This Is Elvis (1981) Birthday Blog by Mike

James / January 8th, 2013

Blog post by Mike Matei

Well, it’s Elvis Presley’s birthday. So I thought I’d pay tribute to the king of Rock n’ Roll by giving a quick shout out to one of my favorite Elvis related flicks called This Is Elvis from 1981.

The executive producer here was David L. Wolper who I always knew from the opening credits of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

I wonder if Elvis ever saw Willy Wonka? It came out in 1971 and Elvis died in 1977 so it’s certainly possible. I can just imagine Elvis laughing at Augustus Gloop while chowing down on a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

I recently got This Is Elvis on 16mm. The photos you see here are taken off my projector screen. After all, what better way to watch black and white Elvis footage than on actual film stock right? But don’t worry, if you want to see the movie for yourself, it’s available on DVD.

“This Is Elvis” is a documentary based on Presley’s life. It combines real footage of Elvis on stage & off with reenactments and voice overs. It’s cheesy at parts but does a pretty good job giving audiences a basic overview of his life and career.

The film I have is on three reels. So I’ll tell you what my favorite highlights are off each reel.

Near the end of reel one is my favorite scene in the movie. We see actual home film footage of Elvis at Graceland in the 1950’s. In the footage, there’s a party going on. And what a party it is! Elvis appears to be smoking some sort of unknown substance while an ape man runs amok like a lunatic!

Reel two contains a montage of Elvis’s acting movies put to the song “Too Much Monkey Business”. A very fitting song, since the majority of his movies were just that. I haven’t been able to sit through too many of his acting films, but the montage during This Is Elvis contains a hilarious moment… During one of his movies, Elvis apparently karate chops a jaguar on the neck – knocking it out!

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I knew Elvis was into Karate. His famous white Jumpsuit was modeled after a karate uniform after all. But man, I didn’t know Elvis was that tough! High-Ya!

The final reel contains a funny deleted scene from the 1972 film Elvis On Tour. In On Tour, Elvis is back stage and they over dub his voice where he says “remember that girl from last night? She could raise the dead!” In This Is Elvis, they show what he really said..

“Remember that girl from last night? She gave great head!”

Outside of those funny moments, the movie offers a lot of great footage of the king performing his hit songs on stage and offers a glimpse into his personal life. There’s also some footage from his last television special “Elvis In Concert” which has never been officially released on any format. If you’re a fan of his music, it’s worth a watch. But only AFTER you’ve already seen the 68 Special, That’s The Way It Is, On Tour and Aloha From Hawaii.

Well anyway, check it out if you get time. Happy 78th Birthday Elvis!



  • Doogrisa

    January 8, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for sharing Mike. Long live the king.

  • January 8, 2013 at 1:45 am

    The youtube channel is closed… any news on getting it back? I think it just happend in the past hour since I was watching a video just around 30 minutes ago

  • LordJason1986

    January 8, 2013 at 1:46 am

    as once quoted by Ash Williams & Duke Nukem : Hail To The King , Baby!

  • January 8, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Looks like YouTube are being Censor Nazis again. They killed the Cinemassacre YouTube account and left this message. “This account has been terminated due to repeated or severe violations of our Terms of Service.”

    On a side note. Great post, Mike. Elvis made everything possible. From Metal to Reggae and everything in-between. Really enjoyed your tribute. 🙂

    • Tornadoguts

      January 8, 2013 at 4:14 am

      And Professor Longhair made Elvis possible

  • January 8, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Guys. The channel has been closed. I don’t know what happened but you NEED to get it back. I use YouTube to watch AVGN videos mostly. and they make me laugh everytime! PLEASE get the channel back. please

  • xdeathknightx

    January 8, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Elvis always took his karate pretty serious. I can remember Alice Cooper telling a story recently on a show. He went to see Elvis with a few other people, Elvis took him to the kitchen, handed him a loaded gun and said he would disarm him. Before Alice Cooper could decide wether or not it was a good idea to shoot him he was on the floor with Elvis his boot in his neck.

  • Ricky Ramirez

    January 8, 2013 at 6:56 am

    You account has been terminated.
    Call those fucks a YouTube and ask what the hell happened! -Z

  • January 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Fricking youtube channel was suspended most likely because of the dark souls video. Thq can go die in a hole if they caused this. Hope you guys can get the channel back.

  • January 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

    fuck youtube for closed the best channel ever!

  • Bobby1001

    January 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Happy birthday Elvis!

  • Pablo1989

    January 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    James…has left the youtube 🙁

  • Orionsaint

    January 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I love this documentary. I saw it as a kid many times. I love the Elvis impersonator. Who narrates it as if it’s Elvis talking about his life. He does a great Elvis impression imo.

    I wanna mention the opening too. It’s one of those reverse openings. Where we see the end of their lives and what an epic impact it has on Elvis fans. The footage of people lining up to see the car holding Elvis drive by and real life fan reaction is pretty emotional. Then it flashbacks to Elvis being a kid and the Doc begins. The 1996 Evita film with Madonna does a similar thing. Minus the fan reaction of course.

    Another great early 80’s doc I’d recommend is The Compleate Beatles, narrated by the great Malcolm Mcdowell. It’s not a comprehensive as the Beatles Anthology from the 90’s. It’s more to the point. The way it’s presented is awesome and the ending always gets to me.

  • January 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Great blog Mike. But, what happened to the youtube channel. Please tell us what happened.

  • January 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

    hey what the hell happened to your youtube account?

  • Allen Lucas

    January 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I know people keep saying about this, but I think it’s because of the Cinemassacre YT account posting the BTTF reviews. Just a possibility.

    Anyway, thanks for the blog post. I’ll have to look the movie up.

  • January 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    The Channel is back.

    • January 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Well, what was all the fuss about then? YouTube sucks, that’s all there is to it.

      • Lukas Sprehn

        January 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        The channels has come back. Don’t worry! 🙂

  • culwin

    January 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Just dispute whatever YouTube claimed against you.
    The channel most likely got suspended due to their automatic program (not a human being).
    This happens to LittleKuriboh all the time.

  • January 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Real cool, John Carpenter did an Elvis movie with Kurt Russell.

  • January 9, 2013 at 1:11 am

    yes thanks Mike for this, my brother just finished drawing a picture of the King i would like to share it with you Mike

  • stoney_1

    January 9, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I wonder if Elvis smoked up?? lol

  • mr.hyde

    January 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for showing us the documentary

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