Recently released is the second volume of “Hot Shots And Cool Clips”, and although it seems to be sold out already, I’d still like to ask the question “is it worth buying?”
There is not much that can be called design; the DVD cover is plain with some basic information. There is no booklet and the disc itself is nothing special either. The menus of the DVD are decorated with some great shots of our man, but especially the main menu leaves something to be desired.
The documentary as it is called opens with some great footage of the court in Memphis, in October 1956, when Elvis had to appear because he had beaten up that poor gas station guy. The idea of using Elvis’ own voice from interviews is nice, but it works not perfectly throughout the disc.
The second chapter focuses on Elvis’ appearance in Detroit, 1957. I wonder why we get shots from the stadium for so long… pretty boring! And the irritating country rock tune doesn’t make it better. Finally it is time for Elvis to show up. I’m pretty sure it is indeed the man himself, based upon the posture and movements… but that is all. No way can you recognize his facial expressions and such. Still it is fun to have seen some unknown 50s material.
Next up is some color footage of Graceland in 1957. It is that short the producer decided to repeat it in slow motion. Well, what can I say? Not something to buy a DVD for?
The army induction material coming up next claims it has unseen parts… I still didn’t see them. As far as I concern it was nothing more than I have seen before.
In the footage of the premiere of G.I. Blues in Los Angeles the only thing I saw of Elvis was his name. More 1960 in more footage with Bobby Darin, it’s fun to have and it looks like something when the same part is repeated three times.
We are invited to enjoy Colonel Parker’s birthday party in 1964 (nice year by the way), but it seems Elvis wasn’t… so we get a couple of minutes of elderly people. Great!
Jaycees Award stuff… finally… the real thing in color! Again it turned out to be disappointing. Not much new Elvis material, and I couldn’t care less for the speeches of the other outstanding young men.
The extra show in New York (in the Hilton) offers not much new, but at least it is still fun to watch every now and then… but didn’t I have 99% of it already on other discs?
The opening night stuff of MSG is great of course, but again… not much new, if any. And an irritating country tune is back again.
The footage of the Chicago shows later that June in 1972 is really great – if not for that sound in the background. It is by far the most interesting material on this disc, and almost five minutes!! After the credits there’s some footage of Parker getting rid of his merchandise.
While the back of the DVD claims “it is a must for every fan”, I’d say something different. Unless you have really nothing better to do with your money… stay away from it. There is not much Elvis on it, and certainly not much new. My wife even asked me if I still had the receipt, so we can return it.
The positive thing is that I am reminded why I stayed away from those discs the last couple of years. Now I’m pretty sure I will stay away from them forever unless Turner/ MGM decides to do something with “On Tour” or some more with “That’s The Way It Is”. At least I seem to have answered the question...