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½ October 27, 2016
Not groundbreaking as a documentary, but it does offer a great insight into the man at work. It has a nice style too.
½ September 13, 2013
Live concert, backstage and other tour footage of Elvis' early-70s tour. Great music, of course, and some interesting behind-the-scenes stuff. Not really a documentary, as there is no narration and no big information grabs. Still, gives a good feel for Elvis' touring life.
October 14, 2012
Where the hell is the DVD of this? LOVE iT!!!!
½ August 24, 2012
What a talent, what a voice. A decent look at how much an influence music played in Elvis's life, how well he could sing, and once he sang a song it became his version that you remember. The lasting image of the movie is how Elvis and his very talented band could just jam and how the jam sessions sounded just as good as the concert footage. Elvis was getting heavy and while this is a documentary of his present day tour there are many cuts of his performances from the past as Elvis at times looks out of it.
August 7, 2012
This movie is really good, but it's also very sad to watch. This was filmed around the point where Elvis started to go downhill. He's not at his best here, but it's one of the last moments where Elvis was still good, and not a fat, older man forgeting the lyrics to his own songs. The music is pretty good, and the off-stage moments are interesting to watch. Not a lot to say... Overall, if you're an Elvis fan, you'll probably like this movie.
-Brett
May 11, 2011
Yeees. Girls Are Crazy. Screaming All The Time!
½ August 11, 2010
Flixter once again shit it's pants and lost my review after I saved it. Can someone have the app fixed please???!?!
July 29, 2010
Just got home from seeing the 75th Anniversary at San Marcos Theatre. It was 75 percent full on a week night from 7PM to 9PM...and silence til the credits totally finished no one moved, everyone clapped at end, and chanted "We Love Elvis"...We Want Elvis,,,the rage still continuous, even though he passed in 1977...It is amazing..of course Marie will go buy the 75th Anniversary Edition of the Elvis on Tour...
June 21, 2010
Elvis On Tour is the second documentary that gave the audiences a portrait of this magnificent artists live performances in the 70's. The previous documentary 'That's the way it is' is in all a better movie but 'On Tour' was the one that managed to win a Golden Globe for best documentary. The only Elvis movie to ever win a significant award.

For Elvis fans though, 'On Tour' still is a gem. Sadly enough the movie has not yet been remastered and released on DVD.

On tour is a great way to experience Elvis as a performer altough he does not look as fit and energetic as in 'That's the way it is'.

The documentary opens with Elvis singing 'Johnny be goode' at a rehersal. It continues with the artist preparing to enter the stage. Altough he's obviously nervous he goes out on the stage and gives a confidant perfomance. The rest of the movie concists of rehersals, live performances and interviews with fans.

In the original movie the producers use a split screen tecnique wich works great, especially in scenes from the concerts. In the later released VHS version, the spilt screen has been removed and a "normal view" is adapted. Sadly this takes away some of the artistic quality of the original documentary.

The quality of Elvis performances at the beginning are not as good as one might expect but this improves troughout the movie. Elvis has now definately reached the point in his career where he no longer cares for his old 'rock and roll act' and runs trough his old 50's hits with no enthusiasm. Instead he now proves his talent when he croons his close to operatic version of the song material he showed so much affection for during the 70's.

One of the most interesting feats of this movie is seeing that Elvis fans still at the time almost 20 years after his rise to fame, shows an affection for Elvis that at some points are borderline hysterical. It is quite obvious that we today are not really able to comprehend just how big a phemomenon Elvis actually was 'back in the days'.

Even so I personally will recommend taking a look at his 1970 documentary 'Thats the way it is', especially the 2001 remastered version, if you want to see Elvis peak as a live artist. For die hard fans though, 'On Tour' still is a milestone. Lets just hope that it at some point will be remastered with the same quality as 'That's the way it is'. In the vaults there are som 15 hours of raw material related to the filming of 'On Tour' and considering the fact that this material contains extreamly rare footage of 5 Elvis concerts, it will be a shame not to publish the material in it's complete form.
Mr Awesome
Super Reviewer
½ June 21, 2010
Filmed just a two years after "Thats Just The Way It Is", the deterioration of Elvis' stage performance in "Elvis on Tour" is considerably evident. That's not to say he doesn't still have "it", but the documentary is padded with lots of non-related, old performance clips from his early days as well as plenty of footage demonstrating the hysteria of his fans. It documents a tour of the southern states which took place in the early 70s, and this time focuses on the fans just as much as the king himself. In such a short period, Elvis went from that slender, sleek Vegas debut to the onset of his "fat Elvis" years, and while he can still hit the highs and lows, and can still do the karate kicks, there's a considerable amount of offkey singing, out-of-breath singing, and sweaty, double-chin fumbling. He brings a lyric sheet out to sing "Hunka Burnin' Love", for example. The king who was once a god among men is revealed to be merely mortal. As Elvis neared his final years, his focus on gospel music seemed to intensify, and this shown extensively in the film. But even if his performing ability had deteriorated by then, it doesn't make this documentary any less fascinating. The mania of Elvis fandom was especially strong in the south, and it's amazing to watch the women (of all generations) following him everywhere he goes, from the hundreds waiting at a small airport, to the thousands who came, screaming just to have Elvis glance their way. The costumes and pageantry, it's all equally fascinating and crazy.
February 12, 2010
anything elvis presley i love
January 22, 2010
Filmed just a two years after "Thats Just The Way It Is", the deterioration of Elvis' stage performance in "Elvis on Tour" is considerably evident. That's not to say he doesn't still have "it", but the documentary is padded with lots of non-related, old performance clips from his early days as well as plenty of footage demonstrating the hysteria of his fans. It documents a tour of the southern states which took place in the early 70s, and this time focuses on the fans just as much as the king himself. In such a short period, Elvis went from that slender, sleek Vegas debut to the onset of his "fat Elvis" years, and while he can still hit the highs and lows, and can still do the karate kicks, there's a considerable amount of offkey singing, out-of-breath singing, and sweaty, double-chin fumbling. He brings a lyric sheet out to sing "Hunka Burnin' Love", for example. The king who was once a god among men is revealed to be merely mortal. As Elvis neared his final years, his focus on gospel music seemed to intensify, and this shown extensively in the film. But even if his performing ability had deteriorated by then, it doesn't make this documentary any less fascinating. The mania of Elvis fandom was especially strong in the south, and it's amazing to watch the women (of all generations) following him everywhere he goes, from the hundreds waiting at a small airport, to the thousands who came, screaming just to have Elvis glance their way. The costumes and pageantry, it's all equally fascinating and crazy.
½ February 4, 2009
Award winning documentary showing Elvis on and off stage during a 1972 tour.
½ January 9, 2009
A great concert film of Elvis from his humble beginnings up till 1972
January 8, 2009
Elvis in all his glory! The extravagance, the grandeur, the hysteria! One of the best pieces of film to feature Elvis. An in-depth look into the world of Elvis and his crew, as they take on a U.S. tour in 1972. Truly an incredible tour, truly a wonderful documentary. Elvis fans, don't miss this one!
½ October 28, 2008
GOOD MOVIE WORTH WATCHING.
July 31, 2008
great film about a man who did what he loved doing, he was and still is the king of rock and roll,
April 20, 2008
The best concert footage ever - this is amazing
April 11, 2008
Great documentry this a good insight into elvis, love it
April 9, 2008
Elvis do I need to say more?
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