directed by Bob Fosse
USA 1979

 

Apparently Bob Fosse thought it 'foolish' to call All That Jazz self-indulgent. But he did direct, choreograph and co-write this musical comedy; it's about his life; it's very pleased with itself. As translated onto screen, his story is wretched: the jokes are relentlessly crass and objectionable; the song'n'dance routines have been created in the cutting-room and have lost any sense of fun; Fellini-esque moments add little but pretension; and scenes of a real open-heart operation, alternating with footage of a symbolic Angel of Death in veil and white gloves, fail even in terms of the surreal.

Excerpt from Time Out Film Guide located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: December 20th, 1979

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DVD Comparison: 

20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. 20th Century Fox (Music Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution

20th Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

20th Century Fox (Music Edition)

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 2:02:40 2:02:36

Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.22 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate : 20th Century Fox

Bitrate: 20th Century Fox (Music Edition)

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 1.0 Stereo) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None English, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Scene-specific commentary by Roy Scheider
• Interviews with Roy Scheider
• 5 Bob Fosse clips

DVD Release Date: August 19th, 2003
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Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox (Music Edition)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary with Film Editor Alan Heim
• Portrait Of A Choreographer
• Perverting The Standards
• Making of the Song 'On Broadway'
• Movie-oke 'Take Off With Us'
• Music Machine (access musical numbers through scene selection)
• Bob Fosse Gallery
• Production Snapshots Gallery
 

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2007
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Chapters 20

 

 

Comments:

The new DVD image has a strong blue-ish/green mask to it giving it a much darker look than the original DVD release. I have no information to indicate that this new digital appearance is not more theatrically accurate but on my system it looked smoother, cleaner and less grainy. Both editions offer the same subtitle and audio options (original 2.0 with a French DUB) - same chapter stops too.

Aside from the 'look' - the supplements are where we see another drastic improvement for the 'Music Edition'. Replacing Scheider's screen specific commentary (which I liked) from the original release is a full length one by the film's editor Alan Heim, who immediately admits to not having seen the film for a long period of time and remarks to be curious about what specifics that he will remember. There are some good moments in the commentary but he does some narrating and there are many brief gaps where he seemed to be enjoying the film himself. There are some featurettes - Portrait Of A Choreographer is 22:40 long and has input from many including Liza Minelli and frequent shots of the dance numbers from the film. Perverting The Standards talks more about the form and innovation with some talking heads giving sound bites - it is almost 8:00 long. Making of the Song 'On Broadway' talks with George Benson for about 3 1/2 minutes. Movie-oke 'Take Off With Us' is a part of song with visible lyrics to see along - just over 1 minute long. Music Machine just allows you to access musical numbers through scene selection. Finally there are two separate Stills Galleries. Not overly impressive and although all related to the film I still consider some filler.

I think the Music Edition may be the better of the two but I think you would have to be quite enamored to double dip. I'm not the biggest fan of the film so I may not be the ones to ask.  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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Distribution

20th Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

20th Century Fox (Music Edition)

Region 1 - NTSC


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