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 first feature film to utilize Synchronous Sound. The story is about Cantor Oland's son who goes into show business over his objections. Tunes include "Mammy," "Toot, Toot, Tootsie" and more. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Adapted Writing. Academy Awards: Special Award for technical achievement.
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.