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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 16 2007
  • Run Time: 265 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKSC

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Jazz Singer, The: Deluxe Edition (DVD)

Generally considered the first sound feature, this 1927 film is pretty much silent except for a few lines of dialogue and Al Jolson's songs. The story finds Jolson playing the son of a cantor who wants him to follow in his footsteps, but the singer prefers secular music. Except for its historical value, the film isn't all that interesting, though it is great to get a sense of why people considered Jolson to be a hugely exciting entertainer at the time. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on Dec 10 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is an extraordinary film.
First, it is a great story of the dilemma faced by a son between following a path set by his family and culture, in contrast with pursuing his own career ambitions.
This is a story with great relevance today.
Second, it is the first "talking picture." As a piece of cinema history, it is a missing link between silent and talking pictures.
The Jazz Singer is conceived and photographed as a silent picture, and follows all silent picture conventions, but has several synchronized sound segments - with performances by the great Al Jolson - worked in.
The most memorable to me is the scene with Jolson talking to his mother, with Jolson sitting at the piano.
Third, Al Jolson was the most popular superstar of his day; he is compared in popularity to Michael Jackson, Elvis, and Bing Crosby combined at their peaks. In a world before radio, television, and sound pictures, the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway in NYC was built for Jolson and he filled it for years.
Finally, "The Jazz Singer" is an historical document looking at New York in the 1920's. That world is long long gone. The sets, the costumes, the types of the actors, all reflect a rich and interesting world that no longer exists.
Don't look at "The Jazz Singer" as some historical oddity or museum piece. As a piece of entertainment, culture and history, it is very powerful and riveting.
As far as I am concerned, it is highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman on Aug. 31 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Almost immediately after Warner Bros' huge financial gamble premiered in Oct 1927, other studios' concerned bigwigs frantically ordered their studios to immediately equip themselves to do sound movies. New careers were made -- and shattered -- overnight. If you haven't seen The Jazz Singer, considered the first "talking movie" (even though there actually were some earlier sporadic experiments) this is a video worth not only seeing but OWNING for several reasons: a)You see Al Jolson at his height. He was one of the first half of the 20th century's biggest stars and some of his stage charisma comes through in this movie's songs. Most of the flick is actually silent except for the songs. Originally he was only supposed to sing, but he ad libbed a few lines and the response was absolutely electric when audiences heard and saw him say these few words on the screen. b)The story's value: a Jewish religious leader's son, torn between tradition (using his voice for religion and following in his dad's footsteps) or to please the masses (as a jazz singer in vaudeville). Follow family tradition or national culture? c)The historical show biz value: the Warner brothers put everything they on the line in doing this flick and if it had failed sound movies would have been set back about 10 years (or more) -- and maybe Bugs Bunny wouldn't have been invented. d)Technical show biz value: The Warners used Vitaphone, which was basically sound on disks synchronized to the film's action. You also get a nice zippy period musical score throughout the movie. f)American history historical value: Note long shots of the Jewish ghetto. They were actual shots of a New York street taken through a window -- NOT extras on a movie set.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry Carroll on Oct. 20 2007
Format: DVD
This is the best box set I have ever seen. There are hours of absorbing viewing. The Jazz singer is fully restored with wonderful sound. The extras are what make the set worthwhile. The second disk has an excellent documentary about the coming of sound and the third disk has dozens of long thought lost vitaphone shorts. The first think I played were the technicolor fragments from the long lost movie called "Gold Digger's of Broadway". I watched this set for about four hours and didn't realize the time had flown by. If you have any interest in this era, this is the set for you.
Also, before you dismiss the movie because of the view that black face was done for racist reasons,listen to the commentary as you watch the film. It is important to take a step back in time when watching old films. Jolson and Cantor for that matter, wore black face, because it was traditional, but really felt they were honoring black entertainers rather than in any way mocking them. Except for the make-up, Jolson, does not in any way imitate or mock black people. It is pointed out that the great black entertainer from this era also wore blackface and did so so he could highlight his face to be seen from the balcony. It is suggested that Jolson's character doesn't feel he is free to appear in his own ethnic guise, and be accepted, so he chooses the more acceptable guise of a black entertainer.
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"Next we get Gold Diggers of Broadway Excerpts. The 15-second and 43-second area offers two segments of this “lost” early talkie. We get “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” and “Finale”. Or we’re supposed to see those. If you activate “Tip Toe”, you’ll see “Finale”, and if you select “Finale”, you’ll find a ballet clip from The Rogue Song. Warner Bros. will correct this on future pressings and replace your copy if you get the wrong one."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 29 1999
Format: VHS Tape
When I show this video to some of my budding filmmaker buddies, many call it "old...corny." For God's sake, of course it's old. It was filmed in l927. That's almost 75 years ago. Frankly, I fell in love with The Jazz Singer since I first caught it on television decades ago. The musical score is uncredited (I don't mean the Irving Berlin songs sung by Jolson) but the accompaniment and is powerful. The violins and woodwinds keep the pace moving swiftly. I love studying the manners and styles of that era--May McAvoy in her Jazz Age suits and stage costumes. How people in clubs and restaurants would use drum sticks to bang the tables when they liked something; the wise cracks. A great scene is when Al Jolson has returned to visit his mother, Eugenie Besserer. After singing to her, his stubborn old jackass of a father, a rabbi, comes, here's the music and screams: "Get out! You--you Jazz Singer!" This is like watching a time machine, which captured these figures and music on film nearly 75 years ago. I love old movies that can get schmaltzy and tear-jerking. Call me old-fashioned but this l927 landmark movie is one I watch at last once a month.
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