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  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking, Cliff Gorman
  • Directors: Bob Fosse
  • Writers: Bob Fosse, Robert Alan Aurthur
  • Producers: Daniel Melnick, Kenneth Utt, Robert Alan Aurthur, Wolfgang Glattes
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 3 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000MQ54NA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,791 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Part tragic, part comic, this outrageous look at life in the fast lane in the Academy Award-winning musical about Bob Fosse's excessive life in show business. Played by Roy Scheider, Fosse's alter-ego drives himself over the edge and soon finds he is caught between a recurring fantasy about his death and the reality of a near-death experience. Dazzlingly presented, this electrifying story about the perils of pushing yourself too hard is filled with Fosse's legendary song-and-dance choreography.

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Choreographer-turned-director Bob Fosse (Cabaret, Lenny) turns the camera on himself in this nervy, sometimes unnerving 1979 feature, a nakedly autobiographical piece that veers from gritty drama to razzle-dazzle musical, allegory to satire. It's an indication of his bravura, and possibly his self-absorption, that Fosse (who also cowrote the script) literally opens alter ego Joe Gideon's heart in a key scene--an unflinching glimpse of cardiac surgery, shot during an actual open-heart procedure.

Roy Scheider makes a brave and largely successful leap out of his usual romantic lead roles to step into Gideon's dancing pumps, and supplies a plausible sketch of an extravagant, self-destructive, self-loathing creative dynamo, while Jessica Lange serves as a largely allegorical Muse, one of the various women that the philandering Gideon pursues (and usually abandons). Gideon's other romantic partners include Fosse's own protégé (and a major keeper of his choreographic style since his death), Ann Reinking, whose leggy grace is seductive both "onstage" and off.

Fosse/Gideon's collision course with mortality, as well as his priapic obsession with the opposite sex, may offer clues into the libidinal core of the choreographer's dynamic, sexualized style of dance, but musical aficionados will be forgiven for fast-forwarding to cut out the self-analysis and focus on the music, period. At its best--as in the knockout opening, scored to George Benson's strutting version of "On Broadway," which fuses music, dance, and dazzling camera work into a paean to Fosse's hoofer nation--All That Jazz offers a sequence of classic Fosse numbers, hard-edged, caustic, and joyously physical. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"To be on the wire is life. The rest is waiting."

The above is said by the main character, Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), in this movie.

This movie is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on the life and career of dance man, Bob Fosse (he was also a choreographer, director, screenwriter, and actor). Fosse directed, co-wrote, and was choreographer for this movie.

We follow Gideon's (Fosse's alter ego) life where at this point in his life he starts each day with Vivaldi, Visine, Alka-Seltzer, and Dexedrine (a prescription upper). Gideon has to start each day like this because he is a chain-smoker, a womanizer who cheats on his wife, drinker, takes drugs, and is a workaholic on the road to self-destruction.

This is a movie you either love or hate. For me, I found the dancing frenzied, the dialogue piercing, the photography superb, and the acting first-rate. (Actor Roy Scheider gives a brilliant performance.) This is a great-looking film with some humorous parts that sometimes is not easy to watch.

There are ten song and dance numbers in this movie. Don't worry!! These pieces are integral to the movie, are short and sweet, and in a word are...fantastic. I especially enjoyed these songs (accompanied by dance):

"On Broadway," "Everything Old is New Again," and "Bye-Bye Life" (part of the lyrics is given in this review's title).

In 2001, the U.S. Library of Congress deemed this film "culturally significant" and thus selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

As well, this movie won four Academy Awards.

Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2007) is perfect in picture and sound quality.
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I've been waiting for this film to hit DVD for a long time. I saw it in high school in 1979 and enjoyed the passion and energy of the movie right up to the final arresting image. I saw that the DVD wasn't completely loaded with the extras the film deserves, but I was still there to buy it immediately.
I liked the Roy Scheider commentary and wished there was more. There are great clips of Scheider in character commenting during production and a series of clips of Fosse himself directing the opening "cattle call" sequence (the real "Joe Gideon" at work!). For a very surreal moment, listen to Scheider's commentary for the final death dance sequence where Fosse tells him, "They've all forgiven me!"
Hopefully, as the film is rediscovered by a new generation of fans (the CHICAGO phenom has to help), a special edition that includes more of Fosse's life and background information will come out. I'll buy that one too. ALL THAT JAZZ has what so many films are missing these days: a personal vision unafraid to bare its soul. I remember Fosse took a lot of flack for his "ego" back in 1979, but the honesty and boldness of his vision remains.
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1979 was one heck of a year for American cinema ("Apocalypse Now","Kramer Vs. Kramer", "Starting Over", "The China Syndrome") and leading male performances (Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Peter Sellers just to name a few)and "All That Jazz" certainly meets both criteria. Although I hate it when reviewers give too much away, it's safe to say that most people familiar with the film know that this is Bob Fosse's not-so-thinly veiled autobiographical film and viciously honest portrayal of the central character, Joe Gideon, a brilliant but deeply troubled and self-absorbed director/choreographer who has ongoing problems with drugs, alcohol, and fidelity. The firm centers around Joe's new Broadway production, while he concurrently tries to edit a new movie, interpersonal relations, and ..... one other thing that I will leave viewers to find out for themselves. Triva and pop culture buffs will recognize that the new show that the lead character, played with bravura by Roy Scheider, is working on is none other than "Chicago," which initially flopped but when on to be revived on Broadway to win several Tonys and you know all about the Oscars that the movie version received.
Seeing this movie there are many elements that make it hard to believe that it was released a quarter of a century ago. The best example of how current it looks can be found in the sensual and acrobatic choreography that defines Fosse. But the kicker here that although Fosse is does an excellent job in the serio-dramatic sequences, it is the MTV-like direction that Fosse brings to brilliant dance sequences that feel more than contemporary as no amount of grinding or posturing by Madonna, Britney et al can compare to a sequence titled "AirRotica.
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And so they do in what is arguably the most electrifying erotic sequence captured on film. Nope, it's not an orgy nor a couple faking passion---It's a dance number.
Surprised?
Do you dance? I mean have you ever really, really gotten into it at a party or a nightclub? When it clicks, the gods take hold. Dionysus made flesh.
With the phenomenal success of "Chicago" a new generation has been re-discovering the director of 'Cabaret' and 'All That Jazz'---Broadway's greatest choreographer, Bob Fosse.
Dead for nearly two decades, his influence continues to grow. Many have tried but no one has been able to match his style.
Ok, so what's the plot of the movie?
Roy Schreider plays Joe Gideon, a thinly disguised Fosse. He's the director and choreographer of a Broadway musical who is fighting the clock to come up with original ideas before opening night.
Ruthlessly self driven, He pops amphetamines, so he can be always 'on.' (It's Showtime!) Destructive towards his health, he ends up fighting the clock in more ways than one.
Though Gideon states that his only belief, his only certainty is the reality of death, he's really a woshipper of The Goddess. To call him a womanizer is to miss the point. Women are his religion.
Thus we have Jessica Lange, a sexy and bemused Angel of Death, who is is mythically woven in 'dream sequences' with the real women in Gideon's life: A threefold Muse arrangement comprised of his young daughter, his current girlfriend and his older ex-wife. Men are not important. There is no secondary male lead.
The music is spectacular. The dancing even more so. Schreider and the supporting cast are superb. The flaboyant show biz world, contrasted by the intimate scenes at home work well to pull the audience into Gideon's mind.
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