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Elvis 75th Anniversary Collection (17 films) DVD Set : NTSC Format. •17 film set: The largest Elvis film DVD collection ever • 27 hours of entertainment! • Includes the new title Elvis on Tour - first time on title Elvis on Tour - first time on DVD • Select titles have Commentaries and/or Making-of Featurettes.
Featuring 17 Films: • Jailhouse Rock • It Happened at the World's Fair • Kissin' Cousins • Viva Las Vegas • Girl Happy • Tickle Me • Harum Scarum • Spinout • Double Trouble • Stay Away, Joe • Speedway • Live a Little, Love a Little • Charro! • The Trouble With Girls • Elvis: That's The Way It Is (2000 Special Edition) • Elvis on Tour • This is Elvis (Theatrical Version).
In this 1957 box-office hit, 'Presley's best film' according to Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, the king plays Vince Everett, a man jailed for manslaughter after a bar fight. While in prison, Vince learns to belt out tunes. After being paroled, he then follows a bumpy road to music and movie success. Six Presley songs by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller spike the story, including 'Treat Me Nice', 'I Wanna Be Free' and the classic shimmy-shakin' title tune that was Presley's favorite of all his films' production numbers.
DVD Special Features:
In one of his most popular movies, Elvis Presley shared the screen with Ann-Margret in Las Vegas, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on-screen. He's Lucky Jackson, a Grand Prix race driver working at a casino to raise cash for a new engine; she's a hotel swimming instructor. The romantic action revs up from their first meeting. Veteran director George Sidney, who guided Ann-Margret in the prior year's Bye Bye Birdie, combines the hormonal heat wave with fascinating sights of 1960s Las Vegas. Songs include the high-roller title track, the stars' duet on 'The Lady Loves Me', her sultry 'Appreciation' and the king's version of Ray Charles' 'What'd I Say'.
The 1962 Seattle World's Fair, with its showpiece Space Needle and monorail, provide the setting for this rollicking adventure. When pilot-for-hire Mike (Presley) gets grounded by his co-pilot's (Gary Lockwood) gambling debts, the pair decides to hitch to Seattle where Mike finds love, Danny finds easy marks, and both find big problems to solve. Elvis has ten songs in this movie including 'Happy Ending', 'Relax' and the gold record 'One Broken Heart for Sale.' A young Kurt Russell plays the child who wallops Mike in the shins.
In his 15th film, the king takes on two roles in this backwoods romp, playing dark-haired Air Force Lt. Josh Morgan and Morgan's adversary, blonde good ol' boy Jodie Tatum. Lt. Josh's assignment is to try to convince his look-alike cousin, Jodie, to allow a missile site to be built on his land. The movie features a fistful of tunes, including 'Barefoot Ballad', 'It's a Long Lonely Highway', 'Tender Feeling', the title song and 6 others). In addition, enjoy some whoop-it-up-dancing and 13 mountain cuties called Kittyhawks to add to the down-home delights.
Rock 'n' roll's first icon was ranked 6th among the top box-office stars when he headlined this film. In the movie, Elvis portrays Chicago club singer Rusty Wells. Rusty, when not wowing the crowds from the stage, receives the added task of watching over the overly exuberant daughter of his boss (Harold J. Stone) while she's on vacation in Fort Lauderdale. Shelley Fabares, a singing star in her own right (her 1962 tune 'Johnny Angel' was a #1 hit), plays the boss' daughter. Songs included in the film are 'Do the Clam', 'Good News', 'Puppet on a String', the title tune and eight others. Also featured are Mary Ann Mobley and Gary Crosby.
Looking for part-time work until rodeo season opens, Lonnie Beale (Elvis) finds himself at a dude ranch/spa for actresses and models. Lonnie enjoys his share of laughs as he meets girl (Jocelyn Lane), loses girl and gets girl back - plus a fortune in lost gold. This film includes nine tunes, including 'I'm Yours' and 'Such an Easy Question.' There's also considerable tickling of the funny bone since writers Elwood Ullman and Edward Bernds are veterans of the Three Stooges comedies.
Johnny Tyronne (Presley) is a swashbuckling action-adventure movie star and ladies' man on a goodwill tour of the Middle East to promote his latest film. He is kidnapped by a clandestine group of assassins that want him to kill a desert king. Sand and songs swirl throughout this tale as Johnny escapes and heads back to civilization, but not without teaming up first with former Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley. The film was directed by former movie hoofer Gene Nelson (OKLAHOMA!) and features such song hits as 'Kismet' and 'Harem Holiday'.
Mike McCoy (Presley), a part-time race car driver and lead singer for a band combo, has his foot on the gas and his eyes on the road as three women with marriage on their minds race after him. Shelley Fabares (his co-star in Girl Happy) plays the rich girl spoiled by her wealthy father (Carl Betz, who also played her father on TV's 'The Donna Reed Show'). Deborah Walley ('Gidget Goes Hawaiian') is the drummer in his band looking to beat out a rhythm to his heart, and Diane McBain (TV's 'General Hospital, Days of our Lives') plays a writer researching a book about 'The Perfect American Male.' Songs include 'Never Say Yes', 'Adam and Evil', 'All That I Am' and 'Stop, Look Listen.' In this film, there are no brakes on the fun.
In this comedic mystery romp, Elvis portrays Guy Lambert, a singer on tour in London who gets involved with a love-struck teenage heiress (Annette Day), a sexy temptress (Yvonne Romain) and a jewel smuggling operation. Who knew trouble could be so cool and so much fun! Some of the songs from this movie include 'City by Night', 'Could I Fall in Love', 'Long-Legged Girl' and 'There's So Much World to See'.
In this film, Elvis portrays amiable Navajo rodeo star Joe Lightcloud, who returns to his home to help his tribe become cattle ranchers. A talented ensemble of screen veterans joins Presley for this good-time, two-fisted tale filmed in and around Arizona's scenic Sedona. Burgess Meredith is Joe's rascally father, Katy Jurado is his tough-love stepmom and Joan Blondell is the shotgun-toting local gal setting her romantic sights on Joe. Plenty of fun and a couple of tunes (the title track and 'Dominique') are along for the ride too.
In this high-octane laugh fest, Elvis Presley sings his way around the race circuit as successful speedway driver Steve Grayson until his wise-cracking manager (Bill Bixby) files a bad tax return. The engines rev-up and the chase begins when IRS agent (Nancy Sinatra) arrives on the scene. The laughs in this film are further enhanced by talented comic actors, Gale Gordon (TV's 'The Lucy Show') and Carl Ballantine ('McHale's Navy'). Music includes songs such as 'There Ain't Nothing like a Song', 'Let Yourself Go', 'Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby' and 'Your Groovy Self'.
In his 28th film, Elvis Presley takes on more 'adult' comedy. He portrays frazzled photographer Greg Nolan, who is juggling two jobs and scrambling to keep his work life afloat, while also contending with the kooky attentions of a beach beauty (Michele Carey). Four breezy songs, including the Elvis chart-buster 'A Little Less Conversation' and the 'Edge of Reality' dream sequence add to the zippy fun.
The Elvis on screen here isn't the clean-cut, all-American kid ready to hit the beach or dance floor. Instead, stubble covers his face, his hat hangs low over his eyes, and a bandanna hides the ugly scar that marks him as a killer. Written and directed by Charles Marquis Warren (creator of TV's 'Gunsmoke', 'Rawhide' and 'The Virginian'), this stark, sagebrush, non-musical saga follows an ex-outlaw trying to go straight — but he's got a score to settle when his own gang frames him for a heist.
This comedy/drama is a change of pace for Elvis, who stars as Walter Hale, a manager of a 1927 traveling show that starts to develop some trouble when it hits Radford Center, Iowa. The film is packed with colorful co-stars including Vincent Price, Marlyn Mason, John Carradine, Joyce Van Patten, Edward Andrews, Sheree North and Dabney Coleman. The movie includes the songs 'Almost', 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot', 'Clean Up Your Own Backyard' among others.
It's summer 1970 and this concert documentary allows unrestricted access to the hottest show in town, Elvis Presley, during his milestone four weeks of appearances at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Dozens of tunes (including favorites 'All Shook Up' and 'Suspicious Minds') are included as the camera follows the show's development from rehearsal to stage.
From executive producer and award-winning documentarian David L. Wolper ('Roots', L.A. Confidential), THIS IS ELVIS is an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait crafted by Andrew Solt (Imagine: John Lennon) and Malcolm Leo (Rolling Stone: 20 Years of Rock 'n' Roll). Elvis' 'authorized biography' draws on interviews with the people who knew Presley best — family, friends, employees and mentor/manager Colonel Tom Parker. The movie includes some rare, never before seen footage, including home movies, newsreels and several key TV appearances.
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