Madonna-Ciao Italia (1988)
|Year Of Production||1988|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Egbert Van Hess|
Donna de Lory
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
As you would expect, the entire production betrays its 80s origins. From the 'bop girl' flavour of the songs taken off Madonna's first four albums, to the costumes and dance choreography, Ciao Italia provides a nostalgic look at a decade that Madonna herself epitomized. The concert is adequately directed with plenty of stage and crowd coverage, although I was disappointed that my favourite Madonna song Like a Prayer was not included. Manufactured in Germany, this DVD is a direct port of the VHS sell through catalogue item.
|1. Open Your Heart|
2. Lucky Star
3. True Blue
4. Papa Don't Preach
5. White Heat
6. Causing A Commotion
7. The Look Of Love
|8. Dress You Up/Material Girl/Like A V|
9. Where's The Party?
10. Live To Tell
11. Into The Groove
12. La Isla Bonita
13. Who's That Girl?
Sharpness was good throughout, with a wealth of foreground and background detail apparent. The black level was also better than expected and shadow detail was acceptable.
Colours lacked vibrancy, though again they are satisfactory given the use of video, the age of the footage, lighting conditions, and the subject matter. Low level noise was minimal to the point of being unnoticeable, even when heavy reds or blues appeared. Colour bleed was a problem only in isolated cases when the stage lighting was stronger than normal, for example on a guitarist's red shirt during La Isla Bonita.
Separation is fairly average across the front stage, with good clarity and decent enough directionality. You have to listen carefully to pick the less obvious stereo imaging, but it's there. Sitting back casually, though, everything sounds centred apart from the occasional (and very dated) ting-ting-ting keyboard riffs, cymbal crashes, and guitar strumming. The snare drum sound is sharp and loud enough to cut through everything else without being overbearing. The bass drum and bass guitar pulses are also prominent and meaty thanks to my subwoofer. Most importantly, Madonna's vocals sat comfortably in the mix, and audio sync was fine.
Overall the sound is pretty good, doing justice to the material. Turned up beyond normal listening volumes, higher frequency sounds became harsh and fatiguing and the rhythm section turned bombastic - this is no Stop Making Sense. Still, Madonna fans should be happy with this soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This DVD is a solid package from Warner Vision. The video quality is excellent and the sound fidelity is good enough for a recording over ten years old.
|DVD||Marantz DV-7000 (European model), using RGB output|
|Display||Loewe Ergo (81cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder.|
|Amplification||Arcam AV50 5 x 50W amplifier|
|Speakers||Front: ALR/Jordan Entry 5M, Centre: ALR/Jordan 4M, Rear: ALR/Jordan Entry 2M, Subwoofer: B&W ASW-1000 (active)|