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Uniform Title Jazz singer (Motion picture : 1927)
Title The jazz singer [videorecording] / a Warner Bros. Pictures production ; [presented by] Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. and the Vitaphone Corporation ; adaptation, Alfred A. Cohn ; directed by Alan Crosland.

Imprint Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD    JAZ  pt.1    Available
 PAS Central Library DVD    JAZ  pt.2    Available
Edition Standard version; Three-disc deluxe ed. ; [80th anniversary].
Description 3 videodiscs (89 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Note Based on the play by Samson Raphaelson.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1927.
Special features: Disc 1: New digital transfer and refurbished soundtrack; commentary by Ron Hutchinson, founder of The Vitaphone Projects and Nighthawks Bandleader Vince Giordano; vintage Al Jolson short films, radio show adaptation and movie trailer gallery; classic homage cartoon "I love to singa" ; Disc 2: "The dawn of sound: how the movies learned to talk" new feature-length documentary; surviving sound excerpts from 1929's "Gold diggers of Broadway;" studio shorts from or celebrating the early sound era ; Disc 3: Over 3 1/2 hours worth of rare, historic Vitaphone comedy and music shorts starring the greats of Vaudeville and the early sound era, many recently recovered and restored after being lost.
Special features accompanied by: 10 behind-the-scenes photo cards; 12-page Vitaphone program; 20-page souvenir program; 4 page theater Herald; 16 page book with vintage document reproductions and DVD features guide; post-premiere telegram from Al Jolson to Jack Warner.
Credits Photography, Hal Mohr ; editor, Harold McCord ; musical score and Vitaphone orchestra director, Louis Silvers.
Cast Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland.
Summary Jakie Rabinowitz is the son of a Jewish cantor. Turning his back on family tradition, Jakie transforms himself into cabaret-entertainer Jack Robin. When Jack comes home to visit his parents, he is warmly greeted by his mother, but is given the cold-shoulder by his father, who feels that Jack is a traitor to his heritage by singing jazz music. On the eve of his biggest show business triumph, Jack receives word that his father is dying. Out of respect, Jack forgoes his opening night to attend Atonement services at the temple and sings the Kol Nidre in his father's place.
Audience Not rated.
System Details DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer.
Language Closed-captioned.
English dialogue, English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
Subject Jazz musicians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Singers, Jewish -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Cantors (Judaism) -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Jews, East European -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
Acculturation -- United States -- Drama.
Músicos de jazz -- Nueva York (Estados Unidos) -- Nueva York -- Teatro.
Cantantes -- Nueva York (Estados Unidos) -- Nueva York -- Teatro.
Genre/Form Feature films
Musical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Musical -- Feature.
Feature films.
Musical films.
Added Author Cohn, Alfred A., 1880-1951.
Crosland, Alan, 1894-1936.
Jolson, Al, 1886-1950.
McAvoy, May, 1901-1984.
Oland, Warner, 1880-1938.
Mohr, Hal, 1894-1974.
Silvers, Louis, 1889-1954.
Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983. Jazz singer.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Vitaphone Corp.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Added Title Gold diggers of Broadway (Motion picture)
Dawn of sound.
ISBN 1419856227
Standard No. 012569798892
Music No. 79889 Warner Home Video

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