Elvis: That's The Way It Is was something else entirely: It captured the King of Rock 'n' Roll at the very moment he was reclaiming his throne and beginning a new phase in his electrifying career, a remarkable third act that would eclipse everything he had previously done.
...In 1970, he was in peak physical condition and artistically at the top of his game. Copious evidence of this is now offered in a new package from Sony Legacy, which features two DVDs in addition to eight compact discs; it includes all the audio from the run of concerts at the International Hotel in Las Vegas that were filmed for the project as well as a splendidly illustrated 80-page booklet. (The first CD is actually the original 1970 LP released in conjunction with the theatrical film and bearing the same title, even though it's a collection of mostly studio tracks recorded in Nashville.) The DVDs contain two very different versions of the 1970 feature: the original theatrical edit and the 2001 "restoration."
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