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Lord of the Dance (Full Screen) [Import]

Michael Flatley , Bernadette Flynn , David Mallet    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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Billed as an updating and retelling of Irish folk legend, Lord of the Dance is less Erin Go Bragh than Hooray for Hollywood. Michael Flatley, lately of Riverdance, gives us the old razzle-dazzle, fashioning a Celtic-influenced spectacular that wanders faraway from its Riverdance roots. The light-show presentation is closer kin to another contemporary Irish musical group, U2. Flatley himself has gone designer chic. With close-cropped haircut, earring, buffed abs,and tight black pants he bears more than a passing resemblance to Bono. But you have to hand it to the guy--he works hard for the money, as does his attractive corps. The one maddening aspect of this glitzy, entertaining 90-minute festival is the overzealous editing. No image remains on screen for more than a few seconds. Neither Flatley nor his talented troupe deserves to have such craftsmanship sliced and diced like an MTV music video. --Richard Natale

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What a double dog ......
Note the DVD I am reviewing is the Universal version which sells for about 5 bucks cheaper than the Polygram version. I do not know if this should have made any difference in the abysmal quality of this DVD since supposedly it was digitally mastered!
First, the disc says it's cut in Dolby digital 2.0 stereo.... believe it or not it is NOT surround sound capable since it only has two, yup count em, two channels .... digitally mastered .... give me a total break .... the sound is so bad on this DVD I checked my equipment cause I thought I lost like 6 speakers including my center speaker .....
When you see the show and you hear the stacatto tapping of the dancing shoes I can not believe that they released this DVD with one of the most important elements of the dance show being basically flat flat flat ....
The video production in this disc isn't much better than the audio. Flately was the exec film producer of this DVD and someone should have told the master that you need light to be able to film ...... The lighting tech on this DVD should have been fired on the spot .. its dark .. its brooding and has none of the sparkle that I certainly expected or saw in the show itself.
The jacket says it's got up to 4 channels of encoded audio as dolby digital surround sound. I'm not a sound tech by me and my equipment don't beleive this for one minute, and, of course, it's not in wide screen format, Im surprised they spend the money for colour....
If you have a small screen TV with no surround sound and no digital dolby but only the $ 1.95 cent speakers in your set then maybe you would like this DVD ... course for the life of me I really couldn't fihure out why you'd own a DVD player with that kind of equipment ....
Well Flatley you did it this DVD ranks as the worst and I mean the WORST I have ever seen ..... save your money folks spend it on a pint down at the local Irish pub ......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: FYI Oct. 24 2003
Make SURE you read dowadiddi's review of this DVD from January 15, 2002 (on this site), as that reviewer tells it exactly how it is. I've got Feet of Flames on DVD also, and the quality of the sound and video on that is at LEAST four times as good as this poor excuse of a DVD. If you really enjoy this stuff -- and I do -- please don't waste your time and money on this particular DVD, but rather, go for the Feet of Flames instead, as it's FAR superior in every way... trust me! -- Roy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Dance: Performance=4, film-making=0. Aug. 27 2003
What a disappointment! There's fantastic talent and effort here, but it is thoroughly painful to watch, due to the film-making.
The constant, rapid shifting of camera angles, including up through the glass floor, combined with the switches to slow-motion video, make the effort to enjoy the tempo and flow of the show effectively impossible. Further, the VHS version alternated between poor lighting and oversaturation of color. Too bad. The performance is high-energy and creative, although without the "heart" of Riverdance. It's a fair-to-poor 90-minute encouragement to see the stage show, if it is ever performed again. That's about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Celtic Dream Feb. 15 2000
Format:VHS Tape
After seeing Lord of the Dance live in Indianapolis, I had to get the video, because I was amazed with the show. After viewing the video, I believe that the best experience you could have, is to see it live. Because the video quality is only a fraction of what it is live. The images cut every few seconds, which can be somewhat distracting, and sometimes, the lighting in the video can be too much, and makes the entire screen look fuzzy blue. But, if you are an avid Lord of the Dance fan, I suggest buying this video, especially since Michael Flately is not preforming this show anymore.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much camera movement spoiled the show Dec 6 2000
By Emily
I am a fan of Michael Flatley and I have seen the Riverdance video but this one is badly made. The show itself is good but the video quality is misty and camera angle changes every 10 sec. I would recommend people to buy Feet of Flames video instead. It is practically the same show only newer and better. It has everything that LotD offer but with more dancers and the dancers dance more maturely too. Trust me, save your money to buy FoF instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flatley - A pioneer performer Feb. 7 2003
Lord of the Dance is Flatley's baby. He has done for Celtic folk dancing what John Curry did for ice dancing; changed it into something bigger, better and more creative -- truly a new dance-creature. Just as Curry's ice dancing morphed into ice ballet in his genius hands, the ordinarily subdued Celtic dance has morphed into Irish Precision dancing under Flatley's creative genius. With lovely costuming, creative but understated arm movements and a jazzy touch of show biz, not a bad thing in every case, this is a treat for the eyes, ears and soul. Purists may prefer the less flashy, more reserved performances, and there is something to be said for that. But if you enjoy heart-racing passionate soaring dance and can appreciate the monumental precision training and athletic excellence involved in putting together just one dance, let alone several, you will truly enjoy this creative display of a brand new art form. With the exception of the oddball Druidic walk-ons by candle-bearing attendants, it was a cohesively dazzling performance. Say what you will about Michael Flatley's towering ego, he is nonetheless a creative genius. I could have done with fewer dizzying camera-shifts, no doubt a by-product of overzealous camera men who seem to have the notion that viewers have short attention spans. There were fewer such camera-shifts than in the motion-sick "Feet of Flame" but still far too many. All things considered, it is Flatley's best of the newer genre of Irish/Celtic folk dance.
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Published 2 months ago by Peter Welling
3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent show on a low quality DVD.
This DVD was a good replacement product for my damage VHS copy. The full screen picture fit well on my old TV screen (4:3). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Normand
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality DVD
The picture quality of this DVD was very poor. I originally purchased the DVD to replace our outdated VHS copy of the same video. Read more
Published on June 19 2012 by PD
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Very good show! Micheal Flatley as the Lord of the Dance is just amazing. The story telling and the dancing....there isn't enough words to describe how awesome this show is. Read more
Published on June 1 2012 by ScarletFae
2.0 out of 5 stars His Ego Surpasses His Talent
I first saw Michael Flatley in the PBS showing of Riverdance. I thought he was very good, and he is. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2012 by V. Abbott
3.0 out of 5 stars When the techs kill the show...
...you get this kind of DVD,generator of imense amount of frustration.The dance and music are overwhelming but whoever "mastered" the video recording especially, was even more... Read more
Published on April 11 2010 by Silviu Dobre
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book!
This is a good story of Michael Flatley's life. It is very thorough and tells you many details about his private life, almost too intimate in parts. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2009 by Holly Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book
What a fantastic opportunity to meet the man who reinvented Irish dancing and put it on top of the world stage. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2006 by Esmeralda Galvao
1.0 out of 5 stars chopping block
Although the "Lord of the Dance" is comprised of some of the most talented dancers and choreographers of Irish Dance, one cannot enjoy it or even NOTICE the steps. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by N. R. Johnson
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