The Jazz Singer: 3-Disc Deluxe Edition (Sous-titres franais) [Import]
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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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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Finally, "The Jazz Singer" is an historical document looking at New York in the 1920's. That world is long long gone.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.
Warners releases the original Jazz Singer in all its' original splendour.They have put Jolson's premiere film on Disc one along with Jolson's Vitaphone short The Plantation Singer,the Warners cartoon from 1936 I Love to Singa,the Lux Theatre Radio Adaption,commentary for the film and Al Jolson film trailers,including the Jazz Singer.Disc Two has a wonderful primer on those yet unfamiliar with sound and its development,and its place in the history of film making.The Jazz Singer broke a filmic dyke that has never been repaired since.The waves of sound may have laid waste to its silent structure,but not,thankfully,to its foundations;the very underpinnings film was originally built upon.It also includes several vintage shorts from the 30s and 40s and 50s,The Dawn of Sound:How movies began to talk,two rare excerpts from the lost film Gold Diggers of Broadway,The Voice from the Screen,a 1929 Max Fleischer cartoon Finding His Voice,The voice that Thrilled the World,Okay For Sound and the Robert Youngson When the Talkies were Young.The third disc is a veritable cornucopia of Vitaphone silents dating from /26-/36.Many have never been seen since their original releases,as a good portion have laid dormant in vaults and archives,and some barely rescued due to decomposition.Read more ›
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my Mum mentioned she wanted to see this 1927 classic so I was fortunate to find it. She loves it. 87 years old and knows the words of the songs like she was there (she was born the... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2014 by P. Johnson
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2007 by Terry Carroll
What lady watching could keep a dry eye at the end when Jack Robin sings Mammy with his own mother proudly watching in the audience? Absolutely moving. Read morePublished on May 20 2004
"The Jazz Singer" will forever be remembered as being the first Hollywood movie to make the transition from the silent era. Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by The Movie Critic
I saw the Danny Thomas version of The Jazz Singer when it came out about 50 years ago; forgot the plot. Never got to see Neil Diamond's in full. Then I saw Al Jolson. Read morePublished on July 26 2002
Rather than follow in his father's footsteps, a Jewish cantor's son runs away from home to become a jazz singer; many years later he returns to New York to star in a Broadway show... Read morePublished on May 22 2002 by Gary F. Taylor
The Jazz Singer, generally called the first talkie is still mostly silent, except for a few songs and a rather lengthy, for the time, dialogue sequence. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2000 by lab tech
A cantor's son decides to become a singer of popular songs in speakeasies during the "Roaring Twenties". Read morePublished on May 16 2000
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