Today, Warner Brothers releases Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition on Blu-ray. This 2000 revision of the original 1970 documentary has been available on DVD since 2001, but this marks the first Blu-ray release – featuring high definition video quality and upgraded sound. The Blu-ray is presented in a “digibook” format similar to the 2010 release of 1972’s Elvis On Tour.
Early reviews (here and here) have revealed new information about this release. Despite a Warner Brothers press release indicating otherwise, the 1970 theatrical version of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is apparently does not appear on the Blu-ray disc. Instead, it is only provided on the accompanying DVD disc. In addition, outtake footage provided as a bonus feature on the Blu-ray disc is apparently of poor quality – despite comments in June to the contrary by a Warner Brothers executive.
Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc)
2001 Special Edition
“Patch It Up: The Restoration of ‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Is’”
12 Outtakes – song/nonmusical sequences:
1.) “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” (Rehearsal-July 14)
2.) Eating Sequence (July 14)
3.) “Cattle Call,” “Baby Let’s Play House,” and “Don’t” (Rehearsal-July 29)
4.) “Farther Along” (Rehearsal-August 4)
5.) “Oh Happy Day” (Rehearsal-August 7)
6.) “I Just Can’t Help Believin'” (Live-August 11 Dinner Show)
7.) “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” (Live-August 11 Midnight Show)
8.) “I’ve Lost You” (Live-August 12 Dinner Show)
9.) “Sweet Caroline” (Live-August 12 Midnight Show)
10.) “Little Sister”* (Live-August 12 Midnight Show)
11.) “Stranger In The Crowd” (Live-August 13 Dinner Show)
12.) After Show Party (August 10 Opening Show)
*The “Get Back” portions of this live medley were edited out of the 2007 DVD release and also apparently do not appear on the 2014 Blu-ray.
Disc 2 (DVD)
1970 Original Theatrical Version
12 Outtakes – song/nonmusical sequences (same as listed above)
To promote the Blu-ray, a limited-engagement theatrical run of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is: Special Edition begins on August 16 in Memphis and expands to much of the US the following day.
One thought on “Now Available: Warner Brothers releases THAT’S THE WAY IT IS – SPECIAL EDITION on Blu-ray”
Well I see this as a great opportunity blown yet again…The fans are being treated like fools. I’ve a mind to not buy this release, as much as i would appreciate the remastering of both audio and video to bluray. This SHOULD have been so so much more.
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