Elvis: 68 Comeback Special and Aloha from Hawaii

BMG UK & Ireland have announced the UK release of two deluxe Elvis Presley DVD box sets for 5th July 2004. This day signifies the 50th anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll as Elvis recorded what is considered to be the very first rock 'n' roll song, That's All Right on July 5, 1954. Alongside two CD album releases (Kings Of Rock N' Roll and ELVIS at SUN) and a CD single release of That's All Right (never before released as a single here in the UK) there will be two very special DVD releases, details for which are as follows...

Elvis: '68 Comeback Special Deluxe Edition DVD - £29.99 - Elvis Presley's critically acclaimed 1968 NBC television special is released for the first time with 3½ hours of rare, never-before-seen footage from the Elvis archives and is presented in 5.1 Surround Sound.

In June 1968, Elvis Presley recorded a television special that was eventually aired in December of the same year on the NBC television network. He accomplished two significant things; he saved his career, and he made the best music of his life.

Sporting a stylish black leather outfit, Elvis sang his old songs with new sense of purpose and conviction. He injected the songs with so much emotion-emotions his original recordings of, say, Blue Suede Shoes, Tryin' to Get to You, One Night, Blue Christmas, or Can't Help Falling in Love did not contain-that each became a thing in itself. Suddenly these were less songs than events-where anything could happen, where everything did.

The 3 DVDs that comprise the Deluxe Edition are a treasure chest of that moment. The package includes the special itself, as it originally aired on American television on December 3, 1968. The package also includes the two complete Sit Down shows, the rough, improvised, altogether explosive attacks on the likes of One Night, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, and Blue Christmas, with the audience so close Elvis could touch the people in it, and did. Also included are the two Arena Shows, Elvis appearing on his own, again before audiences, with a big band and chorus off stage. The collectors DVD includes 3½ hours of bonus material, alternate stagings of the skits and dramatised musical numbers from the show-some of them a lot hotter than anything that made it to the original TV broadcast.

Special Edition DVD Features

  • 3-DVD set, over 7 hours of material and 3½ hours of previously unseen footage and material
  • Original 1968 broadcast version of the special
  • Outtakes, false starts; alternate stagings of production numbers
  • If I Can Dream - Special music video combining white-suit finale w/ never-before-released black-leather performance footage
  • Huh-huh-huh promo recorded by NBC to promote the special
  • Deluxe booklet with extensive historical text and never-before-seen photos and memorabilia
  • Critical essay by Greil Marcus
  • All material is uncut and uncensored
  • Sound and picture are newly remastered for optimum quality
  • Mastered in stereo and 5.1
  • Total Running Time: 440 minutes
Elvis: '68 Comeback Special Deluxe Edition DVD embodies the most comprehensive collection of rare archive footage that chronicles this historic event of his outstanding career and contribution to music. The entire DVD has been meticulously remastered in sound and picture, with more than half of its seven hours of content previously unreleased.

DISC 1 (running time: 2:40:49)

  • Available for the first time, the original Elvis television special as it first aired on NBC on December 3, 1968.
  • Available in their absolute entirety for the first time, both of the black leather sit-down shows - Elvis, clad in black leather, performing jam sessions with original band-mates Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, and friends.

    DISC 2 (running time: 1:48:32)

  • Available in their absolute entirety for the first time, both of the black leather stand-up shows - Elvis, clad in black leather, performing solo on stage
  • Available for the first time, everything in its complete, raw form, used and unused takes:
  • Trouble/Guitar Man opening of the special
  • Gospel production number, Guitar Man and If I Can Dream production numbers
  • If I Can Dream show closer
  • Elvis scene shot for the closing credits roll without the credits roll
  • Complete taping session for Elvis's on-camera "huh-huh-huh" promotional tag for the TV special
  • The exciting new If I Can Dream music video created for this DVD set combining white-suit finale w/ black-leather performance footage

    DISC 3 (running time: 2:51:27)

  • All components/outtakes shot for the gospel production and the Guitar Man production number.

    Performances include: All Shook Up, Big Boss Man, Can't Help Falling In Love, Guitar Man, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Trying To Get To You, Baby What You Want Me To Do, Blue Suede Shoes, Don't Be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel, If I Can Dream, Trouble and many more!

    Elvis, Aloha From Hawaii Special Deluxe Edition DVD - £19.99 - Elvis Presley's critically acclaimed 1973 NBC TV special made television entertainment history. The performance took place at the Honolulu International Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 14, 1973, and was broadcast live via Globecam Satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, The Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries.

    It was seen on a delayed basis in approximately 30 European countries shortly thereafter. The special wasn't aired on television in America until April 4th, when NBC was presented with an edited version of the concert, expanded with songs videotaped just after the live event. The US broadcast attracted 51% of the TV viewing audience. The TV special was shown in over 40 countries to a global audience of 1.5 billion. Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii presents 'The King' at the pinnacle of his superstardom, and will go down in history as one of the most outstanding concert performances of his career.

    Now, for the first time, this ultra-rare 2-disc DVD shows that everyone, particularly the Americans, missed much of the best bits that the original Aloha TV special had to offer. The concert and the rehearsal show from the night before are included here, re-edited from scratch and restored to its original form, along with the complete after-concert insert-songs recording session and the entire raw footage from the staged "arrival in Honolulu" scenes with Elvis for the opening of the special. There's also the American broadcast version to which to compare them. It's a fascinating journey no matter in what order it's watched, and, as well as the most authentic, in terms of fidelity, to a great '70s Elvis show, by far the most exciting version of Aloha that has ever been presented.

    Special Edition DVD Features

    • 2-DVD set, over 4 hours of material
    • Includes previously unseen material
    • The January 12th and January 14th concerts - never before available in complete form. Re-edited from scratch, featuring meticulously re-mastered sound and picture
    • The complete footage of the post-concert session Elvis did to expand program content for the American broadcast - never before available in complete, raw form.
    • The complete footage shot for the "Elvis arrives" sequence for the opening of the television special - never before available in complete, raw form.
    • The original American broadcast version of the Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii television special.
    • Beautiful, special and deluxe booklet with extensive historical text, never-before-seen photos and rare memorabilia
    • Critical essay by Dave Marsh
    • Mastered in stereo and 5.1
    • Total Running Time: 242 minutes
    DISC 1 (running time: 02:18:27)

    Elvis Arrives and Greets Fans - January 9, 1973
    For the opening of the Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii TV broadcast an "Elvis arrives" sequence was staged and shot. Presented here for the first time is the complete, raw, uncut footage from that 1-camera shoot.

    Rehearsal Concert - January 12, 1973
    Presented here for the first time in its complete, uncut form, re-edited from scratch with remastered sound and picture.

    Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii Concert - January 14, 1973
    The January 14, 1973 concert is presented here in its absolute entirety for the first time since the initial satellite transmissions and for the very first time on a DVD or home video release, re-edited from scratch with re-mastered sound and picture.

    Performances include: See See Rider, Something, Early Morning Rain, My Way, It's Over, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hound Dog, Burning Love, You Game Me A Mountain, Steamroller Blues, Love Me, Blue Suede Shoes, Can't Stop Loving You and many more!

    DISC 2 (running time: 01:43:39)

    Post-Concert "Insert" Songs Session - January 14, 1973
    This after-concert session has Elvis and the band returning to the empty arena to tape five additional songs to be used for the expanded version of the show, as it would be seen on US television. Here, for the very first time, is the after-concert "insert song" session in complete, uncut and uncensored form.

    Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii NBC TV Special - April 4, 1973 Broadcast Version
    Sans the commercials and most of the TV announcer bumpers interrupting it, this is how America first saw Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii on television.

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