On the whole, I enjoyed this biography of Bobby Darin (the best and most brilliant entertainer we have ever had), especially the interviews with Dodd Darin, Steve Blauner (Bobby's manager), Connie Francis, Tony Orlando, and others who were close to him. However, I felt that it glossed over or omitted some important aspects of Bobby's life: no mention of his 8 months of semi-seclusion in the Big Sur in 1968, his second wife, Andrea Yeager (and by the way, I was surprised that Sandra Dee wasn't interviewed for this documentary), his NBC series which was only touched upon briefly, and no mention that he was one of only a handful of kids smart enough to gain entrance into the Bronx High School of Science, and that he started out as a drummer playing in the Catskills resorts during the 1950s. We also learn about the family secret, but what wasn't stressed is that Bobby never learned the identity of his biological father, which devastated him as much as learning the truth about his mother did.
However, the real gems on this DVD are the numerous musical sequences and Darin footage, many of which I hadn't seen before. I enjoyed the Jimmy Durante skit the best. It would have been nice to include a comedy sketch from Bobby's NBC show, or from his many appearances on Flip Wilson's show, since he had such a natural aptitude for acting and comedy.
This is the type of material that Lion's Gate Films should have included on the Beyond the Sea DVD as an extra, so that viewers could see and hear the real Bobby Darin. For those who want to fill in the missing holes, I highly recommend the book "Dream Lovers: the Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee" written with heartfelt emotion by their son, Dodd Darin.