Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii is a two-disc set featuring all the performance material formally shot in conjunction with Elvis' 'Aloha from Hawaii' television special - an historic concert event seen in more than 40 countries by 1.5 billion people when it initially aired in 1973. The original American broadcast version of the show is included for historical context.
The DVD set features the complete concert that was adapted for that special and the complete rehearsal concert performed two days before. Both concerts are presented with newly re-mastered sound and picture and are being released in their complete, uncut form for the first time.
Also included is the raw, uncut footage shot for the 'Elvis arrives' sequence of the special's original opening and the raw, uncut performance footage of songs recorded for the after-show session that Elvis taped as a resource of extra material for the American broadcast.
Also available: Aloha From Hawaii CD
Disc 1 (running time: 02:18:27)
Elvis arrives and greets fans - January 9th, 1973 - for the opening of the Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii television broadcast. Presented here for the first time is the complete, raw, uncut footage from that one-camera shoot.
Rehearsal concert - January 12th, 1973 - presented here for the first time in its complete, uncut form, re-edited from scratch with remastered sound and picture.
Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii concert - January 14th, 1973 - presented here in its absolute entirety for the first time since the initial satellite transmissions and for the very first time on a DVD or home video release, re-edited from scratch with remastered sound and picture.
Chapter 1: Elvis Arrives and Greets Fans [January 9, 1973]
Chapter 2: Rehearsal Concert [January 12, 1973] (21 tracks)
Chapter 3: Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii Concert [January 14, 1973] (24 tracks)
Disc 2 (running time: 01:43:39)
Post-concert 'Insert' songs session - January 14th, 1973. This after-concert session has Elvis and the band returning to the empty arena to tape five additional songs to be used for the expanded version of the show, as it would be seen on American television. Here, for the very first time, is that session in complete, uncut and uncensored form.
Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii NBC TV Special - April 4, 1973, Broadcast Version Sans the commercials and most of the TV announcer bumpers interrupting it, this is how America first saw Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii on television.
Chapter 1: Post-Concert 'Insert' Songs Session [January 14, 1973] (12 tracks)
Chapter 2: Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii NBC TV Special [April 4, 1973, Broadcast Version] (29 tracks)
Elvis Presley makes television and entertainment history with his Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Via Satellite special. Performed at the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973, broadcast live at 12:30 AM Hawaiian time, beamed via Globecam Satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries. It is seen on a delayed basis in around thirty European countries. A tape of the show will be seen in America on April 4th on NBC. The live broadcast in January attracts 37.8% of the viewers in Japan, 91.8% in the Philippines, 70% in Hong Kong, and 70-80% of the viewers in Korea. The April showing in America will attract 51% of the television viewing audience and will be seen in more American households than man’s first walk on the moon. In all, it will be seen in about forty countries by one billion to 1.5 billion people. Elvis commissions an American Eagle design for his jumpsuit for this show, his patriotic message to his worldwide audience. Never has one performer held the world’s attention in such a way. Elvis is in top form physically and vocally. This is probably the pinnacle of his superstardom, one of the all-time great moments of his career. Elvis was very, very nervous at first. Nobody else had ever done a satellite show before. He was the very first entertainer, ever, to do a satellite show.
It was very expansive to rent the satellite for one hour, so Colonel Parker went to NBC, because they owned the satellite, actually it was their recording company. So they cut the deal and it was the first one ever.
Elvis was a nervous wreck. But as he went along rehearsing, and enjoying Hawaii, he became very comfortable with it. The thing about it, when you go on a satellite show, you go on stage at a certain time and you got to get off at a certain time, otherwise, they will just cut you off, the satellite will cut you off after one hour. So the hardest part that Elvis was worried about, was to time it right.
But as we all know it went along perfectly. Joe Esposito was at the side of the stage while Elvis was performing with a flashlight and about ten minutes before the end time, he flashed the light to let Elvis know he had ten minutes left. It was an unbelievable performance, it was all for charity, and he was very comfortable when he walked on stage. He did a great job, looked fabulous. Can we ask for more?
A great singer, in a great location, great music and it's now part of history.
12 Jan 8.30pm International Centre, Honolulu, Hi
14 Jan 0.30am International Centre, Honolulu, Hi
Audience tickets for the January 14 concert and it's January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal show carry no price. Each audience member is asked to pay whatever he or she can. The performances and concert merchandise sales are a benefit raising $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii. (Kui Lee was a Hawaiian composer who had died of cancer while still in his thirties.)
Read more about the Aloha Special, in an interview with show director, Marty Pasetta.
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