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Bobby Darin: Mack is Back (1973)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bobby Darin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • 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: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2000
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1568556888
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Song selection
  • Rarely seen home movie, plus vintage Coconut Grove footage
  • Discography
  • TV Appearances
  • Movie career

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Now for the first time, viewers get an up close and personal look at Darin's last television performance that was never aired! Presented in its original unedited format, audiences can experience the show from the front row, as if they were there. And although recorded in 1973, the vibrant color camera-work, lighting and audio production of NBC studios appear as current as Mr. Darin's timeless appeal. The DVD also features family photographs and never-before-released home movies of Bobby with his wife Sandra Dee and their son Dodd. Seldom-seen TV footage of The Andy Williams and Flip Wilson Shows and rare Hollywood trailers of his early feature films Come September and Pressure Point are included as well as commentary about Darin's Oscar-nominated role in Captain Newman, M.D. by the film's star Gregory Peck. Plus, the interactive discography makes the DVD an invaluable source on the Darin era.


"I recently watched 1973's Mack is Back! The without question in a league of his own."--Kevin Spacey -- Beyond the Sea soundtrack liner notes

Customer Reviews

This product is a MUST -HAVE for any Bobby Darin fan and highly I recomended it.
Linda Johnson
The look on the man's face, the sound of his voice, the way he moved, I could just tell that he meant every word he was singing.
His energy in this performance is incredible, almost as if he knew it was his final.
L. L. Potter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is an uncut tape Darin made for NBC in '73, and he exudes so much energy throughout that it's hard to believe he was so ill at the time, and that 9 months later he would be gone from this earth.
It's also a strange tape in that it doesn't feel dated...outside of the oh-so-'70's haircuts on the band (Darin makes fun of his "fake" !), it has such freshness and vitality, that it somehow feels as though it could have been made yesterday.
His breath control and phrasing are marvelous, in the up-tempo numbers as well as the ballads...the songs performed are: For Once in My Life/ Help Me Make it Through the Night/ Can't Take My Eyes off of You/ Bridge Over Troubled Water/ Beyond the Sea/ Higher and Higher/ Midnight Special/ If I Was a Carpenter/ Lonesome Whistle/ A Simple Song of Freedom/ You are My Sunshine/ Bo Diddley/ Splish Splash, and it ends with Mack the Knife, which is taken from the beginning of the show while he's still wearing his tie.
A few ad-libs are not miked well and are nearly inaudible, but most of them are fine and very funny. He plays the guitar in a flamenco bit, the piano and the harmonica, and his back-up band is terrific, as well as the trio of singers called The Last Chapter.
This is a fast moving hour and 12 minutes...and a wonderful record of this multi-talented showman. If you're a Darin fan, don't miss it.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Bobby Darin was (and still is) an original! What an excellent performer. There was nobody like him and this video proves it. I am only 39 at this writing (Jan. 2001) and believe that Bobby Darin is among the all-time greats. I discovered him while watching a television documentary and have since been listening to his music. But it is this video which spotlights his varied talents and love for different musical styles. He could do it all. What a loss to have such a magnificent entertainer die so young. This video should be shown to all performance arts students to show them what real stage presence is. This guy had charisma dripping out of every pore in his body. He never stopped moving and you can tell by watching this that he felt every note of every song. There are only a very few true performers and Bobby Darin is one of them. It is such a shame he was taken away from us so soon. It is also a shame in the midst of all of this horrible so-called music, younger people will never know what real entertainment really is. If you loved Darin, this video is a MUST! If you want to see what a true, talented entertainer does - this is the video! Bobby Darin had such a smooth and what appeared to be effortless vocal delivery and a totally unique and special vocal style and voice. Grab every Darin video and CD that you can. Talent does not come along like this anymore!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mack_T_Knife on November 8, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Bobby Darin's energy is absolutely remarkable in his last recorded performance before his death. He sings, dances, plays the harmonica, guitar, and piano with remarkable soul, feeling, and unabashed confidence. This is one of those shows where you walk out with your heart beating fast, feeling refreshed and alive.

Darin swings the big band numbers hard, croons better than Sinatra, rocks out with soul and power like James Brown and Jerry Lee Lewis rolled together, and whispers tender folk songs like a Dylanesque-poet bard.

Some reviewers may wish that he stay in one type (crooner, rocker, folkie, etc.) that is their particular favorite genre of music, but Darin will wow you with his command of all styles of music. Even more remarkably, he shifts genres seamlessly to maintain the continuity of the show, thus giving the audience an appreciation for all types of music and how they are inter-related and fused.

See this video and be energized at the remarkable last recorded show of a man that has been repeatedly called by fans and musicians "the greatest performer of the 20th century."

Even his elder and more famous rival, Frank Sinatra, said it best when he said, "Nobody does it better than Darin."

Too right!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Lins on December 3, 2003
Format: DVD
I just finished watching this performance on my locas PBS station. Before I saw this video, I had not heard or seen much of Bobby Darin. My father called my in to watch it and I throughly enjoyed it. I had heard him sing songs like, Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea, and Splish Splash, but was really impressed at how versatile his singing was. I never realized how talented he actually was.
In the film, he was very enthusiastic. He had a good band with him and he played several instruments himself. He even made the audience laugh at times with his humor. This video really shows that Bobby Darin was on top, all the way to his untimely death.
He put on a very good performance and performed a good variety of music. As much as I enjoyed it, I think any Bobby Darin fan would like this video. I will definatly be buying this video and it is well worth the price. It's the kind of performance that I wouldn't mind watching many times. Bobby Darin was one of, if not the best singer this world has ever known and this video does an excellent job in showing that. The more I think about the film, the more I like it.
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