This Is Elvis (1981)

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The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.

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6 September 2007 | CATMAN-6
| Great new DVD set
I recently purchased the new DVD of this film from Amazon, and it's great.

I'm so glad they included both the theatrical version and the extended version. I'd never seen the latter, and It's by far the better of the two. It includes more footage of the upstairs. You get to see Elvis' bedroom and even get a look at the bathroom, though from a distance. But the best part of all is the footage from the June, '77 tour. It's about ten minutes and has "Love Me", which isn't in the theatrical version. The video quality is perfect, much better than the original release. Seeing it makes me long for the day when EPE will release all the footage shot by CBS during the tour.

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At age 14 David Scott won an Elvis Presley contest in Montreal, singing Teddy Bear. He did his own singing in This is Elvis on Mystery Train and Thats All Right Mama


Pauline Nicholson: Mr. P, can I get you some sandwiches?
Elvis at 42: That'd be fine, Pauline.


When Elvis pulls up to the house in the beginning his girlfriend gets out of the car wearing a maroon pantsuit; when he opens the door and they enter the house she is wearing blue shorts and a blue workout suit jacket - this will be due to scenes that were not used in the film as in this scene it also shows Elvis going in the front door then the next scene it shows him coming through Graceland from the back entrance, passing the front door from the inside before heading upstairs. This can be explained by taking note of Elvis' last hours. He came home, played racket ball in the racket ball building before entering Graceland from the rear entrance and then retreating to his room. This will explain the different clothes that the Ginger Alden character wears.

Crazy Credits

Certain sequences in this film were recreated.

Alternate Versions

Both theatrical/cable and video releases contain certain footage not seen on the other. The longer video release contains a slightly longer recreation of Elvis' last night at Graceland, more 50's concert footage, more movie footage, more '68 Comeback Special material, and home movies from a movie cast party. All footage from the television specials "Aloha From Hawaii" and "Elvis in Concert" were transferred to film for the theatrical release, yet are in their original video format on thel longer video version. On the video release "Love Me" is substituted for "Are You Lonesome Tonight," which was on the theatrical version. There is also an interesting moment captured on film of Elvis backstage making a few profound statements that are present on the theatrical version that were later altered by overdubbing by an actor on the video release slightly censoring the conversation. This is the "raise the dead" dialogue he engages in backstage towards the end of the film.


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Music by
Claude François and Jacques Revaux
French lyrics by Gilles Thibaut
English lyrics by Paul Anka
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