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

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Riverdance: Live from Radio City Music Hall: Collector's Edition (DBL DVD)



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

Special Features

Riverdance in China- A beind the scenes look at the historic performance in the Great Hall of the People in China Riverdance on BBC's Pebble Mill featuring interviews and performances.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • 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 (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZOT8NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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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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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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