"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






"Joe Esposito's Home Videos of Elvis" update

We received this message following our review of this release on VCD:

Dear Nigel, I am surprised you did not credit "Elvisly Yours" as the ONLY source of Joe Esposito's Home Movies. When Joe was sued in the USA I agreed a contract with him for distribution rights for the Home Movies in Britain and Europe. In Memphis I arranged an impromptu welcome party at the airport for Joe during Elvis Week 1988 when Joe had to be in Memphis to give a Deposition to EPE during the case.

By distributing 1000 leaftets and word of mouth we had about 500 Elvis fans at the Airport. I arranged for all the passengers from Joe's plane to disembark, leaving him onboard. Then, as Joe appeared, 500 fans chanted "JOE, JOE, JOE...JOE" continuously as two TV crews filmed the wonderful mayhem and press took their photos.

Sadly, I did not get video copy of the TV News for this momentous occasion or even photos as I was busy arranging everything. It was one of the highlights of my years running Elvisly Yours. It was one of the rare examples of hard work creating "Elvis Fan Power" when fans united to support a victim of EPE's tyranny. If anyone has photos of that day or TV film I would love to see it.

Joe came over to Britain to launch the Home Movies in 1988 with major TV and Press coverage. The videos were sold exclusively through Elvisly Yours although the video was ripped off by bootleggers but with much inferior quality. There was supposed to be "Macrovision" on the video tape - a protection system to stop copying. A high fee was paid for each tape but the system could be broken and was copied by fans with better video equipment.

The video was sold to wholesalers, fan clubs, dealers and appeared in major chain stores in the UK and by mail order from Elvisly Yours. I had a one year contract and an option to automatically renew after the first year. The contract was for Britain and Europe and then Joe sold "WORLD" rights to EPE instead of honouring our agreement. At the time I had potential buyers who wanted to mass market the home movies in Europe at the then discount price of ?9.99. I was forced to return the master and instead of EPE marketing it around the world just a few minutes appreared on other videos.

From your article it seems this new Asian DVD version of Joe's Home Movies is a rip-off and I expect EPE will soon be hunting down the distributors.

Why EPE haven't officially launched a DVD/video of the Home Movies in its entirety God only knows...another lost opportunity by EPE and another reason why they were $25 million in debt when Sillerman bought out EPE,

Elvisly Yours, Sid Shaw www.elvisly-yours.com

(News, Source: Sid Shaw)

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