The Jazz Singer (Blu-ray)

Starring: Al Jolson Director: Alan Crosland, Jr.
The Jazz Singer (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • 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!
    • Plus:
    • 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
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!"

Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Family Interaction | Tear Jerker | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • 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.

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  • Sales Rank: 104,904
  • UPC: 883929265053
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