After the report from BMG Australia that there probably wouldn't be a DVD release of the 'Elvis Lives" television special we asked EPE for details. This is the reply from Todd Morgan:
"Elvis Lives!" is BMG's show. Our understanding from them all along was that clearing celebrity appearances, music publishing and footage for the DVD release has been a struggle and the reason there has not yet been a release. Celebrities are a particular source of difficulty. Everything was cleared for television, which was challenge enough with the very short production-to-airdate schedule back in 2002. DVD clearances weren't pursued on the front end because that would have slowed things down for the television show, which was on a very fast track, and complicating the clearance negotiation process by adding DVD clearances might have kept the TV show from happening on schedule or at all. When we've checked in with BMG from time to time, word was that they were still working on clearances for the DVD. With the recent "BMG leak" about the unlikelihood of a DVD published on fan sites, we've asked again about the status and await an answer.
It will be sad if the DVD can't happen. The content greatly outshines what made it into what was a very worthwhile television special. We got to see some of the longer-form versions of some of the celebrity interviews and it is some very compelling material, some of it quite moving.