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9 Aug, 2010 By: Mike Clark

Elvis on Tour

Warner, Documentary, $19.96 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, ‘G.’
Stars Elvis Presley.
Elvis Presley’s last movie was this unpretentious but now rather affecting performance film. The Blu-ray presentation is a pleasing rendering, and I enjoyed this swan song substantially more than I had the two or three previous times over the years. With the passage of time, it’s now easy to see that Elvis’ final screen appearance came at exactly the apt moment. Elvis on Tour turns out to be something of a stew that includes a tribute to old Elvis movies and a look back at his Ed Sullivan heyday.
Extras: You get a sense of what the metabolic grind the road is on performers. A touring schedule included with the Blu-ray lists 15 consecutive days of shows, including two-a-day performances each in Knoxville, Macon and Jacksonville — the last two engagements on consecutive days.
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The Kim Novak Collection

Sony Pictures, Drama, $39.95 three-DVD set, NR.
Stars Kim Novak, James Stewart, Frank Sinatra, William Holden, Fredric March.
The set includes three previously available Novak starrers — Picnic (1955), Pal Joey (1957) and Bell Book and Candle (1958) — and two new to DVD — Jeanne Eagels (1957) and Middle of the Night (1959). Jeanne Eagels is director George Sidney’s misconceived biopic of the stage actress. The set’s revelation is the inevitably uncommercial Middle of the Night, which reunited writer-playwright Paddy Chayefsky with director Delbert Mann four years after they’d collaborated on the Oscar-winning Marty.
Extras: A couple of the films have Novak commentaries for selected scenes, but there are also several featurettes with the actress and Stephen Rebello, who does an outstanding job of drawing her out (it’s obvious that they hit it off) and asking intelligent questions.
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Louie Bluie

Street 8/10
Criterion, Documentary, $24.95 DVD, NR.
Featuring Howard Armstrong.
Terry Zwigoff’s little seen Louie Bluie is a 60-minute documentary on late country-blues musician Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, a man whose many talents included looking natural in an orange sport jacket and matching shirt and being one of those rare non-military personnel to look cool in a beret.
Extras: Critic Michael Sragow’s liner notes are full of welcome information about the production and of how Zwigoff cleaned out his life savings to make a movie that didn’t stand a chance of getting wide distribution. Zwigoff’s own DVD commentary is very entertaining and often very frank.
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Devil’s Doorway

Available via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $19.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Robert Taylor, Louis Calhern, Paula Raymond.
The leap of faith audiences have to make is the casting of Robert Taylor as an Indian bilked out of his land and the cattle fortune that’s gone with it by laws that give Native Americans no rights — and he a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor winner to compound the insult. The print hasn’t been remastered but is quite acceptable, though certainly it’s not up to what Criterion did with director Anthony Mann’s The Furies in 2008 (which is almost breathtaking).
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