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Fleetwood Mac: The Dance [VHS] (1997)

Lindsey Buckingham , Christine McVie , Bruce Gowers  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood
  • Directors: Bruce Gowers
  • Producers: Carol Donovan, Sherrie Kaye
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Reprise Video
  • VHS Release Date: August 26, 1997
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304639457
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With each passing year bringing another high-profile rock reunion, prompted as often by balloon mortgage payments as any real artistic hunger, old fans could be excused for greeting 1997's announcement that the big Mac was back with skepticism: at their commercial zenith, Fleetwood Mac had offered superb transatlantic pop-rock with the added spice of a remarkable back-story, but the band's long decline and underwhelming later personnel shifts didn't bode well.

Such guarded expectations make the musical punch of The Dance all the more impressive, and enable the meticulously produced concert special to genuinely surprise. The band's musicianship–-the one constant between the original, late '60s English blues band and its platinum '70s lineup featuring guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks–-is in peak form, buttressed by a discreet auxiliary of additional musicians. Even with the hired guns, though, it's the rock-solid rhythm section of founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, and Buckingham's impassioned playing that strike sparks. Always a dynamic guitarist, Buckingham brings feverish intensity to both group classics and solo turns such as "Go Insane."

Both familiar hits and new songs (including the solid "Temporary One" and "Bleed to Love Her") further confirm that this isn't a rote exercise-–the band sounds fully engaged. Buckingham, Nicks, and the elegant Christine McVie retain their vocal charm (although Nicks has clearly lost her upper register). And the sense of old wounds healed, and older affections acknowledged, gives true poignancy to the set's high mark, a brilliant live version of "Silver Springs," a truly haunting Rumours-era B-side that proves deeply moving. --Sam Sutherland

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197 of 209 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD will make your friends jealous! May 19, 2001
By Xavier
That's simply unbelievable! I'm definitely not a fan of Fleetwood Mac and you would be ashamed of me if I told you that the only 2 songs of Fleetwood Mac I liked before were "Everywhere" and "The Seven Wonders", the latter being not on the DVD.
That said, I was really intrigued by the other reviews and, baffled, I decided to give it a chance. Ooooh, I wish I had more inspirations like this one!!!
In this concert, shot in the premises of Warner Bros Studios, the band reunited to give the audience the best, the *very* best of themselves, humanly speaking. The old songs are all performed in a new version, giving them an emotional power they didn't have before. Fleetwood Mac also plays stupendous unpublished works, including instrumentals and brand-new songs, which proves that Fleetwood Mac is as sparkling as in the past and, in my opinion, even more sparkling than ever!
Look at Mick Fleetwood! Yeh... look at him! Have you ever seen an old timer like him playing the drums with so much pleasure, conviction and dexterity? I bet that from the very first song ("The Chain"), you'll know what I mean.
Lindsey Buckingham is really impressive. He plays several guitars and even the banjo in the concert and it's a delight to watch him juggling with the notes. You'll be very likely amazed by his solo performance in "Big Love" and "Go insane".
And especially, don't watch the grand finale of "I'm so afraid" with a friend at home. If he falls on the terrific instrumental duet between Mick and Lindsey, his first idea might well be to get the hell out of your house with your DVD in the pocket!!
As for Stevie Nicks, she still has her angel voice.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dance is a monster homerun in the music industry. January 15, 2001
As a quasi-fan of Fleetwood Mac, I happened to catch the end of The Dance on public television a couple of months ago. I was fascinated not so much by the sound (I was only hearing it in stereo), but by the fun Mick Fleetwood was having on the drums. He was absolutely fantastic. The others former members of the band, Stevie Nicks, Christie McVie, John McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham were absolutely enjoying their reunion of sorts. It really showed. Well, that short clip made me go out and buy the DVD. When I watched the concert in its entirety, I was in awe. The 5.1 soundtrack is awesome, Mick's drum playing is one of the best performances I've heard, and Lindsey's guitar playing is, well, a work of art. The vocals of Stevie and Christie are timeless. If you haven't seen or heard this concert, do yourself a favor and buy the DVD version. You won't be disappointed.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a phenomenal live concert! December 12, 2002
This is the best live concert I've ever had the privelege to watch on DVD. Though there are noticeable recorded background vocals, Stevie and Christie sound in top form. I couldn't help thinking that they sounded so good that they must have rehearsed endlessly for this concert (I'm wondering if these songs are all from the same show because there aren't really any noticeable mistakes). Lindsey Buckingham does a solo perfomance for Go Insane and Big Love that is so emotionally charged that I was blown away. He is truly one of the best guitarists in the world. Landslide is another top song from the disc, and this performance will leave you with wet eyes (I was feeling like I invaded Stevie and Lindsey's privacy during this song). Every song is top quality and flawlessly perfomed. Lindsey's vocals are a little rough throughout, but it doesn't take away from any part of the show. The only song I didn't care much for was My Little Demon. They could have left this one off the disc. It just isn't up to the standards of every single other song here. If you are a Fleetwood Mac fan, and love both Christie's songs and Stevie's songs, then you have to buy this concert video. Besides their voices being WAY better than I thought possible for a live perfomance, they are both stunning to look at (Christie looks better than she did 20 years ago, no kidding). I borrowed the DVD from a friend, and decided after one viewing that I would have to purchase it. The cd from this tour isn't as good as the DVD you're about to purchase, because it is missing 5 very important songs. You won't regret it. I wish they would tour again because I would pay any amount of money to see a concert of this quality again.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fleetwood Mac February 4, 2000
Be wary listening to the criticisms of the sound quality on this DVD. The Dance is the best-sounding concert recording I've heard. The sound is artificially surround distributed, which may be what the critics are whining about, but personally I think it's better because the band sounds much closer than other DVD's and you can hear each instrument including the maracas and tamborines crisply and clearly.
Notice that the criticisms ALWAYS compare to only 2 DVD's: Eagles and James Taylor. These are apparenty the Holy Grails but if you don't have DTS, you're not one of the few Taylor fans out there, or you want more than 2 DVD's on your shelf, try the Dance. Unless you're an "audiophile" who MUST use vacuum-tube monoblocks for each channel and triple shielded super-conducting speaker cable or else your ears feel pain, I think you'll like it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
Watched it upon receiving it and not too excited about watching it again. Probably should give it another try. Not bad, just nothing special.
Published 14 days ago by Biketim
5.0 out of 5 stars Lindsey Buckingham is a genius.
I loved Fleetwood Mac but thought this would be one of those tired nostalgia videos....yawn.

But,. happily it's awesome. They sounded rejuvenated. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jeff Whitman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleetwood Mac The Dance
This is my favorite and the group has put together a super performance and left so many people happy after viewing this
Published 19 days ago by Warren Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Is like to live again this years, never forget this moments when you were teen and i recomend this dvd
Published 1 month ago by Gerardo Garza Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars fleetwood mac-the dance
oh my GOD...my husband LOVES this ! i bought this for a belated christmas present for him: he says that, except for the BOSE radio/cd player i bought for our anniversary last... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kathy foster
3.0 out of 5 stars Now lets get it in Blu Ray
Sound is good, the best Fleetwood Mac DVD in my opinion. It would be great if we could order in Blu Ray!
Published 1 month ago by Mike Jakobsson
5.0 out of 5 stars can watch it many times
Band is in top form and they seem like they are really having a good time. Great guittar playing by buckingham. A classic fleetwood mac dvd
Published 1 month ago by steve branch
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest concerts I've ever seen!!!
Fleetwood Mac has always been an amazing band, but they really out do themselves in this concert. They are on their game! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shelley S.
5.0 out of 5 stars First Loves
This concert made me fall in love with Fleetwwod Mac back in '97. Can't believe it took me 17 years to buy it!
Published 2 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dance
A favorite of mine, watch often. Would have been an awesome concert in person, but this is next best & I can see it over & over
Published 2 months ago by nonna7+3
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I keep hoping for the SAME THING - best concert EVER on DVD and would be amazing on Blu Ray.
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