1977 is not my favourite Elvis-year, but a review copy is a review copy and I have to do the job on Boxcar’s The Final Curtain.
Stunning! The package measures 30x22.5x6.5 cm and is focussing on the Sundial Suit. The book is over 400 pages and filled with mainly live pictures from 1977. I keep it in the middle if it is worth looking at regarding the shape Elvis was in on most of them, but I do wish the That’s The Way It Is package from a couple of years back had this treatment!
All CDs are printed with the Sundial and the 8mm DVDs have a part of the Sundial as print. These discs have their own fold out case. The 3 CBS-DVDs and the bonus DVD “Elvis Is Dead” are included with the book.
On EIN’s website you can find many pictures of the set.
The special itself was the first disc I put in my player. Indeed the quality of the images is a lot better than the video copy I have (as far as memory recalls, since it must been more than 15 years since I watched it). With video I can stand Elvis in 1977 for a while, since every now and then you see a little shadow of what the man used to be.
Back in the late 70s, early 80s as a teenager I used to defend Elvis at all costs and even this special when it was aired. Now I can only say wisdom does come with the ages. The two more or less complete shows used for the special, Omaha and Rapid City were a bit disappointing regarding quality, but compared to the 8mm DVDs they are more than watchable (regarding image quality). The bonus DVD is an unique document, but very sad to watch – I wasn’t able to sit through it completely yet.
I couldn’t punish myself by sitting through all shows on CD, hoping for that occasional good performance (says some who was happy with Moody Blue live some 25 years ago) and if I did most of you would disagree anyway :-).
Although it is not exactly my piece of cake, the package is a unique document covering Elvis’ final year. It is a beautiful set which fits in every Elvis-collection perfectly, even mine. Still I understand EPE's policy not to release this material, the impersonators do more than enough damage.
For a more complete review I'll gladly direct you to Elvis Information Network, my friends over there have many pictures included.