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Sinatra – Two-Disc Collector’s Edition (TV Mini-Series Drama/1992/Warner DVD)

 

Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C+

 

 

As approved by and produced by Tina Sinatra under her control of the Frank Sinatra Estate (even when Frank was alive, she was juggling more than you might think) came a 1992 TV Mini-Series that tried to tell the story of the life of the artist, starting with his pre-teen years in New Jersey.  Simply called Sinatra, the production got to use all the original music they wanted and the script at one point was penned by the great Abby Mann, but something did not go well and the result was safe, lopsided and unintentionally funny in more than a few places.

 

Philip Casnoff had the title role in adulthood, while Olympia Dukakis (not that long after Moonstruck) played his mother, solid character actor Joe Santos his dad, Gina Gershon as daughter Nancy, Marcia Gay Harden as Ava Gardner, Nina Siemaszko as Mia Farrow, and Rod Steiger as head gangster Sam Giancana.  That is actually not a bad cast and the rest is filled out decently by unknowns, but it early on becomes “oh, there’s Frank and the mob is always there” as if it were a populist viewing of a Godfather film, but it is a shame that this was not much more of a character study.  Instead, we get an above average package deal that does not do justice to the legacy.  However, it is worth a look for the most interested and is part of a wave of Warner Sinatra DVD releases.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is weak and looks like it comes from an older video master, though this was shot on film.  There is certainly some money in the production and because it was prior to the digital video onslaught, had to be to look good.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple, has no surrounds and the music suffers the most.  Oddly, there are no extras.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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