The Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, was among the top greatest entertainers this world has ever seen, and even before his death in 1998 the man's life story was the focus of curiosity by many fans and admirers. In 1992 his daughter, Tina Sinatra, Executive Produced a 4-part mini-series simply called Sinatra
, and Warner Home Video has announced this morning that they are bringing that production to DVD. The release date will be May 13, 2008
...the day prior to the 10 year anniversary of Frank's death at age 82.
Frank Sinatra was known by several nicknames, including "The Voice" as reference to his magical singing talent, which graced many a stage at Las Vegas, quite a few films, and television as well. He was no stranger to TV, having hosted two different incarnations of The Frank Sinatra Show
, plus appearing in multiple installments of The Colgate Comedy Hour
," showing up in talk shows and variety shows for Rat Pack pals Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., and others like Johnny Carson, Jack Benny, Steve Allen, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, John Denver, Gene Kelly, Ed Sullivan and Howard Cosell. He did so much more, too, including having hosted the Academy Awards, making an uncredited appearance in the original Burke's Law
, and being the "guest of honor"in an episode of Make Room For Granddaddy
(the 1970 spin-off of Danny Thomas' original classic series). Frank Sinatra made his final television acting appearance in "Laura," a 1987 episode of Tom Selleck's Magnum P.I.
Frank was nominated for the Emmy Award 4 times, in fact (in addition to winning an Academy Award, 2 Golden Globes, and being presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1971). Sinatra
the mini-series was also highly acclaimed, taking home a Golden Globe for "Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" (plus two other nominations) and being nominated for a whopping 9 Emmy Awards, and winning two of them. And the singing done on this mini-series is Sinatra's own award-winning recordings.
Sinatra - The True Story of the Man and the Legend
will be a 2-DVD set with a cost of $19.98. The star-studded production features Philip Casnoff (Oz, Strong Medicine
) as Frank Sinatra, Olympia Dukakis as mother Dolly, and many more well-known names including Gina Gershon ("Nancy Sinatra"), Marcia Gay Harden, Don Stark, Jay Robinson, Rod Steiger and others. Package artwork isn't available yet, but we'll bring that to you just as soon as we can. For now, here is the studio description about their release of this remarkable mini-series:
Through the years, Frank Sinatra did it his way and even with Sinatra - the award-winning miniseries that documents his incredible life - the legend himself collaborated in its making. Executive produced by his daughter, Tina Sinatra, this remarkable mini-series of Sinatra's life features his own singing and some astonishing personal revelations. Sinatra covers more than 20 years, beginning with his spirited boyhood in Hoboken, NJ and ending with his 1974 return from retirement. More than two dozen Sinatra standards grace this lavish production and most are from original master recordings by the "Chairman of the Board" himself.