The '68 Comeback And Aloha Deluxe-edition DVD

BMG and EPE are scheduled to release "The '68 Comeback" and "Aloha From Hawaii" deluxe-edition DVD's on June 22. Here are a few small updates from Billboard we found on the Elvis Autralia website. We have asked EPE for confirmation, will add their response when we get it. Both DVD sets will have special packaging and will contain all the previously released material plus previously unreleased material all specially presented in newly re-edited and re-mastered form. In the case of the 1968 special, so much footage was shot from which to assemble the original TV show that the previously unreleased component of the ’68 TV special DVD will be particularly significant. "The '68 Comeback" will be a three-disc set and contain seven hours of content showcasing never-before-seen performances, the original unedited TV special as it aired and all the outtakes from the skits. "Aloha From Hawaii" will be a double-DVD with three to four hours of previously unreleased material and content. Another Elvis project to look out for is "Elvis at Sun", a compilation of Elvis' greatest recordings at Sun Studios, DiMuro says. The Elvis Team says there is a possibility that this will include a previously unreleased track. Updated with reaction Todd Morgan EPE: We've not actually sat down and tallied up how many hours and minutes of our comprehensive '68 and Aloha sets have not ever been in release. We probably need to come up with at least an approximation sometime soon. Both figures cited by this journalist are inaccurate and exaggerated. He must have misunderstood what he was told by BMG. This was not a big formal announcement. Just a general "what's going on" interview done with BMG. As soon as absolutely every little aspect of the '68 and Aloha DVD content is locked in and cannot change, we will do a big, formal announcement with every detail. We know that if we say anything about content and one little thing changes, we'll get crucified. We expect no problems or disappointments. Actually, the information is all typed up and ready to post as soon as every detail is finalized. No one is more anxious to get the word out than we are. It gets more exciting by the day around here as the release date approaches and the work continues into its final stages.
Source: EPE - Elvis Presley Enterprises / Updated: Apr 5, 2004 
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cfuentes (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2004report abuse
these DVD's are will released for BMG or EPE to the world. Excuse my english,thanks.
jill20scotland (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2004report abuse
Why can't they release it now!! I can't wait!! My dvd player is getting all excited!! ive been dusting it everyday!! It's begging for these new releases!!
elvishimselvis (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2004report abuse
Does anyone know if their is any backstage footage in the new Aloha re-edited version. before or after the concert..
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2004report abuse
Hi Ranskel I don't know what to expect. Unlike you, I saw the release 3 years back on my friends high definition 60 inch with surround sound, and was blown away. I actually made him play it 3 times. It exceeded anything I expected. Over the years I probalby saw the ALoha Video over 50 times, and when he showed me the 2001 version, I was amazed, audio, visual, everything. In fact I can't see how they will top that with this new release, but we'll wait and see. Maybe you didn't experience it on 'high def with surround' ??
Charro (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2004report abuse
Do we know if ALL songs are included? Are You Lonesome Tonight, Johnny B. Goode etc? Sorry if this has already been answered, I've been away for a while. Looking forward to these releases.
ranskal (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2004report abuse
I am really looking forward to the Aloha release. I was so excited when they released it a few years ago on dvd but I was a little disappointed in the quality of the video. I know its now 31 years old but I expected more. I really feal that was one of his best performances ever, he poured so much emotion into those songs.
elvishimselvis (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
To be honest if they put out another Aloha from hawaii completly re-edited from the new re-edited version coming out with more new angles.I would buy this one also.
ttwiise (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
don`t hold your breath they are bound to cock it up.
I pray that all the stereo stuff from the 68 special is included in stereo and that we get it in DTS but alas, I fear not....C`mon EPE surprise me!!!
ElvisDJ (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
MV - your suggestion regarding utilizing the mutli-angle option on a DVD player is a good one, but from my understanding, although there are three different sources of raw footage for the Aloha, they are not actually all of the complete show. What I mean by this is that while one camerman might have been focusing on Elvis singing An American Trilogy, at the same time camera 2 might have been shooting the audience, while camera 3 might have been trying to focus and might not have gotten anything. Thus, there are not three full versions of Trilogy to choose angles from, but rather bits and pieces which, once assembled, make an entire song. I know it sounds funny, but that's how it was done. TTWII was done in much the same way, albeit with more cameras and longer perods of filming.
However, speaking specifically of American Trilogy, I will say that this is truly one of the highlights of the new DVD. Remember the part where Elvis is waiting for the horns to finish before the climax of the song where we see him from the side? Well, now, right before the climax, the view shifts to Elvis directly from the front and we can see his facial was my favorite moment of the whole show, and it literally made the viewers gasp at it. Amazing.
moody blue (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
When it comes down to the two releases,my advice is not to expect to much. Just having these two historical performances in superb quality will be great eye candy. ANY unreleased footage on top of that will be a bonus .
MV (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2004report abuse
All this talk of camera angles,why not utilise DVD technology and give say American Trilogy in multi angle format i.e. you press the angle button on your remote to switch between angles.It would be a nice little extra......
elvishimselvis (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
If what I have read from ElvisDj is true. this should be very exciting. The editing job is not very good in the Aloha special original. the only reason it appears like it is is because Elvis looked very good at every angle. but if we really have different angles on film somewhere. this could be like a whole new show. the begginnig is very basic and quick. if the show started 2001 them with footage of people lining up and if it exist Elvis backstage ready to go on. I have seen the footage from the Japanesse film crew on Video years ago. it that was very exciting see all of the Helicopter landing. the cameras follow them all the way to the hotel but I saw bad quality VHS tape footage. this should be supreme quality and complete. SInce I have read ElvisDj comments I now cant sleep because I want this DVD so bad. I cant wait. I am going crazy.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
I'm sorry, I'm being selfish, me and thousands of others are looking for footage that probably doesn't exist !! New camera angles are great etc etc but in my opinion it was already a fantastic show. Lets hope there is some unseen bonus features. Looking forward to its release.
ElvisDJ (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
Jim - I'd have to disagree with you on the Aloha not being an exciting project. I think it's most exciting, especially given the lack of material EPE had to work with. Unlike, TTWII, which had the benefit of having lots of unused fottage to choose from, the Aloha has aa very minute amount. Frankly, the new version is much more than I expected. I was just happy to see the split screens and the Hawaiian numbers removed and was not expecting a complet re-edit. However, I can truly say that it has improved my opinion of the show and truly does showcase Elvis as a superstar. I used to think the Aloha was good, but that EPE and others hyped it too much as the "ultimate" 70's performance. In seeing the new version, it goes a long way in adding truth to this and really does make Elvis seem like the consummate professional. While I'd be happy to see some additional footage included on the DVD, I'm also content that EPE did a marvelous job with what footage they had. If nothing else but the reedited show is included it is worth it. The real test is in the marketing of it, which is another story entirely.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
Well I hope your wrong ElvisDJ !! If your breakdown is correct, its hardly the exciting project we have been waiting for, for months. Let's wait until we get official confirmation, everybody knows the TCB have given an interview about Aloha so that will be in DVD for sure.
ElvisDJ (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
As an addendum to my earlier posts, in this instance I would not say that EPE is holding any footage back at all. The Aloha was structured to be performed within a very strict time limit due to the amount of time that the broadcast satellite would be available. As such, it was timed to keep within this limitation, and was edited virtually live and then broadcast worldwide. Thus, there would be little from the actual broadcast that was left out, save for the small bits I mentioned which, most likely, were edited out as the editor at the time didn't think they were necessary to include as they had little to do with the performance itself.
As for the rehearsal show, since it was a dry run for the real thing, I would assume that the camerawork would be limited to the same time restrictions as the real show was...this is just speculation on my part, though. Being live, the Aloha show didn't have the opportunity to be filmed from many different angles and then edited together over time, so there would be little extra footage.
Of course there is the Japanese TV documentary (from which some of the helicopter to the dressing room footage comes) which filmed some of the setup and also some of the band (but not Elvis), the footage shot outside of the HIC arena, footage the crowds lining up, etc. I do not know how much "extra" footage of this nature there is or if it will be included, but my guess is that it will not as it has not been mentioned up to this time.
ElvisDJ (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
Colin B - No, I don't think that EPE is considering the new camera angles unreleased material. They are referring to the small bits of dialogue and such that were cut out of the original Aloha broadcast, such as when Elvis says he had little bitty sideburns or when he says hello to Jack Lord. Overall, I think only about 5 minutes of footage from the actualy show has not been seen. However, the completely unreleased stuff comes from the Hawaiian number segments and also the full helicopter intro.
Thus, the "3-4 hours" of material, if I had to guess, breaks down as follows:
Original Aloha as broadcast - 75 minutes
Reedited Aloha - 60 minutes
Reedited Aloha rehearsal - 60 minutes
Helicopter intro - 20 minutes
Hawaiian number footage - 25 minutes
These are rough estimates. No word on the additional materials, such as Elvis' press conferences announcing the Aloha, but that doesn't mean they won't be on there.
Colin B (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
Renan - No there were just the two shows filmed for Aloha.
As the shows have been re-edited with new camera angles they are calling this 'unreleased' material ! Well, it is isn't it ?
Renan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
This is a very good news. It says it will contain three or four hours from Aloha? The January 12th was filmed and the 14th January was aired for almost 1 billion people in the world. And the 13th January? Is it another rehearsal? Was it filmed? Let´s hope. 68´Comeback Special will be great too. Let´s wait until June.
Big Boss Man (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2004report abuse
Please, does anyone know if the date(June 22) is for worlwide release or just USA? Thank you very much
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
Great! now, outside of this little itty bitty web-site, let's hope BMG, and EPE, do the job it takes to make this a huge happening. Elvis will not get to that next level without a huge Campaign. The campaign for this, has to be bigger than the one for 'Elvis30's'. I.E, Network commercial tie ins, and promo's with other companies in trade. An innovative approach with cool clips on video presentation can do this. The timing is superb, and the music industry is in transition now.. There is a void now, and Elvis is the guy to fill it, but he will need some creative minds and alot of air-time to achieve this. It's right there, just beyond reach, but we can all stretch a little and grab it. We the core fans may have to force the envelope a little..
ElvisDJ (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
Opps, I forgot to mention that the Aloha show AS BROADCAST will also be included on the DVDs. Thus, fans of the Hawaiian montages and the opening intro will see that, too. And ALL of the songs will be included. The '68 Special footage is good as well, but it is not as different as the Aloha. A lot of the performance footage has been released already in the original special, the subsequent TV versions of the Special, and One Night with You. That's not to say that the footage is bad at all. It's just familiar. However, the 68 Special also has had some reediting done which is a nice change.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
If I understand correctly the Aloha show will be seen as it was broadcast overseas w/o the Hawaiian numbers inserted in their proper places as the special was seen when it aired here in the U.S. I'm pissed. That's not the way I saw it when it was originally broadcast and that's the way I want it. In addition we're getting the drugged up, half awake Aloha rehearsal show. Oh goody! EPE just saved me a bunch of money. I'll stick to my old VHS copy of the Aloha show. BTW it has all the songs. Now the '68 Comeback show and extras. THAT I'm looking forward to. Especially the special as originally broadcast. I found certain of the footage that was added later to be very annoying.
ElvisDJ (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
Very quickly, the content on the Aloha will be the entire Aloha rehearsal show and the entire broadcast show, both reedited and complete. In addition, the DVD will include the complete Japanese TV intro, which shows the helicopter arrival and leads all the way to Elvis' dressing room - it's about 20 minutes in total. Also, all of the filmed footage of the bonus Hawaiian numbers will be included, from both camera sources.

Just to clarify the reediting of the sows, by reedited I mean that there are totally new camera angles, no annoying split screens, and no inserted Hawaiian numbers inbetween Elvis' performances. I have seen the reedited broadcast version and it is like a totally new show, much like the TTWII Special Edition. Speaking personally, I've always liked Aloha, but it felt a bit "slow" in terms of the pace of the concert. However, this new edit solves all of that. It has made me completely reassess my opinion on the Aloha - it's that good.

Also, just some background, the Aloha utilied three recording decks when it was recorded, and each of these has a mix of different camera angles in them. Each cameraman chose what he was focusing on and then the editor "assembled" these choices on the fly and created the Aloha show. Thus, some of the initial choices might not have been the best ones or what we as fans like to see. This has now been assembled with keeping Elvis and the fans in mind, and I think it's been done very well.

As for the rehearsals, two cameres were used, and each bonus song has at least one complete take. Some have two and there may be one three takes, not necessarily all complete. The video is everything EPE has of these songs, video faults and all. It is not, however, every take of these songs, as the cameras only started rolling once Elvis and the band had worked the songs out enough to feel good about filming them. Thus, some of the takes from the Alternate Aloha CD will not be found here, but you will see some playful cursing by Elvis, as well as the cue card guy at the bottom of the stage. There will be two Elvises on the scree at the same time, as the cameras were positioned to put Elvis into a specific spot on the screen in order to fit him into the Hawaiian picture montages created for the show. Thus, one elvis will be in the left corner and the other in the right corner. It's kind of odd, but it works.
Overall, an excellent DVD package - if you think of how the TTWII Special Edition differs from the original TTWII, you'll get a good idea of how the new Aloha differs from the old.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
The rehearsal's i.e. Elvis and the band in casuals and not the Alternate Aloha concert must have been filmed in some capacity. The camera crew, lighting teams etc etc would have rehearsed and got their timings right. No way, would they use the Alternate show as their first crack at a 'live' concert special. Hey thats my own personal opinion, I could be talking rubbish but it makes sense to me!!
jill20scotland (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
I can't wait for this release. do you think that both dvd's will contain some rehearsal footage? I hope so I love listening to the informal stuff! I hope both releases shine light on the legend Elvis truely is!! and give us more of an insight to how crazy he actually was lol
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
Read the Aloha carefully, it says 3 - 4 hrs of unreleased footage and CONTENT. I would suggest that would mean at least 80% is what we have seen before but with 20% unreleased footage. This is better than nothing ! Can't wait.
Big Boss Man (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
""Aloha From Hawaii" will be a double-DVD with three to four hours of previously unreleased material and content"

Do they mean the two concerts in different angles as unreleased material, or are they talking about 3 or 4 hours never before seen footage?(maybe the Japanese TV shots, maybe backstage footage, maybe the rehearsal of the famous pic we have of Elvis with headphones?)
Jon Burrows (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
I sure am looking forward to this. And three to four hours of previously unreleased Aloha From Hawaii-material and content is way more that I expected!

Sadly, I haven't heard a thing about whether they are going to remaster the Alternate Aloha cd, and even for that matter the Aloha From Hawaii cd (even though many would complain, and say that BMG were still diving in their pockets etc etc).

But there is one thing I question, and that is to put the DVD's in digipacks (like the ones we get from Follow That Dream - and even though it is said to be for the fans, where are the booklets and the liner notes and that stuff??????) - that is something I hope will not be the case. Still, I'm looking forward to these releases and of course they should promote it a lot - especially the Aloha (which I am weakest for), since it was the first ever concert via satellite, and should be particulary interesting for music historians.

And isn't "Elvis At Sun" for the general market? Since it has only a compilation of Elvis' greatest recordings at Sun Studios - I heard a release for Elvis fans were to come out sometime this year, with every Sun release.

And one final input: BMG should release a box-set for the general public called "That's All Right - 50 Years Of Rock 'n' Roll" and have all major rock 'n' roll hits that they have in their vaults.
TCB fan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
Yeah man, I'm looking forward and I can not wait so see this. This is going to be the best elvis release that's ever put on video or dvd. So come on bmg put on a big promotion campagne!!
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
Fantastic. Now come on lets promote this like no other campaign before, this has the potential to be a massive seller, providing people are aware its coming out i.e. Non-Elvis fans !!
Steve Grayson (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2004report abuse
I am definately waiting to see this release. i cannot wait to view these 2 dvds .i will welcome these to my collection. The 1968 tv special will definately be a very interesting release as will Aloha tv special. there sure will be a few great surprises on these releases. I hope the Aloha From Hawaii dvd set will consisit of the press conferences that Elvis gave in their entirety. well we have to wait and see what happens . i am counting the days ./ months for these 2 releases to be out.

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