Love Me Tender (1956)

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Released 29-Oct-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Western Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Wild In The Country; Flaming Star
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1956
Running Time 85:54
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (58:33) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Robert D. Webb
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Elvis Presley
Debra Paget
Richard Egan (I)
Robert Middleton
William Campbell (I)
Neville Brand
Mildred Dunnock
Case ?
RPI Box Music Lionel Newman
Vera Matson (songs)
Elvis Presley (songs)


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
German
Danish
Finnish
Dutch
Swedish
Norwegian
German Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    He’s a rugged fighting man. He’s a wonderful loving man. He’s a terrific singing man. He’s......Elvis Presley! In his motion picture debut, ‘the king’ was the main attraction to Love Me Tender, despite his lack of acting training. Proving he was multi-talented, Elvis built himself a full career in acting to go along with being the greatest rock’n’roll singer of his time, and probably everyone else's.

    Shot for $1 million in 1956, Love Me Tender tells the story of Clint Reno (Presley), who stayed with his family while his brother Vance (Richard Egan (I)) joined the Confederate army to fight in the Civil War. When Vance comes back to propose to his girlfriend, he discovers that his brother has married her. Vance leaves and gets himself into trouble with the law, and the Reno family must resolve the issue, and get their family back to where they were before.

    I’m not a big fan of the forced and unnatural acting that was used back in the day. It is on display in full force in this film, and is an immediate turn-off for me. That is my main criticism of the film, but those who are interested will likely not care much for that, as any fan of Elvis’ music was more than likely a fan of his films. If you’re a fan, then ignore my comments, and go stock up on your Elvis DVDs.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is good, considering that the film has not been remastered. It is presented in black and white, and is framed in its correct ‘Cinemascope’ aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer is 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness was not perfect, with an overall softness to the entire film. Nothing excessive, and to be expected. Shadow detail and black levels were strong, which is important to the transfer. Grain and low level noise was evident throughout, but never became excessive.

    Film artefacts such as black and white specks and dirt were consistently frequent throughout, but for a forty-six year old print were not too dramatic.

    This disc is RSDL-formatted, and the layer change occurs at 58:33.

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Audio

    The audio is satisfactory, if unspectacular. We have the choice of English or German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.

    Dialogue was fairly clean, never becoming unintelligible or distorted. There were no issues with audio sync.

    The film’s music, which features four songs from ‘The King’, all sounded pretty good. There were no issues with musical quality - these songs were the highlights of the soundtrack.

    Surround channel usage was non-existent, and neither was the subwoofer used by this mono soundtrack.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
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Subwoofer
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Extras

Theatrical Trailer - (2:16)

    Poor quality, 16x9 enhanced with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio.

Trailer - Wild In The Country (2:26)

    Poor quality, 16x9 enhanced with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio.

Trailer - Flaming Star (2:29)

    Poor quality, 16x9 enhanced with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 version of this DVD includes a Spanish trailer for Love Me Tender, and misses out on the trailers for Wild At Heart and Flaming Star. There is no need to import this title - the local product is fine.

Summary

Love Me Tender was the feature film debut for Elvis Presley. While I don't consider myself a fan of this film, I know it does has its fans, and you'll want this DVD based on the widescreen transfer alone.

    The video transfer is good, if a bit problematic, which is only to be expected being such an old print.

    The audio transfer is satisfactory, if unspectacular.

    The only extra features are three trailers.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Pockett (If you're really bored, you can read my bio...)
Sunday, November 17, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayTeac 82cm 16x9. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
Speakers5 Sony speakers; Sherwood 12" 100w Powered Subwoofer

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