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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon, it's her first world tour!
This show was recorded in the late 80's. And it should not be compared with the 90's concerts standarts.
If you keep that in mind, you'd realize that the show was TERRIFIC, maybe the best world tour ever done by a female singer back then.
Of course that you won't find "Beautiful Stranger", "Ray Of Light", "Take A Bow", or even...
Published on December 30, 1999 by Je5u5

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3.0 out of 5 stars Madonna looks great, but show is somewhat repetitive
Madonna looks fab, but this is not the nicely cut and edited type concert footage you see in her Truth or Dare video (which are superb). Her voice isn't the greatest, and really starts to wear thin toward the end. Doesn't have all the props and dance sequences worked out. Just a lot of her dancing randomly as she sing various older tunes. Truth or Dare is much...
Published on August 18, 1999


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'mon, it's her first world tour!, December 30, 1999
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Je5u5 (Caracas, Venezuela) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
This show was recorded in the late 80's. And it should not be compared with the 90's concerts standarts.
If you keep that in mind, you'd realize that the show was TERRIFIC, maybe the best world tour ever done by a female singer back then.
Of course that you won't find "Beautiful Stranger", "Ray Of Light", "Take A Bow", or even "Vogue" and "Express Yourself" there, but it has CLASSIC songs like "Lucky Star", "Holiday", "Material Girl", "Live To Tell", "La Isla Bonita", "Open Your Heart", "Into The Groove", "Who's That Girl" and "Papa Don't Preach".
If you really like Madonna or if you really like pop music you WILL enjoy this concert, not only as a show but as a documentary of the rise of the ultimate pop icon of our times.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Madonna Live Concert, October 14, 2005
This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
I think that "Ciao Italia: Live From Italy" is Madonna's best live concert. The track list featured here comprises Madonna's best 80's songs, probably her best. The DVD begins with the technical preparations of the tour - being their last night performing. Then the concert officially begins with an intro of pulsating beats and rythmic moves. Then the white curtain raises...Madonna appears dancing in the same bustier of the song being presented: "Open Your Heart". After "Open Your Heart", another great 80's hit, "Lucky Star", is being presented. After that we go over "True Blue", "Papa Don't Preach", "Medley: Dress You Up/Material Girl/Like A Virgin", "The Look Of Love", "Holiday" and others. Basically this is Madonna's best concert because the songs are great, the sound and image is terrific and the way the songs are presented is marvelous. My favorite songs here are "Open Your Heart", "Lucky Star", "La Isla Bonita" and "Who's That Girl". I truly recommend buying this DVD...you won't regret it. Only Mads could do such a wonderful performance...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna: Ciao Italia-Live From Italy (1987) (The Who's That Girl Tour 1987), August 16, 2005
This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
In 1987, just two years after going on her first tour, Madonna went on her second tour entitled, THE WHO'S THAT GIRL TOUR 1987, to promote the soundtrack and her starring in the film of the same name. This concert was not as dazzling as her tours to come, but this tour was more dazzling than that of her last tour. This is an excellent concert, the last on the whole tour, where Madonna performs in Torino, Italy.

OPEN YOUR HEART

The show opens with the crew, with Madonna setting up for their last night performing. The show officially starts with the song that made me the fan I am today: "Open Your Heart". She comes out in the same Italian navy blue boustier she had worn in the song's video. With her are only three male dancers. One of them is a 12-year to 13-year old, dressed as the kid in the video.

LUCKY STAR

After "Open Your Heart", Madonna speaks in Italian to her Italian audience and explains that she may get a little teary, since it is her last show and basically sweeps through "Lucky Star".

TRUE BLUE

After "Lucky Star", Madonna goes back for one quick costume change. She comes back out in a 1950s short white skirt to perform, "True Blue". The skirt is similar to the skirt she wore in the song's video. Her voice sort of falls a bit, due to what I think is from her being really tired from performing, but this performance is amazing.

PAPA DON'T PREACH

After "True Blue", Madonna grabs her black leather jacket to perform "Papa Don't Preach", a favorite of mine. Sounds almost exact to the album version.

WHITE HEAT

After "Papa Don't Preach", still in her boustier, Madonna comes out with a mobster's hat and jacket to perform the James Cagney inspired, "White Heat", with a little gun-interlude in the middle of the song.

CAUSING A COMMOTION

After "White Heat", Madonna decides to go to her WHO'S THAT GIRL songs, by starting off with the film's opening song, "Causing A Commotion". Great performance here.

THE LOOK OF LOVE

After "Causing A Commotion", Madonna wanted to stay in her WHO'S THAT GIRL era with the ballad from the film entitled, "The Look Of Love", she sings this one just as beautiful as she did on the studio version.

Medley: DRESS YOU UP/MATERIAL GIRL/LIKE A VIRGIN

After "The Look Of Love", Madonna comes out, but is hiding behind a British Telephone Booth. She comes out, singing the chorus to "Dress You Up", wearing a freakishly pink tank top, pink skirt, pink hat, and fancy glasses. She sings the chorus first, the first verse, back to the first chorus, skips over the next verse and into the second verse. Her other two male dancers come out dressed as nerds, where Madonna slips right into "Material Girl". She sings all the way up to, "...A material. A material. A material girl". After that, she goes into "Like A Virgin". By this time, she takes off the pink top, hat, and glasses, leaving on the skirt. She comically looks up the skirts of her back-up vocalists: Donna DeLory, Niki Harris, & Debra Parson. After that, she takes off the skirt and sings a verse of the infamous, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)". After the Motown interlude, she goes back into the third verse of "Like A Virgin" and finishes it out.

WHERE'S THE PARTY

After the LIKE A VIRGIN Medley, Madonna, still in her boustier, comes back out with a black top hat, the black glasses from the Medley, and a black boa scarf to perform "Where's The Party", and very well I might add.

LIVE TO TELL

After "Where's The Party", Madonna goes into a 8 minute performance of "Live To Tell". Her voice on this sounds strong, but you can most certainly hear the tiredness in her voice.

INTO THE GROOVE

After "Live To Tell", still in the boustier, Madonna comes out with a pair black baggy pants to perform the extended club version of "Into The Groove", the version which can be found on Madonna's 1987 album, YOU CAN DANCE.

LA ISLA BONITA

After "Into The Groove", Madonna comes out for Encore #1: "La Isla Bonita". She comes out wearing a red Spanish dress, complete with a red coat, to perform this beautifully Spanish composed song.

WHO'S THAT GIRL

After "La Isla Bonita", Madonna stays on stage, but takes off the coat, leaving on the dress, to perform Encore #2: "Who's That Girl". This is THE WHO'S THAT GIRL TOUR, so, obviously, Madonna had to include her film's title track, and she does it so well.

HOLIDAY

After "Who's That Girl", Madonna comes out in the same red tank top from the previous two songs, but wears red baggy pants, and her hair soaked and slicked back to perform Encore #3 & the ultimate concert song: "Holiday". Of course, Madonna puts in her audience participation, when she stops in the middle of the song, asks the audience if they are ready to go home. She then says she has to finish the song, but she wants to comb her hair again, so audience members throw combs onstage for Madonna. She combs her hair, informs the audience to sing along with her as she finishes the song, and the closes it out.

This concert was very enjoyable, especially when Madonna put it in that little Motown interlude during the LIKE A VIRGIN Medley. Definitely a must-have Madonna piece.

MADONNA: THE WHO'S THAT GIRL TOUR 1987 Setlist

Open Your Heart

Lucky Star

True Blue

Papa Don't Preach

White Heat

Causing A Commotion

The Look Of Love

MEDLEY: Dress You Up/Material Girl/Like A Virgin

Where's The Party

Live To Tell

Into The Groove

La Isla Bonita

Who's That Girl

Holiday
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing "Girl", September 17, 2005
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Zenkitty (Florida, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
On every different tour Madonna is like a new person, so the title of this show is quite a propos. For this tour, Madonna is the post-Marilyn worldwide sex-symbol/superstar. There's nothing avant-garde here, just pure joyful energy. This show was several months into the tour, so Madonna's voice is ragged and hoarse. But that doesn't stop her from belting her heart out, while staying in non-stop motion. Physically, she is in the prime of her beauty. Having shed the baby fat of her Virgin era, she is sleek as a panther. And even with the bushy brows and bleached-out hair, her face is youthful and radiant. This concert takes you back to 1987 and it feels like it was just yesterday.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Madonna perspired, she sweated!, December 30, 2002
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R. D. Waters "rdwaters" (Newton, NC United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
After having read a few of the reviews here -- of course the choreography is rough and the costumes are trashy -- she had just gone from having a few successful hits to becoming a major international act. But, remember, this show is before she became a household name (in the famous or infamous sense!) due to the high profile films, banned videos and that what-was-she-thinking-sex-book.
I like this show because she is working her rear end off to energize the crowd. And I think she succeeds wildly. There are some questionable material choices ("White Heat" for one), some strained vocals (especially "Live to Tell"), and her costume designer should be blacklisted forever, but remember the time and place and just enjoy the energy of Madonna and the crowd.
As for the DVD - nothing special in terms of packaging (we expect more, thank you very much) and the sound is definitely not remastered. However, if you are an admirer of Madonna, this DVD is a good snapshot in time of her rise to fame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's That Girl in the 80's, May 8, 2002
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This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
Madonna in one of her first concerts, The Who's That Girl World Tour in the 80's, It is very good, in the late 80's it was one of the best concerts ever made.... and the first that Madonna released outside of the US (Japan, Italy), and if you are a Madonna's big fan you need this piece of collection. So, you dont find songs from Like a Prayer to Music, But this work resume her 80's number one hits and her early production.
Absolutely Faboulous, Madonna give us a great performance based in the crazy 80's, Her Voice and her look are Young and fresh, The vestuary is very crazy, the choreography is very simple (Just Madonna and few dancers ocassionally) and she bring to us great moments : Open you Heart (Like a Dancer Go Go with black corsette), Papa Dont Preach (like a Teenager), Causing a Commotion, Look of love (a beautifull 80's song), and maybe the best moment of the Concert is: "live to Tell" Here, Madonna give us a great performance, her Voice mixed with a deep Sadness due to her bad Marriage with Sean Pean (1988).. Notice that just few months After the tour: Madonna and Pean Divorces.
Another great time of the tour is Where's the Party,Into the Groove (Best Dancing act), La Isla Bonita (like a Spanish Dancer), Who's That girl (the only time that she perf this song) and Holiday, Another Hilariant moment is the medley: Like a Virgin, Dress you Up and Material Girl.. Madonna like a clown.. but Comic and Funny...
The DVD have Menu, and the Lyrics of her songs.. Scene selections, and a great Sound and Image, A Classic Masterpiece for Collection, If you are a Big fan.. But if you enjoy the 80's Music.. This is for you too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna "Ciao Italia" = Madonna, her Band & her Dancers Performing at Their Best!!!!!!!, April 25, 2009
This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
This is one of the greatest Madonna dvd's ever. It was copyrighted in 1988. So this is the 1980's version of Madonna. I remember when I heard my first Madonna song, back in the early 1980's, it was the big smash hit "Holiday". I've been a big fan of hers every since. She is beautiful, she is sexy, she is very talented and she is an outstanding "once in a lifetime" entertainer. She's an Inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I especially love her early songs. This concert dvd is packed with her early hits, and I love them!!!!

The songs include:
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. Medley: Dress You Up/Material Girl/Like a Virgin (outstanding!!!!)
9. Where's the Party
10.Live to Tell
11.Into the Groove (awesome!!!!)
12.La Isla Bonita
13.Who's That Girl
14.Holiday (One of the happiest & greatest songs of all time!!!!!!) Madonna, her band & her dancers are awesome in their performance of this song. Words just can't describe just how good it is.

The total running time is approximately 101 wonderful minutes. If you like Madonna, you'll love every minute of this one. I highly recommend it. Thanks!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Show And A Worthwhile Investment, August 24, 2005
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This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
This is a good concert w/ good cosumes, cheoreography, and an awesome setlist. Songs include "Open Your Heart", "Where's the Party", "Papa Don't Preach", and an amazing version of "True Blue". All in all, Madonna is #1!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how could she earn anything less than 5 stars?, August 19, 2006
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Leslie Thompson (a mid-atlantic state, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
Awesome performances as always. I like all the close-ups of her profile, where you can see sweat dripping down by her hairline and ears. I don't know, it's just something that makes her more human and less of a quasi-immortal being.

Love the message on the screen at the end of Papa Don't Preach (SAFE SEX)...and the wild dress she wears, complete with fuzzy dice and a small baby doll attached, in the Dress You Up/Material Girl/Like a Virgin medley. Also liked the gun sound effects in White Heat.

Her creativity clearly has no bounds.

This is an excellent workout video if you like to dance (and sing) along.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna is electrifying on this show., April 15, 2008
This review is from: Madonna - Ciao Italia: Live from Italy (DVD)
WOW. Even though this concert is from the 80's and doesn't have the technology from today's concerts, This is got to be one of the best concert shows ever. Madonna's talent and the world's number one show woman on stage is what is most impressive of this show. The opening of the show is amazing and exhilarating as so is the rest of the show.

If you want to see pure talent and charisma on stage this is the concert you should get. AMAZING! Madonna.
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