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Fun In Acapulco

Feb 24, 2003
Paramount released four DVD’s the day before Elvis’ 67th birthday. The movies were ‘Fun in Acapulco’, ‘Easy Come Easy Go’, ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’ and ‘Paradise Hawaiian Style’.

Design

The package is the same as the videos which were released a few years back. The same dull cover art, we wouldn’t use Ursula Andress either when we can use two Mexican drummers … Or why not use the classic movie posters like on the second edition of movies like 'Viva Las Vegas’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’. This release has the same little amount of information on the back as the video's had. These movies may not be Elvis best movies, but treated this way they will never appeal to a broader audience then the Elvis fans who can finally buy these on DVD.

The back contains a special section titled ‘Special Features’, but why add that when there are no special features on the DVD … (widescreen, English subtitles, Dolby 5.1 surround, English restored mono and French mono). The menu is basic (play movie, chapters, and audio settings), but well designed.

Content

The movie is released in widescreen (16:9) which is almost a basic need for DVD releases, the image quality is good. The storyline is the standard for a lot of Elvis’ movies, this time we find Elvis rocking and rolling south of the border.

The Hal Wallis "Fun in Acapulco" finds Elvis starring as te former trapeze-artist Mike Windgren who arrived in Acapulco. During the daytime he works as life-guard at the swimming pool, at night he's a singer in an expensive hotel. A tragedy happened in his past: he caused an accident, in which his partner was heavily injured. Since then he has fear for heights. With a dive from 50 yard into the sea he overcomes his fear and he wins his girl, the beauttiful temptress Ursula Andress. Windgren must also rely on his ability to croon Latin love songs including "You Can't Say No in Acapulco" and "Bossa Nova Baby" to prove his romantic prowess.

Conclusion

Although the storyline isn’t too original, just fun in the sun with girls, Ursula still is. And with some original sunny music in the background it is no punishment to watch the movie.
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