The Jazz Singer

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Pop singer Neil Diamond stars in this remake of Al Jolson's seminal 1927 musical The Jazz Singer. This time, the cantor's son desires success as a pop -- not jazz -- singer, despite the wishes of his imperious father. The film takes place in the present day with Yussel Rabinowitz (Neil Diamond) playing a young cantor performing at the synagogue of his father (Laurence Olivier). Yussel is married and has settled down to a life of religious devotion to the teaching of his faith. ...
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with producer Jerry Leider; Theatrical trailer; TV spot; Poster & still gallery; Neil Diamond bio; Laurence Olivier bio; Richard Fleischer bio
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Pop singer Neil Diamond stars in this remake of Al Jolson's seminal 1927 musical The Jazz Singer. This time, the cantor's son desires success as a pop -- not jazz -- singer, despite the wishes of his imperious father. The film takes place in the present day with Yussel Rabinowitz (Neil Diamond) playing a young cantor performing at the synagogue of his father (Laurence Olivier). Yussel is married and has settled down to a life of religious devotion to the teaching of his faith. But on the side, he writes songs for a black singing group, and when a member of the quartet takes ill, Yussel covers for him at one of their gigs. The nightclub engagement is such a success that Yussel abandons his family -- and his father's synagogue -- and leaves his New York home for Los Angeles, hoping to break into the music business. Almost immediately he is spotted by spunky agent Molly Bell (Lucie Arnaz), who books him as an opening act for a touring comic. Yussel hits it big, but his father resents Yussel's forsaking their traditional Jewish ways. His father disowns him, rending his garments and bellowing, "I hef no son!" The soundtrack was Diamond's most successful album yet, featuring the hits "Love on the Rocks," "Hello Again," and "America," and selling over five million copies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • UPC: 013131589795
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Yussel Rabinovitch
Laurence Olivier Cantor Rabinovitch
Lucie Arnaz Molly Bell
Catlin Adams Rivka Rabinovitch
Franklyn Ajaye Bubba
Paul Nicholas Keith Lennox
Sully Boyar Eddie Gibbs
Mike Kellin Leo
James Booth Paul Rossini
Luther Waters Teddy
Oren Waters Mel
Rod Gist Timmy
Janet Brandt Aunt Tillie
Hank Garrett Police Sergeant
Walter Janowitz Rabbi Birnbaum
Jill Jaress Cowgirl
James Karen Barney Callahan
Victor Paul Irate Driver
Dale Robinette Tommy
John Witherspoon M.C. Cinderella Club
Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Harbert Baker Screenwriter
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Herbert Spencer Deverill Art Director
Neil Diamond Score Composer, Songwriter
Stephen H. Foreman Adaptation, Screenwriter
Ron Hitchcock Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Horner Production Designer
Chris Horner Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Laurents Screenwriter
Jerry Leider Producer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Isidore Mankofsky Cinematographer
Donald McKayle Choreography
Mark Poll Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Maury Winetrobe Editor
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jazz Singer: The 25th Anniversary Edition
1. Immigrants (Main Titles) [4:11]
2. Three Brothers [6:51]
3. The Explanation [5:22]
4. Good Son [7:19]
5. Final Decision [5:11]
6. Love on the Rocks [7:15]
7. Keeping the Dream Alive [6:10]
8. Chutzpah [5:44]
9. Audition [4:09]
10. The Opening [12:04]
11. Love Lost, Love Found [6:15]
12. Hello Again [4:40]
13. Disowned [6:56]
14. Isolation [5:38]
15. The Vagabond [6:36]
16. Homecoming [2:45]
17. Yom Kippur [4:48]
18. The Cantor Returns [5:30]
19. Coming to America [4:31]
20. End Credits [3:37]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Jazz Singer: The 25th Anniversary Edition
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      Commentary
         Dolby Digital Surround EX
         6.1 DTS-ES
         Dolby Surround 2.0
         Commentary With Producer Jerry Leider
      Trailer
      TV Spot
      Poster & Still Gallery
      Talent Bios
         Neil Diamond
         Laurence Olivier
         Lucie Arnaz
         Richard Fleischer
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital Surround EX
      6.1 DTS-ES
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      Commentary With Producer Jerry Leider
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