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Riverdance - Live from New York City (Superbit Collection)

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Product Description

RIVERDANCE LIFE FROM RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK, features brand new performance pieces including the enthralling "American Wake," the rousing "Harbor of the New World," the moving "Homecoming" and the tantalizing dueling of "Trading Taps," alongside classic, timeless pieces such as "Riverdance", "Thunderstorm" and Heartland." This stunning show, filmed live at the USA's most prestigious venue, Radio City Music Hall, New York, stars principal dancers Jean Butler, Colin Dunne and Maria Pages, supported by an international cast of over seventy, performing in all their magnificent glory.

Additional Features

The Superbit version of Riverdance: Live in New York City has a big advantage over the previously released DVD: it's a one-sided disc instead of an annoying two-sided "flipper." The Superbit's higher bit rate shows off colors and sound to greater advantage (compare the deep blue tones in "Caoineadh Chú Chulainn" and the presence of the percussive instruments in "Home and the Heartland"). And like most other Superbit DVDs, extra features are eliminated, but the earlier DVD only had a promotional video and some text material that won't be missed.

Unfortunately, there are more serious drawbacks. The previous disc was anamorphically enhanced at a 1.78 aspect ratio, but the Superbit version is not anamorphic and the picture was reduced to 1.55 (surely a first for the line), visibly losing some content from the edges. Also, one unwanted feature of the original DVD that is retained is the miserly 10 chapter stops; for example, if you want to see "Heal Their Hearts," "Freedom," "Trading Taps," "Russian Dervish," "Heartbeat of the World," or "Homecoming," they're all combined into one 30-minute chapter, so you'll have to fast-forward to find what you want. Then to add insult to inconvenience, the inset card has a "scene-selection menu" that promises 20 chapters. A lesser frustration is the Superbit style of not naming the chapters in the menu so you have to figure out what's being performed from the small photo. Because Riverdance is a musical-performance program rather than a feature film, viewers are more likely to watch excerpts, and both DVDs prove unnecessarily difficult in their navigation. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • Compatible with all DVD players

Product Details

  • Actors: Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, María Pagés, Katie McMahon, Morgan Crowley
  • Directors: John McColgan
  • Producers: Moya Doherty
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1OGQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Riverdance - Live from New York City (Superbit Collection)" on IMDb

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I have seen Riverdance - The Show live performance by Pat Roddy and Eileen Martin. But this DVD - featuring Colin Dunne and Jean Butler - is a very good example of how poor editing and lack of video making experience can spoil an excellent performance. Trust me, the makers of this video do not know even the basics of video making and they do not have the faintest idea - what is Irish dance. When Jean is energetically delivering her excellence, the camera is focused on her face or torso! Agreed, she is beautiful, but come on, an Irish dance lover do not see the show to ogle at the performing girls! And that magnificient orchestra playing Bill Whelan's magical scores do not get a good slot in the video either! Radio hall owes a good one to the makers of this video since most the time the hall is shown from a long angle leaving the skills of dancers in the middle of the screen as tiny dots! One side of the DVD could have been made as a non-stop delivery of the whole show, and the other side could have had the behind the scenes and dancer's biographies. Flipping over the DVD in the middle of the show is frustrating! I am looking forward for a better version of this DVD. Hopefully they make another one as Riverdance is back on live in New York now!
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Let me just say this, I am an Irish dancer, have been dancing with some modest success off and on for 15 years or more.
I've even performed in a mini Riverdance/LOTD type show. Affectionatly called Puddledance. :-)
So here goes: I like both shows, I also like both dancers (i.e. Colin vs. Michael)
Yes MF probably has/had more skill than Colin. However Colin is a much less ego-centric person and is IMHO easier and at times more enjoyable to watch.
I appreciate what MF has brought to both shows, however I find Riverdance a better overall production and here is why;
1. The costumes do not look like some tacky combination between the worst of Irish dance competition wear and a Vegas showgirl show. They are simple, subtle and work well with the dancing. (Have you seen Feet of Flames and that ridiculous cape they made Dair nolan dance with!! Or the UGLY catsuit they put the Gypsy girl in..oh god the list is endless...)ANY show knows you need to have appropriate costumes to carry off the theme fo the show. I wish someone had told MF that.
2. As much as MF is/was a brilliant dancer and is a pretty good coreographer he spends way too much time in the world of ME ME ME and does not show even half the joy Colin shows when he is dancing. Nor does he let his co-stars shine too brightly, lest they dim his own star. I really do like the man folks but it is so OBVIOUS. And I am sorry just becuase the man has done so well does not give him an excuse to be so arrogant that is not OK in my book at all. Humility will get you more acolades than arrogance.
3. Riverdance is more well rounded it doesn't go over the top, it shows you a good mix of what Irish dancing is, what it can be and shows how it compares and contrasts with other forms of Dance.
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It is disappointing to see just how poorly the video angles, camera placement and editing were done. The energy of the tap performances and the dancers was never the focus of attention - instead, the producer(s) seemed to want to go crazy with their continuous jumping from one camera to another without any thought to showing the performance in its best light. The camera angles continually changed around the stage , with extreme closeups of head and torso that simply did not do *any* justice to the dancing.
The original "Riverdance - The Show" video is a *much* better edited performance, albeit with fewer actual tap dancing scenes. The performance of another similar video "Lord Of The Dance" did not sit well with me either, perhaps because the originality and energy of the dancers was subsumed in an over-produced, over-glitzy performance. Some improvement in the editing over *this* video, but still not anywhere as good as it could have been.
I would recommend the original "Riverdance - The Show" over any of the subsequent performances that have been released. Now, if I could only find that performance in DVD format - the only release that I know of is VHS!
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All three major Irish dance films suffer from the inability of whoever is doing the filming to film dance properly! This is the greatest abuser of the three. There are three major problems: 1) not filming the dancers full body, 2) stage lighting (not the best for filming, though fine for viewing a live performance), and 3) excessive changes in camera angle. Of these three, the second is forgiveable, being unavoidable if one is filming before a live audience but one and three are not! As to one, there was extensive work done by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in the early days of the musical that worked out the best ways to film dance. Only one completely ignorant of filming technique would fail to film full body. As for three, I can tell you that there are nine cameras in New York's Radio City Music Hall. How do I know? BECAUSE THE FILMOGRAPHER SWITCHED CAMERAS EVERY 10-15 SECONDS OF EVERY FLIPPING DANCE! HELLO, we do not ALL watch an excessive quantities of MTV, thank you very much! This is distracting at best and at worst it totally disrupts the ability to appreciate the flow of the movement. Additionally, if you've already seen the Michael Flatley film there is very little of interest or improvement (unless you dislike his work, in which case you may like this). The only major change is a "dance down" pitting American tap against Irish step. This particular number, were it film properly, would be worth the price of adding this work to your collection, even if it already included the original "Riverdance", but, as it is, forget it! Rent it on video, see the number, and forget wasting you well-earned money on this forgetable turkey. The performers worked hard and I am sorry that those filming them didn't give their effort the presentation it deserved.
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