In the last half decade, no subgenre of film has been more popular than the musical biopic. From “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Rocketman” and everything in between, music’s biggest names have been brought to life on screen – and to great success critically and financially.
But with the likes of Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and more on the big screen, one iconic artist was left missing: The King of Rock ‘n Roll. Enter, Baz Luhrmann and “Elvis.”
The Austin Butler-led drama chronicles the rise and fall of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to the height of his fame and his ultimate downfall, due in large part to his manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Of course, it’s all done in the glitz and glamor of Luhrmann’s filmmaking style, featuring quick cuts, needle drops, spinning cameras and flashy colors. The biggest draw to “Elvis,” though, is far and away Butler’s performance. While he may not look identical to the King, Butler perfectly mimics Presley’s persona, mannerisms and dialect in a way that completely immerses viewers.
Let’s take a look at all the bonus features the home release has to offer.
Special Features on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital
- Bigger Than Life: The Making of ELVIS – A 22-minute behind the scenes featurette highlighting the origins of the film, interviews with cast and crew, and a look at the real life of Elvis Presley.
- Rock ‘N Roll Royalty: The Music & Artists Behind ELVIS – A seven-minute look at how Butler and Co. brought Elvis’ music to life on set and recording in the studio.
- Fit for a King; The Style of ELVIS – Butler fully transforms into Elvis, and this featurette dives into that change, looking in depth at makeup, prosthetics and costumes.
- Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for ELVIS – It may have looked like Graceland and Memphis, Tennessee, but “Elvis” was filmed in Australia, and this extra looks at how they recreated the iconic locations down under.
- “Trouble” Lyric Video
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.