Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

PG   |    |  Documentary, Music

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After years of making movies, the King made a triumphant return to the stage in 1970. Now, see the backstage footage from rehearsals to relaxing at the hotel and the performances in one of the most intimate looks at Elvis captured on film.




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  • Cary Grant and Elvis Presley in Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

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31 December 2000 | Joe-290
| Elvis Presley is the best and he proves it here!
It was a heart - pounding, pulse racing, mind blowing, fast moving, breathtaking, exhilarating, overwhelming, thrilling and exciting, sensational and tremendous, wonderful and superb show with all the TCB band playing terrific along to the one and only great Elvis Presley. Elvis' 3rd Las Vegas season since he made his live concert comeback in 1969 a year after his TV comeback.

Candid footage of Elvis behind the scenes gets you closer to this really down to earth wonderful human being and this is the real Elvis looking his best. 7 years before he died and extremely thin and fit and powerful. Dominating the film this is a great show for all people and it is certainly something to watch if you want to learn something about The one true King - Elvis Presley.

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The filming of the concerts were at Elvis Presley's third season in Las Vegas.


Elvis Presley: Uh, B.J. Thomas has out a new record. Oh, B.J. Thomas has out a new record. And, uh, I don't particularly like it.

Alternate Versions

In 2001, a new version of That's the Way it Is was compiled. The new version eliminated much of the documentary and non-Elvis content of the original in favor of adding additional performances of Elvis rehearsing and in concert. The final film runs 12 minutes shorter than the original, but contains more music, although several performances included in the original film are omitted (most notably the concert performance of "I Just Can't Help Believin'", even though the new version of the film features footage of Presley rehearsing the song and being concerned about remembering its lyrics on stage). The special edition was released on January 19, 2001, when this new version made its worldwide debut on the cable network Turner Classic Movies, and was produced by award-winning producer Rick Schmidlin. In August 2007 a two-disc DVD "special edition" was released by Warner/Turner that has both the reworked version plus the original cut. The original, however, has only a mono soundtrack (it was made with four-track stereo). The DVD also includes approximately 35 minutes of additional performances and other footage that was not included in either edition.


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Scotty Moore
Performed by Elvis Presley


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Documentary | Music

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