Posted Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
In celebration of Elvis Week, two of the legendary performer's films are coming to Blu-ray in August.
In an early announcement to retailers, Warner Bros. is preparing 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is (Digibook)' and 'Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary (Digibook)' for Blu-ray on August 12.
'Elvis: That's the Way It Is (Digibook)' - 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 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: 2001 Special Edition and 1970 Theatrical Edition Cuts; Digibook Packaging; Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis: That's The Way It Is; and 12 Outtakes - song/nonmusical sequences.
'Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary (Digibook)' - In his highest grossing movie, Elvis shares the screen with Ann-Margret, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on screen. He plays Lucky Jackson, a Grand Prix race driver working at a casino to raise cash for a new engine; she’s a hotel swimming instructor - and the romantic action revs up from their first meeting. George Sidney, who also directed Ann-Margret in 'Bye Bye Birdie,' combines the hormonal heat wave with fascinating sights of '60s Las Vegas. David Winters ('West Side Story') choreographed the 10 musical song-and-dance scenes which also featured his dancers. Songs include the high-roller title track, the stars' duet on "The Lady Loves Me," her sultry "Appreciation" and The King's version of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say."
The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Digibook packaging; Commentary by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of "Elvis in Hollywood"; Featurette Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas; and Theatrical trailer.
Suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $27.98.
You can find the latest specs for 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is' & 'Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they are indexed under August 12.
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