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All That Jazz 1979 - Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, Bob Fosse (Blu-ray + DVD - 8/26/2014)

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"It's showtime!" In this part film à clef, part musical phantasmagoria, director/choreographer Bob Fosse takes a Felliniesque look at the life of a driven entertainer. Joe Gideon Roy Scheider, channeling Fosse is the ultimate work and pleasure-aholic, as he knocks back a daily dose of amphetamines to juggle a new Broadway production while editing his new movie, not to mention ex-wife Audrey Leland Palmer, steady girlfriend Kate Ann Reinking, a young daughter, and various conquests. Joe cannot, however, avoid intimations of mortality from white-clad vision Angelique Jessica Lange that lead him to look back at his life as he heads for a near-inevitable coronary and his departure from this mortal coil with the appropriate razzle-dazzle. Taking his cue from Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 1963, Fosse moves from realistic dance numbers to extravagant flights of cinematic fancy, as Joe meditates on his life, his women, and his death. Following a similarly dark revisionist vein as Martin Scorsese's New York, New York 1977, Fosse shows the stiff price that entertaining exacts on entertainers among other things, he intercuts graphic footage of open-heart surgery with a song and dance, mercilessly reversing the feel-good mood of classical movie musicals. Critics praised Fosse's daring even as they damned his self-indulgence, while Scheider was lauded for giving the best performance of his career. Though not a disastrous failure, All That Jazz came nowhere near the popularity of 1978's Grease, as late '70s audiences increasingly turned away from "difficult" movies. For all its excesses, Fosse's fiercely personal approach turned All That Jazz into another striking work from one of the few directors able to make, and experiment with, movie musicals after the 1960s.


Product Details

Actors: Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, Jessica Lange
Directors: Bob Fosse
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Surround Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 3
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2014
Run Time: 123 minutes

Special Features
Audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim Selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider New interviews with Heim and Fosse biographer Sam Wasson New conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1980, featuring director Bob fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille Interviews with Fosse from 1981 and 1986 On-Set footage Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary about the film's music Interview with George Benson from 2007, about his song "On Broadway," which opens the film

Cast & Crew
Roy Scheider Joe Gideon
Jessica Lange Angelique
Ann Reinking Kate Jagger
Cliff Gorman David Newman
Leland Palmer Audrey Paris
John Lithgow Lucas Sergeant
Erzebet Foldi Michelle
Ben Vereen O'Connor Flood
Michael Tolan Dr. Ballinger
Max Wright Joshua Benn
William Le Massena Jonesy Hecht
Chris Chase Leslie Perry
Deborah Geffner Victoria
Kathryn Doby Kathryn
Anthony Holland PaulDann
Robert Hitt Ted Christopher
David Margulies Larry Goldie
Sue Paul Stacy
Keith Gordon Young Joe Gideon
Frankie Man Comic
Alan Heim Eddie
Nicole Fosse
Sandahl Bergman Sandahl
Ben Masters Doctor Garry
Theresa Merritt Cast of NY/LA
CCH Pounder Nurse Blake
Wallace Shawn Assistant Insurance Man
Sloane Shelton Mother

Technical Credits
Bob Fosse Director, Choreography, Screenwriter
Robert Alan Aurthur Producer, Screenwriter
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Wolfgang Glattes Producer
Alan Heim Editor
Daniel Melnick Executive Producer, Producer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Tony Walton Production Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index
Disc #1 -- All That Jazz
1. "It's Showtime, Folks!" [1:56]
2. Cattle Call [8:25]
3. The Stages Of Death [4:20]
4. Late-Night Visitors [4:16]
5. The Silver Cloud [3:48]
6. "You Know I Love You, Katie" [4:51]
7. A New Song [4:32]
8. In The Studio With Michelle [3:44]
9. "Do It Again, Victoria" [2:46]
10. Rehearsal [2:13]
11. "What Guilt?" [4:20]
12. "Take Off With Us" [3:32]
13. Airotica [6:56]
14. "It's A Bomb" [2:05]
15. "Everything Old Is New Again" [5:19]
16. Read-Through [3:39]
17. "What Do Doctors Know?" [4:40]
18. Lucas Sergeant [2:24]
19. In The Hospital [4:55]
20. A Bad Review [6:58]
21. Heart Surgery [3:28]
22. "Hospital Hallucination, Take 1" [1:57]
23. Heart Attack [7:06]
24. Voyage Through The Hospital [3:43]
25. "Bye Bye Life" [6:55]
26. End Credits [11:18]
27. Color Bars [2:48]

1. The Title Sequence [1:56]
2. A Spectacular Set Piece [8:25] 3. Playing Himself [4:20]
4. Bob's Song Choices [4:16]
5. Bob's Youth In Chicago [3:48]
6. Structuring The Film [4:51]
7. Editing Close To The Beat [4:32]
8. Low Angles And Mirrors [3:44]
9. Amazed By The Fluidity [2:46]
10. Slapstick And Vaudeville [2:13]
11. Bob And Gwen [4:20]
12. Sandahl Bergman [3:32]
13. A Whole Life In A Year [6:56]
14. Lange's Costume [2:05]
15. Screenings [5:19]
16. Bob's Mantra [3:39]
17. Bob's Heart Attack [4:40]
18. An Ear For Fakery [2:24]
19. The Oscars [4:55]
20. Reviews [6:58]
21. An Actual Operation [3:28]
22. An Hommage To Busby Berkeley [1:57]
23. Shooting Ratio [7:06]
24. A Little Over-The-Top [3:43]
25. The Finale [6:55]
26. Saving The Movie [11:18]
27. Color Bars [2:48]

1. The Cattle Call [2:13]
2. Fosse's Condition [8:14]
3. The Discipline Of Dancing [12:14]
4. Autobiographical? [6:52]
5. "Zero Hour" [5:02]
1. Chapter 1 [33:35]
2. Chapter 2 [:22]

Disc #2 -- All That Jazz
1. Chapter 1 [31:49]
1. Chapter 1 [14:50]
2. Chapter 2 [:27]
1. Chapter 1 [20:15]
2. Chapter 2 [:26]
1. Chapter 1 [26:59]
1. Chapter 1 [26:12]
1. Chapter 1 [7:57]
1. Chapter 1 [3:53]
1. Chapter 1 [22:44]
1. Chapter 1 [7:49]
1. Chapter 1 [3:35]

Disc #1 -- All That Jazz
Play The Movie
Commentary: Recorded In 2007, This Audio Commentary Features All That Jazz's Oscar-winning Editor, Alan Heim.
Commentary: On
Commentary: Off
Selected-Scene Commentary: Recorded In 2001, This Selected-Scene Commentary Features All That Jazz Star Roy Scheider.
Reinking And 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 By The Criterion Collection In June 2014, Reinking And Foldi Discuss That Scene, The Film, And The Driving Force Behind It All, Director Bob Fosse.
Disc #2 -- All That Jazz
Tomorrow: Bob Fosse And Agnes de Mille, Two Giants of Broadway Choreography, Appear On This Episode Of Tom Snyder's Late-Night New York Talk Show Tomorrow, Which Originally Aired At 1:00 a.m. On January 31, 1980.
Alan Heim: All That Jazz Won The 1979 Academy Award For Film Editing. In This Interview, Conducted By
Sam Wasson: In This Interview, Conducted By The Criterion Collection In 2014, Sam Wasson, Author Of The Biography Fosse, Discusses The Motivations, Self-Doubts, And Compulsions That Drove Bob Fosse To Create.
The South Bank Show: This Episode Of The South Bank Show, Hosted by Melvyn Bragg, Features An Extensive Interview With Director Bob Fosse. It Originally Aired On March 8, 1981.
Gene Shalit Interview With Bob Fosse: In This Interview With Bob Fosse, Conducted For NBC In 1986, The Year Before He Died, Film And Television Critic Gene Shalit Questions The Director And Choreographer About His Need To Create, His Style In The Rehearsal Studio, What He Looks For In A Dancer, And Many Other Topics.
On The Set: The Following Footage From The Set Of All That Jazz Features Clips Of Bob Fosse Directing The Cattle Call Sequence And A Brief Interview With Actor Roy Scheider.
Fosse Directing
Scheider Interview
Portrait Of A Choreographer: This 2007 Documentary On Bob Fosse's Choreography Style Features Interviews With Various Collaborators And Admirers, Including Liza Minnelli, Dancer Sandahl Bergman, Choreographer And Filmmaker Rob Marshall, Editor Alan Heim, And Others.
The Soundtrack: Perverting The Standards - This 2007 Piece Explores The Soundtrack For All That Jazz And Features Interviews With Composers Glen Ballard, Jerry Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, And Diane Warren, As Well As The Bob Fosse Collaborators Liza Minnelli And Editor Alan Heim.
The Making Of The Song "On Broadway" - In This 2007 Interview, Singer-Songwriter George Benson Talks About The Creation Of His Hit 1963 Song "On Broadway," Which Would Later Open All That Jazz.

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