Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ hits UK streaming next week

by Baz Luhrmann Elvisthe critically acclaimed biographical musical drama, will be available on TV via digital streaming next week, less than two months after its release in UK cinemas.

Elviswhich features Austin Butler as King Rock and Roll, is coming to digital VOD stores both as a Premium rental and for digital purchase on August 8, 2022.

The movie is already available for pre-order on Amazon’s Prime Video, priced at £19.99 (at the time of this writing). We assume the price is currently for the digital purchase option, not rental.

DVD and Blu-ray editions of Elvis will ship on September 19, 2022 (see below for special Blu-ray edition bonuses and features).

Filming for the film began in 2020, but was delayed – like many other films – due to the pandemic. Eventually, the film was released in the US and UK on June 24, 2022.

Elvis was a big hit with critics and audiences alike, becoming the second highest-grossing musical biopic of all time behind Bohemian Rhapsody.

Photo: Warner Bros.

A decidedly cinematic drama, the story of Elvis Presley is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (tom hank).

As Parker recounts, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning more than 20 years, from Presley’s rise to prominence to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the changing cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America.

At the center of this journey is one of the important and influential people in Elvis’ life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia De Jonge).

To play other iconic musical artists in the film, Luhrmann cast the singer/songwriter yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpemodel Alton Mason as Little Richardfrom Austin, Texas Gary Clark Jr.. as Arthur Crudup, and artist Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton.

In the United States, the film will be available at no additional cost from August 8 HBO Maxa streaming service that includes shows and movies from DC, HBO, Universal Pictures, WarnerBros, and others.

A subscription to HBO Max currently costs $14.99/month, but it is only available in the US – unless you are using a VPN.

HBO Max on laptop
Photo: Depot Photos/nikkimeel

How to watch Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis online in the UK

United Kingdom, Elvis will be available on digital platforms on Monday, August 8.

According to Warner, it will be available that day for both premium rental and digital purchase.

Premium rentals (also known as Home Premiere) feature movies that were very recently available in theaters, so the cost is higher than regular digital rentals.

As with all video rentals, once you start playing a digital rental, all you have to do is 48 hours to complete your viewing.

A digital purchase allows you to “own” and stream the digital copy of the film indefinitely, through the VOD store you purchased it from.

The price is still a bit unclear – the pre-order price of Elvis on Prime Video is £19.99. We’re guessing that’s the option to buy price, with the digital rental option coming the day (likely for £15.99).

Previous Premium rentals from Warner Bros., such as The Matrix Resurrections and Wonder Woman 1984, costs £15.99 for their home premiere.

The film will be available on some of the major UK streaming services, such as Amazon’s Prime Video store, Google Play Store, Rakuten TV and other streaming video stores.

Although there’s still over a month to go after the film’s theatrical release (in the UK), at just 45 days, it’s still sooner than films of the past, where we had to wait several months before movies are transferred from movie theaters to home entertainment.

The Premium Digital Ownership version will include the following special features:

  • Larger than life: the making of Elvis
  • Rock ‘N Roll Royalty: the music and the artists behind it Elvis
  • Fit for a king; The style of Elvis
  • Viva Australia: recreating iconic places for Elvis
  • “Trouble” Lyric Video

Elvis movie poster

The physical DVD and Blu-ray releases of Elvis are already available for pre-orderand should be shipped on September 19, 2022.

The 4K Blu-ray version of Elvis will include the following special features:

  • Larger than life: the story of Elvis
  • Rock ‘N Roll Royalty: the music and the artists behind it Elvis
  • Fit for a king; The style of Elvis
  • Viva Australia: recreating iconic places for Elvis
  • “Trouble” Lyric Video

Will Elvis come to Netflix in the UK?

Typically, movies tend to move from digital VOD stores to subscription streaming services a few months after they go on sale (although it sometimes takes even longer).

However, in the UK, new films from Warner Bros. tend to end up on Sky and their streaming service, NOW – and not on Netflix. This was the case with The Suicide Squad, Dune and others in recent years.

(Featured Image: Warner Bros/Hugh Stewart)

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