Warner Home Video celebrates Frank Sinatra


MUMBAI: Beginning 13 May, Warner Home Video will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of ‘The Chairman of the Board’ by releasing a total of 22 of his films in five new collections, with 11 titles brand-new to DVD.


Reprise Records, Turner Classic Movies, MGM Home Entertainment and the United States Postal Service are also joining Warner Home Video for what will be an unprecedented month-long tribute to the man who left an everlasting impact on popular culture. Also available beginning 13 May will be an all-new CD collection; a television film festival and other specials; a commemorative postage stamp. The initiative is the first from the newly established Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE).


The new DVD collections and their titles are Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years with Sinatra’s Oscar-nominated performance in The Man with the Golden Arm, along with None but the Brave, Some Came Running, The Tender Trap and Marriage on the Rocks. Frank Sinatra: The Early Years features Double Dynamite, Higher and Higher, Step Lively, It Happened in Brooklyn and The Kissing Bandit.


Also debuting is a two-disc DVD of Sinatra, the CBS-TV mini-series which was critically acclaimed as a ratings hit and won the 1993 Golden Globe for ‘Best Made-for-TV Movie’. Executive produced by Tina Sinatra and starring Phillip Casnoff (in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) with Frank’s original tracks, the two-disc edition covers 20 years of Sinatra’s life beginning with his Hoboken, New Jersey boyhood through his 1974 return from retirement.


The celebration continues with the newly-designed box set The Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection which features ‘the Crooner’ and ‘the Hoofer’ in such hit films as On the Town, Take Me Out To The Ballgame and Anchors Aweigh. Special features include interviews with William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, outtakes and When the Lion Roars documentary.


Additional titles with new packaging will be Never So Few, High Society, Till the Clouds Roll By and The First Deadly Sin.