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directed by Bob Fosse
USA 1979

 

The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, and Ben Vereen, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.

 

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Theatrical Release: December 20th, 1979

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Comparison: 

20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC vs. 20th Century Fox (Music Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

1) 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT
2) 20th Century Fox (Music Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

20th Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

20th Century Fox (Music Edition)

Region 1 - NTSC

Criterion Collection Spine # 724

Region 'A'  - Blu-ray

Runtime 2:02:40 2:02:36 2:03:13.427

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

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,369,796,789 bytes

Feature: 23,134,562,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.06 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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)

Bitrate: Criterion Blu-ray

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) DTS-HD Master Audio English 2335 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 2335 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles English, Spanish, None English, Spanish, None English (SDH), 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
Keep case

Chapters 20

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

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion
 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,369,796,789 bytes

Feature: 23,134,562,304 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.06 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim
• Selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider
• New interviews with Heim (15:18) and Fosse biographer Sam Wasson (20:43)
• New conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi (34:00)
• Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1980, featuring director Bob Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille (31:51)
• Interviews with Fosse from 1981 (27:01 - South bank Show) and 1986 (26:14 Gene Shalit)
• On-set footage (7:58 - Fosse Directing) (3:54 - Scheider Interview)
• Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse (22:46)
• The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary about the film’s music (7:50)
• Interview with George Benson from 2007, about his song “On Broadway,” which opens the film (3:36)

Trailer (1:42)
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als

2 DVDs

Blu-ray Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 26

 

Comments:
NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (August 14'): T Criterion's new transfer is cited as "a new 4K digital restoration" and it looks excellent. The 'Music DVD' edition certainly looks dramatically 'green' beside it. What distinguishes the 1080P are the textures, superior contrast, a high level of detail and it shows more information in the 1.85:1 frame. You can find frequent examples of depth, no noise, and a brighter, more vibrant image. It gave a very pleasing video  presentation.

Always authentic, Criterion opt for a DTS-HD Master in original 3.0 channel surround at 2335 kbps. As well as un-credited compositions by Ralph Burns, we have all the great performances and stand-alone music including George Benson doing On Broadway, Harry Nilsson's A Perfect Day, the marvelous numbers using Everything Old Is New Again and Who's Sorry Now?, the memorable reprise of Take Off With Us, I heard 'The Merm' singing There's No Business Like Show Business, Ben Vereen and Scheider's Bye Bye Love, Vivaldi to Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag And Smile, Smile, Smile. Just grand - it sounds beautifully crisp and lively with some subtle depth. There are optional English subtitles on the region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

Okay, Criterion have loaded this up with much of what was on the two previous DVDs and more. So we get the 2007 audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim also found on Fox's 'Music DVD Edition' as well as the selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider as found on Fox's 2003, original, SD edition. Repeated from the past DVDs is the Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse's choreography style featuring interviews with various collaborators and admirers, including Liza Minnelli, dancer Sandahl Bergman, Choreographer and filmmaker Rob Marshall, editor Alan Heim, and others. Also duplicated is 8-minute The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary exploring the soundtrack for All That Jazz featuring interviews with composer Glen Ballard, Jerry Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Diane Warren, as well as Bob Fosse collaborators Liza and Heim. From the 2007 DVD is the 3.5 minute interview with George Benson from 2007, about his song “On Broadway,” which opens the film. New are interviews with Heim - for 15-minutes, conducted by Criterion in 2014, with Heim discussing the process by which he and Fosse came up with the film's Academy Award winning, editing style - and 20-minutes with Fosse biographer Sam Wasson who discusses the motivations, self-doubts and compulsions that drove Bob Fosse to create. There is a new 34-minute conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi. One of the indelible moments in All That jazz is Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi's charming pas de deux to the tune of "Everything old is New Again". In this conversation, recorded and produced by Criterion in June 2014, Reinking and Foldi discuss that scene, the film and the driving force behind it all, director Bob Fosse. There is an episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1980, featuring Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille running over 1/2 an hour as well as interviews with Fosse from 1981 on The South Bank Show dfor almost 30-minutes and 1986 spending 26-minutes with Gene Shalit. There is 8-minutes of "On-set footage" of Fosse Directing and 4-minutes of a Scheider interview - the latter also found in Fox's DVD package. lastly are a trailer, plus the case has a liner notes booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als and 2 DVDs with both the feature and all the supplemental content of the Blu-ray.

This is a massive package of the imminently re-watchable feature and piles of valuable extras. I was less a fan before I went through this incredible Criterion Blu-ray package.

***

 

ON THE DVDs: 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 looks a bit too smooth and distractingly green. 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 for the supplements but you would have to be quite enamored to double dip, IMO.

Gary W. Tooze


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2) 20th Century Fox (Music Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC TOP
2) 20th Century Fox (Music Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Distribution

20th Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

20th Century Fox (Music Edition)

Region 1 - NTSC

Criterion Collection Spine # 724

Region 'A'  - Blu-ray


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