Cinedigm announced today that The Film Detective (TFD), the classic film restoration and streaming company, is releasing The Fabulous Dorseys, starring real-life jazz giants Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD, available Dec. 14.
The Dorsey Brothers portray themselves in this rollicking, musical biography, following Tommy and Jimmy from their upbringing in Pennsylvania to their great successes in the music business. Director Alfred E. Green (The Jolson Story) uses the film as a showcase for the tunes that charmed a generation, including “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” and “Tangerine.”
Janet Blair (My Sister Eileen) appears with the Dorseys, while jazz buffs will enjoy cameos by Paul Whiteman, Helen O’Connell and other stars of the day. The film’s undeniable highlight is a jam session featuring the Dorseys and piano legend Art Tatum, guaranteed to get every fan’s feet tapping.
The Fabulous Dorseys special-edition release comes with a beautiful, new restoration of the film, featuring a stunning 4K transfer from archival film elements, allowing the band to shine on screen like never before.
Special features include a full commentary track by author Jennifer Churchill; The Fabulous Forties: Big Bands on Screen, a brand-new documentary from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; and The Dorseys in Film, an original insert essay by author Don Stradley.