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Beyond the Sea  (2004)

 

Rating: PG-13

Distributor: Lions Gate Home Entertainment

Release Date: June 7 2005
Review posted: July 12, 2005

 

Reviewed by James Dickens

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Kevin Spacey makes his directorial debut in this riveting biography chronicling the life of Bobby Darin, a nightclub performer classic songs such as “Splish Splash” and “Beyond The Sea”. Bobby Darin began life on the streets of the Bronx with a dream to perform at The Copacabana, which was the top nightclub during the 60's.

 

CRITIQUE

 

“Beyond The Sea” is not your average run of the mill biography. The film opens with Bobby Darin the “King of Cool” performing in a nightclub; at this point you kick back and relax because you think you know what to expect. Then suddenly Bobby Darin notices a child staring intently at him and yells “Stop, Stop!”. What appears to be a nightclub performance is actually the filming of Bobby Darin’s life story. “Beyond The Sea” keeps the viewer on his/her toes, because the story is constantly changing and is not always linear.

 

Performances from top to bottom are excellent throughout, but Kevin Spacey steals the show as Bobby Darin. No Lip-synching here, yes that’s Kevin Spacey singing all of Bobby Darin’s classic songs. This is an incredible feat considering that Kevin Spacey also wrote, produced and directed this film. William Ullrich is also very good as “Little Bobby” who is Bobby Darin’s conscience and shows whenever the elder bobby needs to be brought back to reality. Bobby Darin is before my time and I only know him because of the songs “Splish Splash” and “Beyond the Sea”, this however did not hinder my enjoyment of the film. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Bobby Darin fan or not, Kevin Spacey cast and crew have made a film that everyone can enjoy.

 

THE VIDEO

 

Lions Gate Home Entertainment presents “Beyond The Sea” in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format. The subtitle option on this DVD is Spanish. The video quality on this DVD is excellent. The print is clear and contains virtually zero specs. The colors, which are abundant in this film, look spectacular. Only in the Superbit format would video on this DVD look any better.

 

THE AUDIO

 

Lions Gate Home Entertainment presents “Beyond The Sea” in English Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo sound. The audio just like the video is excellent. All speakers get a good workout, especially during the musical performances. If you have a good system you are in for an audio treat.

 

THE EXTRAS

 

Director and Producer Commentary: Excellent commentary in which Director Kevin Spacey and Producer Andy Patterson discuss the insights as well as the trials and tribulations of getting this film made. The enthusiasm of Kevin Spacey and Andy Patterson makes this commentary interesting to listen to.

 

Making of Featurette: Interviews with Cast and Crew: Pretty good, but I think this extra is lacking in depth. Most of the information found here is also provided in the excellent Director and Producer Commentary.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

“Beyond The Sea” is an excellent film that you should check out regardless if you’re a Bobby Darin fan or not. Kevin Spacey’s wonderful performance as Bobby Darin cannot be overstated, especially considering the fact that it is actually Kevin Spacey singing and performing all of Bobby Darin’s classics. Trust me, pick up “Beyond The Sea” you won’t be disappointed.

 

VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

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THE MOVIE

9

THE VIDEO

8

THE AUDIO

8

THE EXTRAS

6

OVERALL

8

 

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