KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

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KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostThu Oct 12, 2017 4:00 pm

I've just finished reading James Layton and David Pierce's magnificent book on the KING OF JAZZ for probably the 10th time and was curious if anyone has heard anything about a release on DVD or BluRay. I've been recovering for a surgical procedure and I'm very out of touch concerning recent releases.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostThu Oct 12, 2017 4:54 pm

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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostThu Oct 12, 2017 6:21 pm

Someone read my mind. I was mentioning that on the 16th, it will have been a year since I saw the restoration and nearly a year and a half since the restoration's world premiere. I may contact The Heights Theater who ran it last year and ask if they could rebook for a second showing. The big screen does the restoration justice.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 6:36 am

The fully restored footage is really quite something to see. If it's playing in your area, do not hesitate to see it. It could be that Universal wants the restoration to make the most of the theatrical circuit before they put it out on Blu-Ray. Once it's available for purchase, the restoration will lose its sheen to exhibitors.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 7:07 am

Correct. The restored KING OF JAZZ continues to make the theatrical rounds and Universal has been pleasantly surprised at the accolades and turnout the film has received. We are working closely with them ands other partners on a home video release but I would not expect any announcement until sometime in 2018. Stay tuned.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 9:53 am

Attending screenings is difficult for me as I'm disabled. If it was ever shown in the Palm Springs area (and there's a greater chance of snow in Death Valley that that ever happening), I'd be there with bells on. I'll have to be patient and hope to be able to watch it on my own big screen someday.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 10:14 am

If and when the film is released on disc, I hope that the powers that be will contact Bob DeFlores. This man introduced KOJ at last year's screening at The Heights Theater in suburban Minneapolis. He preceeded the screening with a 20 minute compilation of footage of Paul Whiteman and his boys clowning around on the Universal lot and some humorous footage of Paul receiving an award from some restaurant group. There was also a clip from a 1931 short featuring Bing Crosby and the Whiteman boys, and the theatrical trailer. These would make wonderful extras to any disc release of the film. Mr. DeFlores' recollections of being Bing Crosby's personal film archivist would make an interesting featurette as well.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 10:28 am

Due to music clearances, I believe a release is very doubtful. So says an industry pal.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 10:47 am

Ray Faiola wrote:Due to music clearances, I believe a release is very doubtful. So says an industry pal.

Well, the same music was included in the video cassette release of the 1980s. I don't understand how the rights were cleared for that release but are held up for this new version.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 2:30 pm

There are ZERO music rights issues regarding a DVD release of KING OF JAZZ. This has been thoroughly researched with Universal and there are no rights issues whatsoever. There were some less than motivated Universal personnel who once claimed this but it has long been disproved, so ignore any such claims.

It is also NOT true that a DVD is unlikely. Not sure where these stories come from. You may recall that about five years ago right here on Nitrateville, several folks allegedly "in the know" claimed Universal would never restore KOJ because of cost.

Please just stay tuned.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 2:39 pm

vitaphone wrote:Correct. The restored KING OF JAZZ continues to make the theatrical rounds and Universal has been pleasantly surprised at the accolades and turnout the film has received.


Ron - this is wonderful news! I am so pleased that after all the effort, the picture has done so well at the box office - it lends encouragement, I hope, to other wonders to come out of hiding. :D Audiences don;t know what they are missing!
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 6:28 pm

So which songs were supposedly the point of contention and proven not to be? Ray's comments are not the first I've heard along these lines—it was the response given when anyone asked when they could buy the restoration on Blu-Ray—and I'm all too familiar with music rights erroneously holding up releases. I'm glad it's been proven false because it's a restoration that should be as widely seen as possible.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostFri Oct 13, 2017 8:16 pm

vitaphone wrote:Correct. The restored KING OF JAZZ continues to make the theatrical rounds and Universal has been pleasantly surprised at the accolades and turnout the film has received. We are working closely with them ands other partners on a home video release but I would not expect any announcement until sometime in 2018. Stay tuned.


This is AMAZING news! And I will be first in the queue to buy (several copies) of the release as it would be essential to have a couple of "back-ups" for such a "Super - Super - Special - Special - Production!!"

If it DID get a blu-ray release then this would DEFINITELY be the tipping point for me to finally convert the dining room into a Home Cinema Room! I would most definitely get a projector for this release!
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostSat Oct 14, 2017 9:50 am

Thanks David and Donald! Just will take a little patience but previous perceived roadblocks have been cleared. And yes, extras are under consideration. Sorry I can't share more detail on what has been a somewhat fragile process --- as was the KOJ restoration journey itself.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostSun Oct 15, 2017 10:55 pm

This will definitely be a first day purchase for me. I am dying to see the improvements I made the mistake of having my wife see the unrestored version with me at a movie festival and she found it very dull. I should have waited!
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostMon Oct 16, 2017 7:23 am

Just this morning I became aware of a new book by Richard Barrios, Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget. KING OF JAZZ made the cut and is among the 50. For that reason and my admiration for Richard's tireless research, I ordered it immediately.
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Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

PostMon Oct 16, 2017 10:15 am

BixB wrote:Just this morning I became aware of a new book by Richard Barrios, Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget. KING OF JAZZ made the cut and is among the 50. For that reason and my admiration for Richard's tireless research, I ordered it immediately.

It is a marvelous book. I received it last week. Well written and beautifully illustrated. You will love it.

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