Elvis – The Ed Sullivan Shows

By ElvisNews.com / KeesNov 22, 2006
Elvis – The Ed Sullivan Shows
Presented with a media blast is the 3 DVD Elvis themed Ed Sullivan box set. Is it worth all the attention? Design The five panel digipack comes in a very shiny slipcase with a 3D look. Inside the look is very modern, with a very metal like print. The box contains the track listing for easy browsing to the Elvis parts while the booklet contains the detailed background information. Content For the first time we can experience these historical performances as our 70 million (grand) parents did when these were images first shown, as part of an entertaining family show. We all know this material pretty much by heart, but experiencing the remastered audio and especially video makes it pretty much a new experience. The video quality is very good regarding the source and already available kinescope material already available. Why have we been watching all those old and grainy images for all those years? The audio, both in stereo and 5.1 sound good, although I preferred the more natural old fashioned stereo over the surround sound. We get three complete Ed Sullivan episodes – uncut and including all of the performers that appeared on the nights Elvis was on the show. This is what vintage TV lovers but especially Elvis fans like me have been waiting for; footage of Elvis in his young Rock And Roll years performing “live”. You may say the shows themselves are a bit “cheesy” when viewed through our modern eyes, but everything fits in the historic perspective. The extras appear to contain all the possible snippets of the show and early announcements regarding Elvis’ performances or little pieces of Elvis regarding Ed Sullivan, like material from 1966 in which Elvis and Colonel Parker congratulate Ed Sullivan. Someone dug deep into the archives of the show and Graceland showing us some memorabilia with a link to the show and New York. Fun to have for the collectors among us. The other extras are interviews with people from the show and Elvis’ entourage (like home movies from Jerry Schilling). But for me the best item is the button which plays just Elvis’ performances :-). We had a complete Sinatra “Welcome Home Elvis” show, now we have the second big show complete. All we have to do now is to wait for the release of the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Shows. Looking at the “Aloha” and “’68 Comeback” packages we can perhaps expect a single disc release in the future so stores that don’t store box sets can present this material too. But for us fans, this is the box to have; if we want Elvis we just press the “play Elvis” button. Conclusion Not often history is rewritten, but this box does just that. Watch Elvis make history as your (grand) parents did 50 years ago, almost in “today’s” quality.
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Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 12, 2006report abuse
I can barely keep up with all the great releases coming to Elvis fans in the year of lord 2006 ! What a bonanza we've had in this year, from great FTD releases to an import world putting out some find audio and video on CD and DVD..... I haven't gotten this yet but saw it in the store and was quite impressed even with the packaging. It's gotten great reviews for having greatly restored the footage. This is one of those releases we all should support with our dollars. I'll be picking mine up shortly.
gbalaban (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2006report abuse
I can't wait to save up for this DVD set. Looks awsome!
Tony D. (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 30, 2006report abuse
Awesome work. When will the single DVD package with just Elvis' performances be relased with one 1 minute of "recently discovered" footage on it??!! I have a soft spot for "Toby the dog"! SWEET!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 26, 2006report abuse
Got it today. Totally awesome. If you dont have this by Christmas, I dont know what else you could want or ask for. Great all around package.
ranskal (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 25, 2006report abuse
I really enjoyed this collection as well! The acrobats on the 1st disc are amazing...not as good as the King, but still impressive.
mikem (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 23, 2006report abuse
this is an excellent package. the nicest package that i've seen so far. the quality is the best and the rare performances are awesome. what are u waiting for? go get it!!!
MauriceColgan (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2006report abuse
These CDs will be in our in our local HMV shop here in Ireland on Friday next priced at 29.99 Euros. We are looking forward to a nostalgic evening as TVs 50 years ago were still not in every home. We would not have seen Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan shows anyway! There was just one TV Channel in the UK, and only one here in Irelandtoo.

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