Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis Presley has arrived in your hometown. 1972’s Elvis On Tour is available now for the first time ever on Blu-ray and DVD.
Elvis On Tour features Elvis on the road and in rehearsals in the spring of 1972. The movie shows Elvis in good form, with the effects of his marriage problems with Priscilla only beginning to take their toll.
It is a well-assembled film, capturing an important moment in the entertainer’s life. The second documentary produced about him, Elvis On Tour also represents Elvis’ 33rd and final completed movie.
Sandwiched between 1970’s colossal That’s The Way It Is documentary and 1973’s Aloha From Hawaii TV special, MGM’s Golden-Globe-winning film is sometimes overlooked among Elvis events.
At the time, Elvis On Tour ultimately did not even garner a soundtrack album release – trumped by the As Recorded At Madison Square Garden and Aloha live albums.
A theatrical showing last week across the United States placed a well-deserved spotlight on Elvis On Tour. There will also be a special screening of the movie on August 14 in Memphis during Elvis Week. A European screening of Elvis On Tour in Belgium will feature Elvis’ long-time friend Jerry Schilling, who also was an assistant editor on the original movie.
As confirmed last week, Warner Home Video has replaced the opening “Johnny B. Goode” with “Don’t Be Cruel” for this release due to being unable to obtain rights to use the classic tune, penned by Chuck Berry. Other than being fully restored for Blu-ray and upgraded to 5.1 surround sound, the film is otherwise unchanged from its original theatrical version.
When I sit down to watch Elvis On Tour on Blu-ray Friday night, I’m going to do so as a fan – not a blogger or a reviewer.
Crank up the volume, and have fun! That’s what being an Elvis fan is all about.
Elvis On Tour Countdown
- Now: Elvis On Tour (2010 Cruel Edit) Blu-ray and DVD releases
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Selected posts about Elvis On Tour from The Mystery Train:
- Elvis On Tour Blu-ray/DVD coming August 3
- Elvis On Tour: The official audio releases
- Elvis On Tour to hit US theaters on July 29
- It’s official! Elvis On Tour to rock almost every US state!
- One Night: More Elvis On Tour theater event and Blu-ray details
- Elvis On Tour, VHS Style
- Found and Lost: The official Elvis On Tour video outtake releases
- Elvis On Tour meets the wonder of Blu . . . but without Johnny B. Goode?
- Warner site still claims Elvis On Tour releases contain extra songs; no word on fate of Johnny B. Goode
- Johnny B. Gone: Warner Brothers confirms replacement of Elvis On Tour’s opening song
- Elvis On Tour tonight
- “Never-before-seen Elvis tour scenes” — as long as you’ve never seen Elvis On Tour
- Two heroes rise from the ashes of Elvis On Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration