The vhs Warner Bros. Special Edition has a cover far better than what it is shown at left.
The whole point of Thats the Way it Is was to show Elvis getting ready for shows, the rehearsals, the fun time he had backstage. He was such a cut-up, a guy willing to fall backwards off his stool to get a laugh.
Unpretentious, sharp, witty and always in control, Elvis shown here is just that, an up close look behind the scenes. This is Elvis as he was off stage and on, at least as much as could be told.
The bodyguards, the band, the adoring love sick fans... there all here in glorious color and stereophonic Dolby surround sound.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer presents Elvis: Thats the Way it Is.
And boy, what a wild ride into the King's world it is.
Running time 95 minutes plus 11 extra minutes. Included in the vhs version special edition is an interesting restoration documentary detailing the effort put into restoring the original film. Titled "Patch it Up: The Restoration of Elvis: Thats the Way it Is.
As a fyi, the phrase: "that's the way it is" was an slang phrase meaning the unvarnished truth, or you're seeing the reality not some fake presentation.
Outstanding in every way, a peek into the world of Elvis working and playing before the show. And some of the show as well. Well worth any fan's trouble to find and buy.