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4.0 out of 5 stars A Celtic Dream
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...
Published on Feb. 15 2000 by LithaMoon

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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad audio and video should get 5 stars for the worst ever
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...
Published on Jan. 15 2002 by Rudolf Spoerer


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad audio and video should get 5 stars for the worst ever, Jan. 15 2002
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Rudolf Spoerer "dowadiddi" (Weston, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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Ce commentaire est de: Lord of the Dance (Full Screen) [Import] (DVD)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: FYI, Oct. 24 2003
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Roy Taghon (Empire, MI) - See all my reviews
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Ce commentaire est de: Lord of the Dance [Import] (DVD)
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Dance: Performance=4, film-making=0., Aug. 27 2003
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Gary Brophy (Minnesota, USA) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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Emily (Hong Kong SAR Hong Kong) - See all my reviews
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure energy, Jan. 9 2003
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Ce commentaire est de: Lord of the Dance (Full Screen) [Import] (DVD)
"If I would have told you the biggest selling show in world is an Irish dance show, you would have laughed. But we're here." (Michael Flatley) Shattering selling records in Australia, Britain, and the US, Michael Flatley and his show have shown the world that the underdogs can become superstars. Lord of the Dance tells a story of good vs. evil through Irish dance. The evil Don Dorcha (Daire Nolan)is seeking to abolish love, beauty, and all that that is good, and to set himself up as Lord of the Dance. The celts then cry to the true Lord of the Dance (Michael Flatley) who ultmately defeats Don Dorcha.
Michael and his entire troupe are superb, performing everything with precision, ease, and grace. Filmed from multiple angles, the movie provides the viewer with many perspectives impossible to see from the audience. This allows one to get a much better grasp of certain formations. The DVD also contains a fantastic 'behind the scenes' bonus feature which by itself makes the DVD well worth getting. I have watched it numerous times, and it just gets better. There are so many little details that add up to produce the greatest show in the world, led by the greatest dancer in world: Michael Flatley. This is his legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, BUT IT'S NO RIVERDANCE!!!, Aug. 10 2002
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BR "Nightsky Weaverwombon" (Cincinnati, Ohio United States) - See all my reviews
First, I need to mention that I'm a Pagan and this review will relate to that.

I'd never been able to figure out WHY the one time I saw the Lord Of The Dance(the original one)on PBS I didn't really like it that much. I described as a "cheap imitation of Riverdance."
Since Lughnassadh was last week and I took Lugh(aka Lord Of The Dance)as my Patron Deity,I decided to give LOTD another try. I rented it from the library and have just finished watching it. Here's my analysis:
1. It's MORE overtly Pagan than RD
2. It has a storyline that is easier to follow
3. The Triple Goddess is quite easy to recognize, The Maiden, being represented by the Young Girl who plays the Irish Whistle SO ENCHANTINGLY, The Mother, being represented by the female lead, The Crone, being represented by the Womon who dresses in green and has glorious red hair and sings sweetly and mournfully to us
4. Michael Flately makes a PERFECT Lugh, flamboyant, as a God of Fire/Sun(another one of His names is The Shining One)should be. Protector of the weak, when he defends The Maid Of The Woodlands. It doesn't get any better than that
5. The dancing is INCREDIBLE
6. The stage set is great
7. The lighting isn't QUITE as good as Riverdance
BUT...
And it's a big but! IT'S STILL NOT AS WONDERFUL AS RIVERDANCE. And the reason why it's not as wonderful it the SOUL-HAUNTINGLY LOVELY MUSIC OF RD. Now if Michael Flately could manage to get Bill Whelan to compose the music...it stands a good chance of perhaps being even better than Riverdance.
But I believe that BOTH tapes belong in people's collections. If you like RD, you'll probably like LOTD as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Unwatchable, April 11 2002
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Thomas D. Osborne II (Los Angeles, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This video is a punishment for not seeing the show live. There are so many ridiculous cuts and changes in camera angle and points of view (even through glass underneath, which is a waste) that the best anyone can say about this show is that they ARE dancing, and very spectacularly, too, but you cannot actually SEE the dancing itself; you cannot follow the rhythms and the patterns. The shots from underneath, which last only a few seconds each time, are a frustration because there is no time to really see what is happening, so that comes across as a gimmick. If the constantly jumping camera weren't problem enough, there is also a problem of a very dark stage and too many moving, jumping, beams of light and strobes. About a third of the way in, I got exhausted by this unwatchable mess and just shut the whole thing off. The music sounded wonderful, though, so maybe I'll just consider this video to be an audio tape. I'm sure the show itself must have been fantastic to see, but as far as this video is concerned, Riverdance it very definitely is not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your money..., March 8 2002
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I gave this horror one star because the program doesn't have zero stars. Please, don't get me wrong. Michael Flatley is the best in the world and is a joy to watch, his dancers are brilliant performers and it should have been a great experience to watch them. However, the lighting was so dim, it made almost impossible to enjoy the scenery. The editing was unbearable, no image lasting more than two seconds on the creen. Long shot, closeup, feet, medium shot, repeat at random in the midst of darkness. Impossible to watch without a terrible headache. And are we so stupid that we can't use the slow motion button on our VCR's? That's probably why sometimes the... editors provided us with slow motion effects. I used a lot the fast forward button, though. Too bad, because it's a great dance company which deserves respect and admiration not only from the public but also from the editors. I wender from which cave have crawled those imbeciles. If you still want to buy this tape, I hope you will enjoy a few seconds of great dancing. I didn't.
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