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Michael Flatley Returns as Lord of the Dance (2011)

Michael Flatley  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Flatley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SKQAJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The international smash-hit, Lord of the Dance, is back with an all-new electrifying show. Filmed LIVE in Dublin and London during the sold out 2011 European Tour, experience the magic, excitement and passion like never before.

Starring show creator and Irish dance pioneer Michael Flatley (returning to Lord of The Dance for the first time in 13 years); the breathtaking performance comprises a spectacular new set design, state-of-the-art lighting, special effects and costumes that will captivate audiences both young and old.

Featuring unprecedented access to Flatley’s performance and exclusive behind the scenes footage, you’ll never be closer to the action than this! Don’t miss out on the performance film event of the year!

Extras include a "Behind the Scenes Feature" and four additional songs and dances from the show not seen in movie theaters!

First performed in 1996, Lord of the Dance is one of the most successful, electrifying and enduring performance brands of all time. Created by the pioneering star of Riverdance, Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance is inspired by ancient Irish folklore and features the ‘Lord of the Dance’ battling against an evil force for control of ‘Planet Ireland’. Its universal themes of good versus evil and love triumphing over all ensure it is perfect viewing for the whole family, young and old!

From the moment the lights go down to the last encore, audiences are spellbound by a masterfully orchestrated combination of precision dancing, state of the art lighting and pyrotechnics.


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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome but..... July 11, 2011
Format:DVD
To start off M.F. is up to his high standard of dance. He is totally rocking it once again! I have the original Lord of The Dance on VHS and the Feet of Flames. Sorry but Feet of Flames is the best out of the three it gets a 5 star! This newest production would have been awesome to watch if it wasn't for some of the camera angles and way too many cut a-ways at very integral moments in the dances. The slow motion shots are really annoying. It also seems to me that this is not just one show that was shot. If you watch closely you will see Bernadette Flynn on the stage left then all of sudden she is stage right before coming to dance in the middle. Also on the "Planet Ireland" performance she seems to be missing in some shots then back again. As I was watching it all the way to the end I was wondering where the "Siamsa" number was. I found out it is a DELETED SCENE! Why?! It is one of my favorite parts. For those who have never seen one of the Lord of the Dance productions it is a really good start. I encourage though to get the older ones too. Guess I have been spoiled with the previous ones.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot to Love July 10, 2011
By Trout26
Format:Blu-ray
It's impossible to review this video without referencing the original production of 20 years ago. I have watched that video many times, and have seen it live three times (once with Flatley, twice without); needless to say, I'm a fan. There is no doubt that the audio and video on this disk are both spectacular. And Michael Flatley certainly still has "the chops" to pull off the dancing; in fact virtually the entire company is flawless. Then why only four stars? The new production. There is soo much flash from the lighting effects, it's sometimes difficult to see the dancing. The costumes are also a bit strange (especially for the men) and, as with the lighting, distract from the dancing. Also, three scenes were cut from the main production (the two soprano solos and the "Siamsa" dance routine). These ARE included in a "deleated scenes" section, but I don't know why they were cut in the first place. Bottom line: I'm sure that I will watch this many times in the future - but if they ever release a remastered Blu-ray version of the original, it will be my hands-down favorite.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! June 30, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am speechless (and breathless) after watching the latest reincarnation of The Lord of the Dance. Flatley is no spring chicken but is a cardiologist's dream in form and stamina. He dances with the vigor and precision of a 20 year old. The production is vibrant, colorful and endlessly inventive as it evolves from scene to scene. The direction of the film version seen here, the technical excellence visible throughout, the perfection of the dance and dancers; sorry to gush but as a long time fan of Flatley, I never thought I'd see the day when he would out-do himself. Dancers, actors, musicians, techies, rabid dance and theatre fans --- order this today. You won't regret it. What a glorious experience!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This dance show has a storyline that will occasionally have you going, "What the -- ?" If you go in hoping for Riverdance Part 2, well, you kinda get that but under unusual circumstances. Apparently, the Lord of the Dance (Michael Flatley, who even wears a belt that says he is) is out to conquer the evil forces that descend upon Planet Ireland. No, don't ask.

The evil is represented by a masked leader ans his dozen soldiers dressed in something between Rollerball outfits and riot gear uniforms. They may try to appear terrifying, but it is hard to fear these stormtroopers when they do an Irish jig. Often when they are on stage, the background projection shows a devil's head or a death skull. It is a bizarre show concept for family viewing.

I am not saying the show is not without its entertainment. Michael Flatley is past his prime, but he is still an exceptional dancer. That is, when he isn't trying to milk applause from the audience. The rest of the cast are very good, including almost twenty attractive female dancers who look exceptionally sexy in 3D.

(By the way, if you are a guy whose girlfriend is making you watch this video, practice now to keep a non-excited look when you get to 33:47; otherwise, you will suddenly sit up and cry out, "Yes!! Thank you, Michael Flatley!!")

The 3D runs the gamut from very good to extraordinary (at one point, you can count the bangles on a jester's hat). The black areas of the screen never achieve a respectable full darkness, but there is enough good 3D to make up for that. (This stage show was filmed in high def 3D cameras.)

Audio is good, not exceptional.

Though the extras are minimal (a "making of"), I give this extra points because there are four deleted scenes from the film, all in 3D.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best of its genre... April 16, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Id never really seen a full lords of the dance show and had only seen it being performed at gala evenings etc so i wondered how they were going to pad out a whole show. Wonder no more as the show was spellbinding from start to finish with excellent 3D and a scorchingly clear 7.1 audio soundtrack, i will watch this again and again as it gives goosebumps every time, absolute perfection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Filmed February 20, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I never finished watching the whole video because It was so poorly filmed that I finally shut if off . You felt like you were viewing it from the very last seat in the balcony. It was very disappointing .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars M Flately's ego weakens the program - I do prefer the newer a/v...
We really enjoyed this program in the newer formats. The main detractor in this is that it seems to always be about Michael Flatley - and without the rest of the people, it's not... Read more
Published 23 days ago by M. Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful!
Published 28 days ago by elle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed River Dance more.
Published 1 month ago by dunc
1.0 out of 5 stars trashed it
Trashed it. My daughter in law also thought it was awful. We like Riverdance. The group dancers were good. Wont by any other Flatly dvd
Published 2 months ago by Shirley schubert
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
I loved the original Lord of the Dance, but this one did not compare to the first. The quality of the dvd was very poor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars lord of the dance
I enjoyed the first movie better, the costumes were more in keeping with Irish dancing , also I didn;t enjoy all the flashing lights. but the dancing was superb
Published 4 months ago by Sheila Moffat
3.0 out of 5 stars not nearly as good as the original
I had high hopes for this since I am a major fan of the original show as well as the riverdance show. However, my hopes were dashed as I watched the show. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephanie S. Scheck
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Dancing!
This is the first Michael Flatley DVD I have ordered, but not the first time I have seen him in action, as I saw his spectacular dancing troupe in Indianapolis, IN over 15 years... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathy Seay
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Lord of the Dance
I did not like it as well as the original Lord of the Dance. It did not have the same flow.
Published 5 months ago by Barbara J. Houston
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Under the Sun
Someone said that once, that "there is nothing new under the sun". When it comes to Michael Flatley, that is apparently true. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ron Cork
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