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Old 07-19-2010, 06:02 PM
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ELVIS



KURT RUSSELL
IN A CAREER-DEFINING,
EMMY AWARD NOMINATED PERFORMANCE
AS THE KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.


Just two years after Elvis Presley died, actor Kurt Russell and director John Carpenter brought him back to life in what has since become the definitive biopic of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Rarely seen in the UK since its 1979 edited theatrical release, a little seen VHS version and subsequent but infrequent TV broadcasts, John Carpenter’s Elvis now comes to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, presented in its complete, unedited 168-minute version restored from the original film elements.






In a career-defining performance that many consider to be the finest movie portrayal of The King to date, Kurt Russell (who was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy for his role) stars in the title role in a movie that would mark the first of his now legendary five collaborations with Carpenter (Escape From New York; The Thing; Big Trouble In Little China; Escape From LA).

Tracing Elvis’ life from 1945 – when, as a ten-year-old boy living in Tupelo, Mississippi, he received his first guitar – to 1969 and his triumphant return to the stage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas (his first public shows in nearly ten years), Elvis lovingly and faithfully recreates the key moments in the King’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame, his time in the army, his mother’s untimely death and his fateful meeting with Priscilla Beaulieu to his ill-advised movie career, the birth of his daughter, Lisa Marie, and his incredible comeback.





Something of a family affair as movies go, Elvis co-stars Russell’s real-life father Bing Russell (The Magnificent Seven) as Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, and Russell’s real-life wife, actress Season Hubley (Escape From New York) as Priscilla Beaulieu Presley. Rounding out the star-studded cast are two-time Oscar winner Shelley Winters (A Patch Of Blue; The Diary Of Anne Frank), Pat Hingle (Commissioner Gordon in the Batman movies) as Colonel Tom Parker, Ed Begley Jr (Pineapple Express) as drummer DJ Fontana, Charles Cyphers (Escape From New York; The Fog; Halloween II) as Sam Phillips, Ellen Travolta (Charles In Charge) as Marion Keisker, Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) as “Memphis Mafia” member Joe Esposito and Melody Anderson (Dead And Buried; Flash Gordon) as Elvis’ high school sweetheart.

A rare, non-genre movie from the ‘Master of Horror’ and a surprisingly heartfelt and moving portrayal of a remarkable life, Elvis is essential viewing for fans of John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and, of course, Elvis Presley.





Above: HMV exclusive postcard sets available in DVD & Blu-Ray editions


Elvis (cert. U) will be released on DVD (£15.99) and Blu-ray (£19.99) by Fremantle Home Entertainment on 16th August 2010. Special Features include: audio commentary by Ronnie McDowell (Elvis’ singing voice) and Edie Hand (Elvis’ cousin); ‘Bringing A Legend To Life’ (original 1979 ‘making of’ featurette; rare clips from American Bandstand – Elvis Day (4th July 1964); photo gallery; song selection; scene selection.

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First exclusive clip... Bosom of Abraham!


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I rewatched it over the weekend and it's as good as I remember from an ancient TV broadcast when I was much younger.
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Does it include burning love or has it been removed?
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Elvis rocks the Ed Sullivan show. Camera's careful not to focus on pelvis area for fear of youth riots and cinema seat slashing...


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Does it include burning love or has it been removed?
It's been removed as it doesn't fit the time line but don't let that spoil things, the movies a peach!
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I thought it might be. Oh it won't spoil my enjoyment of the movie one bit.
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About the only Carpenter film I haven't seen.

Heard a lot about Russell's perf as the king though.
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I've got more clips for next week. I really like the singing around the Piano scene, it's the most "mmm hmmm, Uh huh" moment in the whole movie.
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