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On TourAdditional information:
Format: AC-3, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
Rated: G (General Audience)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
Run Time: 93 minutes
I just watched the DVD and found it ironic that before you get to the main menu there is a trailer for the AFI, boasting of their mission i.e. to preserve classic films for future generations. I found it ironic because I knew that, due to copyright problems, Johnny B. Goode had been removed from the introduction. What I did not expect, however, was the insulting amateurishness of the editing job performed on Don't Be Cruel (which here replaces Chuck Berry's number). Firstly, Don't Be Cruel was never going to be on anybody's list of potential candidates—least of all a version containing the "kick your ass" ad-lib. I was appalled not only by the ham-fisted way in which the editor cuts the song, but by the fact that they chose to repeat the same segment! I found it incredibly distasteful. It was as if they had been told to do it in five minutes or less. Why not choose a longer song and fade it out? Why not choose one of the many songs in the Presley canon to which they own the copyright, or could comfortably use without violating said copyright?
You'll see that I have still given the film 5 stars. Fortunately, the horrible butchering inflicted on this Presley favourite came early on and I was glad to get it over and done with. As for the rest of the film, it's as if a layer of dust has been lifted, in terms of both picture and sound. Never before has Charlie Hodge's harmony work sounded so full, and I also hear what sounds like organ work on Proud Mary/Never Been To Spain and even saxophone on Bridge Over Troubled Water, fattening the aural picture—nuances that I've never been able to pick up before.
My favourite moment is when The Stamps perform Sweet, Sweet Spirit and the sheer reverence, euphoria, exhilaration, excitement, and immense pleasure that flashes across the face of a thirty-seven-year-old Elvis Presley. He could be back in church: a teenager shuffling along the packed pews; a young Memphian, pimpled, and ducktailed, and awestruck. It's a moment of utter transcendence, extremely endearing. He's giving himself over, being carried away by the same gospel harmonies which haunted him in his youth. That he manages to do so in front of a crowd of thousands makes it all the more remarkable. Simply sublime.
Hello all, Well, what I did was take an un-opened VHS tape of it, and used Pioneer's Elite Reference DVD recorder, a stand alone unit, not a PC type recorder. It looks like a VHS as far as size goes, but it was the very first one, an boy, it cost $3900.00. Now I know many don't have that kind of money, but, it has over 490 settings, and can professionally "remaster picture and sound . I was able to remove ALL scratch's , blemishes, etc...and sound restored/ remastered 12 times, and it comes out better than the dvd new one.
So, MGM/Warner could have done much better. I saw the theater one, a ONE night only, and my copy definitely sounds way better. I was shocked as many of you guys are that nothing new was added. What a shame, maybe, lets hope they come out and once an for all release ALL the concerts in a box set. That would sell well, and they could make a fortune.
Just look at the Aloha box set and compare it to the "so called remastered version from around 2001. the box set, with both shows, and back stage footage was super, dramatically remastered so well, you could see things you could never see with the 2001 version. The audience was well lighted up, and sound was way better, so if they could do it for that, and I could do it from home, then they could have done this with "Elvis On Tour". So, take care everyone, TCB
This Blu-Ray is being advertised on Amazon.co.uk as a U.S. import, does this mean it'll be coded Region A (U.S.A.) or will we be getting a Region B (Europe) version released? I can't see the Americans making this Region Free for all to buy world wide, can you? If it's coded Region A then it won't play on any European Blu-Ray players & we won't have an official release of this movie. If you do order this from Amazon.com & it is Coded Region A & doesn't play on your European Blu-Ray player, Amazon won't refund your money because they say you should have known that before you ordered it & they do give warnings about this on their site. With virtually no information out there about this release which is only a couple of months away from being released that's why I've rated this 1 star only.
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