The Jazz Singer 80th Anniversary

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#1 Post by shearerchic » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:53 am

On Oct. 16, Warner Home Video will debut the DVD of the studio's 1927 landmark movie The Jazz Singer, which was the first feature-length film to have synchronized dialog and musical sequences.

[quote]The Al Jolson-starring title will be issued in a three-disc 80th Anniversary Collector's Edition that contains, among other things, a restored and remastered version of the film featuring a refurbished soundtrack, a collection of period cartoons, shorts and rare Vitaphone comedy and music pieces, a handful of early sound era shorts and the newly produced feature-length documentary The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk. The package will carry a list price of $39.98.

The Jazz Singer “is going to be one of the landmark releases for 2007,â€

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#2 Post by tryavna » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:43 am

The documentary is bound to be 100x better and more interesting than the movie itself.

Does anyone actually enjoy The Jazz Singer as a movie rather than as an obligatory "landmark"?

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#3 Post by Matt » Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:05 am

Actually, everything on that disc, particularly the cartoons and Vitaphone shorts, will be better than the main feature.

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#4 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:07 pm

tryavna wrote:Does anyone actually enjoy The Jazz Singer as a movie rather than as an obligatory "landmark"?
I'd much rather watch "I love to Singa" with Owl Jolson.

Can't wait for this, mostly for the vintage shorts.

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#5 Post by dx23 » Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:10 pm

The Elegant Dandy Fop wrote:I'd much rather watch "I love to Singa" with Owl Jolson.
Now I'll have that tune in my head for days!

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#6 Post by shearerchic » Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:43 pm

The Elegant Dandy Fop wrote:I'd much rather watch "I love to Singa" with Owl Jolson.
OMG...i love that cartoon. I haven't seen it since I was about 8 though. My little sister and I always used to sing that tune. :D

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#7 Post by Narshty » Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:59 pm

The Elegant Dandy Fop wrote:I'd much rather watch "I love to Singa" with Owl Jolson.
That was wonderful - thanks!

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#8 Post by shearerchic » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:02 pm

Here are the specs :

[quote]DVD Special Features:

Disc 1 – The Movie

· All new feature digital transfer and immaculately refurbished soundtrack from restored picture elements and original Vitaphone-Sound-on-Disc recordings

· Commentary by film historians Ron Hutchinson and Vince Giordano

· Collection of rare cartoons and shorts:

o I Love to Sing-a classic 1936 WB parody cartoon directed by Tex Avery

o Hollywood Handicap classic M-G-M short with Al Jolson appearance

o A Day at Santa Anita classic Technicolor Warner Bros. short with Al Jolson & Ruby Keeler cameo appearance

o “Al Jolson in ‘A Plantation Act' “1926 Vitaphone short made a year prior to The Jazz Singer

o An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee

· 1947 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast starring Al Jolson (audio only)

· Al Jolson Trailer Gallery

Disc 2 – The Early Sound Era

· All-new feature-length documentary The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk

· Two rarely-seen Technicolor excerpts from Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929 WB film, most of which is considered lost)

· Studio shorts celebrating the early sound era:

· Finding His Voice (1929 Western Electric animated promotional short, produced by Max Fleischer)

· The Voice That Thrilled The World - Warner Bros. short about sound

· Okay for Sound 1946 WB short celebrating the 20th anniversary of Vitaphone

· When Talkies Were Young 1955 WB short looking back at the early talkies

· The Voice from the Screen 1926 WB ‘demonstration' film explores the Vitaphone technology and, looks at the making of a Vitaphone short.

Disc 3 – VITAPHONE SHORTS

In the 1920's Warner Bros. began producing a series of short films which utilized the Vitaphone process. These films ran the gamut from musical theater legends and vaudeville acts, to dramatic vignettes and classical music performances from the most prestigious artists of the era.
Most of these were shorts considered lost for decades, until a consortium of archivists and historians joined forces with a goal to restore these magnificent time capsules of entertainment history. Up until now, contemporary audiences have only been able to see these shorts via rare retrospective showings in a few large cities, or through the limited release of a restored handful of the earliest subjects, which were part of a 1996 laserdisc set. This new collection will finally make these amazing rarities available to the thousands of film fans awaiting their DVD debut.

· Over 3 1/2 hours worth of rare, historic Vitaphone comedy and music shorts

Elsie Janis in a Vaudeville Act: “Behind the Linesâ€

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#9 Post by domino harvey » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:08 pm

wow, they should really just list the film as a bonus feature instead

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#10 Post by Matt » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:30 pm

I wonder if they plan to quietly release a number of Jolson's other films around the same time. I can't imagine a more suitable time than with the release of this set.

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#11 Post by shearerchic » Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:37 pm

Matt wrote:I wonder if they plan to quietly release a number of Jolson's other films around the same time. I can't imagine a more suitable time than with the release of this set.
I'm sure this set will sell really well due to it's unavailabilty on dvd, so maybe when the figures come in, they'll look into releasing his other films.

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#12 Post by Lino » Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:59 pm

Yeah, everyone's waiting for Wonder Bar to crawl out of its embarrasing little woodwork. Hey, I just want a chance to finally see it.

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#13 Post by Matt » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:59 pm

Lino wrote:Artwork
Gee, I wonder what was wrong with the original poster art? Or the souvenir program art?

I joke, but seriously, Warner is doing a great job with what could have been a very prickly release.

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#14 Post by Lino » Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:49 pm

Matt wrote:...seriously, Warner is doing a great job with what could have been a very prickly release.
Agreed. It's a veritable Vitaphone heaven.

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#15 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:54 pm

this is pretty much a shoo-in for DVD release of the year

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#17 Post by stroszeck » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:08 am

Wow, am I the only one on this board with the opinion that the Jazz Singer is a big piece of shit? I mean I've only seen it once and I still feel I wasted an hour and a half of my life...

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#18 Post by Narshty » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:20 am

stroszeck wrote:Wow, am I the only one on this board with the opinion that the Jazz Singer is a big piece of shit? I mean I've only seen it once and I still feel I wasted an hour and a half of my life...
Out of interest, are there any movies you actually like? Or, if not, could ever take a stab at discussing intelligently?

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#19 Post by Matt » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:07 am

stroszeck wrote:Wow, am I the only one on this board with the opinion that the Jazz Singer is a big piece of shit? I mean I've only seen it once and I still feel I wasted an hour and a half of my life...
What comment(s) are you reacting to? Not a single person in this thread has praised the movie itself, even faintly.

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#20 Post by domino harvey » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:03 am

Yeah, I think it goes without saying that this isn't a very good film beyond historical trivia... that said, I see nothing stopping this from being as I claimed earlier the DVD release of the year

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#21 Post by stroszeck » Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:28 pm

Well maybe I was being a little too harsh. Of course there are tons of films that I do enjoy but what with all the insightful and HIGHLY detailed critiques found on this board by members who have apparently seen frame-by-frame sessions of films to the point where they can deconstruct scenes into individual shots, I feel that my own attempts at writing a decent analysis would simply seem pedestrian.
Besides, I think I was reacting more to the fact that Jazz Singer is getting the luxury treatment on DVD when everything from The BIG PARADE and GREED (films released just a short while before JS came out) have not yet seen the light of day.

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#22 Post by tryavna » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:33 pm

stroszeck wrote:Besides, I think I was reacting more to the fact that Jazz Singer is getting the luxury treatment on DVD when everything from The BIG PARADE and GREED (films released just a short while before JS came out) have not yet seen the light of day.
I'm pretty sure it's a given that everyone around here shares that same frustration. Note my previous post in this very thread (#2): I don't give a damn about the film itself. However, what seems to be rather exciting to many people are the early sound shorts and the docu. I can see why, though I certainly don't share Domino Harvey's extreme enthusiasm.

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#23 Post by devlinnn » Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:10 am

I was actually hoping Warner would throw in the '53 and '59 versions of The Jazz Singer to keep us Peggy Lee and Jerry Lewis fanatics happy. I guess you can't have it all.

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#24 Post by Mr Buttle » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:20 pm

Hey, I like The Jazz Singer!! Well, at least, I like the bit where he sings that song with the whistly bird noises in the middle - c'mon that's entertainment! And the bit where he sings to his ma is cute. And it's an interesting depiction of East Side Jewish life in the 20s. The rest of it is turgid, I admit, and the blackface stuff makes my flesh crawl.

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