Robin And The 7 Hoods: Frank Sinatra Collection Dvd

The Robin and the 7 Hoods: Frank Sinatra Collection DVD contains a decent movie starring Frank Sinatra and a few members of his famous Rat Pack, plus a few others.  It is a humorous look at gangsters and how one gets roped into being a Robin Hood type of character.

The movie is presented as widescreen, preserving the scope aspect ration of the original release with dual layer format.  It also includes English, Spanish, and French subtitles.

The DVD includes an audio commentary track with Frank Sinatra, Jr., who as a baby was actually kidnapped during the filming of this movie.  He speaks very briefly about that time and also about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Both events greatly marred the making of this motion picture for both cast and crew.  The commentary had its informative moments, but there were also longer silences than what I prefer to have on a track like this.

Also, I do not know what it is about the children of some legendary types, but it really bugged me that he referred to his father as “Sinatra” almost exclusively.  Racer Kyle Petty always calls his racing legend father, Richard Petty, “The King,” and that bugs me, too.  I just do not understand it.  Did these men not call their fathers “Dad” or something like that?

There is also a featurette called What They Did to Robin Hood, cast and filmmaker profiles, and the original theatrical trailer.  The featurette was interesting.  It reminded me of the type of promotional short they used to run in movie theaters to create interest in upcoming films.  It was a narrated piece that focused in a lot on the chorus girls who worked in one of the scenes.

The cover of the DVD case has a promotional shot of the main cast — Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bing Crosby — on the top and a somewhat muted scene from midway in the film on the bottom half.  The back has several smaller images and the information on the DVD release.  The disk has the artwork of the four stars on it.

On the whole, this is a decent DVD release.