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All That Jazz (1979)

Roy Scheider , Jessica Lange , Bob Fosse  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking, Cliff Gorman
  • Directors: Bob Fosse
  • Writers: Bob Fosse, Robert Alan Aurthur
  • Producers: Daniel Melnick, Kenneth Utt, Robert Alan Aurthur, Wolfgang Glattes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, 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: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All That Jazz" on IMDb

Special Features

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

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Product Description

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.

Additional Features

The features on the All That Jazz DVD are for gourmets rather than gourmands--they don't last for hours, but they're extremely valuable. For example, Roy Scheider's 2001 commentary is scene-specific rather than running the length of the film, but he does comment on 23 different scenes, in segments ranging from 20 seconds to five minutes (about 40 minutes total), offering us a behind-the-scenes look at the film and at Fosse himself (Scheider mentions he made Ann Reinking audition to play the part based on herself). There are also three brief interviews (less than three minutes total) that Scheider recorded on the set during filming, and five clips (7.5 minutes) of Fosse directing the opening "On Broadway" number; picture and sound aren't great, but it's a fascinating look at Fosse in action. --David Horiuchi

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77 of 82 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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
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 .... the best it has ever looked.

I'm so sad that Mr Scheider isn't around to have participated in any of the newly created bonus features but he does live on a scene specific commentary track from some time back. That said, one of the main things that separates Criterion from everybody else is their relentless pursuit of making not only the definitive audio and visual release but scouring the globe for bonus content! I am not an expert on Fosse or dance, but after viewing the bonus features feel truly knowledgeable. There are new supplements with the author of the definitive book on Fosse, Sam Wasson, there is a recent interview with the editor of the film, a couple of the stars and a semi recent half hour doc on Mr Fosse. If that isn't enough there is a half hour with Gene Shalit, a half hour from the UK and another half hour interview of Mr Fosse with Tom Snyder!! They seemingly have left no stone unturned in their drive to make this package something that can take pride of place in ones collection of great movies.

To summarize, the movie looks the best it has and if you are considering owning (in a world of streaming or downloads) and are a fan, then the wealth of bonus content about and featuring Mr Fosse make this a prime candidate for physical purchase. This is not a disposable movie but a work of art and Criterion has presented it well and surrounded it with terrific bonus content... oh and a lovely booklet with essay.

HIGHLY recommended.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's showtime, Folks! May 24, 2003
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 11 hours ago by Eppis1
4.0 out of 5 stars ... not quite what I expected but it was a good movie especially if...
I had never seen this movie and it was not quite what I expected but it was a good movie especially if you like dance
Published 17 hours ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great film!
Published 12 days ago by Vicente Vargas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great singing! Spectacular dancing! Give me some jazz hands...
Long overdue soundtrack to an amazing musical. Buy it!
Published 15 days ago by J. David Kopp
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest movies. Shame on Criterion that they continue with...
One of the greatest movies. Shame on Criterion that they continue with the idea of release movies english spoken without subtitles. Not even mention spanish subtitles. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Martin Hodara
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion and ALL THAT JAZZ...
ALL THAT JAZZ is one of the most important movies in my life. Rightly or Wrongly, it lead me into the Entertainment Industry. Criterion once again does not disappoint. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Robert M. Burnett
1.0 out of 5 stars upset
bad tape the second one..need replacement tape..love this and want to share with my grandaughter.
Published 1 month ago by Georgia Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wait, what?
This movie is a trip. I had absolutely no idea what was going on and I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Jon A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie and a s always the Criterion additions are great for film buffs.
Published 1 month ago by DAVID D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic
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