A number of films mentioned on the site are available on DVD, especially the feature films. Numerous ducumentaries are available. Shorts including ‘soundies’ and ‘snaders ‘have been packaged in different formats over the years. Amazon seems to be the first port of call but there are a number of jazz film specialist sites. When buying films from Europe or the States don't forget to make sure you buy the right region
Moochin About, a record company, with a very good site, has just released a series of box sets of classic jazz on film features. There latest is a definitive list of nine movies of Hollywood biopics of the fifties; they include the Gene Krupa Story, Glenn Miller Story, Benny Goodman Story, WC Handy (St Louis Blues), Red Nichols (Five Pennies) and the Eddie Duchin Story. Also included are the fictional Pete Kelly’s Blues and Young Man with a Horn. Plus two different scores for the James Dean Story documentary The Film Noir Box (moochino1) includes Shorty Rogers work on Man with The Golden Arm, Chico Hamilton (Sweet Smell of Success) Duke Ellington’s “Anatomy of a Murder and John Lewis’ work on Odds Against Tomorrow.
The Beat, Square and Cool set (moochino2) includes I Want to Live with the Gerry Mulligan Group. Duke Ellington’s Paris Blues, Shadows with Charlie Mingus, Les Tricheurs with the stars of the JATP. The Freddie Redd score for The Connection (originally on the Blue Note label) with a blistering Jackie McLean on alto. Chet Baker’s Italian Movies (moochino3) Five films with scores by pianist Piero Umiliani. Baker also sings on some tracks. They also feature the vocalist Helen Merrill.
The French New Wave (moochino4) includes two scores with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Miles Davis’ improvised soundtrack for ‘Ascenseur Pour I’encafaud’
plus John Lewis and the MJQ work on No Sun in Venice. www.moochinabout.com
www.jezebel.org Jezebel productions have released three of their films on one DVD."International Sweethearts of Rhythm". "Tiny and Ruby: Hell Divin Women" and "Maxine Sullivan: Love To Be Loved" go to "women in jazz"page for details on films.