Although I haven't been able to watch all of the new '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL DELUXE EDITION DVD yet, I thought I would share some of my early thoughts on this set with everyone!
Just like it's companion set ALOHA FROM HAWAII, the deluxe edition of the '68 Special is also a TOP NOTCH PRODUCTION!!! The booklet for the '68 DVD set seems very complete, right down to the individual take numbers for the various outtakes and whether the takes are complete or incomplete, and if they are incomplete, why Elvis didn't finish the take. Very cool reading and a great companion for these DVD's!!
As for the DVD's themselves, what can I say?? They are simply STUNNING, both in audio and video quality!! The audio is crisp and clear (at least throughout the 1/2 of the set I have been able to watch so far) and the video is quite sharp and crisp as well!! Elvis never looked better than during the '68 special, and these DVD's provide the definitive proof of that!!
As for the material....for the most part, it is very smooth and flows very well. However, some of the outtakes are a bit rough or bumpy in terms of the cameras and how they were shot, but then again you would certainly expect that with outtakes. The bumpiness or unsteadiness of the camera during these outtakes makes it as bit hard to follow the action at times, but certainly doesn't distract from the overall enjoyment of the set!!
One little thing I was a bit disappointed in though was the specially assembled video for IF I CAN DREAM. I understand that the producers assembled this video as a sort of promotion for the set....however, I must say that the video itself is a little bland....it really would have been nice if they had done something to it to make it stand out. Basically, the video just cuts back and forth between the footage of Elvis from the end of the special in the white suit and the footage of Elvis from the "stand-up" shows wearing the black leather suit. Personally, I am not sure what they could have done to make this video stand out a bit more, but there must have been something...again, my only disappointment in this set so far!!
As I said, I have watched about 1/2 of this set so far and at this point, I would rate this DVD set a very solid 9.5 out of 10!!! (y)
Once again....CONGRATULATIONS TO RCA/EPE FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!! :worthy: