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Elvis on Tour (Blu-ray Book)
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15 cities. 15 nights. Catch him if you can! The show is over but the fans cry out for what every Elvis Presley fan wants. More! Then, an announcer speaks the words the packed house doesn’t want to hear: "Elvis has left the building." But what an incredible show lingers in minds and hearts. Elvis on Tour is the Golden Globe-winning Best Documentary chronicle of Presley's whirlwind 15-cities/15-nights 1972 tour. They are nights to remember, paced here with more than 25 numbers that embrace the rocker Elvis, the gospel Elvis, the ballad Elvis, even the kung-fu Elvis. In between tour stops come more moments to treasure--montage sequences (supervised by Martin Scorsese) showcasing Presley's early career and movies. More!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medG G (General Audience)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 6 x 0.5 inches; 7.36 Ounces
- Item model number : 7442502
- Director : Robert Abel
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 33 minutes
- Release date : August 3, 2010
- Actors : Elvis Presley
- Subtitles: : French
- Producers : Pierre Adidge
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B003HKN51Q
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #114,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Gary S. Pruitt
However, a 2 channel stereo is not included, only a 5.1, which by nature is low volume and will necessitate turning many consumer soundbars nearly all the way up to hear the behind scenes dialog.
I really do not like the new 3 portion split screen during Concert and other segments in the least.
I wish the video content had been left like the original and a stereo option provided.
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To be honest looking back with the benefit of hindsight, you can see that this was taking it's toll on him. Whilst still slim, in this film his face appears swollen, off colour at times, and his hair un-styled, although he is still at the peak of his success and giving everything to his performance and fans.
Burning Love was about to be released, the New York Madison Square Garden concerts were a about 2 months away and Aloha from Hawaii was to come in January 1973. By the time these came round Elvis looked far better than he did in this film, although as we know only too well he was unable to keep this up.
This is the only film to come close to portraying how conflicted Elvis life must have been, showing how it was first hand. Clearly he loves his fans and the fans love him, but equally clearly again with the benefit of hindsight this film shows just how trapped he was.
It is a very revealing film, but when you think about what is witnessed here it's not the glamorous portrayal seen in the 1970 Las Vegas based documentary That's The Way It Is, especially the improved Special Edition that was released in 2001. A much harder life is revealed in this film.
There has yet to be a Special Edition of Elvis on Tour, although we know that plenty of footage exists to make one.
As with familiar DVDs (Region 1 NTSC releases for USA / Region 2 PAL releases for UK) there do also exist regional codes for Blu-Ray which are called A (includes America), B (includes UK) and C, so when I ordered this "Elvis On Tour Blu-Ray Book" US release without really knowing its coding status, I was a bit worried it wouldn't work on my UK player, but it does, so I assume that Warner have manufactured it as an ALL region A/B/C disc in that case. Good.
The 1080p content still shows up much film grain from the vintage 1972 footage, so don't expect a stunning hi-def experience, but it's still nicer to watch on Blu-Ray although you could probably enjoy the movie just as much on UK region 2 DVD release also available (currently about £16). There are no included extras to speak of, and even the subtitles only cover the dialogue and not any song lyrics (probably copyright issues...?)
Many of the film's split-screen montages combine video footage that is noticably out of sync with the master audio soundtrack (for instance closely watching Ronnie Tutt's drumming or the Sweet Inspirations backing vox during numerous songs - especially bad during Polk Salad Annie" - but this is probably how they assembled the edit it in 1972, rather than a fault with this 2010 Blu-Ray re-mastering, although it may nave been possible for a keen digital video editor to crop those areas and re-sync them by a few of frames to fix some of it, but there's bits where its maybe too far gone or doesn't match at all.)
Also annoying is the way aspect ratios are handled. The Blu-Ray High Definition format is 1920 x 1080p content for 16:9 display in theory, but the movie is inherently a 2.35:1 aspect ratio cinema release so it has to have the black horizontal letterbox appearance on your 16:9 screen (so your effective picture appears to be 1920 x 810 pixels) So far that's typical of most Hollywood movies. But a lot of "Elvis On Tour" content uses mobile handheld camera shots, still photographs and archive B/W footage of Elvis from 1950s etc, which is native 4:3 and has been placed into the middle of the 2.35:1 frame with large vertical letterbox side areas (as it would correctly have appeared in 1972 theatrical presentation) but this is already within the horizontal letterbox as well(!) so with your Blu-Ray / anamorphic DVD and domestic 16:9 screen (TV, projector, whatever) you only see a small central picture window with huge black letterbox areas all round the image (top / bottom / left / right) and it gets annoying after a while. It means any 4:3 footage is then only using the central 1080 x 810 pixels of the whole 1920 x 1080 screen - that's only 42% of the screen area, the other 58% is black letterbox! It looks silly! If you are unlucky enough to be watching this on a 4:3 TV screen with your Blu-Ray / DVD player outputting 4:3 letterboxed 16:9 widescreen mode, as most players offer this option for 4:3 output, then you'll see a central postcard image less than 32% of the screen area surrounded by black!!!!!
Warner could so easily have re-sized these portions of the movie (for their DVD / Blu-Ray release) to fill up the full 1080 pixel screen height of the main 16:9 picture giving 1440 x 1080 image for the 4:3 content within this film (instead of 1080 x 810 which they have used) and reverted to the necessary letterboxing for the 2.35 footage where it was needed (producing 1920 x 810 image), rather than forcing everything to scale down into the smallest 810 pixel height. It may look strange to keep having various different aspect ratios within a movie, but if that's what you've got to deal with, and the finished result is going to keep switching width anyway, then it may as well switch heights as well to maximize all the resolution available within the format, giving the optimum viewing experience. What's the point of paying for high definition if the Blu-Ray authoring manufacturers are just going to waste half of it in their product's content?
As far as Elvis is concerned though, this film is fantastic, and almost as much fun to watch as my favourite "That's The Way It Is."