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Elvis: Up Close and Personal With Sonny West
Elvis Up Close and Personal With Sonny West
Actor: Sonny West
Director: William F. Williams
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2008     2hr 47min

For nearly twenty years, Elvis Presley shared his homes and his life with his personal bodyguard and friend, Sonny West. Now in Elvis: Up Close And Personal in front of a theater audience, Sonny shares many of his intimate...  more »

     
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Actor: Sonny West
Director: William F. Williams
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, History
Studio: Cav Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 2hr 47min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A great "behind the scenes" DVD for every Elvis fan
DeFacto | Nashville, TN USA | 06/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Any Elvis fan would enjoy this DVD, but this is a real treat for those fans who like to know some of the behind-the-scenes stuff. Sonny West's endearing stories and warm-hearted respect for Elvis set the tone for this terrific spoken tribute to an American icon. The powerful closing photo montage is set to a haunting musical performance by Johnny Cash singing the song "You'll Never Walk Alone". You will want to watch this DVD every August 16th as you pay your respects to "The King"."
Awkward format.
J. Lundberg | 08/11/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This dvd is not what I expected at all. The entire 2 hour dvd is just Sonny speaking to a small studio audience. It's very awkward to watch. This small group of people just sits there looking at Sonny while he speaks to them about Elvis. What becomes wrong with this format is that Sonny feels compelled to amuse these people and keep them laughing at his stories. Occasionally some pictures will come on the screen of Elvis and then it's right back to stand-up Sonny and him trying to amuse his small audience. Sonny is also not candid about anything negative about Elvis. He doesn't really even mention anything about prescription drug use. He just speaks of the positive stories of Elvis and anything he feels will entertain his studio audience.

This dvd would have worked much better as a single interview with just Sonny himself and not him speaking to a studio audience. Also, the information he gives is pretty much exactly the same as what is in his book "Elvis Still Taking Care Of Business". Reading that book is a far better experience than this dvd."
A Loving Tribute
Boomer Diva | Louisville, KY USA | 06/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to find something "new" about Elvis, but this personal recollection with Sonny West offers a heartwarming tribute to the "King." All Elvis fans need to view this DVD for never before seen photographs and stories shared by his personal bodyguard and friend. Great job!"
Re-hashed stories
Cathy Reno | Ohio | 09/05/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"You can read most of these stories in "Elvis, What Happened?" That book was written 31 years ago and he is still telling the same stories. Not that I recommend that book, I don't, I don't believe but maybe half of what was in that book. The format is bad. They could have put in more pictures of Elvis while he was telling his stories or a 1 on 1 interview would have been better. Save you money on this one and buy one of Sonny's books, you'll get more info."