Elvis: That's the Way It Is
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Elvis: That's the Way It Is offers a candid look at Elvis Presley at a point when he decided to permanently abandon movie roles and return triumphantly to concert gigs. It shows him strutting around Vegas with his entourage, Elvis painstakingly preparing for his stage show, Elvis relaxing backstage and trading jokes with his vocal accompanists, and, of course, Elvis before a live, loud audience. Photographed by Lucien Ballard the film was directed by Denis Sanders of Shock Treatment fame. This film was hugely reedited and reissued in 2001, with around 40% new material that replaced… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"The film was somewhat radically reworked for a TCM special edition; the original is like an old-school monster movie that teases the audience before finally giving fans the spectacle they crave -- Elvis, tearing down the house in all his jumpsuited glory."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The definitive portrait of Elvis the Vegas headliner follows the King through his 1970 summer engagement in Las Vegas from backstage bustle to box-office hustle to 27 stage numbers."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"... chronicles his phoenix-like rebirth as a Vegas showman as a concert rockumentary interspersed with interviews, backstage material, and a wealth of footage featuring the King in rehearsal."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Pop and Rock stars will come and go, but there is only one Elvis, and the concert film "That's the Way It Is" proves that, once and for all..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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