Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender is the film debut of Elvis Presley and an American black and white motion picture directed by Robert D. Webb, released by 20th Century Fox on November 15, 1956. The film, named after the song, stars Richard Egan, Debra Paget, and Elvis Presley. It is in the Western genre with musical numbers. Because it was Presley’s movie debut, it was the only time in his acting career that he did not receive top billing. Love Me Tender was originally to be titled The Reno Brothers, but when advanced sales of Presley’s “Love Me Tender” single passed one million—a first for a single—the film title was changed to match.

Presley plays Clint Reno, one of the Reno brothers who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the American Civil War for the Confederate Army. The family is mistakenly informed that one of the brothers, Vance, has been killed on the battlefield. When his brother Vance comes back from the war, he finds that his old girlfriend, Cathy, has married Clint. Although Vance accepts this wholeheartedly (“We always wanted Cathy in the family”), the family has to struggle to reach stability with this issue. As a Confederate soldier, Vance is involved in a train robbery, in which he steals Federal Government money. A conflict of interest ensues when Vance tries to return the money against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates. The film reaches its tragic conclusion with a gunfight between the two Reno brothers, ironically ending with Clint’s murder.

This was Elvis Presley’s first movie role. Love Me Tender is the only film in which Presley’s character dies on-screen. Love Me Tender is also the only one in which Elvis did not get top billing. He came third, after Richard Egan and Debra Paget.

Love Me Tender is a western drama set immediately after the Civil War. In Elvis Presley’s first film, he appears in the secondary role of Clint Reno. This was the only time in his acting career that Elvis received second billing. Clint, the youngest of the four Reno brothers, stayed behind to run the family farm during the war while his older brothers were off fighting for the Confederacy.

Star Richard Egan plays Vance Reno, the eldest brother whom the family believes to have been killed in battle. Upon returning home, Vance is shocked to discover that Clint has married Vance’s former sweetheart, Cathy, played by Debra Paget. The love triangle, complicated by the greedy actions of some unscrupulous ex-Confederates, eventually pits brother against brother, resulting in Clint’s death. The downbeat ending is tempered by the brothers’ reconciliation as Clint dies in Cathy’s arms.

Actor Richard Egan who played Vance Reno, older brother to Elvis’ character, Clint, was a high ranking officer in the U.S. Army during W.W.II. He received a master’s degree at Stanford and taught school at Northwestern before deciding to become an actor. He won a Golden Globe award in 1953 as Most Promising Male Newcomer.

Elvis #1 Hit Performances

This collection of wonderful performances by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll showcases 15 of his #1 US and UK hits. Culled from his TV guest appearances, movies, concert films and television specials – from 1956, the year his star ascended, to the 1970s when he reached the pinnacle of his career – this is Elvis at his best.

See Elvis perform “Heartbreak Hotel,” his first gold record award winner, shortly after the single’s release. Marvel at his Ed Sullivan Show performances of “Hound Dog” and (from the waist up only) “Don’t Be Cruel.” See the matinee idol croon one of his greatest love ballads, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and sing and dance in one of rock music’s all-time greatest production numbers, “Jailhouse Rock.” Experience Elvis in Las Vegas with an energetic delivery of “Suspicious Minds” and in Hawaii performing a version of “Burning Love” for a global television audience and many more from film and TV.

TRACKLISTING:
1.Heartbreak Hotel(filmed March 24, 1956, in the last of his six appearances on Stage Show)
2.Don’t Be Cruel (filmed September 9, 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show)
3.Love Me Tender (filmed September 9, 1956 on The Ed Sullivan Show)
4.Hound Dog (filmed October 28, 1956 during his 3rd appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show)
5.(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (from the 1957 movie Loving You)
6.Jailhouse Rock (from 1957’s Jailhouse Rock)
7.Stuck On You (from the “Welcome Home, Elvis” edition of Frank Sinatra’s series of TV specials in 1960)
8.Can’t Help Falling In Love (From the hit 1961 film Blue Hawaii)
9.Return to Sender (From the 1962 film Girls! Girls! Girls!)
10.All Shook Up (filmed during the taping of what became known as the ’68 Comeback television special)
11.Are You Lonesome Tonight? (From the taping of his ’68 Comeback television special)
12.In The Ghetto (Filmed during the 1970 engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas during production of the concert documentary film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is)
13.Suspicious Minds (Shot during production of the 1970 concert documentary film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is)
14.The Wonder of You (Shot during production of the concert film Elvis, That’s the Way It Is in 1970)
15.Burning Love (January 14, 1973, from the concert in Honolulu)

Elvis Lives – The 25th Anniversary Concert

This DVD captures the essence of the “Elvis the Concert” shows and does so with great sound and in great picture. Honestly, watching it is very close to being there in person. Elvis never sounded better. I wish they would release a companion CD. It’s great seeing Elvis players together again and as brilliant as ever. This is a great release. Thank you EPE for putting it together and finally releasing it to the public. What strikes you is just how timeless Elvis and his music really is. No other singer could do a show like this and seem as fresh and modern as Elvis does. This DVD won’t disappoint.

This DVD is awesome and the production is fantastic. It crosses from shots of Elvis & his entourage from previous performances all those years ago to them performing live on stage in 1997 with Elvis up on the Big Screen makes it so very real as if he is actually there live on stage:
The Camera work, musical blending leaves you feeling as if you are in the very front Row and Elvis is singing to only you! Its a must have for any Elvis fan’s collection.

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.

Elvis

Kurt Russell is Elvis, a film by John Carpenter. Just two years after Elvis Presley passed away, Kurt Russell brought him back to life in the original biopic about the King of Rock n Roll. Released through ABC in 1979, Elvis marked the first time director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell would work together in what would become a legendary pairing in film history (Escape From New York, Big Trouble In Little China, The Thing and Escape From L.A.).

Tracing Presley’s life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to stardom to his triumphant return to Las Vegas, Elvis features Shelley Winters (Gladys Presley), Season Hubley (Priscilla Presley), Bing Russell (Kurt’s real-life father as Vernon Presley), Pat Hingle (Colonel Tom Parker), Joe Mantegna (Memphis Mafia member Joe Esposito) and Ed Begley Jr. (drummer D.J. Fontana) in an all-star supporting cast for an effort that garnered numerous Emmy nominations including Outstanding Lead Actor for Russell. Restored From The Original Film Elements.

Well it’s one for the money (John Carpenter), two for the show (Kurt Russell), three to get ready (Ronnie McDowell’s uncanny vocals), now go, cat, go! This legendary and elusive 1979 made-for-TV feature was the first Elvis biopic, and it remains the best. Presented for the first time on DVD complete and uncut (thankyouverymuch), Elvis was produced less than two years after Presley’s death. The script hits all the career milestones. It treads lightly on Elvis’s dark side (his disdain for his film career, his penchant for shooting out television sets), but don’t look here for dirt, scandal, or sordid details of his bloated final years. This is a sincere and sympathetic treatment of the King’s life, framed by his apprehension over his upcoming do-or-die 1969 Las Vegas concert. Elvis marked the first collaboration between Carpenter and Russell. From sneer to sideburns, the former Disney child star is a revelation in his Emmy-nominated performance. He is ably supported by Shelley Winters as Elvis’s beloved mother, Bing Russell (Kurt’s dad) as father Vernon, Pat Hingle as Colonel Tom Parker, and Season Hubley as Priscilla. Look for Joe Mantegna in one of his earliest roles as Joe Esposito, a member of Elvis’s infamous entourage, the Memphis Mafia. This DVD rocks with a hunka hunka extra features, including an archival featurette about the production of the film, audio commentary by McDowell (who recorded all of the film’s songs in one day), and Elvis-less tribute clips from American Bandstand. Well worth the wait, Elvis is highly recommended for fans who will ever love him tender.