Jazz Singer-80th Anniversary-De

Directed By: Alan Crosland Starring: Al Jolson

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A cantor's son gets into show business, much to the anger and disappointment of his family. Well-known for being the first 'talkie'.


Studio Warner
SKU 205000243
UPC 012569798892
UPC 14 00012569798892
Format DVD
Release Date 10/16/2007
Rating NR
Family Interaction
Tear Jerker
Editors Note
Note The first feature film to utilize Synchronous Sound. The story is about Cantor Oland's son who goes into show business over his objections. Tunes include "Mammy," "Toot, Toot, Tootsie" and more. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Adapted Writing. Academy Awards: Special Award for technical achievement.
Plot Summary
Summary The film that started a lasting craze -- the talking picture.| Al Jolson made his film debut -- and became a star -- playing the role of a cantor's son who'd rather be a singing sensation on Broadway than follow in his father's footsteps. But forsaking his religious duties may cost him his family's love.
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "It was a technical marvel, an entertainment novelty and a colossal box-office hit." 12/01/2007 p.223
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he first 'talkie' ever made....[A] movie milestone that must have astounded audiences..." 01/01/2008 p.163
Alan Crosland
Al Jolson
Cast & Crew
Al Jolson - Actor
Alan Crosland - Director
Alfred A. Cohn - Screenplay
Eugenie Besserer - Actor
Hal Mohr - Cinematographer
Harold McCord - Editor
Jack Jarmuth - Screenplay
Louis Silvers - Original Music By
May McAvoy - Actor
Samson Raphaelson - Based On Short Story By
Warner Oland - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1927
Catalog ID 79889
UPC 00012569798892
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 265 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (1929) Oscar, Alfred A. Cohn, Best Writing, Adaptation,Oscar, The Jazz Singer, Honorary Award
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review If you've ever wondered why that guy in the Looney Tunes wears blackface and sings "Mammy... mammy..." you need to see Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer and it'll all start to make sense. The first movie to feature synchronized sound (and not for the whole film -- only while Al is singing), the film is more than just a movie about a guy who likes music. It's also a story about a Jewish kid who turns his back on his heritage to try and make it big on the stage -- exceptionally daring subject matter for its era, and still enthralling today. Must-see for any film buff.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Sanderson Beck, Movie Mirrors This historic film broke the sound barrier and portrays the conflict between traditional religion and modern music.
Tim Dirks, The Greatest Films ...[a] historic milestone film and cinematic landmark.

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