The King

The King

DVD - 2018
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Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.
Publisher: New York City, NY :, Oscillscope,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 KIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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ba_library
Mar 24, 2019

I thought this documentary was a bit thin. Using Elvis as an allegory for the U.S. (the DVD suggests that American democracy has turned into military, economic, and cultural imperialism—young, talented, sexy Elvis turning into the fat, bloated, drug addicted Elvis.) They travel around the U.S. in a Rolls Royce that Elvis once owned and talk to colleagues, historians, neighbors, musicians and actors (Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin, Mike Meyers, Ashton Kutcher???) a rather oddball assortment of opinions. Some of the Elvis footage is great but the overall concept of the DVD wears a bit thin.

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swyckl
Mar 09, 2019

I liked this biography documentary DVD. It is not as comprehensive and informative as the other DVD. It did have some interesting interviews with other people the other documentary did not have. It showed the old house he lived in when he was 3 years old with his poor parents.

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phoresite
Mar 08, 2019

For lovers of documentaries, this is a movie to watch. It's a very ambitious movie that, in the end, pulls it off. The stories of late 20th century America, its musical voice(s), and giant among cultural/musical icons, are thoughtfully woven together. There's little reverence for Elvis in this film, but there is an appreciation of his gifts and cultural impacts over the span of his life. The only thing missing was serious attention to those who revered him as The King. Given the scope of this movie/story, that is easily forgiven.

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Benny1987
Feb 24, 2019

Loved this film, an allegory for America.

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Sharpur
Feb 04, 2019

I like this documentary, watched it a couple of times on PBS and will watch it again. There are other bios of Elvis if that's what you want. However, this vid takes a different perspective and I enjoyed that viewpoint.

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winston16
Jan 21, 2019

I enjoyed this overall even though the filmmaker's attempt to make a parallel between Elvis's rise and fall and America's alleged fall from grace over the same time period wears more than a bit thin. There may be some truth to that perspective, but some of the case made is forced a bit. Loved the Elvis parts, however!

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Chiefie_2
Jan 12, 2019

We really loved this movie! An 8 out of 10! It was not so much about Elvis as a singer and star, as we suspected it would not be! But there were many photos and musical clips of Elvis that we had not seen before, some really great material. This was a sentimental journey back to the 50's, 60's & 70's for us! Thanks for lending it !! Good stuff.

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tuckerclan
Jan 08, 2019

I liked this movie even though it was all over the place. It follows no real journey through Elvis' life except to say, maybe, that there was more going on throughout these years than just Elvis. To quote the Grateful Dead "What a long strange trip it's been."

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ralwal
Dec 23, 2018

Too much talking not enough Elvis.

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koszalin
Dec 05, 2018

Comparative narrative of Elvis and 'America'? A discredit to Elvis. Ride along in his Rolls Royce with Ethan Hawke, Mike Myers, ....?, racial prejudice, political one sidedness and turn down volume to the other music. Demeaning to Elvis Fans with actual historical knowledge and torture yourself.

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