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Frank Sinatra - The Golden Years Collection (Some Came Running / The Man with the Golden Arm / The Tender Trap / None but the Brave / Marriage on the Rocks) (2008)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013LL2XO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,049 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frank Sinatra - The Golden Years Collection (Some Came Running / The Man with the Golden Arm / The Tender Trap / None but the Brave / Marriage on the Rocks)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Some Came Running (1958)
  • New featurette: The Story of Some Came Running
  • Theatrical trailer
  • English 1.0, English, French, and Portugese subtitles
  • Color, 2.35 anamorphic
  • The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
  • New featurette: Shoot Up/Shoot Out: The Story Behind The Man with the Golden Arm
  • English 1.0, English and French subtitles
  • B&W, 1.85 anamorphic
  • The Tender Trap (1955)
  • New featurette: Frank in the Fifties
  • English 5.1, English, French, and Portugese subtitles
  • Color, 2.55 anamorphic
  • None but the Brave (1965)
  • English 2.0, English subtitles
  • Marriage on the Rocks (1965)

Editorial Reviews

Frank Sinatra was in his most adventurous era of movie acting in the time represented by Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years Collection, a five-movie set from Warner. He'd already won his Oscar and bounced back from a career slump, and was ready to take on some challenges in the mid-1950s to early 60s. If not everything in this box is pure gold, it nevertheless shows off Sinatra when he was like a jazz musician with great chops, willing to experiment and push himself to the limit. This is nowhere more evident than in his Oscar-nominated performance in The Man with the Golden Arm, a searing 1955 turn as a heroin addict who falls into old habits after trying to get clean. Sinatra is touchingly matched with Kim Novak under the unblinking gaze of director Otto Preminger, who used the film's then-shocking subject matter to beat down the walls of Hollywood's restrictive Production Code. Elmer Bernstein's cool score and a gallery of eccentric supporting actors add to the movie's syncopated allure. Sinatra might be even better in the brilliant Some Came Running (1958), Vincente Minnelli's visually dynamic, emotionally sensitive look at a writer and lost soul (that's Sinatra) coming back to hometown Middle America after World War II. Seeing the rampant hypocrisy of the "good life," he naturally resorts to the company of a floozy (Shirley MacLaine, Oscar-nominated) and a misogynist gambler (Dean Martin). Minnelli's staging of the climax, at a carnival, is one of the great dramatic uses of widescreen in movies. The Tender Trap (1955), on the other hand, is very much a stagebound ode to conformity: Frankie is a ring-a-ding bachelor (living in one of the great movie bachelor pads, worth a look for archivists trying to re-create an era), tamed by organized Debbie Reynolds. Well, at least you get to hear the title song a lot.

The real surprise of the set is None but the Brave, Sinatra's only directing job, a WWII movie from 1965 that has a generally low critical reputation. Certainly its outline is a fairly obvious anti-war parable (a plane-wrecked crew of U.S. soldiers confronts a forgotten contingent of Japanese on a small island, and work out a truce), but the movie is made with intelligence and passion. Sinatra takes a number of risks, beginning with his non-starring role and the treatment of the Japanese as complex characters, and the conclusion is as bitter about the nature of war as any of the counterculture films that would follow. The final disc, Marriage on the Rocks (1965), is strictly a throw-in, a sitcom scenario with Sinatra and bored wife Deborah Kerr mixing up their married lives with best pal Dean Martin. The mild comedy includes Nancy Sinatra and the delectable sight of Frank go-go dancing in a rock club. That rock beat signals the decline of Sinatra's reign, but this set provides a glimpse of ol' Blue Eyes at his peak. --Robert Horton

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FRANK SINATRA: THE GOLDEN YEARS COLLECTION THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM Gripping, harrowing, taboo-shattering. The legend shines as a drummer coping with drug abuse. "Sinatra never gave a better performance as an actor" (The New Yorker 8/9/93). With Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker. MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS A screwball marriage-go-round. Sinatra, Deborah Kerr and Dean Martin go for a madcap spin in this whoop-for-joy romp about I do, I don’t, and I did what?! NONE BUT THE BRAVE A tale of combat, survival…and of respect between enemies. U.S. Marine Sinatra crash-lands onto a Pacific atoll held by Japanese troops. Sinatra’s powerful directorial debut. SOME CAME RUNNNG Small-town hypocrisy comes into focus in this acclaimed exposé of a mid- American town. From director Vincente Minnelli and the author of From Here to Eternity. Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine. THE TENDER TRAP Will a talent agent (Sinatra) dedicated to life, liberty and the happiness of pursuit be snared by love? Maybe yes when Manhattan cutie Debbie Reynolds sets her sights on him.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Of Frank Sinatra's Greatest Films + 1 Mediocre One February 28, 2008
By Coleen
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"Golden Era" is kind of a misnomer for this DVD set, as only 3 of the films are truly from Frank Sinatra's golden era: the mid to late 1950's.
However, the 3 films here from that era, "Tender Trap" (1955), "Man With the Golden Arm" (1955), and "Some Came Running" (1958) are all SUPERB!

"The Tender Trap" (Color; 1955) is a delightful comedy, with a screenplay (by Julius J. Epstein) not unlike Neil Simon's future plays, and features great chemistry between Sinatra and co-star Debbie Reynolds (4 1/2 out of 5 stars).

"The Man With the Golden Arm" (In film noir-ish B&W; 1955) is well-known as, perhaps, Sinatra's greatest performance as an actor. He was nominated for an Oscar, but lost to Ernest Borgnine in the "safer" film, "Marty". Directed by Otto Preminger, it is an excellent film about heroin addiction, and was extremely realistic by 1955 standards. It was the FIRST film ever to tackle this subject seriously and it does not demonize the drug user as might be expected for a film that is over 50 years old (5 out of 5 stars).

"Some Came Running" (Color; 1958) Directed by Vincente Minnelli and one of Martin Scorcese's favorite films, this film HAS to be seen in WIDESCREEN to be fully appreciated! Also starring Shirley MacLaine (in an Oscar-nominated early role) and Dean Martin, this drama is, in essence, Part 2 of "From Here to Eternity", with Sinatra now in the Clift role as an author/soldier returning to his small hometown, only to find himself disillusioned by its hypocracies and his label as a troublemaker and misfit (James Joyce wrote both novels, "From Here to Eternity" and its sequel, "Some Came Running"). Sinatra, MacLaine, and Martin are all excellent in this complex, lengthy (but always entertaining) film (5 out of 5 stars).
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4.0 out of 5 stars All are anamorphic September 23, 2011
All are anamorphic. All are in their original CinemaScope ratio of 2.35:1, EXCEPT for The Man With the Golden Arm, which is matted at 1.85:1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting December 26, 2012
By EvelP
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Sinatra proves that he doesn't need to sing. I was a bit hesitant to watch some of these movies but they turned out more than I expected. It is my favorite Sinatra collection. It has drama and then some comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb December 9, 2012
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My father just absolutely loved this! Put together well. Lots of great footage and memories. He sat throught the entire thing singing along.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Picture Quality is not Good March 28, 2014
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I Ordered this DVD, It Came in on time. but it's not so good enough to watch! to me the Picture Quality is # one. All shows were cloudy - non clear, so not interesting enough to watch. I would Not Recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Sinatra movies November 27, 2013
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My Grand Daughter like all of his movies and so I purchased the set and gave it to her as a gift.
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This is really a great set of Sinatra movies. The Man with the Golden Arm on of his most acclaimed performances. Marriage on the rocks a great comedy with Dean Martin. The Tender Trap is another great and underrated film. If you love Sinatra in the movies you will enjoy this fun collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra Golden years June 1, 2012
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Sent to my mom who is a Sinatra fan. She enjoyed all of the items despite having seen them all before. Nevertheless, a good collection!
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No slim line cases. Excellent transfers on all. Man with the Golden Arm is the best home video version so far. Some markings, but the image is sharp throughout. MWTGA is also matted, perhaps a bit too tightly. None of the extras from the previous version were carried over. However a new 20 minute... Read More
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