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New on DVD: Elvis, Errol Flynn, Jim Henson
By Jeff Tuckman | Daily Herald Correspondent
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Published: 8/6/2010 12:00 AM

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"Elvis 75th Anniversary Movie Collection"

Elvis Presley was one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Warner Home Video is releasing this 17-Disc collection just prior to the big celebration in Memphis known as Elvis week from Aug. 10-16. Fans from all over the world gather to celebrate Elvis' life through special events and concerts.

The collection includes 14 of Elvis' films and three documentaries. The box set, priced at $74.98, also offers a 40-page commemorative book, memorabilia and more.

The films are: "Viva Las Vegas," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spinout," "It Happened at the World's Fair," "Kissin' Cousins," "Girl Happy," "Tickle Me," "Harem Scarum," "Double Trouble," "Stay Away, Joe," "Speedway," "Live A Little, Love A Little," "Charro," "The Trouble With Girls," "Elvis: That's The Way It is," "Elvis on Tour" and "This Is Elvis."

"Elvis On Tour"

The award-winning documentary had been remastered for the best audio and video quality. Using a split-screen process, the film highlights musical numbers from Elvis' 15-city tour. It was the last film before his death in 1977, and the songs include: "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Love Me Tender," "Are You Lonesome Tonight," "Teddy Bear," "All Shook Up" and more.

Martin Scorsese supervised a montage sequence that showcases Elvis' early career and his movies.

"TCM Spotlight: Errol Flynn Adventures"

Errol Flynn was a versatile actor who appeared in a wide variety of films. The five that are featured here star Flynn during 1942-45: "Desperate Journey," "Edge of Darkness," "Northern Pursuit," "Uncertain Glory" and "Objective Burma." The special features include vintage newsreels, shorts, classic cartoons, trailers, commentaries and other extras.

"Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets"

Jim Henson was an amazing man with a vision. Julia McKenzie narrates the documentary and conducts the interviews. You will learn how Jim Henson developed various puppet skills in college and follow his characters' early stages on shows and commercials. There was a lot going on before "Sesame Street," and we learn more about this shy man's life through interviews with his co-workers and friends. He understood marketing and merchandising, which provided his company the funds to create new characters, films and projects. It's a fascinating look into a wonderful man.

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