Summary: For the fiftieth anniversary of Elvis Presley's highest grossing film, Warner Home Video is re-releasing its 2007 Blu-ray of Viva Las Vegas in a DigiBook edition. The disc itself is identical, but it still looks pretty good, even after seven years. The film itself is an Elvis classic, which means that it's short on plot, character and everything else that normally constitutes a movie, but it showcases the King and gives him a co-star worthy of his talents in Ann-Margret.
Excerpt: Lucky Jackson (Elvis Presley) loves to drive fast and while he has been involved in some terrible accidents on the race track, he’s always managed to survive. That is how he came to be known as Lucky, but his luck seems to be in short supply of late, as he can’t afford to race. He has the skills to succeed and the courage to drive like few others would dare, but he lacks the cash to purchase an engine powerful enough to let him compete.
Conclusion: is exactly what any Elvis Presley fan could hope for; a great looking representation of one of the best movies starring their idol with plenty of catchy musical numbers and the mythic city of Las Vegas as the backdrop. Ann Margaret is more than just the icing on the cake too; the hotty becoming an essential part of the mix that pushed Elvis harder than he had ever been in a movie and doing so in such a way as to share the spotlight rather than compete against one...
Summary: Released to theatres in May of 1964, just when U.S. Beatlemania was building up momentum, Viva Las Vegas starred a still young, slender, pre-comeback era Elvis Presley paired with the stunningly beautiful and talented Ann-Margret. Ann-Margret was fresh off her previous year's success in the hit film Bye Bye Birdie which, just as Viva Las Vegas, was also directed by George Sidney.
Conclusion: Make no mistake, 'Viva Las Vegas' is a cheesy Elvis Presley vehicle, but even if (like me) you're not a fan of The King at all, the movie is still a lot of fun, thanks in large part to Presley's palpable on-screen chemistry with the fabulous Ann-Margaret. This Blu-ray release is also a stunner -- fantastic transfer, a Dolby TrueHD track and a even couple of nifty extras. This really is a catalog release par excellence, and is recommended for all.