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Elvis - '68 Comeback Special
Elvis - '68 Comeback Special
Actors: Elvis Presley, Buddy Arett, Barbara Burgess, D.J. Fontana, Alan Fortas
Director: Steve Binder
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2000     0hr 50min

Five years before he achieved broadcast history with his legendary 1973 global satellite telecast, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, Elvis Presley brought a less grandiose but far more urgent mission to this Christmas season netwo...  more »


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Actors: Elvis Presley, Buddy Arett, Barbara Burgess, D.J. Fontana, Alan Fortas
Director: Steve Binder
Creators: Steve Binder, Bob Finkel, Bones Howe, Norman Morrell, Ray Miller, Allan Blye, Chris Bearde
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Concerts, Pop, Rock & Roll, Presley, Elvis, Classic Rock, Musicals
Studio: Lightyear Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/01/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1968
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1968
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

The Penultimated Elvis! But the DVD is lacking.
Ed N | Kensington, Maryland USA | 08/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, this is a 5 star special. Any Elvis Presley fans will want to own Elvis' 1968 TV special, and most probably already have it on VHS. The question the DVD worth purchasing?To start, the DVD is not complete. Evidently, there was some issue about the rights to "Are you lonesome tonight?" so this song is NOT to be found on the DVD. Other from that, I didn't find anything missing from the DVD. The picture quality is a little soft, a little grainy, and looks like the show was recorded on videotape. Of course, all of this is how the special looked in the first place, so it's not a big deal. In fact, given the limitations of TV broadcasts back in the 60s, the picture quality is acceptable. The soundtrack has the original mono soundtrack. There is also a 5.1 dolby digital remix which sounds good but is maybe a little bass-heavy. Young fans weaned on ultra-glossy DVDs of recent films may be disappointed with the picture/sound quality, but those of us who grew up on Elvis will absolutely love the DVD, which is pretty much the best the special has looked and sounded. The main issue is whether or not to purchase this particular edition....or wait and hope that a future second edition will contain the deleted song. It's a toss-up. Personally, I am happy I bought the DVD and I will probably listen to it quite often!Other than the special itself, there is little else on the DVD. There is a website link-up and a small slide show. That's it. I would have liked a subtitles option (who wouldn't want to sing along with Elvis?). Or how about some outtakes? So, given the incompleteness of the DVD, I can only rate the DVD 4 stars, although the special itself is 5 stars.One last thing - this is obviously a 1960s product. The production numbers have a surreal, almost psychedelic quality to them. Elvis himself is in superb voice, and he delivers a performance that cements his image as the king of rock and roll. But Elvis fans already know this. To the uninitiated, there is probably no better way to see the King at the height of his powers as in this special! Recommended!"
Elvis at his Finest
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember back in 1968 anxiously waiting for this special to air on December 3rd. I knew from reading articles about the special that Elvis was going to perform some of his classic songs like "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock". Judging from his recent movie work, I thought he might not do the classic songs justice. Was I wrong! He did them better! Quoting critic Greil Marcus, "Elvis gave everything he had - more than anyone knew was there."In my opinion, this is Elvis at his peak. He did some great things after this special, but nothing that captures the raw power of his performance on this special.The audio and video on this DVD are good; as good as one might expect considering the television recording and video technology of 1968. In closing, I have been an Elvis fan since 1960. This special is how I want to remember him."
A must have for any rock collection - an absolute classic
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Elvis at his best looking, arguably best sounding, and most creative, plays with his original drummer and guitarist, often in the first "unplugged" format, surrounded by fans on all four sides. Elvis is so close to the audience that it has a surreal quality to it. His voice is impeccable, raw, thick, and tough, at turns sweet and gentle for the ballads, and the skill with which he effortlessly and naturally moves between the two is amazing. This is a one of a kind experience showcasing arguably the best of the best of a brilliant career. Those who don't even think they like Elvis will be converts - incredible."
Elvis' Historic Comeback
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 01/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The 1968 Comeback Special" was the culmination of Elvis Presley's artistic resurrection. He never looked or sounded better, as he sang some of the rawest rock and blues ever recorded. Listening to these classic performances is a transcendent experience. However, to fully appreciate Presley's talents, one must see this revelatory DVD set, which is guaranteed to rock your socks off. The deluxe edition finally includes the unedited, red-hot mini-concerts that comprised much of the original NBC special. If some of the production numbers seem a bit dated by today's standards, Presley certainly does not. This was the performance of Elvis' life and it surpassed everyone's expectations. More than 35 years later, "The 1968 Comeback Special" remains a landmark in the history of rock music."