What a missed opportunity
Scott Raile | Littleton, Co USA | 07/30/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was really hoping that MGM would have remastered these DVDs to give us anamorphic widescreen versions of these movies, but alas, it was not to be. I can't compare this new box set to the previous DVDs (since I didn't own them), but it looks like what we have here was just ported over from previous releases. So, while we have "Kid Galahad" looking marvelous in anamorphic widescreen, we also have an absolutely miserable non-anamorphic transfer of "Clambake." The other two movies fall somewhere in between: "Frankie and Johnny" is supposedly in its correct, anamorphic aspect ratio (and looks great), but with a 1:66 ratio there's very little "widescreen" to talk about, so it's hard to say if this is, indeed, the correct ratio. And "Follow That Dream" is a mixed bag, with a full-screen transfer on one side (why??), and a non-anamorphic widescreen on the other (WHY?).
So, MGM absolutely blew it. They had a chance to issue the definitive versions of these films on DVD, but chose instead to recycle lame product just to milk a little more money out of Elvis fans. Track down the "Kid Galahad" and "Frankie and Johnny" DVDs (assuming that F+J is, indeed, in the correct aspect ratio...anyone know for sure?), but there's no reason why, in 2007, we should have to suffer with non-anamorphic transfers, particularly one as bottom-of-the-barrel bad as "Clambake." My old VHS tape looked miles better than this pathetic DVD. Hey MGM, tell me where I can send these DVDs so that I can get REAL remastered versions someday!"
THE KING HAS THE BUILDING. BUT NOT YOUR TV.
Alan W. Petrucelli | THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT (ALAN W. PETRUCELLI) | 07/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's been 30 years since he left the building, but the King's legacy lives on. Elvis has been dead (or may not be) for 30 years, and this collection offers cinematic proof of his influence on pop culture--and we don't mean just the signature sneer and perfectly-coifed pompadour. Despite the silly titles and something sillier plots, Clambake, Kid Galahad, Follow that Dream and Frankie and Johnny showcase the man Who Would Be King in performances that are crisp and clever. Kid Galahad, a remake of the Eddie Robinson flick, is perhaps the best example; this departure from the typical Elvis frothy fare spotlights his true acting ability, not just as song-and-dance man filler. And we still eat up the savory "Clambake"--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 to learn about life from the bottom up. It's a rock and roll romp that co-stars our fave Shelley Fabares and the always underrated Bill Bixby. Rock on!
Elvis Pressley DVD Combo
Cynthia D. Creel | Concord, NC | 01/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My husband and myself were very satisfied by your service for the Christmas gifts I ordered for him. The price was so very reasonable compared to in store product prices. The movies arrived on time, packaged safe and secure, in excellent condition and both of us have enjoyed watching them.
Thanks for making our shopping experience an easy and happy experience, we will be using your company and service again in the future."
ELVIS MGM Movie Collection
Michael Cookson | Paradise, CA | 12/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I LOVED THESE MOVIES! ELVIS IS ALWAYS A GREAT CHOICE TO WATCH! HE MADE "CLEAN" MOVIES (NO CUSSING, NO NUDITY, NO BAD CONTENT). THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN WATCH AND ENJOY HIS MOVIES. FOR ANY ELVIS FAN, THIS IS A MUST HAVE COLLECTION!"