Here is the complete content for the Elvis '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD
Release Date; June 22, 2004
Retail Price; $49.95
"ELVIS: '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition DVD" is a three-disc set featuring all the material shot for Elvis Presley's 1968 television special, which is considered one of rock 'n' roll's greatest moments on television and one of the most magical and important moments of Elvis's career.
The original broadcast version of the special is included for historical context. The DVD set features the two complete jam session concerts and the two complete solo concerts - all with Elvis in black leather - that were shot as the resource for the heart of the original broadcast.
These four concerts have never been released in their entirety. Also included are all takes of the material shot for the original broadcast's two big production numbers and for the show's opening and closing segments. Over half of the seven hours of material on this set is previously unreleased. The material is presented with newly re-mastered sound and picture.
3 x DVD set, over 7 hours of material / Includes over 3 1/2 hours of previously unseen material / Original 1968 broadcast version of the special /Outtakes, false starts; alternate stagings of production numbers / If I Can Dream - Special music video combining white-suit finale w/ never-before-released black-leather performance footage / Huh-huh-huh promo recorded by NBC to promote the special / Incredible deluxe booklet with extensive historical text and never-before-seen photos and memorabilia / Critical essay by Greil Marcus / All material is uncut and uncensored / Sound and picture are newly remastered for optimum quality / Mastered in stereo and 5.1 / Total Running Time: 440 minutes
The most comprehensive presentation of the footage of this historic event, all with meticulously remastered sound and picture, more than half of its seven hours of content previously unreleased.
- The exciting new If I Can Dream music video created for this DVD set and its promotion. It is assembled from the traditional white-suit If I Can Dream show closer and Elvis’s never-before-released performances of the song at the end of his two black leather stand-up shows.
To illustrate further what EPE means by “comprehensive” – You know how the show closed with Elvis playing guitar standing in the big read ELVIS letters as the credits rolled? We even give you a version of that without the credits. And to further illustrate the point, you get all the ’68 material complete with the chatter and whatnot going on while sound is on before and after the camera is rolling and you see the “slates” marking each take. We trust you will like our definition of “comprehensive.” No trimming up or censoring out.
The original videotape material for this program has been digitally remastered and restored. The audio, originally recorded in mono, has been digitally remastered and rechanneled for Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 surround.
Disc 1 (running time: 2:40:49)
Available for the first time, the original Elvis television special as it first aired on NBC on December 3rd 1968 available in their absolute entirety for the first time, both of the black leather sit-down shows - Elvis, clad in black leather, performing jam sessions with original band-mates Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana and friends.
Disc 2 (running time: 1:48:32)
Available in their absolute entirety for the first time, both of the black leather stand-up shows - Elvis, clad in black leather, performing solo on stage available for the first time, everything in its complete, raw form, used and unused takes:
Trouble/Guitar Man opening of the special / Gospel production number / Guitar Man production number / If I Can Dream show closer / Elvis scene shot for the closing credits roll without the credits roll / The complete taping session for Elvis's on-camera "huh-huh-huh" promotional tag for the television special / The exciting new If I Can Dream music video created for this DVD set combining white-suit finale with black-leather performance footage.
Disc 3 (running time: 2:51:27)
All components / takes shot for the gospel production number and the Guitar Man production number.