Two new deluxe Elvis reissues become essential DVDs for any rock fan's library.
by Chris Willman in Entertainment Weekly
Is Elvis still alive?
Popular reasons given to support the claim Elvis is alive.
Elvis' coffin required several pall bearers because it weighed 900 pounds. Attendants of the funeral reported the air around the coffin was rather cool. It is suspected the coffin contained an air conditioning unit to keep a wax body cool -- a wax that was a replica designed to fool funeral-goers.
The funeral was held the day after Elvis' death. Some say the immediacy was intended to make it difficult for people who were Elvis' fans to attend. They might have recognized the flaws in the wax replica.
The body in the coffin had a pug nose and arched eyebrows unlike Elvis. Most importantly, one of the sideburns on the "corpse" was loose and falling off. A hairdresser later reported gluing the sideburn back.
Elvis' actions were not those of a man who was about to embark on an extensive U.S. tour. He ordered no new suits despite having gained 50 pounds since his last tour, and he bid "adios" at his last show in Hawaii. He had never done this before. Adios, like the French adieu, has the significance of being a final good-bye.
The day after his "death," Lucy De Barbon, an ex-lover, received a single rose in the mail. The card indicated the flower was from "El Lancelot." This had been her pet name for Elvis, and it was a name no one else knew.
Elvis had reasons to fake his death. His life was in danger. He had lost $10 million in a real estate deal with a California organization called "Fraternity" that had links to the Mafia. It is speculated he corroborated with the government to expose the crime ring in exchange for protection, perhaps in the form of a new life.
Elvis once faked his death by setting up an elaborate shooting in which a would-be killer fired blanks at Elvis who had a blood pack which he discharged.
Elvis had the means to fake his own death. He is accused of destroying himself with drugs. In reality, Elvis was a pharmaceutical expert. He took a lot of drugs, but he knew what drugs he could self-administer to create a deathlike state. Further, Elvis' experience with the martial arts was such that he could slow his heart rate and breathing to feign death.
The beat goes on -- movie- and TV-style -- in the DVD
by Ty Burr in Entertainment Weekly
STARSKY & HUTCH
STARSKY & HUTCH:
The five-disc extravaganza of the classic cop show is skimpy on the extras, and you have to adjust your settings to compensate for the clashing plaids, but the kicky guest stars more than make up for it. Hollywood queens like Joan Blondell, rising TV royalty like Suzanne Somers, even an impossibly young Jeff Goldblum. Leads David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser are less given to macho posturing than either memory or the new S&H serves, and the plots are gritty, the sexuality frank, the Afros huge, and the dialoge surprisingly funny -- with the exception of a cornball kidnapping episode written by a young Michael Mann.
Bits from the show get regurgitated in the Stiller-Wilson revamp: Hutch's wealthy-cowboy disguise is a tip of the hat to episode 12 (Starsky alter ego Maury Finkle, by contrast, is all Stiller and pure genius.) The film sustains a genial mockery that extends to the extras: In the droll on-set documentary, everyone in the cast expresses intense loathing for everyone else. Even Soul and Glaser, poker-faced as ever, drop by to dump on the proceedings. Movie: B+ show: Acomments powered by Disqus
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