Just a quick review of the newly released 25 anniversary DVD programs from TDR.
If you are a park show lover, these dvds are for you!!
There are two dvds available. (Can't use the actual name of the dvd because they are printed in japanese on the box, but I am sure Joe, Ichigopara or TDdad will help with that)
First up, the 25th year DVD. This dvd program lasts just under an hour, presented in widescreen format, it does not leave any stones unturned.
The program is divided by each of the 5 stages of the anniversary year.
It starts off with a quick review of April 15th, 2008 festivities, 25th anniversary opening ceremonies and character greeting. You briefly see the multitude of guests walking down World Bazaar that glorious morning as CMs welcomed them into the park. Having been in the middle of this spectacle... and being the silly sentimentalism I am (yes, TDLFAN does have feelings, who knew?) it brought tears of joy to me as it made me relive that fabulous moment. I have even slowed down the video in hopes of being able to catch a glimpse of myself, Joe or anyone I would know parading into the park, but no such luck.
There is also a generous amount of footage from the 25th anniversary parade "Jubilation", park decor, 25th anniversary fireworks, etc etc.
TDS is also featured during their "Spring Carnival event".
Summer time. Again, we get generous views of the anniversary shows that took center stage during this season, such as the fabulous "Starlight Dreams", Cool the Heat, and other special anniversary programs. The grand opening of the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is featured and we get a quick tour of the hotel's facilities.
TDS is featured as well during the summer time, with Disney a la Carte and bits from the "Your Table is Waiting" show.
Disney's Halloween, generous footage from the 25th anniversary edition of the halloween parades, both daytime and nighttime version. They show us great vistas of the special park decor this past year.
Christmas Fantasy at TDL.. generous footage from the Xmas castle show, Stitch's Xmas greeting, park decor, fireworks etc etc.
TDS' Harborside Christmas also featured here, with footage from the Xmas shows, especially "Candlelight Reflections'
As an added bonus we also get to relive both TDL and TDS' Countdown parties.. Countdown Parade at TDL, and the strike of Midnight at TDS. Very cool segment of the dvd.
One complaint: No New Years' Holidays featured here, why is that?!?!
5th stage: Grand Finale
Much to my surprise the shows now being presented at both TDL and TDS are greatly featured here as well. Over at TDL, lots of footage from "Dreams Within" (get those hankies out for the finale, you all true Disney lovers). Also featured is the excellent TDS' production "Mickey's Dream Co." Again, these are shows that play with the emotions and powers of dreaming and making those dreams come true. Does not get more "disney syrupy" than that!!
Anyways.. all in all, this particular program is heavy on show segments but also gives us an idea of most other wonderful things at the parks during this 25th year.. like the decor and park feel during the events.
It is a great souvenir to cherish for years to come and one dvd that makes you realize that even thought this anniversary event has been criticized by some as "lacking" the year overal was everything BUT lacking at TDR.
KUDOS TO OLC and Disney. TDLFAN rates this dvd program 5*****.
The 2nd 25th anniversary dvd is more a tribute to the 2 most popular shows of the entire anniversary me thinks. Here you you will find the complete shows, filmed in real time for both TDL's "Starlight Dreams' summer castle show, and TDS' Ala Carte show, 'A Table is Waiting'. Both were very popular with the fans during the anniversary and you can see both shows in their entirety and find out why they were such great stage moments during the 25th anniversary. Each show lasts about 20 mins each and are presented in widescreen formats. TDLFAN rates is 5*****
Both dvd's play a brief introduction showing scenes from around the parks, before getting down to business and showcasing the anniversary programs and events. As a special feature, the dvds also feature the 4 minutes long "The Colors of TDR" program, which was originally released as an extra dvd in a previous book publication of TDR about a year ago.
Both of these excellent souvenir dvds can be purchased separately or together in a boxed set. There is also an extra special set that also comes with a leather case where the dvd set can be stored. The zipper on the leather case features a small "Dream Key" zipper pull, which has been the symbol of the anniversary's main theme... 'Unlock Your Dreams'.
To end.. I highly recommend these dvds if you are a fanatic of Disney live shows and parades. These shows are not park travelodges, and if you purchase thinking you will get a resort tour, you will be disappointed. This dvd set is strictly a souvenir of the 25th anniversary happenings, shows and parades. For those of you in the USA, it will give you an idea of the vast amount of entertainment that can be found year long at TDR. The previously released 2 dvds of TDR entertainment of the past 25 years would be excellent companions to these new 25th anniversary dvds, and with those 4 dvds in your collection, you would be the proud owner of TDR's entertainment legacy to relive over and over. Very nifty, eh?
Hope this quick overview of these dvds help you decide if you want them in your collection.. but keep in mind.. these dvds are region 2 and may not play in US systems unless you have a region free dvd player. Programs are also available in blue-ray format.
Happy viewing everyone.