Sinatra In Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home

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"Sinatra In Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home" centers around Frank Sinatra's home and activity in Palm Springs, a small oasis 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The was the place of Sinatra's home for 50 years. During his brief yet turbulent marriage to Ava Gardner, Palm Springs was center stage. And for the rest of his life, the Rancho Mirage compound on Frank Sinatra Drive was the sanctuary he called "My Heaven." Palm Springs still feels the ghost of the legendary performer.

In this documentary, Sinatra's deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are explored. It captures the spirit of the Sinatra era and pays tribute to his unique lifestyle. Featuring more than 70 movie and TV show clips and rarely seen archival footage, as well as revealing interviews with Barbara Sinatra, Mel Haber, Tom Dreesen, Trini Lopez, Nelda Linsk, Michael Fletcher and many others who knew and lived and played with Mr. Sinatra, fascinating insights are offered into a true icon of entertainment. (Gary Reber)

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture quality varies widely as the imagery is comprised of interviews collected over the course of many years. As a result, resolution and general picture quality varies. The interview footage generally looks fine, exhibiting aged facial features and fleshtone textures as well as textures of clothing and objects. Fleshtone hues are natural throughout. At times, camera quality is less than desired and the drone footages exhibit jagged edges. Archival photos are referenced throughout and between the interview footage. Color fidelity often effectively captures the landscape that is appealing to residents and visitors to Palm Springs. Golf greenery, palm trees, and blue-toned swimming pools are seen frequently. Frank Sinatra fans will love this documentary as it presents a pictorial of his off-stage life in Palm Springs. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is varied in terms of fidelity due to dated equipment, but the numerous interviews, for the most part, retain acceptable clarity and fidelity in the storytelling and informational presentations. The music plays a prominent role in setting the mood––all Sinatra from selected recordings. Surround energy is generally subtle. For a documentary, sound quality is excellent and will be appreciated by Sinatra fans. (Gary Reber)