Roy Scheider plays Joe Gideon, the apparent alter ego of film director Bob Fosse. He inhabits the character so well that even the most minor of nuances are communicated right through the screen, and it becomes almost hard to disinterest yourself from his warped journey. The story is presented through flashbacks, real time storytelling, and trippy dream-like hallucinations (with regular conversations between Gideon and the Angel of Death, who's presented as yet another hot female for the lead to try and seduce). Things can get a little hectic and messy during the film, but the morbid style shines right on through. I was reminded at times of the demented boldness you might see in a Stanley Kubrick production. But not even Kubrick was twisted enough to intercut real footage of an open-heart surgery with a grimly over-the-top musical number. That's the type of bizarre act that can only be seen in ALL THAT JAZZ.
The previous DVD included: Scene-Specific Audio Commentary (with Roy Scheider), Bob Fosse on Set (5 clips), Interview with Roy Scheider, and the Theatrical Trailer. This DVD features all new extras.
Audio Commentary (with film editor Alan Heim): An informative retrospective commentary filled with interesting stories and bits of trivia.
Portrait of a Choreographer (22:45): Dancers/choreographers discuss the genius of Bob Fosse and his inspiring methods.
Perverting the Standards (7:51): An interview-filled featurette detailing how Fosse was able to vary from the formula of movie musicals.
Making of the Song "On Broadway" (3:36): George Benson delves into his experiences with the film's exuberant opening number.
Movie-Oke: "Take Off With Us" (1:20): A sing-along track with scrolling subtitles/lyrics.
Music Machine: This isn't so much an extra as it is an easy-access chapter guide for the movie's six musical numbers.
Also included are two Photo Galleries, one for Bob Fosse and the other Production, and a foldout DVD Insert featuring information about the director and film.