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Jazz Singer [Import USA Zone 1]

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  • Acteurs : Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Billy Bletcher, Tommy Bond, Johnnie Davis
  • Réalisateurs : Alan Crosland, Bobby Connolly, Bryan Foy, Buster Keaton, F. Lyle Goldman
  • Format : Plein écran, Enregistrement original remasterisé, Version restaurée, Sous-titré, Cinémascope, NTSC, Import
  • Audio : Anglais (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Sous-titres : Anglais, Français, Espagnol
  • Région : Région 1 (USA et Canada). Ce DVD ne pourra probablement pas être visualisé en Europe. Plus d'informations sur les formats DVD/Blu-ray.
  • Rapport de forme : 1.33:1
  • Nombre de disques : 3
  • Studio : Warner Home Video
  • Date de sortie du DVD : 16 octobre 2007
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  • ASIN: B00005JKSC
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HASH(0xb3258a74) étoiles sur 5 The movie that forever changed Hollywood: 1 septembre 2001
Par Joel L. Gandelman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Cassette vidéo
Almost immediately after Warner Bros' huge financial gamble premiered in Oct 1927, other studios' concerned bigwigs frantically ordered their studios to immediately equip themselves to do sound movies. New careers were made -- and shattered -- overnight. If you haven't seen The Jazz Singer, considered the first "talking movie" (even though there actually were some earlier sporadic experiments) this is a video worth not only seeing but OWNING for several reasons: a)You see Al Jolson at his height. He was one of the first half of the 20th century's biggest stars and some of his stage charisma comes through in this movie's songs. Most of the flick is actually silent except for the songs. Originally he was only supposed to sing, but he ad libbed a few lines and the response was absolutely electric when audiences heard and saw him say these few words on the screen. b)The story's value: a Jewish religious leader's son, torn between tradition (using his voice for religion and following in his dad's footsteps) or to please the masses (as a jazz singer in vaudeville). Follow family tradition or national culture? c)The historical show biz value: the Warner brothers put everything they on the line in doing this flick and if it had failed sound movies would have been set back about 10 years (or more) -- and maybe Bugs Bunny wouldn't have been invented. d)Technical show biz value: The Warners used Vitaphone, which was basically sound on disks synchronized to the film's action. You also get a nice zippy period musical score throughout the movie. f)American history historical value: Note long shots of the Jewish ghetto. They were actual shots of a New York street taken through a window -- NOT extras on a movie set. And the theater in which Jolson sings was the Wintergarden, a theater in which he often performed. g)Cultural historical value: even though Jolson's belt-em-out vocal style (effective in theaters without mikes) is part of the reason you don't hear about him anymore, a MAJOR part of his vanishing public historical profile is because he did some of his stage act in "blackface" and minstrel shows were viewed a bit differently in those days. You will SELDOM EVER see this film aired on television due to the fact that blackface is so obviously politically incorrect (understatement!). Does this hold up? YES, it is corny but it is also deeply touching and Jolson's stage pizazz reaches across nearly a century on most numbers (one or two now are almost "camp" but weren't back then). Advice: it won't be available on video forever as the 21st century advances. And you might not find it at your local rental store. Get it now. It's the movie that forever changed Hollywood -- and it's still entertaining.
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HASH(0xb3258ac8) étoiles sur 5 You DO need to upgrade to the Blu-ray edition 25 janvier 2013
Par MJB - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Achat vérifié
Let's cut to the chase because it is obvious that all film collectors either need this or already have the DVD -- yes, you DO need to upgrade from the DVD to this new Blu-ray edition. It IS that much better.

All of the errors in the DVD have been corrected. The scratches during "Dirty Hands, Dirty Face" and much of the rest of the Coffee Dan's scene have been eliminated without a trace. The mis-matched synchronization of the entire reel before "Blue Skies" has been fixed. The artificial shaking of the inter-titles to disguise them being free-frames has been steadied. In the extras, they have put in the correct two scenes from "Gold Diggers Of Broadway" -- we actually see Nick Lucas sing in 2-strip Technicolor "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips" this time. As an additional bonus they have added two shorts which have cameo appearances by Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler at Santa Anita Raceway. Most of the printed extras from the DVD set are in the book except for most of the postcards, but they have added some great portraits, bios, and an illustrated essay on the earlier film sound systems.

Only disc one is Blu-ray. Discs two and three are still DVD, and actually have the same labels and catalog number as the originals -- so don't mix them up with your originals or else you'll lose Nick Lucas. They are still standard definition, but the first disc is High Defination and the image sparkles! The DVD was good, but the Blu-ray image will blow you away. It probably looks better than original nitrate prints looked in 1927. I'll go so far as to say that it proves that you DO need to buy that Blu-ray player if you haven't yet.

The aforementioned scratches on the DVD were always a puzzle to me. They were continuous vertical scratches that often hit right on Jolson's face. You could tell they had worked on them because they were faint remnants of what must have originally been very deep. But they were still there in the most famous scene in the film. When Mary Dale enters down the stairs the scratch is right down the middle of her face in the first close-up and very heavy at the end of the second close-up. (There! I've done it!! If you never noticed them before, now you will never be able to watch the DVD again without them bothering you!!! Mission Accomplished!) But they are GONE in the Blu-ray!!

The sync problem in the DVD starts at the beginning of the train station scene where they mis-start the disc too late over the letter writing close-up. It is as much as 20 seconds off, and the music cues are in all the wrong places. It is much like the scene in "Singing In the Rain" where voices come out of the wrong person's mouths. The bassoon that was supposed to be mocking the prima donna always came when other people were on the screen. The music made no sense. It continues on to the neighborhood walk and the entry into his family's apartment. The mother's theme music was never there at the correct time. And the end of the disc was clipped off when the "Blue Skies" reel begins. This had never been wrong in previous issues and prints so someone really goofed when the DVD was being assembled. But all of this has been fixed in the Blu-ray, and the scenes and the music really make sense once again.

Almost all of the inter-titles are freeze-frames. They are noticeable because all moving grain of the image stops cold. To disguise this they wandered the image slightly in the DVD version. This fake motion was supposed to emulate how titles look when the film continues to run, but in 35mm theatrical prints this does not happen unless the film is worn. The four sprockets per frame should keep the picture steady, unlike 16mm where there is only one sprocket per frame and the image usually always shakes. Saner heads prevailed this time, and the titles are kept steady in the Blu-ray. (Again, if you had never noticed this in the DVD, now it will bother you. Good! Mission accomplished!)

The book is easier to maneuver than all those separate booklets and slip-cases of the DVD set. It is much easier to find the list of contents of the discs because they are the last two pages of the book, rather than being in one of four booklets that you never can find right away. They still do not give you any info about the shorts other than their title. None of the extras have their track number printed so you can easily find which track they are on without having to go back to the headers on the discs. You have to print this out for yourself from the internet. Do be careful when removing disc three fromthe plastic holder because there is an added lip that requires it being slid out further than you might realize. But these are small nitpicks.

All in all, the original DVD was a bargain for all you got -- but this Blu-ray set is even more of a bargain. It IS necessary to get even if you already have the DVD set.
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HASH(0xb3258da4) étoiles sur 5 80th Anniversary Edition features announced 21 décembre 2006
Par calvinnme - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD Achat vérifié
In 1926 Sam Warner of the Warner Brothers decided to invest in the Vitaphone sound system. Don Juan was their first Vitaphone film, but it only contained music and sound effects. In 1927 Warner adapted the Samson Raphaelson Broadway hit The Jazz Singer into a movie and, this time, they incorporated vocal musical numbers in what was still a silent film for all but twenty minutes. Contrary to popular belief, audiences had heard music on film before, and they had heard dialogue on film before. What they had not heard or seen before were either of these things being particularly entertaining. When Jolson sings "Blue Skies" to his mother while adlibbing humorous comments, it all came across as so completely natural that people suddenly realized that sound on film could be entertaining and not just some novelty act. Despite its many shortcomings, including the predictable storyline, The Jazz Singer was a box-office success and a cinema milestone.

This new 80th Anniversary Edition of the Jazz Singer due in October 2007 contains three discs of extras and appears to be just as much a tribute to the birth of the talking picture as a fully digitized release of the Jazz Singer. Disc 1 is dedicated to the film itself, and includes a commentary track. "A Plantation Act" is also included. This is a 1926 Vitaphone short also starring Jolson. Disc 2 is dedicated to the silent to sound transition and includes a documentary on this subject along with shorter featurettes. The real jewel in the crown of this disc is the excerpt from "The Gold Diggers of Broadway". That was the top-grossing picture of 1929 and is an example of a very good all-Technicolor musical of the pre-Depression era. Unfortunately, it was considered lost for years and only a little over two reels (about 20 minutes) survive. Disc 3 contains almost four hours of Vitaphone shorts. These films run the gamut from musical theater legends and vaudeville acts, to dramatic vignettes and classical music performances from the most prestigious artists of the era. Most of these were shorts considered lost for decades, until a consortium of archivists and historians joined forces with a goal to restore these time capsules of entertainment history. Up until now, contemporary audiences have only been able to see these shorts via rare retrospective showings in a few large cities, or through the limited release of a restored handful of the earliest subjects, which were part of a 1996 laserdisc set. This new collection will finally make these films available on DVD. The actual Vitaphone shorts are included in the product description. Seems like a must buy for anyone interested in the film itself or the dawn of sound.
37 internautes sur 39 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0xb3258c9c) étoiles sur 5 God Bless Warner Home Video! 5 août 2007
Par J. Hutchinson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: DVD
First, ignore the old comments in this string that refer to the old VHS release and have nothing to do with this truly awesome new 3 DVD set. The content is awesome. Even if you have no interest in the feature (which has been completely restored with sound direct from origina discs and a new print). The fact this set contains 26 early, never on DVD (most never on video) Vitaphone vaudeville and music shorts from 1926-30, a new feature length documentary on the coming of sound, a dozen more shorts, and loads more extras ---- for less than $30 on Amazon --- makes this a must have for any film buff.

Recognize that NO other studio is releasing this kind of early talkie material, nor shorts. WHV is to be congratulated for assembling a first class package in a first class way. Please spread the word on this set. If it does well, perhaps more early stuff will emerge from the vaults!

Producer George Feltenstein deserves special recogition for sticking his neck out and producing a stellar set. Thanks!
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HASH(0x9c111300) étoiles sur 5 Great Entertainment! 28 février 2005
Par Jery Tillotson - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I watch it at least once a month and each time I see it, there's something fresh to savor. Al Jolson is just one of the major attractions of this part-talkie, part-silent. You've got this powerful, knock-out film score that enhances tremendously the intense emotion of this drama. I don't know if this score was the one first heard by movie-goers in l927 but if it was, one can only imagine the extraordinary impact it had, along with that new-fangled invention called "Talkies." Throughout this gripping drama, the musical score soars and throbs, nearly sobbing and then laughing with each scene. Eugenie Besserer is unforgettable as the Jewish mother who never gives up loving her Jazz Singer. Besserer specialized in playing mothers during the silent era. As far as I can tell, she never appeared in the talkies so perhaps her voice didn't measure up. You hear just hints of it when Jolson is singing "Blue Skies" to her. In his memoirs, he said that Besserer helped him out tremendously in this--his first full length film. When he felt exhausted and despaired, Besserer came and cheered him up. I get so terribly sick of these politically correct reviewers who harp and whine about the scenes of Jolson wearing black face. This was l927, you idiots! Minstrel Shows and black face were an accepted theatrical institution during this era. It was meant as homage to the great black musicians and performers and was never intended to be a slap in the face to these artists. So view this classic in the framework of the time it was made. This movie can be maddening because just when you're enraptured by hearing the actual voice of Al Jolson, then the sound stops and the music begins again. This is a fascinating journey back into time, when singing jazz was the hottest thing to do in the Jazz Age!
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