Coming from Fox DVD: "ALL THAT JAZZ" - a simple sneak at an unbelievable restoration

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    All That JazZ

    "To be on the wire is life. The rest is waiting"
    This is not a review of the DVD. I don't have the
    DVD in my hand as of yet. What I do have for you is
    some testimony to the most remarkable restoration I
    have seen to date.
    I touched upon this subject in the http://www.hometheaterforum.com/cal2001/report.html
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  2. Jefferson Morris

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    Excellent news. When this hits DVD, I'll be giving it serious consideration. Last time I saw this film was on Bravo--panned and scanned, interrupted, edited for content. Bleah.
    Here's hoping MGM gives us Fosse's Lenny on DVD one of these days.
    --Jefferson Morris
    [Edited last by Jefferson Morris on October 06, 2001 at 08:52 PM]
     
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    I just have to second what Ron says about All That Jazz. I saw the movie in its original run some 20-odd years ago. It's a great if painful film, in which director Bob Fosse literally dissects his own life. Roy Schieder gives a career-best performance as the Fosse character.
    When we saw the restored clip last week at Fox, my mouth literally fell open and stayed that way for several minutes. I simply could not believe how good it looked - I could have sworn it had been filmed only in the past couple of years. Schawn Belston and his team deserve major kudos for the work they have done here.
    I am so looking forward to this DVD. Fox scores again!!
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    "It's showtime." This is one of my favorites. What great news.
     
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    One of my favorite films also; my anticipation for this title has just been raised to a new level upon hearing how miraculous this restoration has turned out to be. As Ron pointed out, thank goodness this was done with love and care and admiration and not just another 'job'. Kudos to all involved, your efforts are truly appreciated.
    Johnny B.
     
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    Just for the record, Ron...
    The film stocks of the 70s and 80s are not problematic,
    nor are they wasting away. Kodak produced some extremely
    fine emulsions during these decades.
    The problems would have been overprinting, as Schawn explained, and mishandling.
    But the emulsions themselves are sound.
    Schawn is doing some beautiful work.
    RAH
     
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    Wish this team had worked on the GODFATHER dvd set.
     
  10. Ronald Epstein

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    Smokin' News news Ron !!! ATJ was my alltime fav for years - still in my top 5 .
    I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw your post a few minutes ago .
    This will almost be as much fun as installing OSX on my Quicksilver .
    Thanks
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    Of course today's Eastman stocks are better than those
    from 20 or 30 years ago.
    The point is not that today's emulsions aren't far
    superior, but rather that the stocks beginning even in
    the early 60s with Eastman 5250 and 5251 had nowhere near
    the fading characteristics of the earlier 5248 -- that was
    the bad egg. Since then, Kodak's emulsions -- both negative and print stock -- continue to get better and better.
    RAH
     
  13. Julian Reville

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    Interesting.
    I have the Laser Disc, but I havn't watched it in quite a while. I remember it's formatted 4:3 (P & S ?) and maybe even analog sound only. Could definitely be improved on.
    Ann Reinking in tights....sigh. Was anyone ever hotter?
    The dance sequences were REALLY something, but the movie just wasn't as good as it could have been. Fatally flawed, kind like "Chorus Line".
     
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    I've only ever seen bits and pieces of this film, but I'll be buying it when it comes out. Please keep doing great restoration work Fox, it is appreciated.
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    I too can back up what Ron is saying about the quality of the restoration -- just a beautiful picture (at least in 35mm, we'll see about the DVD [​IMG]).
    To answer the obvious question, I asked Peter when he expects ATJ to street and he said they're aiming for late second quarter next year.
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    Bob Fosse was a great dancer and a fantastic choreographer and All That Jazz is a wonderful movie. If anyone is counting, I will be buying this one as well, probably in at least duplicate. I was very happy to see news of it in the HTF LA meet report and here as well. Can't hardly wait, as they say.
    (BTW, I was sorry to miss Studio Day -- I had fully intended to come to that and say "hi" to all my HTF buds. But life intervened that day and I never got there. Sigh. Maybe next year ....)
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    This is great news - many thanks to Ron for helping to make this happen! [​IMG]
     
  18. Ronald Epstein

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    I am very proud that Schawn Belston took the
    time to write me an email yesterday.
    Schawn personally did the restoration on this
    film, and wanted the following comments posted...
     
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    Another HTF report, another title to add to my shopping list... :)
    But I'm certainly looking forward to it. In the meantime,
    I'll just offer my appreciation to all the people working
    on this restoration. Few things make me as happy as seeing
    great films given proper treatment, and I'm glad to hear
    that Fox and Columbia are doing right by All That Jazz.
    doug
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  20. Bill Buklis

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    I've never seen the film, but the clip we saw at Fox was simply amazing. The movie did capture my attention, so I will definitely check this out when it's released.
    And after the clip of the restored M*A*S*H that we saw as well, I now have renewed interest in seeing this film again.
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