Aloha From Hawaii Special Edition DVD Set

Jun 18, 2004
Aloha From Hawaii Special Edition DVD Set
Finally, over thirty-one years after the original recording, the definitive “Aloha From Hawaii” has been released. The main focus of the promotion for the new DVD sets goes to the Comeback Special; therefore we put the spotlight on the Aloha Special first. Design The designers continue their strategy of not using images of Elvis. For the two discs in this package they created a three panel digi-pack with one panel for the booklet and two for the discs. What didn’t come over well on the previews on the World Wide Web and in fan club magazines was the use of glitters in the design. This makes the somewhat “simple” design really sparkle. Inside a vague shot of the coastline where Elvis arrives covered with the flower design from the front. This is continued inside the booklet, the images from the show (television quality) and a lot of different fonts and colors. To each his taste. The receipt from Bill Belew for the Aloha belt is a nice details fan will appreciate the same goes for the special thanks to the fans in the booklet. The booklet is very informative with details on all shows. A great shot for the back of the booklet is Elvis on his knee showing the audience, and the world, his love for his country with the American Eagle. Content The first disc starts with the arrival of Elvis, nice to see for a change, but to be honest not the kind of beginning a none Elvis fan would be willing to look at every time the DVD starts. It is just a rolling camera filming waiting people, it is less crowded that we thought looking at the "old" special. Running through the picture is The Colonel directing it all. But fortunately for those viewers, the DVD skips to the concert automatically due to an error on the disc. The shows on this disc are the January 12th rehearsal show and the January 14th concert that was broadcasted around the globe. The rehearsal show is now complete, the omission of "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” has finally been corrected. You can see Elvis being nervous at the start, but he quickly finds himself and delivers a good show. For the real Aloha concert (January 14th) “Johnny B. Goode”, “I’m So Lonely I Could Cry” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” are back in the set list again. The concerts have been reedited from scratch using the material that was recorded on three video tape machines during the show. There were no video tape machines dedicated to a certain camera, selections were made live during the rehearsal and Aloha broadcast. We can only complement the editors for their work; the show looks dynamic, presenting Elvis at one of the heights of his career, and still holds a bit of that seventies style television that belongs to the show. There are a lot of different camera angles. The January 14th show has a new beginning of "Suspicious Minds" and a new endshot for "Burning Love" and more. But you should really watch the old and new versions on two screens together to catch them all (or know the shows by heart as some of you readers out there) since you simply enjoy the show too much to notice them all. The opener for the second disc are the four songs Elvis taped after the show for inclusion with images from Hawaii in the television special. And presented as they were recorded, split screen, for the mixing with the Hawaiian video fragments. The producers didn’t cut anything out, leaving in Elvis swearing "no couching goddammit" during The Hawaiian Wedding Song and you see people holding up cardboard with the lyrics for Elvis. A great look behind the scene for the fans, but for the casual buyer? Finally the concert as it was aired, is a good addition to complete this set, all the different pieces come together in this one. One thing that might have completed this set even more would be the addition of the press-conferences for the Aloha special. The image quality is very good, but not as good as expected. There still are few of the "bitmap" squares in the background we know from the previous DVD releases if you're too close to the screen or using a cheaper DVD set with a lesser quality converter. But you can count Elvis hairs and you clearly see everything behind him. Like the band waiting for Elvis during the 2001 theme of the rehearsal show when all the lights are down. The soundtrack, Dolby 5.1, no DTS, is very good. You hear more details, Elvis and his band are well balanced sound wise, with Elvis where he belongs, up front, surrounded by his band and the audience (if you have installed your set correcly). Just listen to the flute in “An American Trilogy” and the building up of the sound that follows, the goose pimples tell you it is all good! Conclusion We can be short. The slogan for Elvis The Concert was “the closest to the real thing”, the same goes probably for the two new DVD sets. We weren’t around when it happened, but can enjoy the magnitude of it over and over again. A big thank you to everybody making this possible!
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dirklandwehr (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 19, 2005report abuse
I like that show, because Elvis looked really great - like he had just stepped out of a poster. The show itself is not as good as the Memphis performance a year later (Elvis' voice was much better there), but still good. The picture of the dvd is great and the sound got a major improvement, too. If you turn up the volume, you (and maybe your neighbours) get a real Elvis In Concert Experience.
laminan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2005report abuse
Aside from That's The Way It Is, this the best Elvis had looked in the 70's: tan and slim. He really got himself in shape losing over 40 pounds in a period of 3 months. Unfortunately this did not last.
Dennis Verrijp (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 24, 2005report abuse
What is everybody talking about the show of the 12th sounding better? If you ask me, the show of the 14th sounds a lot better! The 12th concert - sound doesn't sound warm, it does sound mechanic. Well, and I want to hear Elvis's warm voice!
Jefffirmin (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 4, 2004report abuse
Thanks BMG - great package! Just a shame that Elvis' performance is not up to the same level. He's far too casual, particularly on most of the rock numbers. Admittedly most of the slower tracks were given far more effort with some great individual performances resulting. The show as a whole though is far from his best and not very exciting to watch which given the occasion is a real shame. This should have been his best effort. I prefer to watch CBS 1977!! As for the post show numbers Elvis seems totally disinterested which, given the songs is not surprising. I felt sorry for him standing there. Oh well, back to my old Elvis on Tour video for the best of Elvis 70's. As far as I am concerned Aloha was somewhat of a wasted opportunityfor Elvis to show the world what he really had for the rest of history to look back on.
Sal (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 28, 2004report abuse
Elvis looks great, the picture quality has certainly given fresh new life to this historic event. To have all the footage in one beutiful package is a must. Sure El doesnt move around too much but the different camera angles especially for 'Fever' are a treat and shows he still had it. Sound quality is a little dull in places(??!! my copy maybe??!) and El looks like he cant wait to get out of the arena while singing 'no more' etc etc. The press conference would have made a niceaddition, why wasnt that included? Overall though, its good stuff....cant wait for the 'on tour' material..now that will be very interesting.
David Brys (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2004report abuse
I am pretty annoyed by that error on the first track: "Elvis arriving in Hawaii". Nobody seems to mention it in the reactions below. All right, it is great sound and great pictures, but still, yesterday I had to put this first DVD in an envelope to send it back to my fanclub. Otherwise they wouldn't send me a good copy of the disc. Imagine that! I bought the DVD-deluxe edition and now I pay extra expenses to send one of the discs back to insure they send me a good copy. Pitty me! And if one of the BMG-responsibles is reading this: "MAKE SURE THE NEXT RELEASES ARE WITHOUT ERRORS PLEASE! And if it does happen again (for the 4th time then!), be more human in your policy of replacements.
GM (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 4, 2004report abuse
I agree with Lyle Ray. Although I am in the UK I have had the USA (NTSC) editions of the 68 and Aloha for a week now and I see (well hear actually) no problem with the bass level on the aloha shows (either). In fact I have to turn the sub woofer down quite low when watching these discs as the bass can be so hard and lound as to frighten my neighbours! However much of this is down to the configuration of my 6.1 home theatre system. Everyone's system will be different, so what sounds fantastic on one system may sound weaker or emtier on other systems.
UK fans note that ITV is doing a section on Elvis on Monday 5th July, including a guest spot with Sonny West. set those video's and DVD recorders folks...(the source of this news was Essential Elvis UK.
lray (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2004report abuse
The discs should be the same world wide and I live in California, USA. The sound and picture is great on the entire set. The bass is very solid on both shows. I have a very good 5.1 system. The sound is equal in both shows and the picture quality (on a 55 inch WS TV) is terrifc. The picture is as good as the 68 box.
ijustcanhelpbelievin (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 30, 2004report abuse
the main show does most definately sound (hollow),and with a little echo, as posted by me before, elvis.com had not acknowledged this, and said it all pertains to each owns tv's, and sound system, but otherwise, i am very grateful for this release. they did a great job!
jnkapril7 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 30, 2004report abuse
I am really pleased with the Aloha concert and the way EPE put this one together.It isnt Elvis at his best but Elvis at 80 percent of his capablities is still the greatest performer to ever step onto a stage in my opinion.I think the picture qualtity is very good especially for 1973.You do get all of the songs in this boxset as well.The error that was made with the band introductions really doesnt bother me all that much.The error with ( It Hurts Me ) in the 68 Comeback boxset is very disappointing.As for The Aloha its definitely worth the buy.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 30, 2004report abuse
Especially the main show itself sounded a bit "hollow", probably due to the lack of bass. The Japanese CD version sounds much better.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 29, 2004report abuse
Oh, O.K. I see what you mean now. You said you were disappointed by the sound. What did you aspect ? Is it only about the bass or more ? Was there more to hope for do you think ?
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 29, 2004report abuse
I meant that the bass is very poor on the show. Maybe I should have said "unplugged him", since he was present on the film :-)
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 26, 2004report abuse
Lex, send Jerry home on the 14 th.? I don't understand what you mean.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 26, 2004report abuse
I was a bit disappointed by the sound, not that it was bad, but I hoped for more. And I regret it seems like they sent Jerry home on the 14th ;-).

Also VERY annoying is that they didn't get rid of the lines at the left with the front camera. I'm sure that could have been done with the right equipment (investment - costs - in sort term less profit... so that explains enough :-( )
ranskal (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 25, 2004report abuse
I posted a comment a couple of days ago and let me start out by saying I absolutely love the new Aloha and I am very thankful that EPE "re-did" it for us. I did notice a couple of things that were a little odd:
If you are watching the rehearsal show and press menu, it takes you to the song selection. There are 2 pictures of Elvis but they are from the 14th show. When you do the same thing when you are watching to actual concert (the 14th), there is 1 picture of Elvis and it is from the rehearsal show.
One thing that the didn't fix on the rehearsal show since the last release (2000?): At the end of Burning Love when he starts the Hunka Hunka part, they use incorrect footage. I don't know how to describe it but watch that part and watch Elvis's mouth, you will see what I am talking about.
Believe me, I am not complaining one bit, I am just pointing these things out. Thanks EPE!!!
ijustcanhelpbelievin (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 25, 2004report abuse
here is what elvis.com has to same about the aloha dvd sound. to me the 12th show is by far better then the 14th show,so i asked them about this. this is their reply. We've had a few folks be critical of the Aloha sound. Sound is a subjective thing and variations in one's DVD/TV equipment and settings seems to be a factor. We're getting mostly raves. But, we are paying attention to all the comments and will consider them in any future opportunities with the material. Thank you for adding yours. Your support of our DVDs is greatly appreciated.
ijustcanhelpbelievin (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 25, 2004report abuse
the concert on the 12th is great sounding, but when compared to the concert on the 14th, the 14th is missing bass, and dosen't sound nearly as good as the 12th. has anybody else noticed this? i know somebody else has the same problem, so i hope they let me take mine back,and try another disc...
ijustcanhelpbelievin (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2004report abuse
this remastered edition is truely FABULOUS!! has anyone noticed that the sound on the 12th show is a little better then the 14th show? not that i'm complaining, just an observation. all in all with what they had to work with both shows really give the meaning of how great ELVIS really was!!
ranskal (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 24, 2004report abuse
The Aloha has always been a favorite of mine and I am so happy with the new one! I went at lunch yesterday to buy both sets and as soon as I got home, they were in the DVD player!! They did a fantastic job with these. The new angles are superb, I have seen the original broadcast Aloha a billion times, so everytime a new angle is shown, its like a new video. I will be watching it again tonight!
Thanks for the DVDs!!
bandit64 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2004report abuse
I went to the screening of the 68 special absolutely fantastic place was packed, and the crowd was so into it!! Elvis is the only one where he can get the crowd clapping during a movie after each song. Also got both dvds both are just the way every elvis fan ever wanted aloha and the 68, absolutely complete, the only thing on aloha which i wish it had , i wish it had the press conference and the the tv interview, that would have been awesome, again both are abasolutely incredible, i just wish that's the way it is special edition was handled like this , they should have released it absolutely complete. in a box set. thanks again, i hope you guys continue to give elvis the push he deserves, and i hope to one day see Elvis on tour in complete with all the concerts and backstage on dvd one day!! thanks again
ijustcanhelpbelievin (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2004report abuse
all i can say is truely FANTASTIC!! all uncut with the hello to jack lord,and his favorite flunky charlie hodge in there. thanks for all who put this together,you really deserve allot of credit!! looking forward to many more new things from you...
bennie (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2004report abuse
I got the dvd's on saturday. Haven't seen the comeback yet but will soon. I've seen the aloha shows. As mentioned earlier in an artikel the Aloha show misses glen playing the hawaiian weddingsong fats Domino style and the openingcequens hopes into the rehearsel show. I haven't noticed the flowers during the introduction. But It a great product and a joy to see and hear. Keep on releasing these kind of products....
Neckywoudje (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 18, 2004report abuse
Has nobody else noticed that they used some january 13 footage during the january 14 concert?! You can see this clearly when Elvis introduced the back-up singers. from one moment to another there are no flowers around his neck and a sec later they are back in it's full glory...hmmm
This was ectually allready the case in the previous releases of the show but since this is put togheter from 'scratch' it's a bit weird that this is still the case!

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