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3000 MILES TO GRACELAND ($20) certainly isn’t the movie the television commercials portrayed it as. I thought 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND was going to be some sort of amusing caper movie, where a group of guys dressed like Elvis Presley rob a Las Vegas casino. However, instead of being the payoff, the robbery comes at the beginning of the movie, which is probably where the filmmakers made their biggest mistake. Things then go downhill for the film’s conspirators, when the robbery turns incredibly violent. Unfortunately, the film itself goes completely out of control when one of the central characters develops a case of TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE paranoia and greed, which causes him to turn on his partners. With all bets off, 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND becomes a deadly game of money, money, who’s got the money…

Despite having a somewhat muddled plot, 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND does have some likable qualities, namely Kurt Russell as the film’s nominal hero and Courtney Cox as the woman who becomes mixed up with him and the stolen three million dollars. Kevin Costner seems to be having fun as the film’s over-the-top villain, who takes his Elvis obsession to extremes. Additionally, there are a number of humorous interludes in 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND, but there’s not enough of it to make up for the film’s nasty violent streak. The cast of 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND also features Christian Slater, Kevin Pollak, David Arquette, Jon Lovitz, Howie Long, Thomas Haden Church, Bokeem Woodbine, Ice-T, David Kaye and Paul Anka in an amusing cameo.

Warner Home Video has made 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND available on DVD in a 2.35:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. There’s no denying it, 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND looks great on DVD. But then again, did you expect anything less from a new studio picture- even one that flopped at the box office. The image is glossy, sharp and detailed, especially the Las Vegas sequence. Colors appear bright and quite vivid, with no signs of instability or bleeding. Warm hues predominate the film, which also helps the flesh tones to maintain a very appealing look throughout. Blacks are suitably inky, plus the film’s darker sequences maintain a solid level of shadow detail. There are no problems with digital compression artifacts on this cleanly authored dual layer DVD.

3000 MILES TO GRACELAND features a good action movie mix that springs to life every time the guns start blazing. There are plenty of directional effects in both the forward and rear soundstages, plus panning between channels occurs in a very convincing manner. The gunfight in the casino and the helicopter ride over Vegas put all the channels to work. Dialogue is natural sounding, in addition to being clean and fully intelligible. The bass channel supplies the necessary kick to all the sound effects, as well as enhancing much of the film’s music. 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND has a music rich track that features plenty of Elvis Presley tunes, as well as newer pop music and the film’s score. All of the music is well integrated into the mix, marinating a good balance with the dialogue and sound effects. A French 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and French subtitles. Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a theatrical trailer and cast filmographies.

3000 MILES TO GRACELAND isn’t a great caper movie or a great action movie, but it will do for an evening’s entertainment. Warner’s DVD edition looks and sounds great, so if you are interested, you can’t go wrong by checking out the disc.


 3000 Miles to Graceland


DVD reviews are Copyright 2001 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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