Aloha From Hawaii [Deluxe Edition DVD]

Aloha From Hawaii [Deluxe Edition DVD] (cover)
Released: 2004/06/22 by BMG
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Two disc deluxe edition containing the complete Aloha From Hawaii Special, dress rehearsal, original 1973 broadcast version and additional bonus songs and bonus material.

The ElvisNews Review

Finally, over thirty-one years after the original recording, the definitive “Aloha From Hawaii” has been released. The main focus of the promotion for the new DVD sets goes to the Comeback Special; therefore we put the spotlight on the Aloha Special first. Design The designers continue their strategy of not using images of Elvis. For the two discs in this package they created a three panel digi-pack with one panel for the booklet and two for the discs. What didn’t come over well on the previews on the World Wide Web and in fan club magazines was the use of glitters in the design. This makes the somewhat “simple” design really sparkle. Inside a vague shot of the coastline where Elvis arrives covered with the flower design from the front. This is continued inside the booklet, the images from the show (television quality) and a lot of different fonts and colors. To each his taste. The receipt from Bill Belew for the Aloha belt is a nice details fan will appreciate the same goes for the special thanks to the fans in the booklet. The booklet is very informative with details on all shows. A great shot for the back of the booklet is Elvis on his knee showing the audience, and the world, his love for his country with the American Eagle. Content The first disc starts with the arrival of Elvis, nice to see for a change, but to be honest not the kind of beginning a none Elvis fan would be willing to look at every time the DVD starts. It is just a rolling camera filming waiting people, it is less crowded that we thought looking at the "old" special. Running through the picture is The Colonel directing it all. But fortunately for those viewers, the DVD skips to the concert automatically due to an error on the disc. The shows on this disc are the January 12th rehearsal show and the January 14th concert that was broadcasted around the globe. The rehearsal show is now complete, the omission of "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” has finally been corrected. You can see Elvis being nervous at the start, but he quickly finds himself and delivers a good show. For the real Aloha concert (January 14th) “Johnny B. Goode”, “I’m So Lonely I Could Cry” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” are back in the set list again. The concerts have been reedited from scratch using the material that was recorded on three video tape machines during the show. There were no video tape machines dedicated to a certain camera, selections were made live during the rehearsal and Aloha broadcast. We can only complement the editors for their work; the show looks dynamic, presenting Elvis at one of the heights of his career, and still holds a bit of that seventies style television that belongs to the show. There are a lot of different camera angles. The January 14th show has a new beginning of "Suspicious Minds" and a new endshot for "Burning Love" and more. But you should really watch the old and new versions on two screens together to catch them all (or know the shows by heart as some of you readers out there) since you simply enjoy the show too much to notice them all. The opener for the second disc are the four songs Elvis taped after the show for inclusion with images from Hawaii in the television special. And presented as they were recorded, split screen, for the mixing with the Hawaiian video fragments. The producers didn’t cut anything out, leaving in Elvis swearing "no couching goddammit" during The Hawaiian Wedding Song and you see people holding up cardboard with the lyrics for Elvis. A great look behind the scene for the fans, but for the casual buyer? Finally the concert as it was aired, is a good addition to complete this set, all the different pieces come together in this one. One thing that might have completed this set even more would be the addition of the press-conferences for the Aloha special. The image quality is very good, but not as good as expected. There still are few of the "bitmap" squares in the background we know from the previous DVD releases if you're too close to the screen or using a cheaper DVD set with a lesser quality converter. But you can count Elvis hairs and you clearly see everything behind him. Like the band waiting for Elvis during the 2001 theme of the rehearsal show when all the lights are down. The soundtrack, Dolby 5.1, no DTS, is very good. You hear more details, Elvis and his band are well balanced sound wise, with Elvis where he belongs, up front, surrounded by his band and the audience (if you have installed your set correcly). Just listen to the flute in “An American Trilogy” and the building up of the sound that follows, the goose pimples tell you it is all good! Conclusion We can be short. The slogan for Elvis The Concert was “the closest to the real thing”, the same goes probably for the two new DVD sets. We weren’t around when it happened, but can enjoy the magnitude of it over and over again. A big thank you to everybody making this possible!
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JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 19, 2009report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsI don´t agree that Elvis was at his best. First of all, it´s a fantastic release, and very nice to have the rehearsal show. Elvis did a lot of other shows that were better than this rather boring show, but as a release it´s just amazing
Jumpin Jehosaphat (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 16, 2008report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsElvis at his best of the few performances that survived, shame that there is nothing this Good from his NYC appearance at Madison Square Garden this was the time period when the kid was the tope of his game. after all this the side truly began. I always wonder why and how could something so good go so bad so fast, was it really his loss of Priscilla?
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2008report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Starsperfect as a concert. perfect as an event and perfect as a deluxe DVD edition. apparently there's some report that a few seconds ofElvis giving the band intros was lifted from one concert and used in another was missed by the people restoring this but really you would never have known unless you really really REALLY look. worth every penny.
Mr Jones (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 14, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Starsa huge event in the man's career
Iron Man (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2007report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsThe bigness of the event eventually overshadowed the fact that Elvis was uninspired during this show. This especially shows during the recording of the 5 Hawaiian songs. I’d give this show 3 and a half stars and the box deserves almost five. That gives 4 as a summary.
Mystery Rider (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 12, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Starsa must have, elvis at the top of the mountain. it dosent get any better
j.kennedy5501 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 27, 2005report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsI love it. Sound & image quality are very good (for a '73 video). Then, this concert is legendary today and had to be released in a good DVD version.
Aarons (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 5, 2005report abuse
3 Stars3 Stars3 StarsI wonder when they are going to bring out the single disk editions.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 11, 2005report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsA pity they didn't restore the image a bit more.