Frank Sinatra-Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing (1968)

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Released 21-Jan-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Notes-Catalogue
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1968
Running Time 51:46 (Case: 50)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Clark Jones
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Frank Sinatra
Diahann Carroll
The 5th Dimension
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $34.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, credits roll over last song

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Plot Synopsis

Frank Sinatra: Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing is a late 1960s made-for-television presentation featuring Sinatra performing with special guests Diahann Carroll and The 5th Dimension.

While Sinatra (and 'his thing') need no introduction, I may need to remind some readers as to who Diahann Carroll and The 5th Dimension are:

Diahann Carroll is a brilliant singer and stage and film actress who appeared in Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1957). She was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Claudine (1974). She also appeared in a few successful television series, such as the working-mother title character in Julia (196871), in her own variety television show, The Diahann Carroll Show (1976), and as a glamorous, scheming businesswoman on Dynasty (198487).

The 5th Dimension had a few hits during the late 1960s, but will probably forever be remembered for their classic song about a beautiful balloon, Up Up And Away (1967), and for their hippie masterpiece from the Musical Hair, Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (1969). Believe it or not, The 5th Dimension are still performing, and released a CD of new material in 1995. I suppose for some, the Age of Aquarius never ends, (nor should it).

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Track Listing

1. Hello Young Lovers
2. Baubles, Bangles And Beads
3. Cycles
4. (It's The) Music That Makes Me Dnce
5. Where Am I Going?
6. Diane
7. Deep River (Instrumental)
8. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless
9. Lonesome Road
10. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
11. Amen
12. Glad To Be Unhappy
13. Here's That Rainy Day
14. It Never Entered My Mind
15. Gone With The Wind
16. It's A Great Life
17. Stoned Soul Picnic
18. Sweet Blindness
19. Nice 'N' Easy
20. (How Little It Matters) How Little
21. Lost In The Stars
22. Angel Eyes
23. Put Your Dreams Away

Transfer Quality

Video

The quality of the transfer is good considering the source material, which is a 1960s US television broadcast.

The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.

The image is soft throughout. The black level and shadow detail are acceptable. There is some low level noise on occasion, for example at 41:06.

Considering the age of the source material, the colour is good, although a little dark.

There are a few MPEG artefacts present. Despite the softness, the transfer displays slight pixelization, for example at 23:06. Close-ups of Sinatra's face can display posterization, such as at 9:13. There is also some macro-blocking, for example the background set at 41:26.

There was some very mild aliasing on occasion, a slight shimmer here and there, but nothing to really complain about.

There are a few video tape glitches which cause a fuzzy horizontal line to flash across the screen. Early examples of this can be seen at 0:07 and 0:32.

All the subtitles promised on the packaging were present. While the non-English subtitles would only appear during the spoken passages, the English subtitles would 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 and content of the material.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

The quality of the audio is good considering the age of the source material. There are a few drop-outs and other glitches, but I imagine that these are all in the source material.

There is only one audio track on this DVD, an English PCM 2.0 track adapted from the original mono source.

The dialogue quality and audio sync are good, and Sinatra's lyrics, as always, are very clear. In what must have been a courageous move on US network television, Sinatra makes a few comments in favour of the Black Civil Rights movement, and makes a point of hugging and kissing his black co-stars.

All the music is arranged and conducted by Don Costa, and enjoys a relatively good dynamic range. There is a full orchestra and a choir of back-up singers. Deep bass is often heard, such as during Diahann Carroll's performance (It's The) Music That Makes Me Dance. Many of the songs Sinatra performs here are not familiar to me, yet I enjoyed most of them. Highlights include his performance with The 5th Dimension, and his duet with Diahann Carroll of jazzed-up black spirituals.

As a PCM track, the surround speakers and subwoofer are not called upon by this DVD.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

This DVD contains few extras.

Menu

The DVD auto-plays on loading, but there is a menu if you select it. It is static and without audio.

Trailer

This four minute and nineteen second trailer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame, non-16x9 enhanced with an English PCM track. It advertises the series of ten Sinatra DVDs that Warner Vision is releasing, as opposed to this DVD in particular. I assume that this trailer appears on all ten DVDs.

Catalogue

Purely text-based, this extra lists the tracks on Warner Vision's ten Sinatra DVDs. Again I assume that this extra appears on all ten DVDs.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The Region 1 version of this DVD was released in June 1999. It only differs from the Region 4 version in the design of the slick. We can call it even, but personally, I easily favour our version based on its availability, and its superior PAL image.

Summary

Warner Vision are releasing a series of ten Sinatra DVDs. Each captures a different Sinatra performance over the many years. This performance is well worth seeing by Sinatra fans, as there are a few unfamiliar gems to be found here. Sinatra and his guests provide a great performance during this DVD, and they are at their best when they join forces.

The video quality is good considering the age of the source material.

The audio quality is good considering the age of the source material.

The extras are not worth mentioning.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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