First of all, I can’t believe “Elvis,” the 1979 biopic starring Kurt Russell as the iconic star, has never been released on DVD yet.
Second, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, now is the perfect time. There have been countless films, TV specials, books and biographies about the King of Rock ‘n Roll, but none of them even come close to the magic of “Elvis,” being released on DVD by Shout! Factory to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth (75!). It hits store and cyber shelves on March 2, 2010.
Much of that magic comes from the collaboration between director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell. Watching Russell do those hip moves and put on those blue suede shoes, you’ll think you’re actually watching the King himself. Kurt Russell is awesome.
“Elvis,” which chronicles the singer’s life from poverty-stricken childhood to super-stardom, snagged a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy nominations, including one for Kurt Russell as Outstanding Lead Actor. It also features country music hitmaker Ronnie McDowell, who re-creates Presley’s signature vocals.
More after the jump, including a trailer and pics…
Also featured are Shelley Winters as Elvis’ mother Gladys; Season Hubley as his wife Priscilla; Kurt Russell’s real-life father Bing Russell as Elvis’s father Vernon Presley; Pat Hingle as Colonel Tom Parker; Robert Gray as Red West; Golden Globe nominee Joe Mantegna as Memphis mafia member Joe Esposito; and Golden Globe nominee Ed Begley Jr. as D.J. Fontana.
DVD Bonus Features:
- “Bringing A Legend To Life” Featurette With Archival Interviews Of Kurt Russell And John Carpenter (1979)
- Commentary By “The Voice Of Elvis” Ronnie McDowell And Author Edie Hand
- Rare Clips From American Bandstand
- Photo Gallery
Check out the trailer…
Images: Shout! Factory