Thursday 23 March 2017

Elvis returns to the big screen

Elvis Presley is returning to the big screen in a remastered film.

Elvis On Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration will be shown at more than 460 cinemas in the US on July 29.

The movie will feature remastered footage of concert performances and interviews from the 1972 documentary Elvis On Tour - the singer's last film before he died in 1977.

The film's release commemorates the 75th anniversary of Elvis' birth and includes a retrospective from his former wife, Priscilla Presley, and a montage supervised by director Martin Scorsese. Some of the tour footage has never been released.

"I was thrilled when I heard fans will be gathering in theatres across America on July 29 for this Elvis experience," Priscilla said in a statement. "Those of us who witnessed Elvis in concert know how incredible it was to see him performing live."

Elvis On Tour follows the singer on a 15-city US tour in April 1972. Written and directed by Robert Abel and Pierre Adidge, it combines rehearsal and backstage footage along with concert performances. It also includes Elvis' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The film will be shown again during Elvis Week in Memphis, the annual tribute remembering his contributions to music and American pop culture.

This year's Elvis Week runs from August 10-16.

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