Michael Flatley Returns as Lord of the Dance
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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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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.
So I decided to give "Michael Flatley Returns as Lord of the Dance" a try. Filmed live in Dublin in 2011, this is Michael Flatly's first return to the stage as lead dancer in over a decade. I was sceptical. In 2011, Flatley was 53 years old! I know tap dancers who are amazing athletes in their 60's, but "Lord of the Dance" is very highpowered - would Flatley fall flat?
I am so pleased to say that he is still one incredible and amazing dancer. If you have the original from 1996 nearly memorized, you will realize that his arm movements are not as quick as they used to be. But his feet - his feet are still gold (even if his high-octane dance sets are a little shorter).
This show is 95 minutes of wonderful dancing (plus two more dances in the bonus extras). Some of the dances are new, some are favorites, generally updated. There are 16 scenes in the main movie, two being instrumental (those wonderful fiddles!). I did not realize that Flatley is a world-rated flautist who's won national competitions. He plays the flute in one of the instrumental numbers.
As expected, the "Lord of the Dance" number remains awesome. It and the final "Planet Island" dance have the set where the dancers are all in a line and do a sort of "wave", back and forth. If the first time you saw that wave your heart didn't just leap for the joy of it, you can't be human!Read more ›
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Corny . . . . . Sequels NEVER compare to, much less exceed, originals. Nothing can ever compare to RIVERDANCE . . . . . and I really hoped it would.Published 3 months ago by Randy
Lord of the Dance! excellent video, enjoying every Michael Flatley moment.Published 3 months ago by Jean Nizzle
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