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January 10, 2016
An unstated filming of Elvis recording and then performing in Vegas. A Raw and unedited look at a live performance of the entertaining legend.
½ September 14, 2014
The concert footage is amazing, the rest leaves to be desired.
August 25, 2014
Interesting additional LA & Vegas footage to the original. Not so much a documentary.... More like some studio & smaller dinner Vegas venues - footage. Never realized he was so goofy & funny.
½ August 20, 2014
wow great show every singer needs to see it & learn how to sing & perform.... This shows why he was The King....
½ August 8, 2014
Amazing! Easy to see why he's the King
February 4, 2013
Musical documentary about the on stage return of iconic rock and roll star Elvis Presley after years making movies. A highly entertaining documentary about the second coming of Elvis as a Vegas showman which offers plenty of priceless insight into his work and his love for music, with plenty of footage from rehearsals and live performances. A must see for fans of Elvis and music alike.
½ October 27, 2012
Sharp footage of Elvis reherasing for a string of dates in Vegas in 1970 and clips of performances. Would have liked to see "Bridge Over Troubled Water" performed on stage. Elvis really was a great showman, what a loss.
January 22, 2012
Elvis in concert, what is better?
September 14, 2011
Excellent docu-concert oĆ¹ le King y est magnifique et magnifiĆ (C).
August 14, 2011
Probably my favorite Elvis concert/documentary film of all time.
July 17, 2011
This is late Elvis at his best, still thin, still wildly gyrating, smiling, tanned, and clearly loving every moment of what he's doing - just a year or two before the monkey of addiction began to dig its claws in so deep.

Filmed over six shows at the Las Vegas International (now the LV Hilton) in 1970. One of the 20th Century's greatest musical legends at the top of his game, making Vegas all his own.

Move directly to "GO" and collect $200 by watching the 2001 Special Edition - rather than the 1970 Original Theatrical Release version. The 2001 upgrade is serious restoration work. Gone are the nearly thirty minutes of tediously dull observations and interviews of/with Elvii fans, replaced by a generous amount of footage that in 1970 was tossed to the cutting room floor. The L.A. studio and Vegas rehearsals are vastly extended. Also dealt back into the deck are many alternate angle cuts, probably set aside for being thought too pelvic and provocative for 1970 theater-goers. Now almost every frame of the film caresses the character and talent of Elvis.

In addition to the high-quality outright resto of celluloid and sound, there's a good bit of thoughtful sprucing-up throughout the film (eg, captioning, establishing shots) that improves the overall viewer experience a great deal.

[The 2001 version is issued standalone but can also be found inside WB's 2007 DVD "Elvis: That's The Way It Is: Two-Disc Special Edition."]

RECOMMENDATION: The "Aloha" special may be better known, may have been watched live by 1 billion people, may be better costumed - but in Aloha the weight, the exhaustion and the monkey are all painfully on display. Here in this disc is the performance by which The King would want to be remembered.
½ March 31, 2011
A real awesome slice of American history. Not just of Elvis either. Old Vegas looks fantastic and glamorous. Not just shiny. I saw both the original 1970 version, which has more behind-the-scenes footage and the restored 2001 version - which is actually quite different. Restored, pretty, sonically mastered. It's shorter but includes more performances.

While I can question some of E's song choices ("Polk Salad Annie" ? C'mon) you can't deny his performance, his energy, his chops.
January 9, 2011
My favorite Elvis movie,after years of the MGM "location" movies(the King was a great actor but thru the 60's he kept getting scripts that were essentially the same except where they were filmed)Presley was tired of the film industry.After the success of the 68 comeback special Elvis decides to go back on the road and perform for the fans.This film is a documentary chronicling his 69 show at the international hotel in Las Vegas.
The rehearsal footage from the MGM lot is great,showcasing Elvis's humor,dedication,and good nature.Many sequences of the film feature interviews with fans and staff from the International,but the heart of the movie is the concert.Elvis shines on stage and is at the peak of his career,it's one dynamic performance after another as the king belts out tunes and drives the women wild(during love me tender he is mobbed by ladies wanting a kiss from the king).
A wonderful film essential to any fan of Elvis Presley,that showcases his talent,dedication to his fans,and ultimately his humanity.
Super Reviewer
½ December 28, 2010
Best part - "Little Sister" fades into the Beatles "Get Back" and then back into "Little Sister."
A great documentary and awesome concert footage in Vegas. Polk Salad Annie rocks!
November 3, 2010
what a performer!!!! you cant see shows like this anymore
August 16, 2010
He looked like a million bucks, sounded like a million bucks and blew the roof off Las Vegas. Long live the KING!
½ May 20, 2010
Fairly basic and straightforward concert film. Just the King in all his glory belting that iconic voice with Mississippi swagger. "Suspicious Minds" is easily the highlight of the film.
April 23, 2010
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.
½ November 4, 2009
Ahh,vannvittig konsert opptek her.Vegas ca 1970,for en mann,for ett band,publikum i ekstase!!!HERLIG.
October 12, 2009
watching elvis' lunges and ham stretches during suspicious minds is the only time I've found myself questioning my heterosexuality. when I say only time, I mean only time EACH time I re-watch that clip. truth be told I am a little gay for mr. p
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