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such interpolations between a song and another as disturbing and distracting, this is why it was wise to prepare a newer version of the documentary, omitting those passages and instead fill these gaps with additional songs in Elvis' repertory to make it more enticing.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 One is a historical document, the other shows Elvis in all his glory.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.