The Great Caruso

Suggested by Dorothy Caruso's biography of her husband, The Great Caruso rings out with aural pleasures (27 musical selections) and shines with the grandeur of a life lovingly refracted through the Hollywood biopic lens.


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The Great Caruso
 
4.0

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  • Broad appeal (3)

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GREAT CARUSO! GREAT LANZA!. GREAT DVD!

It's easy to see why THE GREAT CARUSO was such a huge hit in its day.....You don't have to know about Opera or even much about the immortal Enrico Caruso himself to...Read complete review

It's easy to see why THE GREAT CARUSO was such a huge hit in its day.....You don't have to know about Opera or even much about the immortal Enrico Caruso himself to find this a thoroughly entertaining and beautifully mounted vehicle to showcase the amazing voice of Mario Lanza. My dad is a huge fan of Mr. Lanza, and I was overjoyed when I found out this movie was finally available on DVD from Warner, and I ordered two copies immediately...one for Dad...one for myself. The description doesn't refer to this DVD as REMASTERED, which is curious since the disc is crisp and clean, no changeover cue marks to be found, and a huge improvement over the murky, fuzzy version that they run on the Turner channel. Best of all, the sound quality is stunning, it almost seems like Lanza is in the room with you when you watch the movie. I'm confident other fans of the great Lanza will be as happy with Warner Archive's new Great Caruso as much as I am!

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Fine film, transfer only adequate

Fine example of the force of nature that was Mario Lanza. This is his best film. His voice is magical. Unfortunately the technicolor print used for the dvd appears to have some issues....Read complete review

Fine example of the force of nature that was Mario Lanza. This is his best film. His voice is magical. Unfortunately the technicolor print used for the dvd appears to have some issues. The image is not as sharp, nor vivid as it should be, and there are moments of poor sound balance. This is a shame, for this is a movie of historical significance. It deserves first rate remastering.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

WHY USE THE OLD TRANSFER?

By first time reviewer

from Sherman Oaks

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Comments about The Great Caruso:

As some of the other reviewers mentioned, this is the same master as the laser disc from 1993. Unfortunately, the color is very bad, as THREE LITTLE WORDS was on laser disc. In a word, RED comes into mind. In the case of THE GREAT CARUSO, the color seems to look nothing more than a turned Eastman stock print. The irony of it is that they DID remaster the film for TCM broadcast purposes in the late 1990s, and the color there is very vibrant- the green is green, not moss-greenish brown, and the blue is blue, not grayish purple like it is on this disc. Do compare them with the broadcast from TCM sometime- you'll be amazed how much better the TCM version is. A shame...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Fine film, transfer only adequate

By phillyrich

from Philadelphia, PA

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      Comments about The Great Caruso:

      Fine example of the force of nature that was Mario Lanza. This is his best film. His voice is magical. Unfortunately the technicolor print used for the dvd appears to have some issues. The image is not as sharp, nor vivid as it should be, and there are moments of poor sound balance. This is a shame, for this is a movie of historical significance. It deserves first rate remastering.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      a film that sadly needs remastering

      By MGM 8

      from Somerville , Mass

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          Comments about The Great Caruso:

          A great MGM favorite that sadly needs remastering. The film is hazy and blurry at times and colors can appear wahed out. The audio of this transfer is also very weak. For few of us that own the laser disc copy of this film, keep it for the time being, it's a much nicer transfer. Sadly, the trailer is more of a teaser trailer ( come on WB, how cheap!) Again, the laser disc had the full trailer for the film. I would wait for a remastered transfer of this film before I purchased it

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          FANTASTIC

          By Sderwhoha

          from Monterey, CA

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            Comments about The Great Caruso:

            The transfer was great, Mario Lanza's voice is still thrilling even after all of these years.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Lanza's Best Movie, Here at Last

            By Bill

            from Lakewood, CO

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            • The Singing

            Cons

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              • At Home

              Comments about The Great Caruso:

              "The Great Caruso" is generally regarded as the best of the four movies that Mario Lanza made at MGM, yet it is curiously the last to be released on DVD.

              Like most movie bios, this one is about fifty percent fiction---but who cares? You watch this movie mainly for the great singing---and there's plenty of it. The opera segments consist of mostly familiar music and are presented in bite-sized morsels so you shouldn't worry that you'll get bored. Thanks to Lanza's charismatic performance, the non-musical segments glide by effortlessly (although an issue concerning the movie's nastiest character is never resolved). You might notice that Lanza is quite overweight, but then so was Caruso (along with practically every other opera singer), so it actually adds some needed authenticity to the movie.

              Lanza's recording of "The Loveliest Night of the Year" was the big hit song from this movie, yet he only sings a few bars in the film. Instead, the complete song is sung by Ann Blyth---the only song she sings in the movie.

              The DVD appears to have been made from the same master as the 1993 laserdisc, but the colors are richer and the haloing has been eliminated. Still, the image is softer than it should be. The audio is good for its age, but the occasional overmodulation of the operatic voices can be tough on the ears.

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Magnificent - One of a kind

              By Music appreciation

              from Hillsborough, Ca

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              • Artistically thrilling
              • Broad Appeal
              • Entertaining
              • Good Resource
              • Informative
              • Relevant
              • Reliable Research

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                Comments about The Great Caruso:

                Wonderful music. Extraordinary galaxy of wonderful and famous singers. Artfully done.

                All positives - No negatives

                Home music at its best.

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great caruso dvd

                By The Reel Bob

                from Lafayette, Ind.

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                  Comments about The Great Caruso:

                  One of Mario Lanza's best movies; great music, fine opera and it is one of my father's favorite movies. he was very glad to get this.

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Buy it for Lanza

                  By JTWFAN

                  from Youngstown, Ohio

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                  • Limited Appeal

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                  Comments about The Great Caruso:

                  If you plan to watch this film to learn about the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso, don't bother. Like many MGM "autobiographical" films, this movie is largely ficticious. However, if you want to hear a magnificent tenor voice singing classic arias and Neapolitan songs, buy this dvd... you won't be disappointed!

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT CARUSO! GREAT LANZA!. GREAT DVD!

                  By MOVIE MAN KEV

                  from Santa Monica, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Entertaining
                  • Musical tour-de-force

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                    Comments about The Great Caruso:

                    It's easy to see why THE GREAT CARUSO was such a huge hit in its day.....You don't have to know about Opera or even much about the immortal Enrico Caruso himself to find this a thoroughly entertaining and beautifully mounted vehicle to showcase the amazing voice of Mario Lanza. My dad is a huge fan of Mr. Lanza, and I was overjoyed when I found out this movie was finally available on DVD from Warner, and I ordered two copies immediately...one for Dad...one for myself. The description doesn't refer to this DVD as REMASTERED, which is curious since the disc is crisp and clean, no changeover cue marks to be found, and a huge improvement over the murky, fuzzy version that they run on the Turner channel. Best of all, the sound quality is stunning, it almost seems like Lanza is in the room with you when you watch the movie. I'm confident other fans of the great Lanza will be as happy with Warner Archive's new Great Caruso as much as I am!

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    a great musical at last makes it to dvd

                    By Musical Fan

                    from San Francisco

                    Comments about The Great Caruso:

                    The Great Caruso was a major success, and the film that took Lanza to the superstar status. A beautifully produced A-grade MGM film, this is sadly indicated as not having been remastered, whereas much junk is (i.e. commercial and critical failures that barely received theatrical or tv showing). This film needs a full release; but sadly this will not happen due to dwindling sales for old titles. A must have for musical collectors.

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