[78-L] Jazz Singer Blu-ray set -- my Amazon review

Michael Biel mbiel at mbiel.com
Fri Feb 1 23:10:02 PST 2013

It seems like Turner is NOT using the new restoration that is on the

Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com  

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Subject: Re: [78-L] Jazz Singer Blu-ray set -- my Amazon review
From: David Lennick <dlennick at sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, February 01, 2013 11:35 pm
To: 78-L Mail List <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>

Okay, checked a few spots..white lines as you describe, duplication of
letter writing, and also a white dot over the "u" on the title card "I
knew you'd make a hit".


On 2/1/2013 10:35 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> OK, go to Coffee Dan's. When Jolson sings Dirty Hands Dirty Mind, are
> there light vertical lines running down the screen, sometimes across his
> entire body. Then as Mary Dale comes down the stairs, is there a
> vertical line down the middle of her face in the first close up and to
> the left side of her face in the last second or so of her 2nd close-up.
> Then look at the train scene. There should be no duplication of the
> writing in the close-up of the letter writing that opens the scene, and
> no pause in the music behind it. Then during the scene does the music
> make sense. For example, does the bassoon mocking music come as the old
> dowager prima dona is on the screen. Do the train bells come just as
> the train starts to enter the screen. As Jolson walks through the
> neighborhood does the music match what we see, especially as he and the
> kibitzer recognizer each other. Does the mother theme come when we see
> his mother.
> Lastly, to make sure that they are really running a restoration, not
> just an old print, just before Mammy are there two shots of the outside
> of the theater marquee. I don't see these in the old prints. There
> should be LOTS of headroom while Jolson sings in Coffee Dans. Old
> prints can even trim off the top of his scalp. There should be even an
> inch of screen above his head, depending on your TV.
> Mike Biel mbiel at mbiel.com
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> Subject: Re: [78-L] Jazz Singer Blu-ray set -- my Amazon review
> From: David Lennick<dlennick at sympatico.ca>
> Date: Fri, February 01, 2013 12:55 pm
> To: 78-L Mail List<78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
> Okay folks, I recorded the TCM transmission of The Jazz Singer this
> morning.
> Where am I supposed to look to see if the corrections have been made?
> (I'll
> allow a minute or so extra since promos and logs are at the top of the
> program.) I have no burning desire to sit through the old version (and
> no
> burning desire to watch this old chestnut more than once every 20 years
> in any
> case). What I spotted through looks very clean.
> dl
> On 1/26/2013 2:11 PM, Jeff Sultanof wrote:
>> Thank you, Dr. Biel for such a great review. I was going to upgrade anyway,
>> but this certainly tips the scale.
>> And David, I would imagine that TMC is running the new restoration, as the
>> HD transfer for the Blu-ray is now the official master for this feature
>> (Thank goodness those synch issues were addressed).
>> Jeff Sultanof
>> On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM, David Lennick<dlennick at sympatico.ca>wrote:
>>> I see TMC is showing The Jazz Singer next Saturday morning. Any chance
>>> they'll
>>> have the new restoration?
>>> dl
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