by the Presleys
"Target" Bonus DVD
stores in the US are offering a limited edition of
the Elvis by the Presleys 2CD featuring a bonus DVD
with selections from the upcoming 4 hour DVD version
of the titular release.
"bonus disc" makes fascinating viewing with
two nicely produced chapters:
chapter is an informal chat between Priscilla and Memphis
Mafia member, Jerry Schilling, as they drive around the Los
Angeles area. Basically Priscilla and Jerry reminisce on life
with Elvis and it is a revealing, funny and colorful discussion.
the themes covered are:
coming to Graceland
favorite Elvis songs
Beatles meeting Elvis with a great quote from Paul McCartney
and interesting observations about John Lennon by Priscilla
Diamond lived next door to Elvis!
Harum Scarum hair dye incident
- The Generous
chapter opens with a yuletide wish from Elvis and segues
into home video of Christmas at Graceland both when
Elvis was alive and Christmas 2004. There is some great
footage including Lisa Marie's first Christmas and of
Elvis' favorite Graceland cook, Pauline (who still cooks
the Christmas dinner at Graceland!)
Christmas theme gives way to Elvs' great generosity
- Jerry Schilling recounts the time Elvis bought 40
trucks and shows us the home Elvis bought for him in
importantly the viewer learns how Elvis didn't want to grow
old amassing millions of dollars. Rather he wanted to enjoy
and share his good fortune with others. Was Elvis materialistic?
Priscilla exposes one of the myths in the Elvis story.There
are various interviews with Lisa and Priscilla, Patsy Presley
Geranen (Elvis' double first cousin) and Jerry Schilling.
this chapter clips from the '68 Comeback Special are played
as is rare archival video footage, including great color footage
of Elvis and friends attempting to fix the Elvis Presley Tupelo
Youth Center sign which had collapsed (guys...don't give up
your day jobs).
recent footage includes the opening of Presley Place (initiated
by Lisa and Priscilla).
the chapter closes using If I Can Dream from the '68 Comeback
- The Generous is complemented by a fine Elvis soundtrack.
The "Target" bonus DVD is an intriguing release
which suggests the 4 hour "Elvis by the Presleys"
DVD will be a mandatory addition to every fan's Elvis library.
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