Elvis Presley sizzles as a lovelorn million-heir in this riveting and romantic rock 'n' roll romp. Vying for the attentions of the lovely Shelley Fabares ("Coach"), Elvis finds himself caught up in arivalry with playboy Bi... more »ll Bixby ("The Incredible Hulk") "against a tuneful background of comedy, romance and speedboat racing" (Film Daily)! Clambake is "pleasing escape entertainment" (Boxoffice) and the wildest party to hit the beach since they invented the beach ball! It's a hip version of The Prince and the Pauper as Elvis relinquishes his oil-baron father's fortune and trades identities with a penniless water ski instructor (Will Hutchins) to learn about life from the bottom up. Suddenly short on money but long on determination, he repairs a radicallydesigned powerboat in order to win the regatta and the affection of a girl who's determined to marry rich!« less
"While "Clambake" was certainly not at the top of the heap of Elvis fun-in-the-sun movies, the least they could have done was do a competent job with the mastering of this disk. The quality, while not the worst I've seen, is below average and there are flaws galore, most noticeably at about 48:40 where the picture is so wavy that appears like it was shot underwater until a thick white line washes across the screen from botton to top and resolves the image. Does no one even view these things before the discs are pressed and sold? What a rip-off!!"
Can I give this 6 stars?
Danataliel | Red Wing, MN | 07/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Clambake" is by far the greatest piece of cinema seen this side of Memphis. I love Elvis! While the costumes are a tad sketchy in this film (this includes Elvis' suit that looks like a baseball and the transparent cover-up on the silver bikini girl), the songs (music *and* lyrics), are stellar. Scintillating, if you will. I wish I could find a cd-soundtrack! I have seen this film at least a dozen times. In fact, the first time I saw it, I watched it 3 days in a row, showing it to all my friends, who have since fallen in love with the cinematic genius that is "Clambake."
Shelley Fabares turns in an Oscar-worthy performance. Katharine Hepburn stole the award that rightly belongs to Ms. Fabares.
Will this movie be loved by you? I have "C-O-N-F-I-D-ence" that it will be!"
Poor quality source and/or transfer to DVD
Dr Robert Apuzzio | New Jersey | 03/20/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Clambake starring Elvis Presley,Shelley Fabares,Will Hutchins,Bill Bixby,Gary Merrill,and James Gregory was an entertaining film with a very good cast.It's a take-off on the "Prince and the Pauper" story of a rich man that swaps identity with a poor man and wants to see if he can be a success without the family wealth.Too bad the quality of the print used in making this DVD was poor.The sharpness is disappointing, the color is weak, and there are numerous artifacts seen such as scratches and streaks.Also,the soundtrack is mediocre at best,even though a true HiFi/stereo soundtrack was originally recorded by Elvis for this release.There is no excuse for this hatchet-job,and I recommend you avoid purchasing this title until a respectable effort is made to produce a high-quality copy of this film.If you are a die-hard Elvis fan you'll probably buy it for your library,but the studio did justice to no one with the release of this DVD.Shame on the greedy leeches!"
I pity those expecting a good DVD
gadler | Wien | 10/08/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Thios is probably the worst DVD that was ever released by a major company. Not since that infamous withdrawn 'CHARRO'-DVD was one of the King's movies mistreated like this. It seems like this DVD was mastered from a dub of a 16mm-copy instead of a master. Shame on MGM. Hope they get it right the next time."
gadler | 03/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ITS STRANGE THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE LEAST APPRECIATED ELVIS MOVIES BUT YET APPEARS TO BE ONE OF HIS BETTER MOVIES.THE BASIC PLOT OF THE MOVIE HAS ELVIS STARRING AS A RICH MANS SON TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO APPRECIATE HIM AND NOT HIS MONEY.HE GOES ON TO TRADE IDENTITIES WITH A WATER SKI INSTRUCTOR HOPING TO BE TREATED AS A INDIVIDUAL AND NOT A MILLIONAIRES SON. ELVIS PLAYS ONE OF HIS BEST ROLES AS HE APPEARS TO BE LAID BACK .AS USUAL ELVIS CHARM AND CHARISMA MAKES THE MOVIE GREAT, I WOULD DEFINATELY RECOMMED THIS VIDEO .ITS A TYPE OF MOVIE YOU CAN NEVER GET SICK OF .THIS MOVIE IS GREAT!"