After all comments on our site and elsewhere about the delay of these two DVD's we aske EPE for a clearification. Todd Morgan took the time to explain things extensively:
"We'll announce a specific release date for '68 and Aloha the very moment that it's locked in.
Obviously, when we try to be more specific before a date is locked in and then speculative information changes, we get crucified. Some people think it's as simple as assembling the footage and cranking out discs. It's not. We seriously expect it to be within the first half of '04 as now stated in our FAQ, so it's not another whole year to wait.
Deciding to go with BMG as our distributor for the new '68 and Aloha releases meant our getting these projects in the queue with their very heavy schedule of other Elvis projects as well as well as our own roster of things we had going on. We stopped work on the DVDs until such time as we could hammer out some specifics with BMG and until such time as we could get our own group re-focused on it. These last couple of years have been a wild ride, a great one.
Getting all parties to focus again on '68/Aloha didn't happen until we all got through the glorious insanity of the 25th anniversary year and some other things since. Now, work has resumed on '68 and Aloha. If we were to stick with our goal of 2003, then we'd have to rush the rest of the work. From the time we finish producing the content and deliver final tapes to them, BMG needs several months to make the discs and packaging and get things rolling in the distribution pipeline.
It would have been nice to have had the '68 and Aloha projects released in this, their 30th/35th anniversary year as we had hoped, but it just didn't happen that way. Frankly, there's going to be so much press and hoopla in 2004 about 50 years since the start of Elvis's career that I bet the'68/Aloha projects will get even more attention than they would have this year.
That's not the reason for releasing them in '04, but it's a possible benefit to feel good about.
It would take pages and pages to recount all the factors that brought us to this point and all the factors involved in making these projects happen.
Are you familiar with the 80's puzzle toy called a Rubik's Cube? Every move to get all color blocks to match on one side affects your work in lining up the colors on the other five sides. You just keep turning and turning until everything lines up.
That's a good analogy for our work here. So many projects and so many entities to deal with. Everything affects everything else. We're always turning, turning, turning and doing the best we can.
It's not exactly accurate to say the '68 and Aloha projects have been delayed. Although we really felt it would happen in 2003, it was still speculative - a goal, a hope.
If everyone will just bear with us, we'll get these projects done right and get them out there and everyone will be very happy. Since so many of our critics in the fan world think we're a bunch of money-grubbing capitalist pigs, it should occur to them that every day these programs are not in global release is another day of lost revenue. We're certainly not deliberately making the process of getting them out there take longer than anticipated."