Elvis: That's the Way It Is Reviews
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.
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.
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.
A great documentary and awesome concert footage in Vegas. Polk Salad Annie rocks!
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.