Seconded only by its predecessors "BEHIND THE IMAGE Vol. I" and "BEHIND THE IMAGE Vol. II" this DVD by Praytome Publishing is unrivaled.
Besides a professional, competent, illustrated Introduction into the "Comeback-phase" of the King that includes noumerous photographs , this DVD starts with a detailed monologue (Vegas '69) of the King about his reasons to start a comeback. Rare movie clips show Elvis inspecting and signing the contract of the International Hotel, which is still under construction and go into a short privately filmed 8mm sequence of the comeback-engagement from the summer of 1969.The actual highlight of this DVD is, however, a nearly complete concert appearance of the "Elvis-Presley-Summer-Festival" of 1970.
Unfortunately without original sound (instrumental sound was added) but in great, privately filmed 8mm quality, this DVD gives us a fantastic impression of Elvis's stage impact from the time when MGM filmed Elvis for their cinema production, "ELVIS - THAT'S THE WAY IT IS". While MGM could work with the latest equipment and numerous effects, camera angles and zooms to beef up the cinema production, the passion that Elvis fan Jean-Marc Gargiulo filmed from his seat captured the true essence of a 1970 "live" Elvis performance. Plain and true.What we see here is not the studio edited highlights from several different concerts, no sophisticated camera angles and no exciting show effects but a "quite normal", amazing concert appearance of the legendary Elvis Presley!
Rocking, breathless, dancing and making music. From the authentic perspective of a fan in the audience!The privately filmed 8mm shots are brilliant and present us the extremely good looking Elvis in top form. You can see Elvis good and clearly. And we experience him throughout in full size, without the "from the waist up" zooms that are annoying during rock songs with plenty of action. How often have we been complaining about the ignorant camera work, which deprived us so much of Elvis's moves !? Oftentimes, when Elvis's body fell for the rhythm, the camera was zooming him, faded in his musicians, confused us by changes of the camera angle as quick as a flash and offered us by so called triple-screen actions three perspectives at the same time of the dancing Elvis. Surely it was well-meant and on a silver screen it was surely combined with breathtaking effects in the audience. But in the TV format rather irritating.
But as a concertgoer you didn't see a impressive tripartition, no cuts and no different perspectives and production effects. During the concert Elvis was alone on stage with his musicians. Elvis was the central point and he manage to amaze us just by his uncomparable stage presence.
"ELVIS - ADRENALINE" offers us 40 minutes pure Elvis! The way Jean-Marc Gargiulo and another 2500 fans saw him at that time. No well-meant selection of the best moments of his concerts, but a coherent, authentic appearance of the King, at the summit of his physical shape, the way the concertgoers were able to see him at that time.
"ELVIS - ADRENALINE" is the perfect complement of "THAT'S THE WAY IT IS", "THE LOST PERFORMANCES" and "THAT'S THE WAY IT IS - SPECIAL EDITION". A nice, conscientiously produced high class DVD, that offers besides the hottest rock show of the King also several trailers to the Praytome Publishing releases. Trailer, which are so well produced, that they are alone already an experience.
Let's hope, that the production team will make it to elicit more treasures of this caliber and to make them available to the public.
What Ernst Jorgensen offered us accustic on the FTD-label during the past years, finds a competent visual complement in the Praytome Publishing releases.So the reader won't wonder, why we are extremely looking forward to the next Praytome Publishing release.