Roustabout

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Charlie Rogers (Elvis Presley) is not the type of guy you want to mess with, since he’s as tough as they come and more than willing to scrap when the situation arises. Charlie is a biker who loves to ride, but he soon finds himself working for a carnival, where he bounces unruly folks and protects the ladies. This job suits him well, since he is a loner for the most part, and he is able to use his rough and tumble nature to turn a few quick bucks. While his work at the carnival starts out as just the hired muscle, he soon shows off his musical skills, and before you know it, Charlie’s got a new gig, which is just what the doctor ordered. The popularity of Charlie’s musical act seems to be just in time for himself, a young female carnival worker, and even the owner of the carnival, who feels this act just might be what is needed to save the place. With a steady job doing what he loves, and a wonderful new woman in his life, Charlie seems to have it made. But how long will Charlie be able to wow the crowds, and will it be long enough to keep the carnival in business?

While Elvis might not be a perfect fit for a tough guy role, he manages to fit the bill here. I like the concept of Elvis on the carnival midway, amid the thrill rides and games and what not, so I consider this to be one of my favorites, as far as Elvis flicks go. This is by no means a classic in the typical sense, but the film never fails to keep me entertained, no matter how many times I see it. I feel that’s an earmark of a good movie, one that you can watch again and again, and lose little enjoyment for it. This is just such a movie for me, but then again so are most of the Elvis feature films. With several other recognizable names and faces, this film makes for a wonderful trip down memory lane, even though my memory doesn’t cover this many years ago. I think this is one of the most visually stunning of all Elvis’ films, especially the midway scenes, which I love. If you’re a hard-core Elvis movie buff, like me, this is a must have for your collection. For casual fans and those visiting for the first time, I recommend a rental before you make a final decision.

This is another cinematic adventure for the king of rock ‘n’ roll himself, Elvis Presley. Sure we all know Elvis can sing and shake his groove thing, but the dude act? When the money is down on the table, can Elvis carry a movie? The answer to that query is a resounding yes. While Elvis lacks the traditional acting skills of a true thespian, he has tremendous charm and charisma, and more importantly, he can convey those attributes well on film, which means his movies are fun and entertaining, even if a bit fluffy and light. So yes, Elvis is better at singing and dancing, but he does have a wonderful screen presence, which makes his movies worth watching. Aside from Elvis, the cast of this film includes Leif Erickson (Twilight For The Gods), Joan Freeman (Teenage Rebel, Jinxed!), Teri Garr (Young Frankenstein, Mr. Mom), Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C., Fuzz), Richard Kiel (Eegah, Happy Gilmore), and Barbara Stanwyck (Crimes of Passion). This film was directed by John Rich, who also directed a plethora of television sitcoms in his career.

Video: How does it look?

Roustabout is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The transfer is free from compression errors, and the print is in very good condition, with little wear signs at all. The colors, especially during the midway scenes are vibrant and rich, and flesh tones are natural and free from distortion. The contrast level is also sharp and correct, with well defined shadows and no visible detail loss to discuss.

Audio: How does it sound?

This release contains the original mono track as well as a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 track, and I am pleased to see the inclusion of the original track, if for reference than nothing else. The DDS 5.1 track is of course the one you should choose, but it’s nice to have the original as well. The tunes sound sweet and full in this new mix, better than I’ve ever heard them before. Outside of the music, the surrounds are pretty sleepy, but the dialogue and minor effects come across well in the front channels.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release contains only the theatrical trailer.

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