Lord of the Dance

Lord of the Dance

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Director: David Mallet

Cast: David Mallet, Michael Flatley

     
 

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Michael Flatley, star of the massively popular Celtic dance show Riverdance, created this elaborate fantasy (based on Irish myth) that blends traditional Irish music and dance with pop, rock and roll and Broadway-style choreography. Flatley portrays the title character, who must dance to retain his title against a band of challengers.  See more details below

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Michael Flatley, star of the massively popular Celtic dance show Riverdance, created this elaborate fantasy (based on Irish myth) that blends traditional Irish music and dance with pop, rock and roll and Broadway-style choreography. Flatley portrays the title character, who must dance to retain his title against a band of challengers.

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Barnes & Noble - Karen Backstein
With the charisma of a rock star and the skill of a Celtic Baryshnikov, Michael Flatley helped turn the show Riverdanceinto a sensation. Now he proves he's truly Lord of the Dance in a dazzlingly choreographed drama of his own conception. Combining traditional Irish step dancing with a range of other styles, Flatley tells the tale of two lords -- one good, the other evil -- and their struggle for power. The "showdowns" between the two men and their legions provide plenty of opportunity for fireworks and bravura displays of technique. Nor are the women overlooked: Bernadette Flynn as an Irish Colleen and Gillian Norris as Morrighan the Temptress set off sparks of their own in several sensual solos. Shot during a performance in Ireland, the production bristles with energy and offers views of the dancing (including close-ups of that spectacular and intricate footwork) not possible in a theater.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/1998
UPC:
0044005845334
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Polygram Video

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Lord of the Dance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the soundtrack for Lord of the Dance for over a year now. I couldn't wait to finally get the DVD and see what I've been hearing. I was very disappointed. The editing on this production looks like it was done by an over-caffeinated 5 year old. The film switches from shot to shot to shot at a frantic pace. I began to wonder if the producer was going for the world record of most scene changes in an hour and 33 minutes. I found it tiresome and hard to watch. Almost as bad were the still and slow motion scenes when the music and taps continued at regular speed. The beauty and grace of the Lord of the Dance troupe is lost on this DVD. If you're looking for an Irish dancing video try Riverdance and see if that's any better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the Lord of the Dance was great. I loved the pace and the synergy between the music and the footwork (tapping).
Guinivere_Myrwood More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the Lord of the Dance. I had received the VHS for Christmas when I was younger and I can't remember the number of times I'd watched it. After the premiere of Superstars of Dance, where Ireland features some dances from the production, I've experienced a new wave of obsession for it. The sheer brilliance of Irish dance always catches me off guard- the perfect unison combined with absolute skill is mesmerizing. Not to mention the greatness that is Irish music. But the performance goes far beyond the dancer's technical accomplishments. The emotion and not-over-the-top drama that Flatley has woven throughout this story brings the viewer to the edge of their seat, jittery with the excitement is rises up in them. The dance, Stolen Kiss, between Saorise and the Lord (Flynn and Flatley) is so passionate and sweet that I can't help but smile as I watch it. I can't wait to get my hands on the DVD so that I can watch it again on my big TV instead of bits of it on youtube. This is the best dance show I've ever seen- if you appreciate dance at all, you will love this.
KR_of_O More than 1 year ago
This was a great video... drew the whole family in. We stayed glued to the screen the whole time....
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What makes this such an intimate-feeling treat isn't so much the dancing, although Flatley's pouffy shirts are an astonishing tour de force, seeming to defy gravity with every superbly pouty flounce of his arms. Yet, it's the private, personal moments backstage that make this so memorable. Hip Hollywood lovebirds Richard Belzer and Courtney Love drop in for a visit and the backstage fun deteriorates into an arm wrestling match between Flatley and Belzer. Belzer losesand retreats, sulking, into a corner. But Love wins! She knocks Flatley on his elegant, talented derrierre! Flatley curses loudly and calls her names that indicate her womanhood is in question. Love then slugs him. His nose bleeds, but he laughs loudly and generously, slaps her on the back, and the festive Irish drinking begins again. During the next evenng's performance, Don Johnson and Brazilian songstress Marliu Miranda come calling. But so does Strom Thurmond with his lovely lady of the evening, Republican gal pal, Jacqueline Susann. Strom is feeling affectionate and frisky after a few rounds of homemade Irish whiskey, and he keeps shoving his entire arm down the front of the ever giggling Susann's lowcut dress while being taunted by Johnson's incessant, drunk refrain, ''Get a room, you two!'' You feel like a spectator.