Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii

Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii

Aloha from Hawaii is a music concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. It was the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. The concert took place at the International Convention Center Arena in Honolulu and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe (who received the telecast the next day, also in primetime). Despite the satellite innovation, the United States did not air the concert until April 4, 1973, as the concert took place the same day as Super Bowl VII. The show was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 million.

Far superior to any previous home-video version, the huge deluxe edition of Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii captures over four hours of footage from the King’s historic televised concert from January 1973. The main concert is presented in its entirety for the first time since its original worldwide satellite telecast, and reedited to remove the now-dated split-screen “montage” look. But that’s not all–as a prelude to the concert, the first disc includes 17 uncut minutes of the “Elvis arrives” footage (only 2 minutes of which appears in the concert film) followed by the complete rehearsal concert that took place two days before the telecast. This rehearsal, which was released separately on video as The Alternate Aloha Concert, is rougher than the official show, but more relaxed and often more satisfying musically.

Leading off disc 2 is footage of five songs (“Blue Hawaii,” “Ku-U-I-Po,” “No More,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” and “Early Morning Rain”), including multiple takes, recorded after the performance, four of which (“No More” was the exception) were incorporated into the American television special that was shown a few months after the live telecast. Those four songs are not included in the uncut version of the concert on disc 1, but the original version of the American television special is also on disc 2 so you can watch the concert the way you’ve always watched it for the sake of nostalgia, or you can compare it to all the other pieces you’ve seen and decide which you like better.

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