Elvis Presley also goes high def

Earlier this week we reported on the Elvis Presley celebration that Warner Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment are preparing a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing in August with an incredible slate of DVD release. Word just came down that Warner is also planning on making select titles from that line-up available in high definition on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs.

The titles in question are Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas both of which are seing brand new Deluxe Edition versions for their re-release.

In Viva Las Vegas , Elvis Presley will share the screen with Ann-Margret in Sin City, aka Las Vegas, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on-screen. He’s Lucky Jackson, a Grand Prix race driver working at a casino to raise cash for a new engine; she’s a hotel swimming instructor – and the romantic action revs up from their first meeting. Veteran director George Sidney, who guided Ann-Margret in the prior year’s Bye Bye Birdie, combines the hormonal heat wave with fascinating sights of ’60s Las Vegas. Songs include the high-roller title track, the stars’ duet on “The Lady Loves Me,” her sultry “Appreciation” and The King’s version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.” The high def versions will feature the same extras as the DVD versions, namely a Commentary Track by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of “Elvis in Hollywood”, the new Featurette “Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas” and the movie’s Theatrical Trailer.
Jailhouse Rock will feature Elvis’ 1957 box-office hit, in which the King plays Vince Everett, jailed for manslaughter after a bar fight. There, Vince learns to belt out tunes while “in the house” and after being paroled, follows a bumpy road to music and movie success. Six Presley songs by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller spike the story, including “Treat Me Nice,” “I Wanna Be Free” and the classic shimmy-shakin’ title tune that was Presley’s favorite of all his films’ production numbers. Offering similar features as the DVD Deluxe Edition, these high def version will also feature a Commentary Track by music journalist Steve Pond, the new Featurette “The Scene That Stole Jailhouse Rock” and the film’s Theatrical Trailer.

Both films will hit stores on September 18, a little later than the DVD versions, with a $28.99 sticker price.

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