Elvis-This Is Elvis

Directed By: Andrew Solt Starring: Elvis Presley

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The life of the king is explored in this inventive documentary which combines archival footage with re-created vignettes.


Studio Warner
SKU 204707898
UPC 085391150022
UPC 14 00085391150022
Format DVD
Release Date 11/8/2011
Rating Rating
Clips And Highlights
Music Video
Editors Note
Note An entertaining and informative film biography of the legendary performer. This film utilizes interviews with many of the people who knew Elvis most intimately, including family members, friends, employees, and his long time manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Plot Summary
Summary A documentary about the life and times of "The King", Elvis Presley. The film uses a variety of techniques to capture Presley's personality and persona: there are rare clips, home movies, dramatizations, and even an Elvis impersonator. Highlights include Elvis' early performances, his stint in the army, his controversial hip-swivelin' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", his 1968 comeback concert, the illustrious film career, the marriage to high-haired Priscilla, and his transformation into a bloated pill-popper, which led to his death in 1977.
Variety "...Packed with enough fine music and unusual footage to satisfy anyone with an interest in the late singing idol..." 04/08/1981
New York Times "...Mesmerizing, if not as a drama or documentary , then as an artifact....A gaudy, unforgettable story, and it's part of the story it tells." 05/08/1981 p.C8
Andrew Solt
Elvis Presley
Cast & Crew
Andrew Solt - Writer
Andrew Solt - Director
Barbara Stanwyck - Featuring
Bud Friedgen - Editor
Cary Grant - Featuring
David L. Wolper - Executive Producer
Dean Martin - Featuring
Ed Sullivan - Featuring
Elvis Presley - Featuring
Frank Sinatra - Featuring
Gil Hubbs - Cinematographer
Glenn Farr - Editor
Malcolm Leo - Writer
Malcolm Leo - Director
Michael A. Bloom - Producer
Priscilla Presley - Featuring
Sammy Davis, Jr. - Featuring
Walter Scharf - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
Catalog ID 115002
UPC 00085391150022
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 246 minutes
Color B&W and Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.77:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This is Elvis is the extraordinary record of a man who simultaneously became a great star and was destroyed by alcohol and drug addiction. What is most striking about its documentary footage is that we can almost always see both things happening at once. There is hardly a time when Elvis doesn't appear to be under the influence of mind-altering chemicals, and never a time, not even when he is only weeks from death, when he doesn't possess his special charisma. The movie's lesson is brutal, sad, and inescapable: Elvis Presley was a man who gave joy to a great many people but felt very little of his own, because he became addicted and stayed addicted until the day it killed him...This movie shows the disintegration and death of a talented man who backed himself into a corner. He did it his way.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Brian Koller, FilmsGraded.com ...achieves its ambitious goal of covering the whole of Elvis' career, with the dramatic recreations plausibly explaining how he felt at each turn.
Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers Fine documentary/showcase of the King.

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