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The jazz singer

Author: Alan CroslandAlfred A CohnAl JolsonMay McAvoyWarner OlandAll authors
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video   Book : English : Three-disc deluxe ed.; 80th anniversary ed.; standard format (1.33:1)View all editions and formats
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The melodramatic story of a Jewish cantor's son who aspires to be a jazz singer, despite his father's strenuous objections.
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Musical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Crosland; Alfred A Cohn; Al Jolson; May McAvoy; Warner Oland; Eugenie Besserer; Otto Lederer; Josef Rosenblatt; Hal Mohr; Harold McCord; Louis Silvers; Samson Raphaelson; Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967); Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 1419856227 9781419856228
OCLC Number: 156980173
Language Note: In English; with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles. Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Notes: Based on the play: Day of atonement / by Samson Raphaelson.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1927.
Special features (disc 1, 139 min.): optional audio commentary by Ron Hutchinson (founder of The Vitaphone Projects) and Nighthawks Bandleader Vince Giordano; 4 vintage Al Jolson short films (49 min. total); classic cartoon "I love to singa" (8 min.); Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of "The jazz singer", also starring Jolson (1947, 58 min.); Jolson trailer gallery (24 min. total).
Special features (disc 2, 185 min.): "The dawn of sound : how the movies learned to talk" documentary (2007, 85 min.); surviving excerpts from 1929's "Gold diggers of Broadway" (16 min. total); 5 studio shorts from or celebrating the early sound era (84 min.).
Special features (disc 3, 208 min.): rare & historic Vitaphone shorts from the Warner Bros. vaults.
Credits: Photography, Hal Mohr ; edited by Harold McCord ; musical score and Vitaphone Orchestra directed by Louis Silvers.
Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, Joseff Rosenblatt.
Target Audience: Not rated by the MPAA.
Description: 3 videodiscs (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 10 photo cards (18 cm.) + 1 reproduction of a Vitaphone program ([12] p. : ill. ; 18 cm.) + 1 reproduction of a souvenir program ([20] p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.) + 1 reproduction of a Theater Herald leaflet ([4] p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.) + 1 vintage documents reproduction booklet (16 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.) + 1 reproduction of a telegram from Al Jolson to Jack Warner (18 cm.)
Details: DVD, region 1, dual-layer; Dolby digital mono.
Contents: Disc 1. The jazz singer (96 min., including overture & exit music) --
A plantation act (1926, 10 min.) --
An intimate dinner in celebration of Warner Bros. silver jubilee (1930, 11 min.) --
Hollywood handicap (1938, 10 min.) --
A day at Santa Anita (1937, 18 min.) --
I love to singa (1936, 8 min.) --
The jazz singer [Lux Radio Theatre adaptation] (1947, 58 min.) --
The jazz singer [trailer] (1927, 7 min.) --
The singing fool [trailer] (1928, 1 min.) --
Mammy [trailer] (1930, 5 min.) --
Wonder bar [trailer] (1934, 4 min.) --
Go into your dance [trailer] (1935, 3 min.) --
The singing kid [trailer] (1936, 4 min.). Disc 2. The dawn of sound : how the movies learned to talk documentary (2007, 85 min.) --
Gold diggers of Broadway [excerpts] (16 min.) --
The voice from the screen (1926, 15 min.) --
Finding his voice (1929, 11 min.) --
The voice that thrilled the world (1943, 18 min.) --
Okay for sound (1946, 20 min.) --
When the talkies were young (1955, 20 min.). Disc 3. Behind the lines (1926, 8 min.) --
Bernado De Pace : the wizard of the mandolin (1927, 7 min.) --
Gus Van and Joe Schenck : the pennant winning battery of Songland (9 min., 1929) --
Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields with the Music Boxes (1928, 10 min.) --
Hazel Green & Company (1927, 8 min.) --
The night court (1927, 10 min.) --
The Police Quartette (1927, 7 min.) --
When East meets West (1928, 9 min.) --
Adele Rowland : stories in song (1928, 10 min.) --
The Jazzmania Quintette (1928, 10 min.) --
The Ingenues : the Band Beautiful (1928, 9 min.) --
Chips of the old block (1928, 8 min.) --
Dick Rich and his Melodious Monarchs (1928, 8 min.) --
Gus Arnheim and his Ambassadors (1928, 9 min.) --
The Beau Brummels (1928, 8 min.) --
Roof Garden Revue (1929, 10 min.) --
My bag o' tricks (1929, 10 min.) --
Green's Twentieth Century Faydetts (1929, 7 min.) --
Sol Violinsky : the eccentric entertainer (1929, 8 min.) --
At the seashore (1929, 9 min.) --
Paul Tremaine and his Aristocrats (1929, 7 min.) --
Baby Rose Marie, the child wonder (1929, 8 min.) --
Lambchops (1929, 8 min.) --
The happy Hottentots (1930, 11 min.).
Other Titles: Dawn of sound : how the movies learned to talk.
Jazz singer (Motion picture : 1927)
Responsibility: a Warner Bros. Pictures production ; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. and the Vitaphone Corporation present ; directed by Alan Crosland ; adaptation, Alfred A. Cohn.

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The melodramatic story of a Jewish cantor's son who aspires to be a jazz singer, despite his father's strenuous objections.

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