King of Jazz (Blu-ray)

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Format:  Blu-ray
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: March 27, 2018
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Note: New 4k digital restoration by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • New Audio Commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano
    • New introduction to the film by Giddins
    • New interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein
    • Four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of King of Jazz
    • Deleted scenes and alternate opening title sequence
    • All Americans, a 1929 short film featuring a version of the "Melting Pot" number that was restaged for King of Jazz
    • I Know Everybody ad Everybody's Racket, a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
    • Two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from King of Jazz
    • Plus: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Performer: , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Produced by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1930 - Best Interior Decoration (b&w)

Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 97
Rating: 3/4 -- A musical revue shot in early Technicolor and filled with eye-popping numbers, brief comedy sketches, and even a cartoon. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Apr 9, 2018
Rating: 9/10 -- If one can look beyond its troubling historical context, one finds a stunning compilation of musical and theatrical talent. Full Review
The Retro Set
Dec 29, 2018
Rating: B+ -- An uneven (the comedy was lame) but most entertaining historical musical revue celebrating early talkies. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Apr 21, 2019

Product Description:

A spectacular jazz revue which features a plethora of elaborate production numbers. Bing Crosby made his first screen appearance in this classic Hollywood musical. Academy Awards: Best Interior Decoration.

Plot Synopsis:

Paul Whiteman and his Band headline this musical revue, featuring numerous top actors, comics and musicians of the period.
The film includes a humorous number in which Whiteman gets chased by a lion; a large-scale "Wedding Veil" production sequence, done in the manner of Ziegfeld; songs by Tom Boles, Jeanette Loff and the Sisters G; and dances by the Russell Markert girls.
Particular highlights are Whiteman's band performing "The Melting Pot" and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."


Production Notes:

  • Film debut for Bing Crosby.
  • A French version, entitled "La Féerie du Jazz," was also made.
    Color by Technicolor.
  • This was director J. Murray Anderson's film directorial debut; he formerly worked staging theatrical revues.
  • The film's budget was $2,000,000.
  • John Boles performs "Monterey" and "Dawn."

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  • Sales Rank: 83,012
  • UPC: 715515212618
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