Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song
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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.
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.
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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Really enjoyed this dvd! Just wish they showed the song performances in their entirety, but other than that, thought it was very well done! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Char
He was one heck of a talent. It's too bad his life was cut short. "They" did good job on this retrospective." Met him once a long, long time ago.Published 14 months ago by Brian Spavin
Great documented life of Bobby Darin! Watch it!!!All you Bobby Darin fans.Published 19 months ago by M. R. sussek
Loved it ! But it was also sad. Bobby died way too young. One of a kind that Bobby is.Published 20 months ago by Barbara Gobbi
I love to hear anything that Bobby Darin sang. Soooo talented. Wish he was still around.
Thank you for having them.
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 morePublished on December 21, 2013 by PFM