: Rare Moments With The King/King of Entertainment 2-pk
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A double feature of Elvis documentaries, including RARE MOMENTS WITH THE KING and KING OF ENTERTAINMENT. RARE MOMENTS WITH THE KING: A stunning tribute to Elvis. Rare footage of TV appearances and newsreels, including his army days, Priscilla's wedding kiss and interviews with his fans. ELVIS KING OF ENTERTAINMENT: A tribute to the king of rock n' roll, Elvis Presley, in a documentary about the performer's life on, and off the stage. Includes footage from television appearances (including the Ed Sullivan Show), time spent in the Army, live concerts, his wedding, movies, and more!
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ELVIS KING OF ENTERTAINMENT is better of the two. A sharper, brighter picture, a narrator and 100 minute running time. The faintest possible GT watermark in the lower right corner is only discernible when that area of the picture is dark. There's only two complete performances, both from kinescopes: "Heartbreak Hotel" from the Texaco Star Theater (4/3/56) and a 10/28/56 Ed Sullivan Show where Elvis sings "Love Me" with the Jordanaires.
All else is fragmentary:
1/28/56--Dorseys' Stage Show: "Heartbreak Hotel" | "Let's Play House" | Berle as twin, Melvin Presley | 6/20/56--interview on Dance Party | 7/1/56--Steve Allen Rodeo Roundup skit w/Imogene Coca and Andy Griffith | 7/1/56--split-screen chat on Hy Gardner Calling | 9/29/56--Tupelo concert is mostly crowd noise | LOVE ME TENDER trailer | 11/25/56--amateur footage montage of Louisville Armory concert | "Tutti Frutti" (Stage Show?) | LOVING YOU trailer | JAILHOUSE ROCK trailer | Elvis-related TV montage: Perry Como w/Jack Carter; You Bet Your Life (Groucho); Jack Benny w/George Gobel | newsreel excerpts: Army induction, W. Germany service, release and press conference | KING CREOLE trailer | 5/12/60--Sinatra/Rat Pack "Welcome Home Elvis" special | Trailers: G.I. BLUES;FLAMING STAR;BLUE HAWAII; WILD IN THE COUNTRY; FOLLOW THAT DREAM; KID GALAHAD; GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS; IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD'S FAIR; FUN IN ACAPULCO;VIVA LAS VEGAS | 2/70--pre-Houston Astrodome concert press conference | 1972--Madison Square Garden footage from audience doesn't match "The Wonder of You" | 1973 Aloha From Hawaii press conference
Also shown are wedding movies and misc. news coverage including his Aug.'77 death, viewing, funeral.
RARE MOMENTS WITH THE KING is a dark, multi-generational transfer that runs 56 minutes, with intertitles instead of narration. The GT logo is boldly visible at all times. No film trailers here. Color footage is badly faded. Berle show kinescope includes Debra Paget and part of a record store skit. Steve Allen Rodeo Roundup sketch is complete. Extended 1961 post-Army news conference is audio-only over a montage of photos and film clips. 1970, '72 and '73 press conferences close the program; the '72 event is several minutes in length.
(3 1/2 *'s) 'Elvis: King of Entertainment' is more of a documentary than it is a compilation of performances. An overview of the highlights of his life, his career, his performances, and his movies, it makes a fine sampler. Interspersed with television performances and interviews, it is a testament to the phenomena that Elvis is and was. The only drawback is that the brief touches of each highlight will only be teasing and never really satisfying. Seeing footage of his army induction, his wedding, and early as well as Las Vegas performances are an interesting draw.