Elvis: That's the Way It Is

 (2,412)8.01 h 48 min1970G
Go behind the scenes with Elvis Presley as he prepares for an opening night Las Vegas show.
Directors
Denis Sanders
Starring
Elvis Presley
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DocumentaryMusic Videos and Concerts
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English [CC]
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English
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Herbert F. Solow
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Deep ThoughtReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Can make an Elvis fan of anyone.
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I was never a big Elvis fan. Having grown up on classic rock I had to laugh when I heard him referred to as the king of rock and roll. I was turned off by the outfits which I thought were hokey and the music didn't engage me. I bought this on a whim because it was a new blu-ray release and in 5.1. This film has instilled in me a great deal of respect for both Elvis the man and the artist.

I popped the disc in planning to preview only ten minutes or so, but I could not stop watching.

The guy is extraordinarily captivating and mesmerizing. You begin by getting a behind the scenes look at several rehearsal sessions. There are a few spontaneous moments and idle banter which make you feel like a fly on the wall. Later you are at the desert venue before the show where you can feel the build-up to what is coming. Nerves appear on edge as other celebrities and the Vegas crowd begin to assemble with all of their late 60's era fashion and hairstyles. Elvis's interactions both with those around him and his audience are simply rare and electrifying (I never thought I would see anyone kiss more women in public than Richard Dawson). It's easy to see here why he had achieved the level of success that he did in his time, captured the hearts of so many and has become an enduring legend.

The audio here is fabulous with a quality more like a studio recording than a live concert. There is so much energy in the performance and it comes right through. If you crank it up you are right there in the audience. The video quality is equally amazing. The discs are packed within a quality book style case with premium glossy photos within. As a new fan, I think I am entitled to say that I think Elvis would have been proud of this release.
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Gene CiscoReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elvis Unleashed
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When I first saw this as a theater release I made note of this exciting backstage close-up look of this Memphis legend rehearsal followed by his first year of live concerts of the King (this acts as one evening)of rock n roll that enthralled the Vegas strip at that time. The split-screen camera work made the front-row look of Elvis from all sides so personal. Having seen all the live concerts of rock n roll groups from the 50s on, I knew this would be in the top 2 (the other: The T.A.M.I. Show in black and white) After seeing this again years later I realize beyond a doubt that this is tops in excitement. It shows Presley in his most exciting, athletic condition with his voice in top flight before he tossed aside his early rock nuggets like "Little Sister" and "One Night with you" for schmaltzy middle-of-the-road fare. You are also treated to rehearsals of songs that don't make it to the night's set list like the surprising Bee Gees "Words," which shows how shrewd Elvis was about songs. A heart-breaking scene occurs during "Love Me Tender" when Elvis walks into the audience boldly accepting the affection of his female admirers without missing a line, extending that moment that probably could only occur for a few shows without considerable risk, extending that ballad longer. I think more than anything that single bold act of his showed that Elvis gave more to his fans than they could possibly give him in his short life that would end in less than 7 remaining years. The inter-cutting shots of audience members' reaction to Elvis was even more revealing. Middle-aged moms became teenagers again and adoring girls longed to be grown ups under his charm in just 4 minute snatches. To possess this concert is to have Elvis unchained from his tame movie persona exhibiting all his raw talent, exciting persona and undimmed power to enjoy over and over.
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Thomas LytleReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
WOW! What an Experience!
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The BEST way to watch this is like I just did, on a big screen with surround sound and the lights off! I was completely immersed! You’re with Elvis from the pre-show rehearsals, following him out onstage for the show, to when the curtain falls, backstage and to the after party. A great experience! Even found myself clapping. I was always a huge fan, but mostly of his 50’s and 60’s. Not much a fan of the sped up 70’s versions. But I get it now. Elvis was a force! And the way he interacted with the audience, kissing like 30 ladies on the lips and walking right through the audience. He was also very funny! Loved the way he messes with his backup singers. Highlights for me were Patch It Up, Polk Salad Annie all the way to Suspicious Minds, absolutely superb. I think this is the closest you could get to being at an Elvis concert, except perhaps a movie theater. This is probably my smartest purchase on Amazon to date. I highly recommend this to all Elvis fans!
17 people found this helpful
More CowbellReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
1970 Concert with behind the scene footage
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The 1970 shows and the concert footage are fantastic and Elvis' band is absolutely incredible. However, the real gem is the behind-the-scenes footage. We get to see Elvis in a playful mood at the practice sessions, and Elvis extremely nervous backstage before opening night. Elvis was completely confident in what he wanted from the musicians and singers. He did not need a conductor, even though he had two groups of singers with completely different sounds.

There are a ton of outtakes that didn't make the movie which I was able to find on You-Tube by including the words Turner or Turner Broadcasting in the search.

Don't skip the credits, because there is a very brief video of him at an after-party opening night. He overwhelms the room with his presence, towering over everyone. Even the famous, powerful, and wealthy look up to him in awe.
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Robert S. HarmonReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The King Shows Off His Vocal Chops And His Amazing Moves in High Definition with Amazing Audio Sound
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What a treat it is to finally have this amazing concert film captured on High Definition Blu-ray with 1080 visual quality and Dts Lossless sound, which enables the audio portion to virtually match the master recording without losing quality or depth when played on the proper HD television and Blu-ray machine.

This is Elvis Presley at his absolute prime in Las Vegas at the largest casino showroom in the world, The Showroom Internationale. Elvis is in amazing shape and looks and sounds fantastic as months of Karate and the previous two month long engagements at the International have put him in the best physical shape of his life. He has the bronze of a greek god and the moves of a tiger on stage.

His setlist for the Nash-Vegas crowds is staggering in its scope, range and diversity. Is there another singer in the world that could pull of singing Bridge Over Troubled Water, Just Pretend, The Wonder of You, You've Lost That Loving Feeling, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, One Night and Suspicious Minds with such virtuosity and ease? Watch the King in amazement as he puts his own amazing choreography with Karate moves to Polk Salad Annie, Patch It Up ( co-written by the late great Eddie Rabbit) and Suspicious Minds.

Elvis Thats The Way It Is also captures Elvis in candid rehearsal scenes and you will see how there is no doubt he is in charge of the arrangements and the band. Elvis wanted to capture the full sound and range of the American Popular music he had exposed himself to his entire life including opera, country, soul, gospel, pop and rhythm and blues. No other artist in history has ever so successfully captured such a diverse repertoire in studio and in a live concert setting and at such a high artistic level.
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Patrick SelitrennyReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The King is back with a Bang!
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Finally someone with heart has realized that both versions were valid. Which one is your favorite? It depends on the individual who watches them.

When it originally was released, some of us, especially those who could not dish up the money to see the King on Stage in Las Vegas, were already elated to watch him in the original documentary, which also reflected a moment in the phenomenon that was Elvis in 1970 and how it touched its fans back then.

But those who were born much later may have considered such interpolations between a song and another as disturbing and distracting, this is why it was wise to prepare a newer version of the documentary, omitting those passages and instead fill these gaps with additional songs in Elvis' repertory to make it more enticing.

I must say that personally, even though I appreciated the old documentary when it came out, I really do prefer the newer version because it gives me the full spectrum of the showman Elvis without unnecessary interruptions.

But as I have already said, this is a matter of perspective. One is a historical document, the other shows Elvis in all his glory. Both have their independent value.

This is why I was a bit disappointed when with the first release of the newer version, they decided to simply discard the older one. In my view they both belong together, if just as a comparison.

Now we have this new splendid release in Blu-Ray, and what a release it is. Granted, there is nothing truly new here, except maybe for an additional nice booklet, but both versions are finally together and both have been cleaned up quite considerably.

Colors now are clearer and vivid, the sound is simply astounding and well, the King? Well, the King sounds better than ever.

For all the fans and aficionados of Elvis and his songs it is simply a must have. There is no doubt about.

My only regret is that there is no filmed broadcast of his splendid Memphis concert in 1974.

This with the "NBC 1968 Special", "Elvis on Tour", "Aloha from Hawaii", and alas, his last public Concert broadcast by CBS in 1977, remain to date, the only clearly filmed live appearances of Elvis.

Well worth as a Christmas gift, but also valid as a gift for any other Season of the year.
22 people found this helpful
TsungenReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Rather boring...
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For the price, it's a good deal, I was disappointed however that I got two versions of the same show, one with the banter between songs (old version and bad picture) and a newer version without the chitchat remastered , looks way better...I'm a little surprised that so many people liked it, it's fun to see some rehearsal stuff but you have to endure 47 minutes of nonsense before you get to the show and even then, all his songs are constantly interrupted by his kissing dozens
of girls, at some point, you'd like to see a
concert , not a kiss fest and tons of bad jokes.
If you want a suggestion, buy the 2 dvd, 205 minutes of awesome archive photos and clips
that show you the whole story of this great artist with interesting comments for HBO, who
are releasing it soon!
3 people found this helpful
movie afficonadoReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
... fame and stage presence is exhilarating but a little sad as we know how he fell from the top ...
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To see Elvis at the height of his fame and stage presence is exhilarating but a little sad as we know how he fell from the top and died way too young. The costume was great and his galley of songs were super. No one could sing those songs and perform with his whole being and soul the way he could. The image was excellent and his camaraderie with the audience was spell-binding. It was as if you were there at the concert. Oh boy, if only. For Elvis fans, it can't be beat. The King of Rock and Roll. Great to see him at his finest.
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