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The Young Caruso

3.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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A musical Italian biopic starring Ermanno Randi, Young Caruso chronicles the life of Enrico Caruso, the world-famous tenor of the early 20th Century. But before Caruso was singing his heart out in opera houses all over the world, he grew up underprivileged in Naples, Italy. This biopic dramatizes the singer's early years, following his poverished youth as he chases his dream of being a singer. Maurizio di Nardo plays famed tenor Caruso as an awkward young choir boy, while Ermanno Randi takes over the role in adulthood. A young Gina Lollobrigida (destined to be called The Most Beautiful Woman in the World ) co-stars as Stella. This DVD includes over 30 minutes of rare Caruso recordings from 1907 to 1916. Also included is a special narrative for the blind. This is truly a DVD for all to cherish. Bonus Features Scene Selection, Trailers, Narrative for the Blind, 30 minutes of Original Music by Enrico Caruso with historical facts Product Specs DVD5; Dolby Digital; 77 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1951; SRP - $14.99.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mario Del Monaco, Gina Lollobrigida, Ermanno Randi
  • Directors: Giacomo Gentilomo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018AB80C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,753 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Young Caruso" on IMDb

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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 26, 2008
Format: DVD
VCI Entertainment presents "THE YOUNG CARUSO" (2 September 1953) (77 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- A biographical drama based on the world famous operatic tenor Enrico Caruso, from his humble beginnings in Naples, Italy to his rise to stardom --- Maurizio di Nardo plays famed tenor Caruso as a boy, while Ermanno Randi takes over the role in adulthood --- Enrico Caruso was retitled to "The Young Caruso" and promoted on the basis of one of its leading ladies, beautiful Gina Lollobrigida --- the singing of Mario del Monaco is superb --- Plus over 30 minutes of rare Caruso recordings from 1904 to 1916 is a musical treat for all fans and collectors.

Enrico Caruso (born Errico Caruso; February 25, 1873 - August 2, 1921) was an Italian opera singer and one of the greatest tenors in history --- Caruso was also the most popular singer in any genre in the first two decades of the 20th Century and one of the most important pioneers of recorded music --- Caruso's popular recordings and his extraordinary voice, known for its mature power, beauty and unequaled richness of tone, made him perhaps the best known operatic star of his era --- Such was his influence on singing style, virtually all subsequent Italianate tenors (and many non Italian tenors) have been his heirs to a greater or lesser extent --- He remains famous, though he predated the publicity that would aid later stars of opera - although it should be noted that Caruso was a client of Edward Bernays (the father of public relations) in the latter's tenure as a press agent in the USA.
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If you are looking for a documentary - this isn't it. If you thought to find an anthology of the master's recordings - you won't find it here. The DVD consists of an early Italian movie about Caruso's childhood and early career. Don't get me wrong: It is not a bad movie, just dated and instead of English subtitles, the original Italian was dubbed (badly) with English voices. There are a few pages of Biography, and a few recordings from 1910. All in all, I think that whoever produced this DVD could have easily done a much better job!
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This is an Italian film that is dubbed into English. So the sound quality is terrible and there are no subtitles. However, the story itself carries the film. While the romance is made up, it is filmed on location in Southern Italy and it is inspiring to follow Caruso from childhood to his big break as a singer in adulthood. The young actor portraying the young boy Caruso has a winsome smile and electrifies the screen. Gina Lollogibrida is the love interest and all in all is just plain a good film. A neat detail on the DVD is the segment of some of the original recordings of Enrico Caruso . . . wow! You will be spellbound. All in all, this is a likeable movie and a rather clean one too.
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I saw this movies many times as a young boy, and i really wanted to sing
like the young boy at the beginning of the movie. So as i was included
in my church's boys choir one day i started to sing like the young Caruso
and within seconds....i knew i did'nt have the voice....but this movie
made me want to sing...so it is a powerfull movie for some and entertaining for others...but still im glad it was made and i love singers
like The great Carusso...Mario Lanza....Nelson Eddie...Jeanette Macdonald.............they do melt your heart.
Enjoy
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The acting might have been beleivable in Italian, but the dubbed English was a disaster. The voice of del Monaco sounded as if it was coming from the next room and the lip synch was so amaturish that it detracted from del Monaco's remote sounding voice.
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A sketchy biography only of this greatest tenor of all times.
It began with the boy singing in the street. He also sang in the church choir too etc. It seems that it was shot somewhere in a small village in Tuscany with some reality.
Only Caruso's funeral was true. But the DVD comes with quite a bonus of a few of Caruso's arias. The sound as a whole is not bad at all. But there is not much drama in the movie, and as a whole, it isn't really a success. If you have one or two of this master's CD, you might as well avoid it.
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