Plot: What’s it about?
The case claims this program is “a celebration of Michael Flatley” and in the end, that pretty much sums it up to perfection. As we all know, Flatley became an international sensation with his dances in Riverdance and since then, as went on to other successful productions, such as Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames. Michael Flatley: Gold runs just over two hours and spotlights not only his dance moves, but also his personal life. So yes, you’ll see excerpts from all of the shows and even some bonus footage from an upcoming project, but this program also takes a peek behind the curtain, into Flatley’s life off the stage. And this is no second hand trek into Flatley’s life either, as the man himself reveals the information through a special interview, even presenting some rare photos and live performance clips. So now for the first time, Flatley himself guides his fans on a tour of some great stage moments, as well as a glimpse into his personal life.
I can’t say I was too jazzed about this disc, sometimes duty calls and as such, I hunkered down and viewed Michael Flatley: Gold. As I’ve been dragged to Riverdance and Feet of Flames by various females, I knew what to expect here and on the whole, I got just that. As much as I’d like to, I simply can’t say I hated this program, as Flatley might be a dork, but he can dance and the routines are terrific, without a doubt. As this is a collection of various scenes from Flatley’s shows, a lot of high power stuff is found here and that’s good news. As I mentioned above, you’ll see excerpts from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Feet of Flames, plus some bonus footage from Flatley’s newest production. As expected, the dance numbers look great and are fun to watch, but when Flatley’s story is told, the show lost me in the clouds. I mean, I know some folks will enjoy the “inside Flatley’s world” segments, but I’m just not interested in the man himself, just his on stage skills and as such, I was left bored in those moments. Even so, fans of Flatley’s productions shouldn’t miss this disc, as it is well worth the price of admission. I freely admit I used the chapter skip button to move around the personal insight, but fans of his should love this entire piece.
Video: How does it look?
Michael Flatley: Gold is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. This looks as good as I expected, perhaps even better, all things considered. As this is a mixture of footage from various sources, some excerpts look better than others, but all the clips are solid and none are poorly presented. The colors are vibrant and bold, especially in the live performance sequences, while flesh tones seem normal at all times. No issues in terms of contrast, as black levels provide solid shadow depth and detail is never obscured. Not much else you could ask for here, as the material looks terrific and never falters much in the least.
Audio: How does it sound?
I wasn’t overly impressed with the audio here, but the included 2.0 surround option is solid, no real complaints to make there. I would have liked the live performance clips to have more punch, but they sound more than acceptable and since this is kind of a documentary, the audio doesn’t need to be overpowering, of course. The dialogue is clean and never dips at all, while the music and sound effects are as well presented as possible, given the nature of the material. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a trailer for Michael Flatley: Gold, as well as the usual Universal recommendations section.