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Documentaries & Specials Post 1977

Documentaries & Specials Post-1977

Some four decades after his untimely passing, Elvis Presley is as popular as ever with fans of all ages. Just check out these three dozen biographical specials, tributes, movies, remastered concerts, television series, home videos and family photos, archival footage, a musical and numerous documentaries – including an Elvis documentary created by and for BBC-TV. Several have aired on The Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, ABC and CBS and many are available to watch any time on DVD, Amazon video, Blu-ray and YouTube.

1979, A biographical TV movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis.

"Elvis and The Beauty Queen" 
1981, Television movie drama about the relationship of Elvis and girlfriend Linda Thompson. Stars Don Johnson and Stephanie Zimbalist as Elvis and Linda.

"This is Elvis" 
1981, A theatrically released biographical documentary.

"Elvis '56" 
1985, A television documentary about the first year of Elvis' international fame. Lots of footage from the 50's TV appearances.

"Elvis Presley's Graceland" 
1984, A televised tour of Graceland hosted by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley.

"Elvis: One Night With You" 
1985, A TV special featuring unseen footage from the 1968 TV special.

"Elvis and Me" 
1988, Television mini-series drama based upon the book Elvis and Me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley. Stars Dale Midkiff and Susan Walters as Elvis and Priscilla.

"Elvis: The Great Performances" (Original Version) 
1990, A two-volume video set (Center Stage and The Man and the Music) documenting some of Elvis’ greatest singing performances in films, TV specials and TV guest appearances over the course of his career. Narrated by his friend George Klein.

"Elvis: The Great Performances" (Televised Version) 
1992, A re-edited version of the home video set, put together for network television and hosted from Graceland by Priscilla Presley.

"Elvis" (TV Series) 
1990, A short-lived, but highly acclaimed dramatic network television series about Elvis' early career. Elvis is portrayed by Michael St. Gerard. Originally aired on ABC-TV in 30-minute episodes in 1990. In the years since, TNT has grouped the episodes together for several long-form broadcasts.

"Elvis: The Lost Performances" 
1992, A home video release of unseen footage from the concert films "Elvis, That's the Way It Is" (1970) and "Elvis on Tour" (1972).

"Elvis in Hollywood" 
Video documentary of Elvis' movie career in the 1950's. Footage from his first four films, including some previously unseen outtakes, and interviews with friends and colleagues associated with these films.

"Elvis: His Life and Times" 
1987/1993, A 1987 BBC TV documentary of Elvis' life, re-edited in 1993 for a syndicated TV special hosted by Mac Davis and Lisa Hartman Black. A video without Davis and Black hosting was released in 1993.

"America Comes to Graceland" 
1993, A syndicated TV special about Elvis' life and legacy, hosted from Graceland by Mac Davis and Lisa Hartman Black.

"Elvis: The Tribute" 
1994, Celebrity concert in tribute to Elvis in October 1994 at The Pyramid arena in Memphis. Aired live as a Pay-Per-View event. Aired in condensed form as an ABC television special later that year.

"Elvis, Touch the Dream, A New Generation" 
1995, A syndicated TV special about Elvis' life and today's new generation of Elvis fans. Hosted by Travis Tritt.

"Virtual Graceland" 
1996, The critically acclaimed 2-disc CD ROM tour of Graceland. Go on a programmed guided tour, or customize the tour for yourself through the many choices of material to access. Includes home movie, newsreel and performance clips, interviews with people from Elvis' personal and professional life, information about Elvis' life and career, and more.

"Elvis Presley: The Alternate Aloha Concert "
1996, Taped in front of a live audience on January 12, 1973, this is the rehearsal show Elvis did for his January 14 satellite television special "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite."

"Finding Graceland" 
1999, A fictional film shot in 1997 with a few key scenes filmed on location at Graceland. Stars Harvey Keitel as a man of good deeds who thinks he is Elvis Presley and is making his way home to Graceland twenty years after his supposed death. Also stars Johnathon Schaech and Bridget Fonda.

"The Century - America's Time" 
1999, ABC News/ Peter Jennings twelve-hour, six-part documentary of the events that shaped the twentieth century. The rise of Elvis Presley's career is the focus of half the fourth installment.

"He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley" 
1999, A two-part documentary for television, video, and DVD produced by the Gaither Management Group in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises. Scored with Elvis' gospel recordings and features most of the Elvis gospel and inspirational performance footage fans all know and love. The story of gospel music's role in Elvis' life and career, Elvis' role in the world of gospel music, and the personal and little-known stories that illustrate his spirituality, generosity and the other fine points of his character are discussed by his friends, bandmates and heroes from the gospel music world. The music and the stories take you into the recording studio, on stage, backstage, home, and on the road with one of the world's most important performers and deep into the heart of a very special human being.

"Elvis Presley's Graceland" 
2001, A documentary special produced by Ross Productions for the Discovery Channel. A visit to Graceland and its related attractions, plus nearby Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel and Elvis Presley's Memphis restaurant/nightclub on Beale Street. An entertaining and informative tour of these properties, featuring Elvis photography and home movies, interviews with friends, fans and Graceland/EPE staff. Includes a behind-the-scenes look at EPE with a special focus on the work of the archival staff, including a visit to the archival storage facilities where all the Elvis treasures not currently displayed are cared for. Footage from Elvis Week 2000 also included.

"Elvis Presley's Memphis" 
2001, While working with EPE for the Graceland program, Ross Productions also produced Elvis Presley’s Memphis for the Travel Channel. This program takes viewers all over the city of Memphis to Elvis-related sites, including Sun Studio, Beale Street, Humes High School, Lauderdale Courts, Libertyland/Memphis Fairgrounds, and other locations. It includes stops at Graceland and the other EPE properties.

"Elvis: That's The Way It Is, Special Edition" 
2001, A re-edited, remastered special edition of the MGM concert documentary film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" (1970).

"Elvis: The Great Performances" 
2002, The DVD release of the 1990 two-volume video set of the same name, narrated by Elvis’ friend George Klein, plus a third volume, From the Waist Up, narrated by rock star Bono. Three discs.

"Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers" 
2002, A video/DVD Elvis documentary executive-produced by longtime friend and employee of Elvis, Joe Esposito. Features an extensive interview with Joe, home movies, newsreels, film clips and interviews with other Elvis associates.

"Biography: Priscilla Presley" 
2002, The story of Priscilla Presley’s life as featured in the popular A&E documentary television series, Biography. Interviews with Priscilla, her parents, friend Joan Esposito Kardashian, Leslie Neilson, Larry Hagman and others. Home movies, personal photos.

"Elvis Lives" 
2002, NBC network television special produced with BMG/RCA in promotion of the 2002 CD release "ELV1S 30 #1 HITS." Celebrity interviews and performances in tribute to Elvis. Also features Elvis performance footage.

"200 Cadillacs"
 2004, A whimsical, musical look at Elvis's generosity. Interviewees include Linda Thompson, Jerry Schilling, Larry Geller, DJ Fontana, Gordon Stoker, the Denver policemen who received cars, the TV reporter that was given a car and many, many more.

2005, A two-part biographical mini-series for television starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Elvis Presley), Randy Quaid (Colonel Tom Parker), Camryn Manheim (Gladys Presley), Robert Patrick (Vernon Presley) and Rose McGowan (Ann-Margret). The first broadcast was on CBS in America on May 8 & 11, 2005. Directed by James Steven Sadwith. Written by Patrick Sheane Duncan and James Steven Sadwith. Executive produced by Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari for the Greenblatt Janollari Studio and Howard Braunstein and Michael Jaffe for Jaffe/Braunstein Films, Ltd. Co-executive producer, Ilene Kahn Power. Producer, Judy Cairo. The first Elvis biopic to feature actual Elvis recordings rather than a sound-alike.

"Elvis by The Presleys" 
2005, A very personal approach to the Elvis Presley story is presented through vintage interviews with Elvis and new, intimate interviews with his former wife Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, daughter Lisa Marie Presley, cousin Patsy Presley Geranen, former parents-in-law Ann and Paul Beaulieu, former sister-in-law Michelle Beaulieu Hovey, long-time friend Jerry Schilling and others. Private family photography and home movies, special performance footage and other unique material prominently featured. It was first seen on May 13, 2005 as a 2-hour TV special in America with a global 4-hour DVD release from Sony BMG immediately following, along with television presentations in other countries. Executive produced by David Saltz and Osmond J. Kilkenny from an original concept by David Saltz. Producers - Scott Lochmus and Elisabeth Harris. Writer, Bill Flanagan. Produced in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. A companion book and CD also were released.

"Viva Elvis" 
2007, An ABC Special about Elvis' incredible Las Vegas concert career, describing how he incredibly re-invented Vegas.

"Elvis Presley's Graceland: Official Video" 
2009, The official HD video tour of Graceland and its related attractions. Shot and released in 2009. Beautiful footage of the full tour of Graceland and its related attractions, plus photography, newsreel footage and home movies. Highlights of Elvis' life and career and of his years at Graceland.

"Elvis Presley Gladiators" 
For nearly two decades, Elvis Presley practiced the art of karate with skill and enormous dedication. The discipline brought a thrilling new physicality to his film and stage performances. Gladiators was Elvis' never-completed martial arts film, celebrating his passion.

"Love Me Tender... The Love Songs of Elvis Presley" 
This DVD tells the warm story of the tender side of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Narrated by Ashley Judd.

"Elvis Presley: The Searcher"            
2018, This HBO Documentary Film, directed by Thom Zimny, focuses on Elvis the artist. The two-part film features interviews Elvis' family, friends and bandmates, plus artists inspired by Elvis, such as Tom Petty and Emmylou Harris. The movie also features rare videos and photos. Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling served as the film's executive producers.