Elvis One Night With You

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

You can never have too much Elvis on any format especially our beloved shiny little discs, so Warner Bros. has issued another disc to delight fans of his music. If you remember the ’68 Comeback Special Elvis performed, then you might be aware that some of the jam session sequence was hacked in order to meet the time requirements for the television broadcast. In this jam session, Elvis and some former bandmates and friends play music, remember some old times, and have a great time on stage. But most of this was lost when the footage was cut, so many never knew this stuff existed. The footage was later restored and aired on HBO and now it has been released on DVD by the folks at Warner. If you want to see the complete jam session from the ’68 Comeback Special, then this is your ticket so don’t miss out.

This restored version of the jam session features Elvis, former bandmates Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, as well as friends Alan Fortas and Charlie Hodge in all their glory giving one heck of a performance. Some of this performance was included in the original broadcast, so if you think you’re having dΘjα vu…you are. But much of this was axed from that broadcast and with no good reason other than time constraints, since this is some excellent material. In between songs the boys laugh and share some memories and it all combines to create an informal, intimate performance. Below is a track listing.

1. That’s All Right
2. Heartbreak Hotel
3. Love Me
4. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
5. Blue Suede Shoes
6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
7. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
8. Blue Christmas
9. Trying To Get You
10. One Night
11. Memories

Video: How does it look?

One Night With You is presented in a full frame transfer, which retains the original aspect ratio of the release. The image looks good, but shows some problems with wear and tear as the image looks very dated and soft. But this isn’t too bad and since this is a musical release I won’t be as harsh. The colors seem bright even though a little soft and I never saw any traces of smears or bleeds, while flesh tones look sharp and normal. The contrast is good also, never obscuring detail or becoming too bright in the process.

Audio: How does it sound?

What better way to hear the music of Elvis than via a remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track? The surrounds will be kickin’ all through this one and the bass even knocks a few times, which surprised me. I don’t think the music can sound better than it does in this mix and I think fans will appreciate this terrific track. The music is loud and clear, but the vocals remain crisp also. The elements never overpower one another, so you’ll always hear the songs as they were intended to be heard.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The bonus material consists of a brief slide show of stills which is cool, but I would liked to see more.

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