G.I. Blues

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Sometimes inspiration and opportunity arrive at the most unexpected moments, at least in the movies, that is. Even though he is many miles away from his Oklahoma hometown, serviceman Tulsa McLean (Elvis Presley) is still thinking about what he wants to do when he returns home. You see, Tulsa is stationed in Frankfurt, Germany during a term of military service, but he is still planning on how achieve his dream when he gets back. And just what is this dream of his? Well, Tulsa wants to open a nightclub once he becomes a free man again, and make it the most happening joint in the whole area, where everyone will want to be. With his musical and singing skills being very good, it seems like that might not be too hard, but Tulsa is missing one thing, the cold, hard cash. But his debonair ways with the ladies has led him into a wager which could score the funds he needs to open his place. In order to win the bet and the money, Tulsa has to make one girl fall for him, but this girl is known as the coldest chick in town, and it won’t be easy. But with Tulsa’s smooth moves and words, she’s bound to fall for him, but will be able to avoid falling for her as well?

You ever just want to watch a fun movie, one that just strives to make you feel good, instead of wracking your brain? If you answered yes to that question, this as well as other Elvis movies should turn the trick for you. While some might say this film lacks substance, I say there’s substance, and that substance is fun and excitement. Sure, this movie’s plot is simple and predictable, but not every film needs to be cerebral and challenging, does it? I think not, which is why movies like this serve an important purpose, we can just sit back, relax, and be entertained. I can watch this movie all the time, it’s just so…fun. That’s a word that is perfect for this movie, fun. The music is fun to listen, the acting is fun to watch, this is fun packed on a shiny disc, to make matters short. And as always, Elvis is ready and willing to put the romance moves on some lovely young lady, as only he can. What more do you want from a movie like this? This release contains great music, decent acting, and loads of fun, everything you need to have a good time. While this release is lacking in the extras section, this is a must have for fans of Elvis, and those looking for feel good movies to add to their collections.

This is another installment in the cinematic efforts of one Elvis Presley, who knows how to make a fun movie, I tell you that much. Sure, he’s better known for his musical skills, but trust me, old Elvis made some sweet flicks when he wasn’t in the studio recording. Even if you don’t like his music that much, these movies are pretty good, and the songs are used in an entertaining fashion. Elvis’ acting certainly isn’t Shakespeare, but he does play the fun loving characters quite well. And between his upbeat and peppy personality and his rockin’ music ability, you know you’re in for a treat somewhere along the line, right? Since most of his movies are in the same vein as this film, if you like it make to look up others, such as King Creole and Roustabout. Although Elvis carries this movie, the supporting is also good, including performances by Robert Ivers (The Errand Boy), Mickey Knox (Cemetery Man), Leticia Roman (Gold of the Seven Saints), and Juliet Prowse (The Right Approach). This film was directed by Norman Taurog, who also helmed several other Elvis vehicles, such as Blue Hawaii, Speedway, Girls! Girls! Girls!, and Double Trouble.

Video: How does it look?

G.I. Blues is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Now this is how Elvis deserves to look, in a near pristine and compression error free visual presentation. The colors are bright and bold, and flesh tones seem normal and consistent as well. The contrast is deep and well defined, with accurate shadow layering and high visible detail level. This is what all Elvis’ movies should look like, for sure.

Audio: How does it sound?

This release contains the original mono track as well as a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. I recommend the DDS 5.1, as it makes the music sound better than ever, and the dialogue even sounds richer and more expansive. While not as impressive as natural 5.1 track, this one does sound very good, much better than I expected. The music sounds as good as I’ve ever heard it, and the dialogue is crisp as well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Once again, Paramount issues a classic with only a trailer for supplement. Come on, this is Elvis people, break out the special edition treatment.

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