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Riverdance: Live from Radio City Music Hall (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (2008)

Jean Butler , Colin Dunne , John McColgan , Ruan Magan  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, María Pagés, Katie McMahon, Morgan Crowley
  • Directors: John McColgan, Ruan Magan
  • Producers: Moya Doherty
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZOT8NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Riverdance: Live from Radio City Music Hall (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Riverdance: The Documentary--10 Years
  • Riverdance in China documentary
  • Riverdance on the BBC's Pebble Mill

Editorial Reviews

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Riverdance, the Irish hard-shoe sensation that took PBS viewers by storm, underwent its second incarnation with Live from New York City, a 1996 performance filmed at Radio City Music Hall. While most of the attributes from 1995's Riverdance: The Show remain--the dazzling ensemble choreography, Bill Whelan's energetic score, and the New Age-y view of Celtic mythology--the most significant difference is at the top, where Colin Dunne replaced bombastic lead dancer Michael Flatley. Though lacking Flatley's bravura, Dunne is a superb technician who works well with Flatley's former co-lead, Jean Butler. Flamenco dancer Maria Pagis returns, as do the Riverdance Singers (formerly known as Anuna) with soloist Katie McMahon and the orchestra with fiery fiddler Eileen Ivers.

About a half-hour longer than the 1995 original, Live from New York City expands upon the second act's theme of the Irish leaving their homeland for other parts of the world. "Lift the Wings" becomes a set piece for the people who are saying goodbye (it's hard not to miss the original's solo voice of Aine Um Cheallaigh), and a new song, "Heal Their Hearts," is a showcase anthem for bass Morgan Crowley. In the most engaging new number, "Trading Taps," a trio of Irish dancers faces off against two urban American tappers. While much of this follow-up show will be familiar to those who know the original, it's different enough to be enjoyed on its own terms. It's also more stylishly shot, but that's also its biggest drawback--frenetic editing that allows only brief glimpses of the dancers and leaves the viewer dizzy. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Internationally acclaimed and still going strong after more than 8,000 performances, this 80-member precision dance ensemble still has legs, and their musical and dance experience is just as fresh today as it was 10 years ago. Come celebrate the anniversary of Riverdance with this memorable performance focusing on the evolution of Irish dance. Packed with all-new extras and bonus material! 2 DVDs. 2007/color/102 min/NR/fullscreen.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Show, Average Video October 22, 2008
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I saw this show on VHS 6 or 7 years ago and was waiting for the DVD release. It is hard to find the proper words to describe how amazing the show is. The disc is a compilation of the famous Riverdance Show live from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Now, what is on the disc? First of all is the gorgeous Irish step-dance couple Colin Dunne and Jean Butler. They are just amazing; it is hard to stop watching their performances, expressions, speed footwork, and beauty. They are unbelievable and their scenes are never boring to watch again and again! I might like the performance with Michael Flatley a little bit better than that with Colin Dunne but again, it is very subjective and Colin Dunne is unbelievable too.

Although I am not a huge fan of Flamenco, Maria Pages's Firedance is special in the show. Even I am speechless when watching Maria's expressions in this dance. You might ask what Flamenco is doing in an Irish Music/Dance show? I have no idea but it just fits in perfectly.

The show has a very impressive scene when Colin Dunne and two more dancers from the Riverdance group try to "compete" with Tarik Winston, an African-American tap dancer from the Bronx, and another tap dancer. To me, Tarik won... I like this part (Trading Taps) the most after the Finale.

You should be warned - the show is not dancing only. It includes a musical performance and singing. I like all the outstanding voices and heartwarming tunes, though I personally am waiting for the dancing to begin.

Overall, the content is still super hot even about a dozen years after the performance. The DVD just appeared in 2008 and is much better than VHS. It contains a lot of special features with interviews and the history of this show (and is worth watching too, by the way).
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder, Amazement - Dance February 18, 2008
I had not been exposed to the phenomenon of Riverdance before. I had heard about the amazing performances given around the globe by this dance company, but this DVD was my first real exposure. I have to say I saw totally blown away by the skill, visual and total sensual experience of this DVD. The dancers and musicians were awesome.

This DVD was almost like two performances in one. You had the dance and you had the music. The orchestra performed a couple of songs that can standalone in my book as some of the best music -- sort of new age in nature. In fact it reminded me a bit of Yanni or John Tesh at times. But it would harken back to the Irish tones and bring you back home to its roots.

The dancers and singers were just wonderful. The solo artists had the most crisp and clear voices I've heard in quite some time. The principal dancers for the company clearly enjoyed their art -- dancing quite challenging pieces with smiles on their faces and a love of dance written all over them. One can only imagine the amount of time it has taken to perfect this dance -- totally in step with each other and in harmony with the music. The segment that mixed a bit of street dance with the traditional Riverdance format was lively and demonstrated the universal nature of dance to culture.

I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone who loves music and dance. You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into making this DVD and the Riverdance company. It is just amazing.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Performance Brought to DVD June 23, 2008
In truth, the (or "a", rather) 1995 performance of Riverdance at the Radio City Music Hall has been released on DVD before, but I have not seen them (half-and-half dual-sided DVD, and the single-sided Superbit DVD was missing half or so of the entire performance (including the midway "Riverdance" itself!)). We, my family, have had a VHS recording of the show for years, and aside from the high-pitched vocal shortcomings (at least to our ears) in the beginning, the energy of the performance, not to mention the charm of its leading performers, has kept it as a favorite, and one of the only members, of our not-a-movie video collection. To finally get a proper DVD release, bearing everything that we love about the VHS version in one continuous strand, would've been great.

Then, on a trp to Best buy, I happen to spot it when my sister and I were over at its little section of the isles. It was recent, it was classy (think "hardcover"), and it was... thirty-five dollars or so, too much for my pocket at the time. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to snag this bit o' memories at a much better price (mid to low twenties), and as soon as it arrived (the day I'm typing this review), popping it in made me reasonably confident.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
I enjoyed the disk very much and am very impressed at how well conditioned the dancers are.
Published 19 days ago by Bill from Ohio
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing program, limited by older video/audio formats
This is our favorite program of the Irish dance programs that have gained such popularity. It gets four stars only because it is SD and the audio is okay, but isn't on par with... Read more
Published 25 days ago by M. Winchester
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY NICE
This was a gift for my mother who loves music and dance. She enjoyed this, but I think it's difficult to capture a large production like Riverdance on a DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joyce n. shipley
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish
I really enjoyed the Riverdance when it first came on TV and could not wait to get the DVD. I finally found it here and love the show as much as the first time. So do my kids.
Published 4 months ago by Beverly Mein
5.0 out of 5 stars The best EVER!!
I had this on VHS years ago, and I have always loved it!! This is a great show. Wonderful music, amazing dancing, and a fantastic cultural display that spans the globe!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Squirrel50
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality
The DVD came in great conditions. I would recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the Riverdance Show in Radio City
Published 5 months ago by Valeria
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Recorded in New York it's the best. Would have loved to see this one in person but glad to have it on DVD-already had it on VHS. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rhonda B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining BBC DVD
Very pleasant to watch. Both discs are worthwhile. I bought this some time ago, and I still dig it out of my collection to view it again. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carl M
4.0 out of 5 stars well done,but could have captured more.
Good,but not great. The filming again here took much away from the great talents involved in the dance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kevin M. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just sit back and immerse.
Supreb! Exciting! Fun! Dramatic! This is a must for any fan of dance, Celtic music, or really anyone wh can recognize sheer genius. Read more
Published 8 months ago by cairneylad
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When will the Riverdance videos be available on Blu-ray?
I agree that both the Dublin and New York versions of Riverdance would make outstanding Blu-ray DVD's. I'd like to see a little tweaking of the audio, especially of the NY version: the sound of the current DVD lacks many of the high frequencies present in the music. Like others, I have... Read More
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