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3000 Miles to Graceland is the effort of Director Demian Lichtenstein and a cast of many familiar faces. Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner play Michael and Murphy, ex-cons who decide to rob a casino with the help of three of their buddies. And yes, they are dressed in Elvis costumes, robbing the casino during a Presley convention. What follows is a mixture of double-crosses, car chases and plenty of guns and explosions. The fact that the cons are dressed as Elvis impersonators does nothing to hide the fact that this is a familiar heist-come-road movie storyline. Russell is his usually blunt and angry self while Costner shows us his dastardly side to surprisingly good effect. Other appearances are made by Christian Slater, David Arquette and Courtney Cox-Arquette, who is delightful to watch in her various states of undress. She plays a Southern-style tramp who manages to get hitched to Michael as he passes through, and does a serviceable job. Look out for a few cameos from John Lovitz and Ice T among others. But aside from the two lead males, the rest of the cast are basically there to move the story along or increase the body count by a few more. Nevertheless, 3000 Miles has enough to offer so that it steers away from the usual B-Grade road movie we have all come to know.

Five times the Elvis fun!
Video
Warner just keep getting better with each transfer, and this one is no exception. The bright lights of Vegas and the glittering Elvis costumes are handled to perfection, with a particularly sharp transfer bringing out the best in the cinematography. Blacks are magnificent and the artifacts have kept well away from this flick. Just marvel at Murphy’s bright red convertible as he burns down the beautiful highway towards his destination. Okay, so I got a little carried away there but you get what I mean.

The film is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and is 16:9 enhanced, rendering the transfer as near to faultless as you could get.

Lucky Luke was on the case...
Audio
With so much action in this flick, the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack was probably under-utilised. Some scenes can rock your system while others shoot only from the front of your setup. Nevertheless, when the speakers are made to work they come up trumps again.

The music soundtrack adds a lot to the feel of this movie, especially as the film moves gradually towards are darker genre after a more quirky opening. You might be expecting a string of Elvis tracks but its almost quite the opposite. While the “King” bookends the film with a few trademark numbers, he is able supported by a string of other tunes that come out of the shadows to impress. Lucky for me, because even among my eclectic music taste, Elvis can’t really cut it.

Hey, you've done this before.
Extras
Not much in the way of supplements here, which is quite disappointing. What is on offer is a conglomeration of behind the scenes footage, basically from behind the principal camera filming various takes from the movie. There is no semblance of flow or any reason why this extra was included, but for film buffs like me you will find some value in the ten or so minutes of footage. The usual fare of a theatrical trailer and cast biographies is included, along with the trailers for Reindeer Games and Three Kings, among others. But sadly, that’s where it stops. A commentary from Russell and Costner (along with Lichtenstein) would’ve been very pleasing, but maybe that’s asking too much. Watch the credits till the end and you’ll be treated to a few very small outtakes that should have been packaged together properly and included on the disc. I do like the idea of having vision to accompany the credits though. Sure beats watching the names roll by.

Overall
Certainly not ground-breaking or original, but there are enough twists and turns to carry this film through admirably. The visuals are stunning and the audio is serviceable but sadly the extras could be improved. Nevertheless, the film holds its own and makes good use of the Elvis gimmick without alienating non-fans with over saturation. Recommended.


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