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Universal Has Burnin' Love For Elvis

30 May, 2002 By: Kurt Indvik

Twenty-five years after Elvis Presley left for that great recording studio in the sky (Aug. 16, 1977), The King hasn't lost any of the luster on his crown – and Universal Studios Home Video knows it.

Universal is releasing Elvis: His Best Friend Remembers, a two-hour compilation of interviews, home movies, hundreds of rarely-seen photos, film clips and news reels of performances and press coverage narrated by his best friend of more than 20 years, “Diamond Joe” Esposito. The DVD and VHS street July 30 ($14.95 and $9.95, respectively).

Esposito, who was Elvis' best buddy from his Army years to his death, chronicles the years he hung with The King on the road and at home in Graceland.

Fans get a lot of insider information on what it was like to be up close and personal with Elvis, including a firsthand account of exactly what happened on the day of Elvis' death.

Universal also streets for the first time on DVD Elvis' last scripted screenrole in Change of Habit ($19.95 MAP) July 30. In this 1969 film Elvis is a hip young doctor who sets up a clinic in the inner-city slums of New York. Three nuns forsake their habits to join forces and help out at the clinic. Naturally, one of them (Mary Tyler Moore) falls in love with the guitar-playing doctor and has to decide whether to stay with him or return to the Church. “Rubber Neckin,” “Let Us Pray” and “Change of Habit” are three of the featured songs in the film. DVD extras include the original theatrical trailer, production notes and cast and filmmaker bios.

Universal is offering a $3 instant discount when consumers buy the Best Friend Remembers video and Change of Habit, or any other title from a repricing promotion of its “Doors” collection of music documentaries.

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