EIC is quintessential EP viewing for hardcore fans. We know & accept what Elvis was in 1977, particularly Omaha & Rapid City.
Non-hardcore fans, however, will be shocked with parts of both venues. This is THE reason we are unlikely to ever see the "Outtakes" in their entirety ever released "officially."
EP is lethargic in Omaha, in essense, over-medicated. EP awareness, later, of his poorer performance in Omaha was the impetus for the much improved Rapid City show.
Both shows, for good & bad, represent who Elvis was in 1977. History cannot forever be kept swept under a rug; it has to be faced & understood simply because it part of the story - in fact, an important part of the ending. If done correctly, I think a revised version of EIC - heavily focusing on EP's moments of transcendence (yes, from both venues) could help to properly put into perspective what / who EP was by June of '77 ----->
A Legend whose golden voice was still capable of delivering that raw emotion, power, ......... and happiness to his audience .......... to the very end.
EIC is just as "classic" as any of the other filmed EP venues. EPE is / has already embraced it for what it is - in small incremental baby steps (The Sundial Jumpsuit is one of those chosen for constant display @ Graceland - not rotated like many of the other stagesuits / the EIC clips shown next to the stagesuit on the TV monitor on the tour / revised portions of EIC included with "This Is Elvis" / and unseen portions of EIC included with The Great Performances Video series / etc.) ...........
IMO, .......... this is all just an eventual lead in to the inevitable release of EIC in some form - someday in the future ......... when EPE deems the time to be ripe. Right now, EPE chooses not to focus on the ending portion of the story that is EP. This is because they view it as detrimental to the money machine & its bottom line. When EPE needs it, they will release it. To them, this is all about prolonging a product first ............. and doing justice to EP's Legacy second (or a very good case could also be made for - last).
I accept EP - warts & all - for what he was and have no delusions about the "man." As a result, I can enjoy EIC / The Outtakes for what it is - The Last Officially Filmed Perfomances of a Legend (all discussion about Indy being filmed professionally, put aside ....... because I think it is a bunch of malarky).
- Capt. "EL."