THAT’S THE WAY IT IS: SPECIAL EDITION coming to Blu-ray in August

Elvis Presley performs live in August 1970

Elvis Presley in THAT’S THE WAY IT IS: SPECIAL EDITION (1970/2000)

From ElvisMatters:

An exclusive screening of the world premiere of Warner Bros.’ newly-remastered version of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition will be held at the Orpheum Theatre [in Memphis, Tennessee]. The Elvis concert documentary will be available for the first time on Blu-ray on August 12. Fans will be treated not only to the newly-remastered film, but will also get to experience an outtake performance or sequence never-before-seen on the big screen. In addition, the screening will feature an on-stage performance by Terry Blackwood and The Imperials and “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” related artifacts on display in the lobby, direct from the Graceland Archives.

I have not yet been able to find confirmation of this on the official Elvis.com or Graceland.com sites, but it is not unusual for them to be behind on even their own news. I even tried the Orpheum site.

If this pans out, I would not be surprised if additional screenings are added across the United States via Fathom Events, as was done to promote the Elvis On Tour Blu-ray in 2010.

Perhaps Warner will be more accurate in its product descriptions for That’s The Way It Is: Special Edition Blu-ray than they were for the Elvis On Tour Blu-ray.

Update: Graceland.com has now confirmed the screening and Blu-ray release for August, though the press release is unclear on certain product details. Look for plenty of coverage here in coming months.

8 thoughts on “THAT’S THE WAY IT IS: SPECIAL EDITION coming to Blu-ray in August

  1. Loved this Troy! Just returned from Memphis, and Tupelo last week-end! Had to share this blog on FB! TYVM!

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    • Thanks for sharing on Facebook. I don’t have a presence there, so I need all the help I can get. I hope you enjoyed your vacation. It looks like Tupelo got hit bad with a tornado not long after your return.

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  3. You have just made my day Troy, excellent news. I only hope they treat us fans fair with the release and a ton of extras etc…Cannot wait for this to come out. I shall keep watching this space for further info. Cheers Troy.

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    • Thanks, Ray. The Blu-ray news is definitely exciting, though I am not expecting the extras to be anything beyond the 2007 2-DVD release in terms of content and quality. I hope I am wrong.

      As far as the film, it has potential to look and sound spectacular, depending on how much effort Warner puts into the restoration.

      My main concern is whether Warner has obtained clearance on all songs. It would be disappointing to encounter another “Johnny B. Goode” situation a la Elvis On Tour. WB did not cop up to that one until it was exposed by fan sites about a week prior to release, so we probably won’t know for sure until August.

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