I had such a great time watching the He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley DVD set that I treated myself to for Christmas. I love Elvis and his gospel music, so I decided to get this DVD. I am not sure if this program was on TV or not, or if it was a direct to DVD project.
The special is hosted by Sander Vanocur, which is the worst part of the entire project. He reads everything and doesn’t even look at the camera. Couldn’t they have gotten someone else to do this? Maybe someone who looked like they cared? He was just horrible.
However, the actual first thing that I noticed when I put in the first disk is the menu and the opening music. I love, love, love that the opening music for the menu is a full song, and on top of that, it is just about my favorite Elvis tune to boot. It’s not just a looped verse or chorus as normally happens on a DVD. That is so neat and so unusual. The song is “If I Can Dream.” I swear, I can just put on the DVD and let that song play over and over, and I would be a happy camper. Disk 2 has another full song in this role, but I am not sure of its name. It is more of an upbeat gospel tune.
Watching this production just makes me so sad that his life got so out of control. He was by no means perfect. Goodness knows, he let a vivid lifestyle, but I firmly believe Elvis was a good man, and I think had his mother lived longer and had he not had such undying loyalty to Tom Parker, a man I do not like at all, things could have been different for him. I just feel such compassion and sadness, too, for this talented man who gave the world so much in song.
There are 2 DVDs in the set. They are plain silver with writing in black. Elvis deserved better, so this is disappointing to not have some kind of artwork on the disks.
The content includes many complete gospel numbers, along with lots of comments from members of The Jordinaires, Imperials, Voice, Sweet Inspirations, and others who performed with Elvis or were in the know and around during that time. The second disk includes funeral moments, so that makes for some weepy moments.