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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Elvis 75th Birthday Collection DVD Review

Elvis 75th Birthday Collection DVD Review

Synopsis: Included in the collection is Presley’s wildly successful acting debut as the brother of a Confederate soldier in the touching western Love Me Tender, his critically acclaimed performance as a half-Kiowa American Indian in Flaming Star, and his dramatic portrayals of a struggling young boxer in Kid Galahad, a troubled young writer in the coming of age story Wild In The Country and a riverboat gambler in Frankie And Johnny. The collection also showcases some of Elvis’ most exuberant musicals with the seaside romp Clambake and the family comedy Follow That Dream. Featuring appearances from stars such as Academy Award-nominated Tuesday Weld (Best Supporting Actress; Looking For Mr. Goodbar), Barbara Eden (“I Dream Of Jeannie”), Charles Bronson (The Great Escape), Shelley Fabares (“Coach”), and Donna Douglas (“The Beverly Hillbillies”), the seven films in the Elvis 75th Birthday Collection celebrate the consummate performer that was Elvis Presley. With simple, powerful storytelling, iconic charm and high-energy musical numbers, these movies are a must-own addition to any DVD collection.

Review: Elvis Presley is an American icon.  The impact that he had on American  youth and our culture is rather profound, especially during the civil rights era of the 1960s.   One of the things Elvis did outside of his musical work was make several feature films.  These films are still coveted by those that grew up watching them.  With the Elvis 75th Birthday Collection we get a sampling of seven of these fantastic films.

The Elvis 75th Birthday Collection includes everything from his first film, Love Me Tender, to one of his final films, Clambake.  I'll be honest, most Elvis movies have a similar theme and they are clearly a showcase for those that already love Elvis.  He did, however, show that he has some acting chops and he certainly wasn't handed his throne as the king of rock n' roll.  He earned it.

This DVD set is perfect for any Elvis fan.  If you've never had a chance to check out this icon's film work, this set would be a great start.

Interest Range: Elvis Presley