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The Jazz Singer (80th Anniversary 2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1927]

May McAvoy , Warner Oland , Alan Crosland    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Cantor Rosenblatt
  • Directors: Alan Crosland
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,579 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Entertainment legend Al Jolson stars in this song-laced saga of a son whose show-business aspirations conflict with the values of his rabbi father (Warner Oland). Jolson's performance oozes a sense of history, in a mix of dialogue sequences and musically scored silent scenes. In 1927, the film's release was limited to only 200 theatres that were wired for sound-on-disc technology. Many audiences therefore saw only the simultaneously released all-silent version, but the film's impact echoed around the world -- so revolutionary that it was added to the American Film Institute’s all-time list of the "Top-100 American Movies".

The Jazz Singer 80th Anniversary 2-Disc Collector’s Edition includes a completely restored and remastered film with more than two hours of bonus programming.


The son of a Jewish cantor must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 disc set is a must 30 Jan 2008
By Wingate
It is apparent that in the UK Warners have only issued a 2 disc set.So can i just say that you are best advised to buy the 3 disc set from Amazon in America.In my view it is one of the best DVD sets i have ever purchased.You get the film,associated shorts,and nearly 4 hours of Vitaphone shorts.The Vitaphone shorts are themselves worthy of the price alone.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 20 Dec 2007
By Allan
Well, this is a wonderful release. Most importantly, the sound is digitized from the original Vitaphone disc (not from inferior recordings from the 30's). The picture is nicely preserved and it is fun to watch Jolson sing again during the synchronized scenes.

The Vitaphone shorts included in the discset are examples of early sound but are musical performances from mostly nondescript perfomers and are more oddities than entertaining. Two important exceptions: 1.) the short, "Lambchops," with a young George Burns and Gracie Allen in fine form; and 2.) Jolson in "Plantation Act" singing some of his standards.

A truly welcome release. Hopefully other Jolson films, like "Singing Fool," will be released.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD ! 15 Dec 2007
I bought this DVD a few weeks ago and I am delighted with my purchase. OK, the main feature is probably not the best film I have ever seen, but it is a milestone in movie history. The "Jazz Singer" is not a full talkie, but the first ever movie to feature some dialogues and songs. - Anyway, this DVD edition is a delight for any serious movie collector or film buff. It contains a carefully restored print of the "Jazz Singer" (including the German-dubbed version)and is crammed with great special features. Those features include a fantastic feature-length documentary about the advent of sound, a 1936 Technicolor cartoon which pokes a fun at the the Jazz Singer, a 1937 Technicolor short with Hollywood stars at the horse races (featuring Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler). Furthermore, there are several vintage shorts about the advent of talkies and trailers of several other Al Jolson movies. - I really wish for more DVD Edition like this one! How about a similar packaged special DVD-Edition about the first colour movie "Becky Sharp" (1935)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Historic Classic 6 Mar 2011
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This is a superb film for any serious student of cinema to add to their collection. It is proclaimed as the first talking picture, Well, Yes! and No! The film was issued in that preliminary stage of giving the usual silent film treatment with sub titles etc. and also with the added bonus patches giving sound ! If you are not already familar with this film then a warning the sound parts are Jolson delivering his famous routines. I like them. However, it is not everyones cup of tea. Especially the scenes where he 'blacks up'. In todays society this will not go down well.I happen to agree with that. However, we have to view this film as a sign of its time, so therefore, I forgive it. It is a well produced film from the Warner Brother Stable. There are many extras to this edition which have been mentiond by other reviewers that make this edition the one to own for any serious movie buff.
Also, from an historical perspective the scenes involving the cantorial singing are both moving and worth buying the film alone IMHO.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jazz singer 21 Nov 2009
This movie was a giant leap for the movie world, a great musical triumph for al jolson pathing the way for 80 years of musicals. I loved this movie because of the combination of the silent era and the exciting new sound technical marvel.It shows just how this was achieved in the documentury. This is a must for all movie buffs. You wont be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That old black and white magic 10 April 2014
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Great to hear the original version of the Jazz Singer. Al Jolson still has the magic with his voice and musical.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Singer 23 Mar 2014
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Sorry,but this was not the correct version of this film I wanted. I need the Larry Parks film entitled The Jolson Story...1944 I think ?
The Jazz Singer ( 1927 ) is a silent movie and not the the one I'm interested in.
Michael Duffy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars jazz singer 20 Feb 2014
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I always wanted to see this, I liked it considering how long ago it was made. A mixture of talking singing and silent movie speech cards popping up to remind you that this was a pioneering film of its day. I liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First talking Movie
Good film ., not as expected because some parts they are not talking ., however great for a film buffs collection
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Sue Alden
2.0 out of 5 stars Al Jolson -The Jazz Singer
I didn't realise that apart from the singing, this is a SILENT movie, which caused me much embarrassment as this was a Christmas present for my husband !
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Norma Morley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy Dad!
I have bought this for my Dad as he is a huge Al Jolson fan, found it quiet difficult to get, so glad when I found it on Amazon, arrived promptly, thank you
Published 5 months ago by deedeec
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Published 8 months ago by flibity
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Singer
Al Jolson was very good in this film I have wanted to see this for years as it was the film that made him.
Published 9 months ago by Lesbet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Singer Steelbook (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [1927] [Region Free]
Brilliant- Loved the copy-no blemishes. The film was first class as was the service I received. Hope to use the service again very soon
Published 11 months ago by Leslie Kominsky
5.0 out of 5 stars all good
all goodall good 28 words or more x v b b n h g f d s a r ew qo p l
Published 11 months ago by Toni Taylor-Munn
4.0 out of 5 stars First talkie in a pristine resoration
Hesitating between silent movie and claiming to be the first spoken movie. Anyway, a pristine hd-restoration of this first (?) talkie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Herman Beerten
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