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Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song (2005)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: White Star
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007CILSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beyond the Song is the quintessential tribute to an innovative performer whose tragically brief life was often stranger than fiction.

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94 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spend some time with the real deal May 11, 2005
At sixty-five minutes or so, this is a very generous documentary about the great Bobby Darin, the highlights being several extended clips of Bobby performing on various TV programs of the day, including his own variety show. I would have liked the voiceover narrator to be a little more subtle and introspective, instead of using a booming radio announcer-style voice, but this is a quibble. This DVD offers many little-seen clips of Bobby performing, a handful of interesting interviews, and overall a very good overview of Bobby's entire musical and film career. And a brief aside for a moment: for those who think that Kevin Spacey didn't look all that much like Bobby Darin in the recent Darin biopic "Beyond the Sea," check out the footage here of Bobby later in his career, during the year-or-two period when he let his sideburns grow, put aside the tuxedos, and sang a lot of folk songs. It's downright eerie how MUCH alike Darin and Spacey look in those scenes. In any event, I heartily recommend this DVD to hardcore Bobby Darin fans, as well as casual fans who want to learn a little more about the real person after seeing the Spacey film. It also doesn't hurt that, for what you get, the price of this DVD can't be beat.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just wow March 23, 2005
I first saw this on PBS some years ago and have been looking for it ever since. This doc is beautifully put together and will leave you with the best kind of ache in your soul. BD was so young and so damn talented. Watching him glide about like he's on wheels during the "Higher and Higher" segment is pure joy.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Falls just a bit short in some areas July 6, 2005
On the whole, I enjoyed this biography of Bobby Darin (the best and most brilliant entertainer we have ever had), especially the interviews with Dodd Darin, Steve Blauner (Bobby's manager), Connie Francis, Tony Orlando, and others who were close to him. However, I felt that it glossed over or omitted some important aspects of Bobby's life: no mention of his 8 months of semi-seclusion in the Big Sur in 1968, his second wife, Andrea Yeager (and by the way, I was surprised that Sandra Dee wasn't interviewed for this documentary), his NBC series which was only touched upon briefly, and no mention that he was one of only a handful of kids smart enough to gain entrance into the Bronx High School of Science, and that he started out as a drummer playing in the Catskills resorts during the 1950s. We also learn about the family secret, but what wasn't stressed is that Bobby never learned the identity of his biological father, which devastated him as much as learning the truth about his mother did.

However, the real gems on this DVD are the numerous musical sequences and Darin footage, many of which I hadn't seen before. I enjoyed the Jimmy Durante skit the best. It would have been nice to include a comedy sketch from Bobby's NBC show, or from his many appearances on Flip Wilson's show, since he had such a natural aptitude for acting and comedy.

This is the type of material that Lion's Gate Films should have included on the Beyond the Sea DVD as an extra, so that viewers could see and hear the real Bobby Darin. For those who want to fill in the missing holes, I highly recommend the book "Dream Lovers: the Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee" written with heartfelt emotion by their son, Dodd Darin.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Man. July 6, 2006
By Dan
Beyond the Song may only run for about an hour, but in that hour you get a very good look at the life of Bobby Darin. I personally loved the movie. I loved the many live performances that it features. Live performances of Mack the Knife, Splish Splash, Beyond the Sea, As long as I'm Singing and many more.

I learned a few things that I never knew about Bobby's life and i've gained more respect for his talent, as long as his character. One thing that I never knew that touched my heart was that Bobby Darin spent a night sleeping next to the casket of his late friend Bobby Kennedy, vowing that he would not leave the casket until it was buried. Darin was a very compassionate man and should not have died at the age of only 37.

Probably the most touching sequence for myself was the "Beyond the Sea Reprise" and the scene before the credits where you see various pictures of Bobby throughout the course of his life, all while you hear him singing Beyond the Sea in the back round. The final wave as he is singing "so long sailing" touched my heart. I highly recommend this to anyone, long time Bobby Darin fan or someone just beginning to discover the talent of Darin.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good bio about a master showman January 5, 2006
This is one of two great bios about BD (the other being the A&E songmaker's collection), and this one has some fantastic footage. I especially like the fact that they showed an entire Mack the Knife number (from 1970 Andy Williams show), and a fantastic version of Higher and Higher (from Bobby's own 1972/73 TV show), tho' I wish they'd shown more complete numbers. Includes interviews with lots of celebs, showing how widely respected he was in the industry. A must for BD fans, or anyone wondering why BD has so many fans decades after he sung his last song.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this guy. Still do May 9, 2005
This is Mother's Day 2005 and I have just received this DVD as a gift from my son.Didn't pay attention as I opened it and put it into the computer thinking it was an audio disc. I sat entranced as Bobby Darin's life unfolded on the screen. Now it is 2:10 am Pacific Time next morning. I have played parts of it several times during the day and night since it was received. It was so great to see sweet, beautiful Sandra Dee and their son both as a child and now adult. The musical skit with

Darin impersonating Durante and their later interchange was very amusing. Chapter 17 - The family secret - is something that I had not known before. Sad. But could be nothing but happy listening to Splish Splash, Bayond the Sea and the other great songs.

Love this DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 27 days ago by Heather Coulls
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Times of Bobby Darin
Great documented life of Bobby Darin! Watch it!!!All you Bobby Darin fans.
Published 3 months ago by M. R. sussek
5.0 out of 5 stars % Stars for Beyond the Sea
Loved it ! But it was also sad. Bobby died way too young. One of a kind that Bobby is.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Gobbi
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Songs
I love to hear anything that Bobby Darin sang. Soooo talented. Wish he was still around.
Thank you for having them.
Published 9 months ago by Mary Ferrin
4.0 out of 5 stars A better introduction to Darin than "Beyond The Sea"
The biggest mistake in the movie is that we never get to hear Bobby Darin. Kevin Spacey forget that the movie was not about him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by PFM
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin - Beyond the Song far better than Beyond the Sea Movie
The Bobby Darin - Beyond the Song documentary was far better than the Beyond the Sea movie, mostly because of the actual footage of Bobby Darin. Read more
Published 13 months ago by DHess
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin
I grew up listening to Bobby Darin and this dvd covers all of his music. What a great all around entertainer and what a tragic loss that he died so young. Read more
Published 15 months ago by thomas truesdale
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love BD you'll love this.
This is the special that aired on PBS some years ago. Lots of video (Bandstand, etc.) interviews with people who knew him well, and tastefully done. Read more
Published 23 months ago by iris c
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary account
This is an excellent documentary on Darin and includes much vintage footage of him performing. Although his records hold up very well, like many other performers Darin had to be... Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by History Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin = Beyond the Song
If you grew up listening to Bobby Darin ~ you will love this DVD! I forgot what a great entertainer he was... if your a fan of his you will really enjoy this DVD.
Published on April 4, 2011 by Linda L. Barnes
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