'Elvis Thru the Years' ius an informative and entertaining documentary and a must have companion piece for any lifelong Elvis fan, or a great way to introduce yourself to the life and career of The King. It is an hour and a half long documentary that combines still and video footage, in both color and black and white, with a fast paced, entertaining narration, to create a complete picture of Elvis' career. The documentary traces Presley's life from his humble origins in Tupleo, Mississippi, thru his early recording days. It delves into the controversy surrounding his early TV and radio appearances, explores his time in uniform and return to show business, offers a glimpse of his film career and observes over his death and the legacy he left behind.
Long before he was immortalized (post-mortem, ironically), Graceland's King led a furiously paced life that would exhaust even the most stalwart Hollywood star of today. One of the first true 'superstars,' Elvis applied his many talents in every arena he could gain a foothold, be it music, movies or the military, and was met with success in whatever he tried. Crushing fame, however, has its burdens, and this documentary follows both Presley's rise and his now famous fall. Of course, this serves the documentary's purposes well, because more interesting lives make for more interesting stories. The documentary feature is worth owning the DVD for, but the special features truly make this a must have.
Over an hour of special features are present on the DVD, and some of the footage has never been released before.
These features include:
- The First Elvis Impersonator - An appearance on the Milton Berle show. See if you can tell the difference from the real thing!
- Range Round-Up - Elvis plays with Steve Allen
- World's Most Famous Haircut - Extended footage of Elvis' first haircut for the Army
- Graceland Press Conference - Press conference that Elvis did when he got out of the army
- Elvis Cadillac Interview - Steve Allen inverviews Elvis' Cadillac. That's right, not Elvis about his Cadillac
- Elvis Gives Away a Yacht - Elvis and Danny Thomas raffle off a yacht to a lucky fan
- Elvis and Frank Sinatra - Just for fun, Elvis and Frank Sinatra hand out money to their adoring fans
- Contract Signing at Las Vegas Hilton - Elvis oversees the construction of the Las Vegas Hilton before a contract signing ceremony
- Houston Press Conference - Elvis, later on in his career gives a lengthy press conference at the Astrodome