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Madonna-Ciao Italia (1988)

Madonna-Ciao Italia (1988)

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Released 28-Jun-1999

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1988
Running Time 100:57
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Egbert Van Hess

Warner Vision
Starring Madonna
Pat Leonard
Jonathan Moffett
David Williams
James Harrah
Kerry Hatch
Luis Conte
Donna de Lory
Niki Harris
Debra Parson
Shabba Doo
Angel Ferreira
Chris Finch
Case Super Jewel
RPI $39.95 Music Madonna

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Warner Vision have released two Madonna concerts so far on DVD: Ciao Italia and The Girlie Show - Live Down Under. Recorded in Turin, Italy, Ciao Italia captures the final concert of Madonna's 1987 Who's That Girl world tour.

    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.

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Track Listing

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?
14. Holiday

Transfer Quality


    Framed at and composed for the 1.33:1 ratio, Ciao Italia looks glossy here on DVD despite its video origins.

    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.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    Presented in stereo Linear PCM, the audio is acceptable for a 1988 recording.

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    No extras are present.


    Silent, static, non-anamorphic.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    It appears that the R1 and R4 content is identical. Being shot on video, the 4% PAL speed up would not be an issue with this title, therefore grab the local DVD.


    Ciao Italia presents an early chapter in Madonna's career: for better or worse, that spunky 80s naiveté is in full, strutting, pop diva view. Even if you think what she does is no good, you have to admit that she is good at what she does.

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Rod Williams (Suss out my biography if you dare)
Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV-7000 (European model), using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Ergo (81cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderDenon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder.
AmplificationArcam AV50 5 x 50W amplifier
SpeakersFront: ALR/Jordan Entry 5M, Centre: ALR/Jordan 4M, Rear: ALR/Jordan Entry 2M, Subwoofer: B&W ASW-1000 (active)

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