Baz Luhrmann’s musical biopic Elvis has been the focus of all cinephile conversations in recent months.
Given that Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley called Austin Butler’s portrayal of Elvis “amazing,” it’s not surprising that people who couldn’t see the film in a theater are now wondering when Elvis is approaching PVOD will be seen and whether HBO Max will be streaming the project soon as originally promised.
What is Elvis about?
Baz Luhramann’s Elvis explores the life of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll through three time periods: his childhood, his years in the limelight and the last days of his life before he passed away in 1977 at the age of 42.
Running at 2 hours and 40 minutes, the film is certainly tough, especially given the fact that it’s told from the perspective of Elvis’ controversial manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The film’s length could be one of the reasons people are curious about when they can watch Elvis on PVOD and on various streaming services like HBO Max.
Elvis on PVOD
Elvis will be available on PVOD, Premium Video on Demand, starting August 9th. Notably, the film will be available for $24.99 or $19.99 for a 48-hour rental window on platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu starting tomorrow.
If you’re waiting for the 4K version of the film, set a reminder for September 13th when Elvis will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD.
As a reminder, Elvis is still playing in theaters at the moment.
Elvis on HBO Max
As movie fans may recall, Warner Bros. previously announced plans to make its entire 2022 movie slate available on HBO Max after 45 days in theaters. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.
decision maker (opens in new tab) reports that a representative, after reaching out to Warner Media about Elvis-related streaming plans, said the company will now be “taking a case-by-case basis to determine when its theatrical releases will land [HBO Max].”
Baz himself announced that the film won’t be available on HBO Max until “this fall.” However, nothing is known about an exact date.
As a result, you have the best chance of seeing the critically acclaimed film, either in a physical theater, through a DVD purchase, or when Elvis is seen on PVOD.
Who is in Elvis?
The Elvis film received a 12-minute standing ovation in Cannes, thanks in part to the film’s outstanding cast, led by the wonderful Austin, best known to date for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and for his role Role in Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries.
Fun Fact: Austin actually sings throughout the production. The actor’s vocals are mixed with the singer’s original recordings in scenes depicting the later years, but Austin himself is featured in most of the “younger Elvis” singing scenes.
“When I started the process, I wanted to make my voice identical [to Elvis’]’ the actor said in an interview. “It’s scary. With that the fire burned. Before we started filming, I did voice coaching for a year.”
Rounding out the stellar cast are Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Elvis’ mother Gladys Presley, Olivia DeJonge as Elvis’ wife Priscilla Presley, and Alton Mason as rock icon Little Richard.