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Sinatra: The Classic Duets

Genre: Documentary

There are certain things that need no longer be stated, and one is the Cadillac-toned interpretive brilliance of Frank Sinatra. The thrill of this strange tribute/clip show lies in watching the Chairman share the stage with luminaries like Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Lena Horne, as well as ol’ rambling buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Lots of the clips are fun in a hokey, ’50s-TV way – and for the ones that are static medium shots, just close your eyes and soak it up. EXTRAS A ”Duets Only” feature, which’ll allow you to skip the sickly reverential and blatantly obvious on-camera introductions by Sinatra spawn Frank Jr., Nancy, and Tina.

Originally posted July 25 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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