Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack (2002)
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If you know nothing about the Rat Pack, their 'Summit at the Sands' or Sinatra's involvements with Kennedy and the Mafia, you'll learn a great deal here in just 40 minutes. If you're already reasonably briefed on those topics, you should take a pass and watch something else at the next level of content. The non-stop, droll narration does provides a lot of factual details in short order; it's as though some is drying reading a very well written thesis paper. The visuals are uniformly quite sub-par. At least half of them are comprised of photo stills/montages that are camera-panned to create faux-motion. Some of them, when zoomed, are so pixellated you can tell they are newspaper print images. A lot of the true video content is blurry and snippy. Obviously, visual content was selected so as to minimize royalties. And this is not entertainment, either; there's only the briefest of snippets of actual performance to be found here. Except for the one extra of note: Ten minutes of Miami stagecraft (that does not mimic any Summit/Sands content) - Dino is noticeably absent and really it's nothing more than just the other Packers standing around watching (and interrupting) Sammy doing a bit. RECOMMENDATION: As a quickie 101 primer - for those who care to know little more - this is OK stuff. For the rest of us, there's other content out there that is either more entertaining, more detailed and/or better visualized. Three such titles, all in my personal library, are "The Rat Pack" (1998) starring Ray Liotta, A&E's four-hour "The Rat Pack: The True Stories of the Original Kings of Cool" (2000) and the videos on the CD/DVD "Live & Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection" (2001).
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