New Sixties Footage Made Available

In order to pay the eductation of former bodyguard Richard Davis's 3 children, his sister Debi has decided to transfer her home movie of Elvis on DVD. Davis passed away last August, with little to no money in the bank. The unseen footage is from an 8 mm film that was taken when Elvis was on location filming "Roustabout". Elvis, some of his friends, and bodyguards are on it. The copyrights have always been owned by the Davis family. Target price per DVD is 19,95 euro. More info when we have it.
Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Nov 30, 2004 
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Rob Nelson (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 15, 2004report abuse
I think everything that needs to be said on this subject has been posted here. I enjoy the privilege to post my opinions on this forum and here is my point: if I were able to physically be near Debi and her children I would certainly wish her the sincerest condolensces of her loss. Rest in peace Richard. Regarding her decision to release the film footage of Elvis - I feel she does not have to offer an explanation to anyone. I know this seems far reaching of me, but, if Debi invited you to her home and privately asked for your opinion of what she should do with the film considering the future family finances what would you say to her?
May I be so bold to state here that most people who post on ElvisNews would agree countless numbers of people have earned money from the Elvis Presley legacy during his lifetime and after August 16, 1977. Yes, we do not agree with all of the print material and record releases but, why scorn the motivation of one individual? Let's take a look at this footage and secretly console ourselves that we made this purchase for a "good cause". This won't be the first time and it definitely won't be the last. Good luck Debi and family. I hope you take the time to arrange a fantastic royalty agreement. Thanks everyone.
JC´ (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 2, 2004report abuse
don´t worry friends. Rick was a very great person in my life, his sense of humor, his effort always count with him. You can stay proud for this. The footage is very interesting, nobody can imagine the things that you´ll see in. That´s is the last Rick testament. So don´t fight, hold it. Thank you and Godbless you.
James69 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
Eddie White's comments should be removed.....I for one will buy this DVD. At least Richard Davis nevers old this footage while he was alive, which is not the case as far as Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, etc.....
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
Richard Davis never sold his memories, and never wrote a book about Elvis. It says a lot about the man. At least, someone different from the disgusting so-called "inner circle" members. I am, generally speaking, not interested in most of these DVDs, but I'll give it a try. After all, it's only 20 Euros to have the ability to watch real never-seen-before footages from our man. Even if the movie years were not the best, musically speaking, it sounds interesting for me, because he was in a good shape.
Ricsta (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
I'm pretty disgusted by Eddie White's comments. Everyone I have spoken to who ever met Richard Davis only say nice things about him. He was a sincere and honest guy who never exploited his friendship with Elvis the way some people have. Would you rather that we had no access to the footage at all? I hope lots of money is raised by Debi for Richard's children.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
I have no problems with this footage. It would be better if all could get together and release a 90 min cd/video.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
Eddie White - I am all for freedom of speech, but your comments are completely out of order. Richard Davis was a genuine good bloke, with a lovely family, and I fully support this DVD release.
tigerpawl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
Eddie White what you said about Richard Davis and his family was in poor taste. You should try do what Elvis sang in one of his songs. Walk A Mile In My Soes. I met Richard Davis one time and he would try to help any one he could. It is very unfortunate that he left his wife with triplets. I never heard one time Richard Davis try to make a fast buck off Elvis. He was different than the other hanger ons in the Memphis Mafia.The video or DVD is probably no worse than some of the other home movies others have sold to make a profit but the Davis family does need some help. You dont have to support them. They are only asking for a helping hand.
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
Try a little kindness. I believe Richard Davis is a very sincere friend of Elvis. I met him in 1984 in Memphis and he was such a very polite, kind and helpful person. How do you know that the film is of poor quality.Have you seen it? All Elvis unseen footages are gems. How can you call them "junk".
Eddie White (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
all of a sudden the Davis family need help. By the way when I was in Memphis in 2002 they were passing the hat round for Richard Davis and new triplets in Alfreds Bar on Beale. All of a sudden his wife has this film footage to sell at an exhorbitant price, remember no sound and poor video quality no doubt. How many more of the inner circle will now be hunting round in the basement for similar junk to sell. If we,re lucky we might get Elvis singing to his chimp with Richard Davis doubling for Elvis.
gbalaban (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 1, 2004report abuse
I agree totally. TCB!
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 30, 2004report abuse
This is great news. Now we can enjoy the rare film footage plus also help the Davis family.

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