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All That Jazz - Music Edition (1979)

Roy Scheider , Jessica Lange , Bob Fosse  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Cliff Gorman, Ben Vereen
  • Directors: Bob Fosse
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MNOY0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All That Jazz - Music Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Widescreen Feature
  • Audio Commentary with Film Editor Alam Heim
  • Portrait Of A Choerographer
  • 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

Editorial Reviews

Part tragic, part comic, this outrageous look at life in the fast lane in the Academy Award-winning musical about Bob Fosse's excessive life in show business. Played by Roy Scheider, Fosse's alter-ego drives himself over the edge and soon finds he is caught between a recurring fantasy about his death and the reality of a near-death experience. Dazzlingly presented, this electrifying story about the perils of pushing yourself too hard is filled with Fosse's legendary song-and-dance choreography.

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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast even for an only lukewarm fan of Broadway February 19, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Soon after its 1979 release, curiosity impelled me to see ALL THAT JAZZ. I say curiosity because anything smacking of a film musical didn't then attract my attention much. Not yet an old dog, and apparently still capable of learning a new trick, I remember being impressed. Recently, I saw it presented on the Big Screen once again as part of a classic film revival. I'm reminded what a truly superb production this is.

Roy Scheider, in arguably his greatest role ever, portrays Joe Gideon, a work-obsessed Broadway choreographer and director existing on cancer sticks, booze, sex and uppers. Directed by the preeminent choreographer Bob Fosse, ALL THAT JAZZ was purportedly semi-autobiographical.

Joe is struggling to put together a new dance production and, simultaneously, edit a behind-schedule film, all the while juggling the three principal women in his life: ex-wife, current significant other, and teenage daughter. Talk about stress! In periodic visual sidebars, we watch as Joe rationalizes his self-destructive behavior to a glamorous Angel of Death, coquettishly played by Jessica Lange.

The film's dance sequences, products of Bob Fosse's brilliance, and sets by Phillip Rosenberg and Tony Walton, are visual extravaganzas not to be missed. (Oscars were awarded for Art Direction and Set Decoration.) Perhaps the cleverest is the solo routine performed by the ex-wife character as she rehearses a number to be performed in Gideon's latest production, all the while debating with him the course of their failed relationship. Positively engaging is the "impromptu" number performed for Joe at his apartment by his current mistress (played by the strikingly long-legged Ann Reinking), along with his daughter.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's showtime, Folks! May 24, 2003
Bob Fosse is a name that, in the minds of Broadway enthusiasts, is paralleled with images of breathtaking and original choreography. Those who have seen live versions of Cabaret, Chicago and Sweet Charity will know what a major talent he was in the Broadway world. In 1979 he directed and co-wrote All That Jazz - a 'fictitious' autobiographical account of his work and life.
Whilst a little long and some over indulgence occurs, All That Jazz is a remarkably original movie. It is not only a fascinating insight into the mind and life of a brilliant and talented man, but a captured record of the 1970's Broadway scene.
What is so remarkable about All The Jazz is that we actually enter into Fosses' mind to explore his thoughts, feelings and emotions. Two vehicles are used to achieve this - conversations with death (in the form of a white laced Jessica Lange) and stunning Broadway musical sequences. We explore his feelings on women, death and his art.
Roy Scheider brings a considerable amount of charisma and emotion to the role of Joe Gideon (who is based on Fosse). Another standout is Anne Reinking - ex lover of Fosse and seasoned Broadway performer. It would have been nice to see her film career take off so we could have seen more of her work. All the cast perform brilliantly in their roles, and a few surprises pop up with some early performances of some now well known actors.
All That Jazz contains wonderful performances, brilliant music and a story that not only captures the essence of a significant man in the history of Broadway, but also the vibrancy and originality of Broadway in the 70's. Watch this movie and go back in time to a wonderful world during a colourful era.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All That Music, All that Drama, ALL THAT JAZZ!!! May 29, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
If you have very little knowledge of the life and work of Bob Fosse, you'll probably see this movie as dark and pointless. But for anyone who knows anything about this legend, you'll agree that "All That Jazz" is nothing less than a MASTERPEICE!
Fosse was nothing short of a genius. That fact that he could actually predict his own death and face his vices head-on proves what an intelligent, strong, sensitive, and brilliant man he was. Yes, this film is very depressing, but life isn't always a Walt Disney film. Like his other musical triumphs, "Sweet Charity" and "Cabaret", the film is dark and sexy, but has plenty of heart. And like all of his film work, it is visually stunning and truly original. This is one guy who didn't do stuff by the book, and the results are always unique and dynamic. Roy Scheider and Ann Reinking give the best performances of their careers. Fosse is an icon who will never be forgotten, and this film does justice to the virtuoso he was.
If you aren't familiar with Fosse, I would recommend one or both of the excellent books "Razzle Dazzle: The Life and Works of Bob Fosse" or "All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse". It will give you appreciation for this hauntingly poetic piece of contemporary cinema.
A true work of art.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie. Imperfect DVD. December 30, 2008
I am a huge fan of Bob Fosse in general, and of this movie specifically. However, the current Special Music Edition DVD (which replaces the now-discontinued original DVD release) has several flaws that prevent me from giving this a full five-star rating.

(1) Incomplete picture: this film deserves to be viewed in a letterbox format that delivers the full picture as the director intended; pan-and-scan is unfortunately the only format provided here.

(2) Dark picture: there's a lot of murkiness in the shadows, much more than in the previous released version. This renders some of the action (especially in Scene 5 with Victoria) nearly invisible.

(3) Commentary thinness: the commentary provided by editor Alan Heim is fun, but could be so much more. Why isn't the scene commentary provided by the late Roy Scheider from the prior DVD release also included on this one? And why haven't other leads (particularly Ann Reinking, who has played such a big part in the resurgence of popular interest in Fosse's work) been tapped to be a part of this?

(4) Special Features filler: unfortunately, there just isn't a lot here. We've got two short featurettes of Fosse colleagues talking about his dances, intercut with numbers from the movie. The rest of the special features menu just raises questions. Why is there an interview with George Benson about recording the opening song, "On Broadway?" It's unnecessary and not at all illuminating. Do we really need a direct menu to all the musical numbers? I thought that's what the scene selection menu was for. And a singalong of "Take Off With Us?" You've gotta be kidding me; what a waste of time and menu space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion nails it, there's no business like showbusiness
Just finished one of my favorite movies, but it was like the first time. The new Criterion edition is marvelous. The fresh transfer is brillant. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ross Pezl
5.0 out of 5 stars 8/23/14 a review of the NEW Criterion BR/DVD combo.....
I'm reviewing the new Criterion Blu - Ray DVD combo release which arrives on Tuesday but I was lucky enough to pick up a couple days early. The transfer is a splendid 4k .... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical/drama
If you appreciate great character study amidst a musical which has a lot of drama= this is for YOU!
Published 16 days ago by Laura A.M. Wopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Scheiders best acting job! Excellent film in every aspect. A must see for buffs! An ending that still haunts me. Don't let the title fool you. Read more
Published 20 days ago by michael sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An unusual movie about an unusual life. Maybe that is why it appealed to me so much
Published 1 month ago by No pen name
5.0 out of 5 stars It's showtime!
For the Bob Fossi and Ann Rankin fans this is a must have. A former girl friend introduced me to this duo because she performed song, dance and as theater mistress in high school... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles Fabrycky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the biography of Bob Fosse that never got made. Y's a classic show business story.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Blumstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't own this movie? Why not?
There's Anne Rineking, and then, there's everyone else! Bob Fosse was truly a brilliant guy, but you can see why he was so maligned for making this movie the way he did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Ercolino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Movie Here...
I gave "All that Jazz" five stars because it deserves it. Roy Scheider did a great
job of acting in this movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars All that Jazz review
All that jazz is a wonderful movie about the harsh world of dance and the hardships the dancers go through.
Published 2 months ago by Irish lady
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