Film: 5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Man, who doesn’t love the King! Elvis was and always will be one of the greatest performers in our time. The 1970 documentary, “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is”, gives us a great behind-the-scenes look into Elvis’ August 1970 Las Vegas show from development to rehearsal to stage. It has newly remastered and arrives on Blu-ray for the first time in a really sweet 40-page DigiBook package with rare behind-the-scene photos. This release also includes two cuts of the film, both the original theatrical cut and the re-edited and remixed 2001 Special Edition version. A must have for any Elvis fan.
Official Premise: With thousands of feet of materials including sequences added to capture with greater intimacy Elvis’ performances and his creative process behind-the-scenes, the previously released Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition is now being made available as a Blu-ray™ two disc Special Edition Premium Digibook. Denis Sanders (Shock Treatment) directed this “rockumentary.” Academy Award® nominated Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch) was the cinematographer, following the show’s development from rehearsal to stage.
The film has also never looked better on this Blu-ray since it was newly remastered in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. The sound is amazing and definitely lives up to the standards for the King. My main issue with this is that the 1970 original theatrical version is only available on DVD though and not Blu-ray. So if prefer that one to the 2001 special edition cut, you might be a little disappointed here. Other special features includes a cool featurette called “Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” and 12 Outtakes: Song/Non-musical Sequences but that is really it.
To celebrate Elvis Week, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Two Disc Special Edition on August 12 as Premium Blu-ray™ Digibook.