View Full Version : Elvis at the Movies!

Mike T
08-13-2011, 01:53 PM
I have a hankering for some of those fabulously colourful sixties musicals and, as Fun in Acapulco was on telly recently, talk to me about Mr. Presley! What were his best movies? What were his worst? What fell between those two camps? And if want to collect some Presley on DVD...where should I start?

Cheers! :up:

Paul Casey
08-13-2011, 04:56 PM
I've only seen one, Kid Galahad. Charles Bronson is in it. I thought it was fun and I'd definitely seek out more Elvis because of it.

Mike T
08-14-2011, 02:39 AM
Fun in Acapulco was fun: lots of great scenery and they had this amazing thing where guys were diving hundreds of feet off some cliff-face into the sea, which looked as dangerous as all get out (and done for real too!). A bit of Elvis tunes never hurts either, though I wasn't a mental fan of the music - I acknowledge his place in history and don't mind a lot of the hits. The only other film of the King's I can recall of late was Speedway, with Nancy Sinatra.


I mean...these films aren't rocket science or anything. But Presley was a key figure in American (and global) rock & roll history and I love these sort of things as time capsule of their era. Plus, variety is the spice of life! I can only do blood & guts and boobies in fits and starts, as too much at one hit gets a bit boring after a while, so it's nice to temper it all with things from other genres.

Ian Jane
08-14-2011, 11:32 AM
I'll try and get around to uploading some old Elvis reviews later today, I've got a bunch of them.

Mike T
08-14-2011, 11:52 AM
Thank you kindly! That should help assist with some purchasing decisions next payday. I mean, not amazing films, but...Elvis, great looking girls, fabulous location scenery (usually Hawaii), some classic sixties hit songs, and lots of singing and dancing amidst the cliched romantic-comedy narratives. What more could a sixties cinephile want? ;)

PS: I was thinking that King Creole (purportedly Presley's favourite), Girls! Girls! Girls!, Blue Hawaii, Fun in Acapulco (as I'm already familiar with it) and Speedway would be good places to start?

Ian Jane
05-10-2013, 09:45 AM
Fox's info on the upcoming Love Me Tender Blu-ray release:


Love Me Tender:

Moviegoers were introduced to Elvis Presley in this film set during the dying hours of the Civil War. Elvis sings four songs, including the title song.

The year is 1865, and the three Confederate Reno brothers don’t know the war has ended. They manage to steal a Union Army payroll, and head for home with the money. While Vance (Richard Egan) can think only of the love of his life, Cathy (Debra Paget), it turns out that the brothers have been reported dead, and Cathy has married their youngest brother Clint (Elvis Presley). Vance accepts this until he learns that Cathy still loves him. To complicate things, the U.S. Army knows of the brothers’ theft and is hunting them down.

Love Me Tender Special Features
● Audio Commentary By Noted Elvis Historian Jerry Schilling
● Featurettes: Elvis Hits Hollywood, The Colonel & The King, Love Me Tender: The Birth & Boom Of The Elvis Hit
● Love Me Tender: The Soundtrack

Love Me Tender Blu-ray
Street Date: July 30, 2013
Prebook Date: July 3, 2013
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English DTS-HD MA 1.0
Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Total Run Time: 90 Minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes

Mark Tolch
05-10-2013, 10:28 AM
Happy Face.

05-10-2013, 02:30 PM
I like FOLLOW THAT DREAM. The film is smarter than it looks.

LOVING YOU is, of course, my most wanted Elvis film on blu. It's definitive and a true slice of 1950s rockabilly Americana only without the grunge. Sort of.

Ian Jane
04-27-2014, 12:10 PM
Elvis! That's The Way It Is gets a Blu-ray release 8/12/14. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JVFZR1M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00JVFZR1M&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20)


Ian Jane
04-27-2014, 12:11 PM
Viva Las Vegas gets a 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release on 8/12/14 as well. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JVFTDA8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00JVFTDA8&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20)