The Michael Flatley Collection (Lord of the Dance/Feet of Flames/Michael Flatley Gold)
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You see different parts of "Lord of the Dance" and "Feet of Flames" as he's talking about his achievements. He played a flute solo for his mom in "Feet of Flames", explaining that "A man cannot be macho all the time".
He explains about why he chose those exact costumes for the show. He loves a lot of color, as we all know, explaining that eye appeal is what brings a show together. (Some people criticize him about his vegas-style look to his shows)
There are new numbers at the end of the tape that were filmed in Budapest, I believe. The dances were styled to appeal to the countries taste. (More royal looking--Cleopatra-like eyes on the lead girls; the little spirit was dressed in a jester-like outfit) Different!! I also think the dancers were exceptional; different techniques for different countries makes for no boredom. It showed, they did a great job.
If you are a Michael Flatley fan, it's a DVD that you won't be sorry buying.
Then, my detailed opinions regarding the three programs.
This video contains, in their entirety, "Lord of the Dance" (LOTD), which was the premiere performance in the Point Theatre in Dublin;
"Feet of Flames," (FOF) the new and improved version of LOTD, performed outdoors in Hyde Park,
and a documentary, "Gold."
LOTD and FOF are on one side, and you need to flip the DVD over to watch Gold.
LOTD runs 1h 37 min, and is in normal TV aspect ratio ("fullscreen" 1.3:1).
FOF runs 1h 54 min, and is in widescreen format, 1.77:1, conventionally, 16:9.
Gold runs 2h 10 min, and is in aspect ratio 1.78:1, described as "anamorphic".
All three say captions in English and subtitles in French and Spanish.
Previous comments have mentioned some problems in the audio of the DVD.
The DVD that I purchased through Amazon is perfect. There are *NO* audio or visual problems in any of the programs.
I had LOTD in commercial VHS, as well as home-recorded of PBS. I find the quality of the commercial VHS rather poor, as if it was recorded in EP mode.
This DVD looks much better.
I cannot conceive of any reason not to buy this DVD, especially considering the price. I paid $13.99 from Amazon, and I cannot think of fourteen bucks better spent. Ever.
That should take care of the nuts and bolts information, now for my criticism.
Michael Flatley seems to have one mode when talking about his work: enthusiasm.
He says in Gold that LOTD was the best performance, that there was magic on the stage.Read more ›
One reviewer commented that he detests Michael Flatley, personally. Never having met the man personally, I haven't had the chance to do so. I only know that as an inspiration to my little treasure he is the tops.
With all the -- at best worthless and at worst destructive -- media for our children and grandchildren to become entangled in, there is at least one glimmering star to captivate their attention.
Need I say that I have enjoyed Feet of Flames with him for more than two years now, and since the original is out of print, this edition will do quite nicely and at a fraction of the cost.
Unfortunately, volume level and audio mixing are all over the map. This is particularly true of Feet of Flames, where the music is almost inaudible at times -- even with my speakers at full volume. The mixing of music, tap elements, and ambient sounds fluctuates wildly. This always happens in the same places.
My player isn't the problem. When run on different players, the DVD still manifests the same inconstant audio.
Hoping that the particular DVD I bought had just been damaged in some way, I returned it as defective. After waiting close to a month for a replacement, I discovered that the new DVD performs exactly the same way the first one did.
Feet of Flames and Lord of the Dance are such fabulous shows, it's a shame that more care wasn't taken with the DVD. However, if you're a fan of Flatley & Company, can tolerate audio flutuations, and don't mind keeping your hand on the volume controls and intermittently having to put your ear against the speakers in order to hear something, this is the DVD for you. I do suggest that once you've turned the volume up you remain ready to turn it down quickly, because when the sound comes back it's loud enough to blow a person across the room.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My DVD arrived and it had a scratch on it - right at the finale part of Lord of the DancePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This collection gives me all the music and dance that I love. Beats the VHS versions of Michael flatley.Published 6 months ago by Monika E. McLean
got it as a Christmas gift for my dad and it was perfect! we watch it every chance we get and every time it takes me back to when I was little watching it with him and my mom.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Poor video quality. VHS version I have from a while ago has better quality.Published 7 months ago by MChi
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