Sinatra – Two-Disc Collector’s Edition (TV Mini-Series Drama/1992/Warner DVD)
C Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: C+
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.
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.
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
- Nicholas Sheffo