"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)






My Home Movies of Elvis...Joe Esposito (VCD)

Berjaya. Hvn. Bhd, Malaysia (?), Color/B&W, Running time: 43 mins

Joe Esposito Quote:

"That's the way he was...Elvis loved to do things all the way"

A video fondly remembered from the late 1980s is Joe Esposito's Home Movies of Elvis.

Available for a short time principally through fan clubs, the video became the subject of legal action by EPE and resulted in a settlement where ownership of the hime movies lay with EPE. One enterprising person has now transferred the video to VCD format.

There are many highlights on the VCD. Among them:

  • baby Lisa Marie's first boat ride
  • footage at Elvis' Palm Springs residence
  • Elvis smoking
  • good natured karate fights in the desert
  • off-camera during movie shoots
  • footage of Elvis and Priscilla's wedding reception including vision of a forgotten icon in the Elvis world during the 1960s, Gary Pepper (the Memphis fan club president afflicted by cerebral palsy)
  • Elvis carrying Priscilla over the threshold
  • visiting a meteor crater lake in Arizona
  • having fun on snowmobiles in Aspen
  • vacationing in Hawaii
  • Elvis and Tom Jones on the beach in Hawaii
  • the Circle G ranch
  • Graceland, including a snowy Christmas
  • glimpses of Peter Noone (Herman from Herman's Hermits) and Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man)

Joe Esposito's narrative is natural being both interesting and informative. At times he displays his dry sense of humor and he has many great stories to tell of his time with Elvis.

We discover how they folled the media before Elvis and Priscilla got married. Joe tells us how Elvis wanted to be a movie director, how Elvis and the Memphis Mafia spent their days and nights and reveals many of Elvis' likes and dislikes.

Technical aspects: the VCD contains only basic technical elements. There is no chapter menu, no rewind facilty and only (x1) fast forward

Audio: very good as it is a narrative overdub. The original home movies were recorded without sound.

Video: Not surprisingly given the source and age of the home movies the picture quality is variable. However it is more than acceptable and certainly a lot better than many of the bootleg videos of Elvis live on stage. The biggest bugbear is the often murky color and lighting.

Trivia: The music for the video/VCD was composed by Roger Voudouris who had a top 30 Billboard hit with Get Used To It.

Is Home Videos of Elvis an essential item in our Elvis collections?...

...EIN's essential rating (0 = non-essential; 10 = essential): 8.5

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