Frank Sinatra-Sinatra and Friends (1977)
|Year Of Production||1977|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Bill Davis|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
Sinatra and Friends features Frank Sinatra and a few of his celebrity friends performing some of Frank's best known tunes. This DVD is part of a series of Sinatra DVDs that Warner Vision have released.
As I wrote in an earlier review, "Frank Sinatra needs no introduction. Since the 1940s he has been consistently one of the biggest selling and most critically acclaimed recording and performing stars in popular music; an Academy Award winning actor and movie star; and a 20th Century cultural icon. Sinatra's life and work speak for itself."
This made-for-television special moves along at a great pace, and features some high energy performances. Sinatra shares the spotlight with other late 1970s recording stars such as Natalie Cole, Dean Martin, Lorette Lynn, Tony Bennett, and John Denver. All of the music on this DVD has been arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle who, along with Gordon Jenkins and Quincy Jones, is one of the very best arrangers to have ever worked with Sinatra. Some of Sinatra's greatest tunes are included on this DVD, and highlights for me included Sinatra and Cole performing I Get A Kick Out Of You, and Sinatra and Bennett performing My Kind Of Town.
|1. Where or When|
2. I've Got You Under My Skin
3. I Get a Kick out of You
4. I've Got You on My Mind
5. If I Were a Rich Man
6. Oldest Established Floating Crap Ga
7. She's Got You
8. All or Nothing at All
|10. My Kind of Town |
11. I Honestly Love You
12. The Lady is a Tramp
13. My Sweet Lady
14. September Song
15. Night and Day
16. Everybody Ought to be in Love
17. Put Your Dreams Away
Any transfer is limited by the source material. The source material here is fairly representative of late 1970s American television, and for its age it is in reasonable condition.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.
The image is fairly soft throughout - for example consider the image at 10:01. The shadow detail is also poor throughout.
The colour is a little drab and murky, and the faces are all a little orange or brown, but again one must consider the age of the source material.
MPEG artefacts appear in the form of mild pixelization throughout. There was also some 'MPEG smear', such as at 18:37. Film-to-video artefacts are present in the form of mild aliasing, such as the slight shimmer on the background set at 15:12. Pleasantly, film artefacts were never a problem.
All the subtitles promised on the packaging were present. While the non-English subtitles only appeared during the spoken passages, the English subtitles also display the song lyrics during Frank's performance. The English subtitles were accurate.
This is a single-layered disc which is acceptable considering the length of the material.
There is only one audio track on this DVD, an English PCM track adapted from the original mono source. While there were a number of audio clicks, pops and drop-outs throughout, overall the quality of the audio was pretty good considering the age and condition of the source material.
The dialogue quality and the audio sync are okay.
As I noted earlier, all of the music on this DVD has been arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, and again Riddle provides Sinatra with some great, swinging arrangements for these Sinatra standards.
As a PCM track, the surround speakers and subwoofer are not called upon by this soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
This DVD contains few extras.
The DVD auto-plays on loading, but there is a menu if you select it. It is static and without audio.
This four minute and nineteen second trailer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame, with an English PCM track. It advertises the series of Sinatra DVDs that Warner Vision are releasing, as opposed to this DVD in particular. I assume that this trailer appears on all of the series' DVDs.
Purely text-based, this extra lists the tracks on Warner Vision's ten Sinatra DVDs. Again I assume that this extra appears on all of the series' DVDs.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
There is limited information available online for this title, but from what I can tell, the R1 versions of this series of Sinatra DVDs only differ from their R4 counterparts in the designs of their slicks and in the NTSC/PAL transfer. Thus, I easily favour our version based on its availability, and most importantly, its superior PAL image.
Warner Vision have released a series of Sinatra DVDs. Each captures a different Sinatra performance over the many years. This DVD would happily join any Sinatra fan's collection.
The video quality is acceptable considering the age of the source material.
The audio quality is also acceptable, considering the age of the mono source material
The extras are really not worth mentioning.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|