Blu-ray, DVD Release: All That Jazz

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion


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It's showtime for Roy Scheider in All That Jazz.

The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse (Cabaret) turned the camera on his own life for the madly imaginative, self-excoriating 1979 musical drama All That Jazz.

Roy Scheider (Jaws, Sorcerer) gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie at 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 Ben Vereen (Mama, I Want to Sing), Leland Palmer, Sandahl Bergman (Conan the Barbarian) and the awesomely leggy Ann Reinking, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo editions of All That Jazz include the following features:

• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Two audio commentaries: a feature-length one with editor Alan Heim and a scene-specific one with actor Roy Scheider
Razzle-Dazzle, a new video essay on the film by critic Matt Zoller Seitz
• Episode from 1980 of the television talk show Tomorrow, featuring director Bob Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille
• New interview with Heim
• New interview with Fosse biographer Sam Wasson
• Interview excerpts and footage from the set, featuring Fosse and Scheider
Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse
The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary about the music in the film
• Interview from 2007 with George Benson about his song “On Broadway,” which opens the film
• A booklet featuring an essay by theater critic Hilton Als
• More!

 

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.