A breakthrough film in many respects, The Jazz Singer was the first feature-length movie with synchronized sound. Based on the real-life story of legendary entertainer Al Jolson, the restoration of this 85 year-old film is superb. Be advised that most of the film is silent with titles and it does have a few scenes with Jolson in “blackface”.
The Blue Angel turned Marlene Dietrich into an international star, and now it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK from the Masters of Cinema series in an elegant 1080p transfer.
This 1961 holiday musical from Disney is colorful and filled with memorable tunes, but lacks any real story or compelling characters. Despite that it looks great and kids will love it.
Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood star in this splendid big screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical about the early life of Burlesque legend Gyspy Rose Lee. Warner Archive Collection’s first foray into Blu-ray is a good one, bringing this 1962 film to life with a rich high definition transfer.
This Royal National Theater 1998 revival of the classic musical Oklahoma! gives us some nice singing and dancing. Unlike most previous productions, it is uncut with updated choreography. However, this filmed version disappoints in both the sight and sound departments.
Sparkle doesn’t bring anything new at all to this genre, but the musical performances, visual style, and sizzling hot performance by Carmen Ejogo make it a reasonably enjoyable film to watch.
Company has been given a 21st century make over in this semi-staged concert version, well cast and well directed. One of Sondheim’s signature musicals, this is a delight from ambiguous start to finish.
This jukebox musical attempts to recreate the glitzy, Reagan-era excesses of the hair metal days, but a lackluster central story and banal humor keep it from being effective.
Classic musical Annie receives an excellent Blu-ray makeover from Sony Pictures in this 30th anniversary edition. Get ready for two hours of fun and all of those perky songs that you cannot get out of your head.
Melodrama, comedy, teen angst, and West Side Story — it must be the third season of Glee arriving on Blu-ray.