For Elvis fans still celebrating the “Viva Las Vegas” release, Warner re-releases the 2007 DVD except in Blu-Ray Digibook form and in its 2001 edition, which is considerably shorter in length. That’s because the film’s director chopped some fan segments. You can still watch the original version on the DVD supplied in the Digibook edition, while the supplements are rather extensive for hardcore fans. This includes the very detailed aforementioned book within the Blu-Ray case that should act as a fine memento for Elvis buffs.
George Sidney’s “Viva Las Vegas” is a nit little bit of sixties funk that really takes the decade head on with jazzy music numbers, and dance solos. Surely, it’s Elvis’ vehicle, but the movie really belongs to Ann-Margret. Playing off of Elvis, Ann-Margret is a red bomb shell who completely dominates the film with her keen sexuality, and ability to out dazzle Elvis, on many occasions. Director Sidney seems to also enjoy Margret’s stunning appearance, as her first real introduction to the film zeroes in on her behind as she leaves character Lucky’s car shop, and then pulls back on her lower region as she approaches her own hot rod.
For Elvis fans of all kind, “That’s the Way It is: Two-Disc Special Edition” will bring about some truly good supplements, including two version of this documentary. You received the original 1970 theatrical edition, and the 2001 Special Edition, which is twelve minutes shorter, but visually restored. Elvis is pretty much like The Beatles, they’re both instantly identifiable, household names, difficult to resist, and made impacts on music that no one could ever re-capture. Pop and Rock stars will come and go, but there is only one Elvis, and the concert film “That’s the Way It Is” proves that, once and for all.
My common thought is that if you’re going to make a documentary, be sure to make it about something you’re passionate of. “Altered by Elvis” explores pure passion for the man known to many as “The King.” The title basically speaks for itself. Directors Jayce and Tiffany Bartok chronicle the lives of many Elvis fans, and not just fans, but hardcore diehard obsessed fanatics who possess an utter passion for the artist, and you can almost sense the love behind every minute of film. “Altered by Elvis” tackles the fan base with much grace and charm presenting likable and appealing fans of Elvis, while also never being afraid to show the frightening followers.