One of the best of Elvis Presley's pre-Army films, Jailhouse Rock offers us the sensual, "dangerous" Elvis that had won the hearts of the kids and earned the animosity of their elders. Presley plays a young buck who accidentally kills a man while protecting the honor of a woman. Thrown into prison, Elvis strikes up a friendship with visionary fellow-con Mickey Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy suggests that Elvis perform in the upcoming prison show. Ol' swivel-hips scores a hit, and decides to stay in showbiz after his release. Together with pretty Judy Tyler (the former Princess Summerfall Winterspring on Howdy Doody, who would die in a horrible traffic accident shortly after completing this film), Elvis sets up his own record company. Alas, success goes to his head, and soon Elvis plans to ditch Tyler in favor of signing with a big-time label. Shaughnessy shows up long enough to punch out Elvis for his disloyalty; as a result, Elvis' vocal chords are damaged and he is unable to sing. Deserted by his flunkeys and hangers-on, Elvis learns the value of friendship and fidelity when Tyler and Shaughnessy stay by his side in his darkest hours. His voice restored, Elvis climbs back up the charts--but this time, he's a much nicer fellow, and a lot more committed to Tyler. Usually the musical numbers in a Presley picture (this one has a doozy, complete with chorus boys dressed as convicts!) are more compelling than the plot. Jailhouse Rock is a perfect balance of song and story from beginning to end; seldom would Elvis be so well showcased in the future.~Hal Erickson
Commentary by Steve Pond, author of Elvis in Hollywood
New featurette the Scene That stole Jailhouse Rock
Digitally remastered for improved picture quality
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as original Mono
Subtitles: Français (main feature. bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled)
Purchased for my daughter and she is thrilled. Graphics are great!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
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How can you resist buying this terrific Elvis movie? In my opinion, its one of his best films and the fact thats its been remastered and repackaged is a treat. I even bought it at a fair price on buy.com as well. I dont believe Elvis was given enough credit for his acting abilities and this was one of the films in which they are showcased. Enjoy!