Elvis Presley live movie ‘That’s The Way It Is’ getting a cinema re-release after 50 years

30 July 2020, 13:39 | Updated: 30 July 2020, 13:46

Elvis Presley in 1970
Elvis Presley in 1970. Picture: Getty

By Rory O'Connor

The Elvis Presley live movie That’s The Way It Is will be re-released in August to mark its 50th anniversary.

Originally released back in November 1970, the documentary was filmed during a series of gigs Elvis played in Las Vegas in 1970.

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A description of the film promises that it “crosses the footlights” to “reveal the legendary singer as a man preparing for an emotional career comeback, the fans who travelled from all over the world for this history-making event and the electrifying live performance of the man who gave us Rock 'n' Roll.”

That’s The Way It Is has been remastered and was supposed to be re-released in April to celebrate 50 years since its first release. However, that date was then pushed to August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film’s original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas.

On July 31, 1969, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley staged a triumphant return to the concert stage from which he had been absent for almost a decade. His series of concerts broke all box office records and completely reenergised the career of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

The documentary will be shown at cinemas in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand.

The movie will be screened for one night only in select cinemas on August 13.

Trafalgar Releasing’s CEO Marc Allenby said: “Trafalgar Releasing are pleased to be able to celebrate 85 years of this musical legend in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Authentic Brand Group.

“It's been 50 years since this career changing documentary about The King of Rock 'n' Roll was released, yet the lasting legacy of Elvis Presley and his music can be seen more clearly than ever in film, music and culture.”

Tickets for the special screenings are available here.