Director : Ken Burns
Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
Run time : 19 hours
Release date : September 28, 2004
Dubbed: : English
Producers : Joe Thomas
Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Studio : PBS
ASIN : B000BITUEI
Number of discs : 10
Jazz A Film By Ken Burns celebrates America's greatest original art form. Ken Burns' 10-part documentary opens at the dawn of the 20th century, incorporating American culture and historical events that interact directly with the music. From the 1890s through the ferment of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age, to the Great Depression, New Deal, Second World War, and beyond, Jazz A Film By Ken Burns paints an astounding portrait of a nation and its improvisational core of music.
The DVD version of Jazz A Film By Ken Burns offers a "music information" mode, in which the title of a song is displayed when it is played in Jazz A Film By Ken Burns. Pressing the Title button jumps the viewer out of the film to a screen that lists that song's composer, performers (including all band members, not just the headliner), year of recording, and album and record company information when applicable (and no, all the credits are not to the series' own CDs). Another click of the Title button returns the viewer to Jazz A Film By Ken Burns. When music information mode is turned off, song titles are not displayed but the Title button still accesses the song credits. Each DVD's scene-selection menu lists only the 10 subchapters, but in fact each song is individually tracked (50 to 80 tracks per DVD).
Jazz A Film By Ken Burns DVD set also includes three full-length performances not seen in the film: Louis Armstrong's "I Cover the Waterfront" from 1933, Duke Ellington's "C Jam Blues" from 1942, and Miles Davis's "New Rhumba" from 1959. Finally, the 16-minute documentary "Making of Jazz" provides insight into the production of Jazz A Film By Ken Burns. Ken Burns and producer Lynn Novick (who both admit their lack of musical training) discuss their process of researching and collecting materials, Wynton Marsalis mentions how he suggested to Burns the topic of jazz after the trumpeter became a fan of The Civil War, and narrator Keith David is shown recording his lines.
Jazz A Film By Ken Burns 10DVD
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