Numerous documentaries have been done on Elvis over the years, but few have studied the two-year period when he was enlisted in the U.S. Army (from 1958 through 1960) as the 2001 DVD The Missing Years does. For those looking for an Elvis video focusing on the music, you'll have to look elsewhere, but even without an abundance of music, The Missing Years provides some surprisingly very interesting viewing. Elvis may not have been seen on a concert stage during this period, but it included some of the most turbulent (his beloved mother dying) and happiest times (meeting future wife Priscilla) of his life. An extraordinary amount of footage has been unearthed and pieced together, as former army buddies and acquaintances give insight as to what was going on with Presley during his stay in the army (it's a wonder how cameras were allowed to film Presley as he is being sworn into the army, getting fitted for clothes, even filming him from the inside of the bus boarding it to go to basic training). In addition to the DVD, The Missing Years comes with an audio CD which includes interviews and several rare live recordings of Elvis from 1954, as well as a 32-page booklet with many previously unseen photographs from early in his career.
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