Released in the import circuit is another CBS concerts DVD. Is it worth getting?
The cover features an Elvis from the special, a brave choice. The DVD menu looks good, with images from the Aloha special you can’t go wrong, neither can you original Elvis music. But you can go wrong with the menu, after selecting one of the main chapters you can’t go back to the main menu. Only opening and closing the DVD player gets you where you want.
There are two versions of this DVD-release, a standard DVD case and a paper digipack.
Most of us know the sad images from the CBS television specials. Three versions of that special are featured on this disc, all video transfers, and all several generations old. We will leave these shows (Omaha, Rapid City and Indianapolis) for what they are.
More interesting are the interviews with Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge at the beginning of the Geraldo tribute (not obituary as he puts it) are interesting to see. The documentary itself is a video transfer too, but it more interesting then the usual documentary releases. With the recent Memory release “The Cover Up” we now have pictures to the interviews we heard on that CD.
Also on this disc a CBS Special Report on Elvis’ death with footage on the accident during the wake outside Graceland and famous people arriving at Graceland, the hearse and footage of the mausoleum where Elvis was originally buried. It holds a cubicle named the “Presley room” was ready to receive Elvis’ coffin. The reporter even stated that Elvis crypt would always be visible for the public.
The shows are typical American television shows, but also a good tribute with a lot of footage tells the story of the recently passed away Elvis. It is a typical “obituary program” you see on television after the death of a famous person with the mourning friends (George Klein), celebrities (Stevie Wonder on Elvis’ breaking the race barrier), radio and television personalities and “so called” experts. .
Unfortunately the video footage isn’t that good, the audio is good enough.
This is a very interesting DVD, not for the concert footage, Elvis in 1977 looks very sad, but it is very interesting for the television specials from the week after his death.