This Is Elvis (2-Disc)
The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: December 11, 2018
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Warner Archives
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Malcolm Leo & Andrew Solt|
|Edited by||Glenn Farr|
|Narrated by||Ral Donner|
The 1981 documentary begins with awkward recreations of Elvis' early life but soon turns into an excellent introductory portrait of the country boy turned rock and roll phenomenon... Full Review
Unlike previous documentaries, this one focuses on the star's life more than his music and gives the best hints yet of why Presley's skyrocket ride to stardom led him to self-destruct. Full Review
Although the film resembles a child's drawing of a life, it is enlivened by the use of documentary material which, if it does nothing else, at least recreates that era When 'rock-and-roll' was seen as the harbinger of things to come. Full Review
Rating: B -- One of the better docus about Elvis Presley
The biggest issue with This Is Elvis is that it reduces the life of a singer who has become a myth to four biographical facts. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The movie's lesson is brutal, sad, and inescapable: Elvis Presley was a man who gave joy to a great many people but felt very little of his own, because he became addicted and stayed addicted until the day it killed him. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Fine documentary/showcase of the King.
Description by OLDIES.com:
Elvis Presley wrote musical history across his 24-year career. Now his "authorized biography" unfolds in this exploration of a life that impacted the world like no other's.