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Robert Harris

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I've never been a Mario Lanza fan.

His personal story, however, is epic.

Born in Philadelphia, with a desire to be the greatest opera singer, lured to Hollywood, and made his breakthrough as a star in 1951's The Great Caruso, one of the box-office champs of the year.

In 1954, his career fell apart during the production of The Student Prince, after which he made Serendade films for Warners, and then on to Italy.

He died in 1959, at the age of 38.

Both Lanza, as well as Caruso fans should be thrilled with this new Warner Archive release, that finally takes the place of the old DVD.

Imagery balances stellar, derived from the original nitrate three-strip negs, to a bit less so, as a couple of reels are derived from masters - another nitrate fire film.

A wonderfully strong track rounds out the release.

Image – 5 (OCN) / 3.75 (masters)

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely

Recommended

RAH
 

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Just watched it right through tonight. I'd forgotten what a great opera fest it was. Picture quality varies a bit as mentioned elsewhere but is mainly excellent. More importantly the sound quality (two-channel mono) is extremely good considering it must have come from an optical track. Lanza's voice sounds magnificent.
 

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[...] More importantly the sound quality (two-channel mono) is extremely good considering it must have come from an optical track. Lanza's voice sounds magnificent.
Nice to learn of your take on the audio and to see a score of 5 from RAH, for the same; as The Great Caruso won the Oscar for Best Sound. Looking forward to this disc.
 
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I've never been a Mario Lanza fan.
Ah - but a young Kate Winslet in her film debut swooned over Mario, while she plotted murder with her best friend. I took note 25 years ago. If you had been an impressionable 13 year old girl, living in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1952, you would probably have been a devoted fan.

 
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