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River Dance: Live From Radio City Music Hall [DVD] [Import]
- アスペクト比 : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 言語 : 英語
- 製品サイズ : 19.69 x 14.61 x 1.35 cm; 204.12 g
- EAN : 0794051413222
- 商品モデル番号 : 3707449
- 監督 : John McColgan, Ruan Magan
- メディア形式 : DVD-Video, NTSC, インポート, コレクターズ・エディション
- 時間 : 1 時間 42 分
- 発売日 : 2008/2/19
- 出演 : Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, Mar?a Pag?s, Katie McMahon, Morgan Crowley
- 字幕: : 英語
- 言語 : 英語 (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), 無条件
- 販売元 : BBC Warner
- ASIN : B000ZOT8NG
- ディスク枚数 : 2
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
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.
ボーナストラック（2枚組の2枚目）には、'Riverdance the documentary 10 years' と 'Riverdance in China Documenary' が含まれてます。Subtilles - English となっているので字幕は英語です・・・・・輸入盤なのであたりまえか・・・＾＾;;
"Riverdance" Composed by Bill Whelan, Produced by Moya Doherty, Directed by John McColgan
1. Reel around the sun 2. The heart's cry 3. Women of Ireland 4. Caoineadh chu chulainn 5. Thunderstrom 6. Firedance 7. Slip into spring - the harvest 8. Cloudsong 9. Riverdance 10. American wake 11. Life the wings 12. Harbor of the new world 13.Tranding taps 14. Russian dervish 15. Oscail an doras 16. Heartbeat of the world 17. Homecoming 18. Home and the heartland 19. Heartland 20. Riverdance international
I've watched both the Dublin and NY performances several times, and enjoy both greatly. Both performances and recordings have aspects that I prefer, and other aspects I consider slightly less than optimum. They are different enough and both are such compelling productions that we watch them alternately. I'm glad that the producers of the videos released both productions.
Regarding the music and dance content of the two productions, they are both superb, and choosing one over the other would be nearly impossible. The dancing is incredible in both. Michael Flatley (Dublin) brings the greater technical and athletic intensity to his performances, but Colin Dunne (NY) brings his own unique and appealing talents to the dance. Overall, I slightly prefer the vocal and choral work in the NY performance. In the case of instrumental performances, again, all are outstanding, though I slightly prefer one or another of the analogous performers in the two productions. Davy Spillane's performances (Dublin) are unmatched in pathos and depth. One view of this is that you wouldn't go far wrong choosing either. But if you choose both, you will be rewarded.
Some reviewers of the New York recording have noted heavy-handed video editing. The first time we watched it, my wife and I reacted the same way: the rapid changes in perspective and focus drove us crazy. On subsequent viewings, the editing seems acceptable and even somewhat natural. When one attends a performance like this, one's attention typically flits around among overall and specific focus. While I prefer editing of a performance video to be a little less obtrusive, this editing gives an overall impression of the performance, if you can roll with the editor's decisions. I find the stage sets, lighting, videography, and editing of the Dublin production to be more in harmony with the program's content.
I would add a moderate criticism of the DVD of the NY production: the sound recording quality is very good but not great. The high frequency content is strongly de-emphasized. For example, the fiddle and some of the sharper percussion instruments lack "bite" and the high chimes visible in the video are almost completely inaudible. If a blu-ray format is undertaken, I hope this could be corrected. I have the Dublin performance on VHS, and I prefer the sound quality.
If you haven't seen Riverdance, forget the nuances and see it in some form or other! If you become a Riverdance fanatic like me, get both productions, and see the live show, too!!
Colin and Jean are the best leads together, dancing in a beautiful duet with one another. These two are experts, and it shows. Colin Dunne projects a passion and refinement in his step dancing that no other male lead has. His speed and timing are perfect, but the main interest is his graceful technique and his musical sense of rhythm so evident in all of his solos. He really shines in his Heartbeat of the World duet with Flamenco dancer Maria Pages, and of course, the ever favorite, Trading Taps with the American tap dancers.
Jean Butler, as always, dazzles the audience with her regal beauty and her flowing, graceful soft shoe solos. She has a powerful stage presence and brings out the beauty of Irish dance.
The band is excellent. The sets are beautiful, authentic hand painted sets. The company is tight and well-rehearsed. This truly is the best recorded version of the phenomenon Riverdance. The documentaries alone are well worth the purchase of this reissue.
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). The Riverdance Show became a very refreshing event in the history of dancing and has its own special place there.
So, why 4 stars only? The reason is that I am not supposed to evaluate the show. It has been evaluated many times by many people and their evaluation is simple: Riverdance is a historical event that is hard to overestimate. I am supposed to evaluate the DVD I purchased. I am sorry to say that the video is, at most, of average quality. I can accept that a video recording from 1996 might not be as bright and sharp as a modern recording. Indeed, it is 16:9 but it cannot be called High Definition. I believe that the lighting was not good for the recording.
The real problem, however, is the editing of this recording. The video is taken from a few cameras and the producer (who deserves a dozen spoiled tomatoes thrown at his head for his cutting work) switches between them quickly, unpredictably and annoyingly. Sometimes you barely can see the dance composition. Instead the video can show you the feet of a random dancer for many seconds. It is awful and sometimes produces sea sickness due to loss of space orientation (at least for me). I cannot give the product less than 4 stars because it is a DVD any dance fan must have. However, you have been warned that the video quality is below average. Although it is watchable and very enjoyable, I am very dissatisfied by the quality of the video.
I highly recommend this DVD for purchase but be warned about the below average video composition.