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DVD Review: Elvis Presley: 5 Film Collection

June 19, 2018

By John Corrado

Last week, Paramount released the Elvis Presley: 5 Film Collection on DVD, a new set that includes his films G.I. Blues (1960), Blue Hawaii (1961), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Fun in Acapulco (1963), and Roustabout (1964).

I’m a pretty big Elvis fan, and consider his films to be somewhat of a guilty pleasure having seen a good number of them over the years, so this set easily gets a recommendation from me.  The musical icon starred in a grand total of 31 films throughout the 1950s and ’60s, so this is just a small sampling of his acting output right from the middle of his film career.

Elvis Presley himself remains a charismatic screen presence, and these films serve as light and enjoyable pieces of escapism that feature some great music and are a lot of fun to watch.  While they admittedly aren’t exactly masterpieces of cinema, and there are elements of them that do feel dated particularly in terms of their sexual politics, the one thing I have to say about many of his films is that they are eminently watchable.

My personal favourite of this bunch is probably the breezy beach movie Blue Hawaii, a film that is notable for giving us the romantic ballad “Can’t Help Falling in Love” which has become a perennial classic, and also helped cement his connections to Hawaiian culture.  With artwork and packaging that is similar to the Jerry Lewis: 10 Film Collection, which also came out last week, this is an attractive and worthwhile set for fans of The King, that provides a fine sampling of his films.

Elvis Presley: 5 Film Collection is a Paramount Home Media Distribution release.

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