Hooray For Hollywood -
Mario Arrives On DVD!
By Derek Mannering

I am delighted to announce that Mario's first two movies THAT MIDNIGHT KISS and THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS will be released in the U.S. by Warner Home Video on a newly remastered two-disc DVD set later this year, date to be announced. Disc one will feature THAT MIDNIGHT KISS along with an outtake, "One Love of Mine", and the film's trailer. Disc two will feature THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS, the trailer, and Mark Kidel's outstanding Mario Lanza documentary SINGING TO THE GODS. I understand that Mark has made a couple of minor changes to the musical selections due to copyright issues, so this will be a slightly different version to the one previously seen on the BBC. No date has been set yet for the 2-disc DVD compilation to be released in Europe.
Based on demand, it is Warner's intention to remaster and issue all of Mario's remaining movies on DVD in chronological order, starting with THE GREAT CARUSO next year.
So, no complete Lanza DVD box-set for now, but great news all the same. 2007 is fast shaping up to be a significant one in the Lanza commemorative calendar.




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