No, Elvis hasn’t risen from the grave. This is another repackaging of his 1968 comeback special, which was itself back on screen only last year to mark its 50th anniversary. The problem with whacking it up on cinema screens ais that the special was only 50 minutes long, so all kinds of padding is needed. The USP this time is previously unseen alternative takes, which, we’re assured, “reveal a new side of the King”.
Elvis Presley hadn’t performed live for seven years when he appeared in this TV comeback show, which relaunched his career when it was broadcast on December 3, 1968. Bulking it out this time is a new 30-minute segment with Los Angeles Times lead music writer Randy Lewis in conversation with actor Dennis Quaid, pop/country artist Jade Jackson and original 68 Elvis Comeback Special director Steve Binder, to discuss Elvis’s life and legacy.