Elvis : That's the Way It Is : The Complete Shows & Rehearsals DVDs

By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
February 12, 2014 - 4:26:47 PM
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'Elvis : That's the Way It Is : The Complete Shows' contains two (2) dual layered DVDs, (equivalent to 4 DVD's without loss of quality) filled with 6 hours of excellent edits, lots of amazing multi angle sequence shots different to that of the 'Complete Works' release. 'Elvis : That's the Way It Is : The Rehearsals' contains 3 hours of quality film of Elvis' rehearsals. Both titles are in full stereo and in 5.1 Surround Sound.

Elvis Presley Video Excerpt from That's The Way it is : The Complete Shows I and II (17:27)

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Elvis Presley Video Excerpt from That's The Way it is : The Rehearsals (06:12)

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Review

I've just had the opportunity to watch the 9+ hours of video (exhausting but intriguing as well) and think I can provide some accurate details to the questions being asked:

- The focus of the video is Elvis. If a camera angle with Elvis in it exists, then that is what is seen on the screen.

The picture quality is the best you will ever have seen of these outtakes (and I've purchased over 50 discs of this material over the last few years spending over $1,500). The footage has either come from an earlier generation copy or has been extensively remastered to improve sharpness/colour/reduce graininess, etc (or both). It is not as good as SE of course (except for the portions in the edits borrowed from the original discs) but significantly better than what we have had before.

The edits are all created 'new' from scratch. Nothing has been taken from previous (Crap) Star or other releases. There is at least 3 hours of new footage without 'Property of Turner...' and perhaps about 30 minutes of footage never before seen. Some of the completely 'new' footage that I can remember includes: 'Something' from Aug 10; 'some extra telegram' reading;

'Love Me Tender' complete from Aug 12ds without 'Property of Turner...'
'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' complete from Aug 12ds (TTWII SE was a splice of Aug 12ds and Aug 11ds);
'new extra dialogue' before 'Twenty Days And Twenty Nights' on Aug 12ds;
'extra dialogue' before 'Heartbreak Hotel' on Aug 12ds;
'Hound Dog' from Aug 12 ms but mainly the band;
'dialogue and complete instrumental' before and after 'Polk Salad Annie' Aug 12ms
'Heartbreak Hotel' Aug 12ms (to this date I've never seen the first bar of the song with Elvis in the picture, always the audience
'Love Me' / 'Words' / 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' Aug 12ms without 'Property of Turner...'
'Lot of New dialogue before 'The Wonder of You' Aug 13ds
'Can't Help Falling In Love' more complete Aug 11ds
'Love Me Tender' Aug 11ms
'I Just Can't help Believin' Aug 11ms
'I'll Take you Home Kathleen' - a few lines Aug 7 rehearsal
'Lot of clips' with original sound from Aug 14MS that were new to me.

Probably a lot more but these clips stood out in my mind.

There is no cropping of any pictures. In the 3 angle sequences, the main angle is raised to the top where the widescreen black bars would normally be seen. The 2 additional angles are at 50% size and below the main normal sized angle. Talking about angles, there are lots of new angles throughout that I had not seen before.

Sound throughout is excellent to my ears except with Aug 14MS which is 'camera' sound. The rest has to be from BMG source but the mix is different. Live material played surround on a Dolby digital 2x receiver.

- 3 angle screens seem to be in perfect synch
- picture looked very good on a 65 inch screen and better than what I've seen before
- some of the songs (perhaps 5-6) do not have original Elvis footage but rather nicely created videos from candid/band/audience/Vegas clips to create more complete shows for Aug 11 and 12.

All the rest are complete Elvis songs presented in multi angle and single angle depending on what was available.

Track listing

Don't expect Turner quality throughout
Expect better quality than you've ever seen before
Expect excellent sound in stereo (except for rehearsals which are a combination.)
Expect perfect synchs
Expect complete songs in order
Expect lots of new footage without 'Property of Turner...'
Expect seamless transitions from multi angle to single angle
Expect a box set that you will value for many years to come
Expect to be able to see where Turner/MGM did their splices and the proper order here.

Elvis Presley CDs That's The Way It Is : The Complete Shows I

August 10th Opening

Elvis In Blue Suit
Reading Telegrams
Backstage
That's All Right
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
I Can't Stop Loving You
Love Me Tender
The Next Step Is Love
Words
Something
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Polk Salad Annie
Patch It Up
Can't Help Falling In Love.
After Show Party

August 11th D/S

That's All Right
I Got A Woman
Hound Dog
Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Talks
Love Me Tender
I've Lost You
I Just Can't Help Believin
Something
I Can't Stop Loving You
Sweet Caroline
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Polk Salad Annie
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love

August 11th M/S

Backstage
That's All Right
I Got A Woman
Elvis Talks
Hound Dog
Elvis Talks
Love Me Tender
Elvis and Fan
There Goes My Everything
Just Pretend
I Just Can't Help Believin'
Men With Broken Hearts
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Polk Salad Annie
One Night
Don't Be Cruel
Love Me
Looks Like I Started Something
Heartbreak Hotel
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love
Leaving Stage

Bonus Footage:

August 14th M/S

That's All Right
Love Me Tender
Polk Salad Annie
All Shook Up
Blue Suede Shoes
One Night
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love

August 15th M/S

That's Alright
I Got A Woman

Elvis Presley CDs That's The Way It Is : The Complete Shows II

August 12th D/S

Backstage
Hound Dog
Heartbreak Hotel
Love Me Tender/Instrumental
I've Lost You
I Just Can't Help Believing
Patch It Up
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Polk Salad Annie
Band Introductions
Blue Suede Shoes
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love

August 12th M/S

Backstage
That's All Right
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Hound Dog
Love Me Tender
Just Pretend
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
There Goes My Everything
Words
Sweet Caroline
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
You've Lost That's Loving Feeling (reprise)
Polk Salad Annie
Heart Break Hotel
One Night
Blue Suede Shoes
All Shook Up
Little Sister/Get Back
I Was The One
Love Me
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love.

August 13th D/S

Love Me Tender
Don't Cry Daddy/In The Ghetto
Stranger In The Crowd
Make The World Go Away
Ed Sullivan & Milton Berle Show Dialogue
The Wonder Of You
All Shook Up

The Wonder Of You
All Shook Up

Elvis Presley CDs That's The Way It Is : The Rehearsals

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
July 14th, 1970. M.G.M Stage 1, Culver City, California

Arriving and Greeting Crew 
Baby What You Want Me To Do 
The Next Step Is Love 
Polk Salad Annie 
Words
Words (Take 2)
Elvis Talks
Words 
Bridge Over Troubled Water 
I've Lost You (playback) 
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2)
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Elvis and Band Talk
Elvis and crew eating lunch
Packing Up

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
July 15th, 1970. M.G.M Stage 1, Culver City, California

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Take 3) 
Sweet Caroline (ending) 
Yesterday 
Hey Jude 
I Can't Stop Loving You 
Tomorrow Never Comes 
Love Me 
One Night 
That’s All Right
Elvis and Band Talking 
Twenty Days & Twenty Nights
Crying Time 
How The Web Was Woven 
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (piano)

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
July 29th, 1970. M.G.M, Culver City, California

Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home/Something
Words 
I Just Can't Help Believing 
Little Sister/Get Back 
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water 
I Was The One/Cattle Call 
Baby Lets Play House 
Don't 
Money Honey 
A Fool Such As I
Such A Night 
It’s Now Or Never 
What'd I Say 
My Baby Left Me
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 
Stranger In The Crowd

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
August 4th, 1970. The International Hotel’s Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada

Arriving
Talking To Sweet Inspirations
Words 
Cattle Call
Yodel 
Twenty Days & Twenty Nights 
Something
Father Along 
Something/Mother In-Law (one line) 
Santa Claus Is Back In Town 
Don't Cry Daddy 
In The Ghetto
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 2)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 3)

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
August 7th, 1970. The International Hotel’s Showroom, Las Vegas, Nevada

You've Lost That Loving Feeling 
You Don't Have To Say you Love Me 
The Next Step Is Love
Twenty Days & Twenty Nights
Polk Salad Annie
I'll Take You Home Kathleen 
Oh Happy Day 
I've Lost You 
Mary In The Morning
Words 
Patch It Up
Goodbyes

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