Frank Sinatra Show "Welcome Home Elvis",
Leap, Region 0, B&W, 60 minutes
out of a two-year stint serving his country, Elvis returned
to what he did best in 1960. 1960 would be a busy year for
Elvis - new recordings, new films and an appearance with another
takes a look at his welcome home on the popular Frank Sinatra
Show, which is now available on DVD. The variety special is
an important part of The King's musical record, but is it
done justice on this new release?
Show: the special was Sinatra's last one for his sponsor, Timex.
It is an old style variety show with plenty of comedy, music and
dancing. Some of the lines are very funny and the comraderie between
the regulars on the program is particularly strong. However, Elvis
is actually in it for only a small amount of time.
audience is teased at the beginning of the special as The King sings
a couple of lines from "It's Very Nice", and then we have to wait
nearly 40 minutes before he reappears. But it's worth the wait with
Elvis delivering great, non-lip-synched versions of Fame and Fortune
and Stuck On You. The
highlight is of course the famous duets between The King and the
Chairman of the Board on Sinatra's Witchcraft and Elvis' Love Me
Tender. This is a piece of music history!
movements during his musical numbers are constricted, symbolic of
the strategic move by the Colonel to "tone down" his boy's gyrations
for a family audience. In particular his arm and hand movements
appear unnatural. However, this doesn't stop a young, predominately
female audience from screaming their lungs out at every twitch of
total Elvis' involvement in the show is less than 10 minutes. Overall,
the special is a good natured, good humored variety show. I suspect
many younger fans will find it challenging or alien, as the variety
format is virtually non-existent on TV today.
Extra Features: the extra features are impressive. There are
biographies on the stars of the show: Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Sammy
Davis Jr., Nancy Sinatra, Peter Lawford and comedian Joey Bishop.
Other features on Elvis and Frank Sinatra are a discography and
filmography and there is also a still feature on Elvis memorabilia.
A stand-out extra feature is a 'bonus program', the documentary
'The Story of Elvis Presley A Documented Legend', originally released
in 1990 by Burbank Video. Containing a lot of historical footage
this is a solid examination of Elvis' life and career.
acceptable without being outstanding. Picture: the straight video
to DVD transfer badly shows its age. Digital re-mastering is sorely
needed as the picture is pasty with many imperfections.
While it's nice to have this special on DVD, it is a piece of music
history badly in need of digital restoration
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