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Video: How Does The Disc Look?
I doubt The Jazz Singer has ever looked this good since its initial release. This 1.33:1 1080p presentation showcases a lovely, almost pristine transfer print that is all but completely free of dirt and blemishes. Black levels are also steady and deep, and for a film that’s literally 85 years old, fine detail quality ain’t too bad at all (it’s not razor-sharp, but it’s far crisper than many might expect). Warner has done a great job with this one, restoring the film almost to a fault – it’s an exceptional achievement.
Audio: How Does The Disc Sound?
It’s interesting to be writing a ‘sound’ critique of The Jazz Singer’s DTS-HD 1.0 Master Audio sound mix – I suppose it should come as no surprise that it sounds… okay. There really isn’t much dialogue in the film at all, and seeing as it’s early, early sound, it doesn’t quite have “THX” status. But the film’s music comes through clearly (it’s mono, but much of the film’s hiss has been reduced). Again, this mix doesn’t sound like a million bucks, but it’s a nice representation of what the film must have sounded like upon its initial release.
A Polish Dolby Digital 1.0 sound mix is also included, as are English SDH, French, Portuguese, Korean, Polish, and Spanish subtitles.