Wiener World in the UK will re-release the documentary "Elvis 56" on DVD on August 16. Here is the press release from Wiener World:
While it may be close on 27 years since ‘The King’ left the building there is little evidence that his passing has in any way diminished his commanding position as the greatest rock and roll hero of all time.
Only recently, the newly published volume of Guinness World Records British Hits Single and Albums delivered us the incredible statistic that Elvis Presley has appeared in the UK album and singles charts for a staggering total of 47 years and two months – four years and six months longer than he lived.
He sits comfortably this week at the No. 3 position in the singles chart with a track that is 50 years old, while at the same time beating off more contemporary rivals such as The Stone Roses and Cher to snatch the top spot on the Top 20 Music DVD chart.
But where did it all start, and what fuelled the man’s incredible spiral to international stardom during those early years?
Clues to his emerging status both in the USA and around the world are revealed in Wienerworld’s lead August title, Elvis ’56 (WNRD 2257), a compelling and music rich DVD highlighting rock ‘n rolls most electrifying performer Elvis - The King, released to coincide with the anniversary of his death on 16 August 1977.
Elvis ’56 finely details Presley’s breakthrough year when, in 1956 he burst onto the Dorsey Brothers Show and the Ed Sullivan Show (where the cameramen were instructed not to shoot the lower half of his body!) and music was never the same again.
It was the year of Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Blue Moon,Love Me Tender - some of the greatest rock tracks ever recorded and every one of them to be found on this DVD along with 15 other classic tracks.
In addition, the DVD includes an entire hour of rare footage, performances and exclusive still photography (Alfred Wertheimer) captured during the amazing year when Presley not only became a star but the most influential artist of all time, selling over 1 billion records. His career saw him rack up 149 songs on Billboard magazine’s Top 100 Chart, 114 of them achieving Top 10 status and a staggering 18 reaching the coveted #1 position.
The definitive Presley DVD release to mark his death and celebrate his life,
Elvis ’56 takes you back to the beginnings of the legend and shows him at the point where the burn really began.
Presently celebrating the music of Elvis nightly in the West End, Jailhouse Rock – The Musical has teamed up with Wienerworld for an exclusive ticket offer enabling consumers who buy Elvis ’56 to benefit from specially priced tickets for all performances at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre. Maintaining the man’s own pedigree, Jailhouse Rock – The Musical has become hailed as ‘The King of West End musicals’.
Elvis ’56, an essential buy for fans young and old, rock ‘n rolls into a DVD store near you on 16 August 2004.
Baby What You Want Me TO Do
Blue Suede Shoes
Good Rockin’ Tonight
Shake Rattle and Roll
Baby Let’s Play House
My Baby Left Me
He’s Only A Prayer Away
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Don’t Be Cruel
Trying To Get To You
Anyway You Want Me
Love Me Tender
Peace In The Valley