Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 8, 2013
- Originally Released: 1927
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: 88-page Blu-ray book includes photos, the film's history and more!
- Reproductions of vintage documents
- Post-premiere telegram from Al Jolson
- History of talkies overview
- Remakes and parodies in modern culture
- Critical impact of this particular feature and its influence on the historical progress of cinema
- Disc 1: the movie:
- Now on Blu-ray! Feature digital transfer and immaculately refurbished soundtrack from restored picture elements and original Vitaphone-sound-on-disc recordings
- Commentary by film historian Ron Hutchinson and bandleader Vince Giordano
- Rare cartoon and collection of shorts: I love to singa, Hollywood handicap, A day at Santa Anita, Al Jolson in A plantation act
- An intimate dinner in celebration of Warner Bros.' silver jubilee
- 1947 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast starring Al Jolson (audio only)
- Theatrical trailer
- Disc 2: the early sound era:
- Feature-length documentary the dawn of sound: how movies learned to talk
- Surviving sound excerpts from 1929's Gold Diggers of Broadway
- Studio shorts celebrating the early sound era: the voice from the screen, Finding his voice, the voice that thrilled the world, Okay for sound, When talkies were young
- On DVD
- Disc 3: Vitaphone shorts:
- Over 3 1/2 hours' worth of rare, historic Vitaphone comedy and music shorts including: Elsie Janis in a Vaudeville act: behind the lines, Bernardo de Pace: wizard of the mandolin, Van and Schenck: the pennant winning battery of songland and much more!
- On DVD
- Special Edition
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!"
Empire - 12/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "It was a technical marvel, an entertainment novelty and a colossal box-office hit."
Total Film - 01/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he first 'talkie' ever made....[A] movie milestone that must have astounded audiences..."
The film that started a lasting craze -- the talking picture.
Al Jolson made his film debut -- and became a star -- playing the role of a cantor's son who'd rather be a singing sensation on Broadway than follow in his father's footsteps. But forsaking his religious duties may cost him his family's love.
Family Interaction |
Tear Jerker |
- THE JAZZ SINGER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
- Film debut for Al Jolson.
- Nugent Slaughter won an Academy Award for Engineering Effects, and Warner Brothers received a special award for producing this, the first talking picture.
- Though there were one or two sound pictures prior to THE JAZZ SINGER, this film effectively ended the era of silent movies. It did not have talking throughout, only a few musical and conversational sequences. But audiences loved it, and soon all the studios were rushing to convert to sound.