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  1. If you're fond of films and performers of the early sound era, you might enjoy visiting a fairly new blog with a distinct historical focus on the Vitaphone era product, as well as other related topics. www.vitaphone.blogspot.com
  2. If you're fond of films and performers of the early sound era, you might enjoy visiting a fairly new blog with a distinct historical focus on the Vitaphone era product, as well as other related topics. www.vitaphone.blogspot.com
  3. > Thanks for the info Jeff. > Jazz Singer is probably not a movie I would purchase > just on it's own, > but with the Vitaphone restorations and clips from > lost musicals > I would at least consider purchasing it. If what I've been told is accurate, the eventual DVD release of THE JAZZ SINGER will represent a major improvement in both the visual and audio elements of the film, as the version we're familiar with today originates from a lacklustre transfer done many years ago. Given the exceptional work WB has done with DVD releases of vintage material, I've ever
  4. > Oh, for a month long TCM Vitaphone festival featuring > all of the shorts that have been restored so far ... > While perhaps not a month's worth, these have been promised to appear on DVD in 2007 as part of a multi-disc 80th Anniversary edition of THE JAZZ SINGER, which will pay homage to the Vitaphone and early musicals in general. In addition to various recent UCLA Vitaphone short restorations, it is also expected to include all surviving Technicolor material from THE GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY, including the recently discovered fragment from this and from ON WITH THE
  5. Although largely forgotten today, and when remembered oftentimes unfairly compared to the likes of Annette Henshaw (a lesser singer, in my opinion), there's no denying the level of popularity Etting enjoyed on stage, radio, records and the talking picture screen. I'm sure I've seen ROSELAND (WB-1930) more than a few times on TCM (usually after or before "Love Me Or Leave Me"), and I believe FAVORITE MELODIES (1928) has aired as well. Jeff vitaphone@aol.com
  6. Even after scouring piles of period reviews and advertisements, I never came across mention of a color sequence in CHECK & DOUBLE CHECK --- although anything's possible. Surely it would have been during (or part of) the late party sequence at a posh home that includes Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. Can you find out any more? Also, I'd >very< much like to know more about your source material regarding the color sequence(s) in THE GREAT GABBO, as this has long been a point of speculation --- both in how many there originally were, and if any of the footage survived. An
  7. And just think, it'd take a fraction of the time and effort that goes into the production of TCM's monthly schedule advertisements to re-insert the footage into the original print. And yet?? It's used to fill time after a 500th or so airing of "The Thin Man." I wonder how many people saw the Technicolor ballet sequence from THE ROGUE SONG (1930) and had no idea what they were looking at either. Approximately three minutes of work could have at >least< provided an introductory title card to these clips. I'm continually amazed at how brilliant and how dismal TCM can be at onc
  8. On one hand, it's great news to learn they trotted out the "Sailing on A Sunbeam" reel from IT'S A GREAT LIFE. On the other, just tossing this into the mix --- (after THE THIN MAN??) -- out of context, without explaination, strikes me as just plain sloppy. And, I can almost guarantee, whenever IT'S A GREAT LIFE airs again, it'll >still< be missing this sequence in it's proper place (directly following "The Hoosier Hop" number.) It's hard to believe that the same hand that so cleverly schedules films at TCM --- threading them together with amusing and witty connections --- can be
  9. Nice to see an interest in this product and topic, admittedly a favorite of mine. Lots to reply to! - To LzCutter: Bless George Feltenstein, a champion of vintage film if ever there was. While somewhat shackled by current mode of thought and the demand for profit, there's always hope. The release of the Charlie Chan titles (both the Monogram and Fox titles) is a genuine surprise, and then too there's things like HALLELUJAH!, CABIN IN THE SKY, etc. Even with cautionary introductory title cards and uncessarily academic commentaries (CABIN's commentary seemed to be filled with nothing
  10. Dear KrazyKat/Nelson: As mentioned elsewhere, TCM's print of IT'S A GREAT LIFE is missing the mammoth (and wonderful!) finale musical sequence, "Sailing On a Sunbeam," which has been long since restored and preserved. I was fortunate enough to screen it while visiting UCLA a few years ago, and it's simply jaw-dropping. By all means drop me a line off-board (vitaphone@aol.com) lest we numb anyone with Duncan Sisters tributes! Yours, Jeff
  11. Regarding the bonus Vitaphone material with the proposed JAZZ SINGER set, from what I've been told there's supposed to be a nearly complete recreation of the Vitaphone material that accompanied the film at it's premiere, as well as numerous other shorts (that have been recently restored) and there's hope it will include the extant Technicolor reels from GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY as well. There was an intention to include the newly discovered Technicolor fragment from ON WITH THE SHOW! (1929) as well, but this has been stalled. Jeff vitaphone@aol.com
  12. Greetings, KrazyKatClassics --- There is, of course, much truth in what you say. I know Ron Hutchinson of The Vitaphone Project as well, and indeed it was at their organized screening at the Film Forum here in NYC that I saw the restored print of Jolson's MAMMY!. It's heartbreaking that so many films once deemed lost have undergone discovery, restoration, preservation, presentation... and then are shuttled off back to the vaults and kept largely unavailable to the general public save for isolated special events when they're hauled out briefly before being whisked away again. Why?
  13. I don't mind being wrong one bit if the end result is the one you suggested! It's just odd that he should refer to the Technicolor footage from MAMMY! as being an in-progress situation, is all. Fantastic, by the way, to learn that pristine source material was located for GO INTO YOUR DANCE, a film badly in need of a picture and audio overhaul. On the downside, it remains inexplicable that no Jolson footage was used for the new Busby Berkeley DVD set, especially "Goin' To Heaven On a Mule." Any speculation there? Jeff vitaphone@aol.com
  14. The George Feltenstein quote has to be at least five or six years old... or even older, since it seems to predate the restoration and public screening of MAMMY. It would appear the enthusiasm (and plans) for a JAZZ SINGER anniversary edition have long since fizzled out or been, at the very least, severely sidetracked. Jeff vitaphone@aol.com
  15. True... to a point. In the case of things like the missing Technicolor reel from IT'S A GREAT LIFE (1929) which is in the UCLA archive, TCM's working relationship with them would make it a relatively simple matter to insert the material into their broadcast master. Then too, the B&W footage from CHILDREN OF PLEASURE can be replaced with the same footage in it's original Technicolor hues in the aforementioned Stooge short, which already airs on TCM. I've long felt there's little point to painstaking restoration and preservation of film if the resulting product is kept from pub
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