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Cirque Du Soleil Anniversary Collection (1984-2005) (2003)

Ian McKellen , John Gilkey , David Mallet , Dominic Champagne  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian McKellen, John Gilkey, Octavio Alegria, Alexei Anikine, Kevin Atherton Laprise
  • Directors: David Mallet, Dominic Champagne, Franco Dragone, Guy Caron, Jacques Payette
  • Writers: Peter Wagg
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BK4CBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cirque Du Soleil Anniversary Collection (1984-2005)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains 11 Cirque Du Soleil DVDs, plus a bonus DVD and 6 commemorative post cards

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Cirque du Soleil's Anniversary Collection 1984-2005 is a 12-disc retrospective of the Canadian troupe's distinctive brand of performance, involving the fantastic feats of acrobatics and athleticism, balance and contortion; the single-ring techno circus; the multicolored lights and costumes; the abstract story lines of fantasy and self-discovery; the music that fuses rock, New Age, and various world influences; and the madcap clowns that prey on their live audiences. The programs included are La Magie Continue (1986); Cirque Reinvente (1989); Nouvelle Experience (1991); Saltimbanco (1994), the 1994 documentary retrospective A Baroque Odyssey; the Amsterdam-set Quidam (1999); Allegria (1999), the live Sydney show; the Chinese-influenced Dralion (2000), in its standard, non-Superbit release; the relatively short IMAX film Journey of Man (2002); Varekai (2002), from Toronto; La Nouba (2003), from Walt Disney World; and Midnight Sun, strikingly staged outdoors at the 2004 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

That's a lot of aerial feats, tricks, and tumbling, but the set is not designed to absorb in one sitting. Rather, viewers can sample both the simpler early shows and the stunning later performances that, with their 5.1 sound and widescreen pictures, are perfectly suited to home theaters. Compiling 12 previously released DVDs in space-saving Thinpaks at an economical price, the Anniversary Collection is nearly all the Cirque du Soleil you could ever want, but completists should note that the set does not include the feature film Allegria: An Enchanting Fable, the bonus disc of Varekai, the reality-TV show Fires Within, and the 13-part variety series Solstrom. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

This anniversary collection celebrates the achievements of the world renowned Cirque du Soleil. The collection includes 11 Cirque du Soleil productions plus a bonus DVD of Midnight Sun, a once-in-a-lifetime special event captured on DVD. The title within this colorful collection are: A Baroque Odyssey, Allegria, Cirque Reinvente, Dralion, Journey of Man, La Magie Continue, Nouvelle Experience, Quidam, Saltimbanco, Varekai, and La Nouba.

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107 of 129 people found the following review helpful
By F. Chen
Format:DVD
This anniversary collection celebrates the achievements of the world renowned Cirque du Soleil. The collection includes 11 Cirque du Soleil productions plus a bonus DVD of Midnight Sun, a once-in-a-lifetime special event captured on DVD. The title within this colorful collection are: A Baroque Odyssey, Allegria, Cirque Reinvente, Dralion, Journey of Man, La Magie Continue, Nouvelle Experience, Quidam, Saltimbanco, Varekai, La Nouba.

$100+ bucks for these 12 dvds is definitely a bargain.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection-- best family gift ever. January 4, 2007
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I purchased this collection for Christmas for my husband. The entire family enjoys it. It is awesome to see where they started and where they are now. When we popped in the first DVD we thought we would be bored by the original "traditional" circus acts they started out with, BUT we were laughing and loving every second of it. To see how they grew is just a couple years the next and every DVD only get better and better.

I will be purchasing these sets for several family members over the years I am sure. It is an amazing collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor video quality on older shows December 18, 2009
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The early shows are almost unwatchable because the video quality is so poor. The content is really dated too. The music, costumes and acts are nothing like the modern shows. Starting with Drallion (1999) things got much better. In this time period, they didn't start using too many harnesses and safety devices. Moving forward in time, there is a noticable increase in safety gear which protects the performers but detracts from the overall experience.

I'd say 5 of the 12 DVDs are pretty good. The others are really poor quality even when up-converted to 1080i.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! August 17, 2007
Format:DVD
I love this DVD set, and the fact that it contains the nearly complete set is fantastic. The first two DVD's ("La Magie Continue" and "Cirque Reinvente")are much more like your average circus, but the "Nouvelle Experience", and all the rest (Except for "A Baroque Odyssey" and "Midnoght Sun") are the trademark Cirque shows. The only thing that could make this set better is "Corteo." Most definitly worth the $100+.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS DA BOMB July 4, 2006
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$100+ for 12 DVDS is an shockingly good bargain. Just wish it was Corteo than Midnight sun. Now I'm Waiting for Mystere, O,KA and LOVE to be released
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Collection for Cirque Fans December 10, 2009
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This is a big collection of Cirque du Soleil shows. It is not complete though and is missing some shows from the years listed.

There are a number of shows that were done very early on and are not full of the pomp and circumstance of their newer shows but it is interesting to see the progression nonetheless. Some of the shows are not as interesting and we ended up not watching the whole thing.

My kids love watching them but after one or two viewings of a particular show they have had enough.

We had tickets to see Alegria so we specifically did not watch that DVD. After the show (which was great) we watched and even though the recording of Alegria was over 14 years ago, the performances were almost identical. It was like having a souvenir of the show to remember our experience.

I purchased mine during a Gold Box deal and it was a little easier on the wallet. It is a great set for Cirque fans but maybe purchasing an individual show might be better if you have a favorite.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Cirque fans February 24, 2006
By Garett
Format:DVD
This is an incredible collection of Cirque performances at a super price. The dvds include the same extras as the ones sold separately. Now I'm waiting for Cirque to release dvd versions of their Las Vegas shows.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely wonderful December 2, 2008
Format:DVD
I am so pleased with the collection. Out of 12 discs, there may be 2 that didn't have me totally mesmorized. I am a big fan of cirque and I didn't get disappointed with the set. I will share with friends and family. I recommend this purchase to anyone who is a cirque fan or anyone interested in viewing amazing, very talented people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This collection shows how far they have come
Cirque Du Soleil is so unique and talented they just amaze me. I am so glad that I bought this and all my friends have been borrowing them.
Published 3 months ago by Madison
3.0 out of 5 stars PG rating suggested
It's a family oriented circus act, but it can be so dark and suggestive of malevolence at times that it scares kids. PG 13 at best.
Published 4 months ago by a glodon
3.0 out of 5 stars Cirque Du Soleil Anniversary Collection (1984-2005)
I love Cirque Du Soleil, and I have only watch 2 of the DVDs. But what I have watch, 1 early and 1 newer show, is sadly lacking. Not what I am use to with Cirque Du Soleil. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kay smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Instant view is not what it seems
I'm a big fan of Cirque du Soleil, so I hate to leave a bad review. I'm sure this collection is amazing, but after purchasing this collection on instant view, I'm saddened to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by N. England
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This collection is good, has the most of the videos and some of them are very good, are videos that cannot miss in your house, but it would be excellent if it included the special... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jose Damian Badillo Mendez
4.0 out of 5 stars The old ones were a bit boring but this is a good gift for a fan
I bought this for my parents thirtieth wedding anniversary along with a few other gifts and they loved it. Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by youarenotwill
5.0 out of 5 stars What More Can Be Said
What more can be said about Cirque Du Soleil than "spectacular?" The fine mesh of artistry, music, imagination, athleticism, dance, conceptualization . . . Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by LLinLa
3.0 out of 5 stars Shows are 5 star but many of the DVD's quality are too grainy
5 stars for Cirque Du Soleil but the quality of some of the DVDs in this set is so disappointing that I stopped watching many older ones. Read more
Published on July 17, 2010 by 18wheelhigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Cirque The Anniversary Collection from 1984-2005
The collection of this boxset is filled with wonders from all around. I love the way each dvd holds a magical part within it. Read more
Published on March 8, 2010 by Maria Cotner
5.0 out of 5 stars Cirque de Soleil
These will bring more entertainment to my family and children.
It's worth addition to my DVD collection!
Published on February 5, 2010 by Jesus M. Nazareth
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