King of Jazz (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

King of Jazz (The Criterion Collection)(1930) Blu-ray
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King of Jazz Blu-ray
Criterion | 1930 | 98 min | Not rated | Mar 27, 2018

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

English: LPCM Mono

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515212618

King of Jazz (The Criterion Collection)(1930) Blu-ray

Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows of the time to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys, and orchestral numbers overseen by bandleader Paul Whiteman himself.

Director: John Murray Anderson
Writers: Harry Ruskin, Edward T. Lowe, Jr., Charles MacArthur, The Sisters G.
Starring: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff, Glenn Tryon, William Kent

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano
- New introduction by Giddins
- New interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein
- Four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of King of Jazz
- Deleted scenes and alternate opening-title sequence
- All Americans, a 1929 short film featuring a version of the "Melting Pot" number that was restaged for the finale of King of Jazz
- I Know Everybody and Everybody's Racket, a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
- Two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from King of Jazz

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