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On The Ballykissangel Trail
On The Ballykissangel Trail
Actors: Joe Savino, Tina Kelleher
Genres: Drama, Special Interests, Television
NR     2005     1hr 2min

A comprehensive documentary about the making of an international TV phenomenon, featuring on-set footage, a tour of Ballykissangel and interviews with the stars and fans. On the Ballykissangel Trail features all new, prev...  more »


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Actors: Joe Savino, Tina Kelleher
Genres: Drama, Special Interests, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Travel, Drama
Studio: Janson Media
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/01/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 2min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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45 Minutes of Disappointinly Little Substance
Tiggah | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 01/03/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This 45-minute behind-the-scenes dvd features brief anecdotes from Kieran Prendiville, the creator and main writer of Ballykissangel, and from the actors who portrayed Niamh, Siobhan, Kathleen, Liam, Donal, Father MacAnally, and Oonagh and Paul Dooley. The actors talk briefly about what it was like doing the series, its success, why they thought it was cancelled, and so on.

The focus, however, is very much on the impact the series has had on Avoca (ie. Ballykissangel), what with busloads of tourists and bumper-to-bumper traffic flowing through the town on a daily basis. There is the odd brief comment by a few of the local residents--like the local priest, for example--about the filming of the series and its impact. Equally, the dvd focuses to a large extent on the success of the series internationally, with the actors expressing both pleasure and amazement, as well as the odd attempt to reason why. Interspersed were a good many brief responses from visitors in the streets (mostly foreigners) expressing their love for the show.

Usually in a programme such as this, 45 minutes would fly by. I did not find that to be the case here. Unfortunately, there was substantively actually very little. Oh, there were a few interesting anecdotes--like the real Hendley's store carrying on business even while filming was going on (the real customers just used a back entrance), or Dierdre Donnelly (Siobhan) jabbing herself with a needle whilst learning how to handle the animals. There was also a very brief tribute to the late Tony Doyle (Brian Quigley), who died of a heart attack. However, with the actors each expressing similar views regarding the success of the series or its impact on Avoca, and with the many interspersions of visitors praising the series, there was quite a bit of repetition content-wise.

Most disappointing of all, however, was the "tour" (if one can call it that) Joe Savino (Liam) takes us on of Avoca. This had the potential to be quite interesting, but it was extremely poorly filmed. As Savino walked through the town and told us what was what, the camera was focused almost entirely on his face, with the occasional arm thrown in as he pointed out a particular landmark. If lucky, the viewer would get a brief glimpse at the landmark to which he pointed, but it was usually filmed too closely to get any real sense of the object's perspective with respect to its location within the town.

The final thing worth mentioning are the "15 minutes of bonus interviews" touted on the back cover. With five minutes per actor (and that includes a brief opening and closing segment for each), what one actually gets is a repetition of all the little anecdotes that were interspersed throughout the 45-minute programme by Aine Ni Mhuiri (Kathleen), Deirdre Donnelly (Siobhan), and Joe Savino (Liam). Unbelievably, Savino's segment included that same painful "tour" of Avoca!

Though I started off rather enjoying this little dvd, my level of enjoyment tapered off quite rapidly for the reasons mentioned. While it was nice to see a few of the actors chatting about the show, the dvd itself was not well produced and quite amateurishly filmed. The really disappointing thing is that it didn't have to be like this. Ballykissangel was such a sweet series, and with all the participation from Prendiville and so many of the actors, this dvd had the potential to be really good.
On The Ballykissangel Trail
S. E. Haley | 01/08/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I would love to write a good review for this DVD, I was waiting for this one to complete my set of the series, but unfortunately I got my copy and it wouldn't play on my DVD player even though other DVD's had no problem. A second DVD was received and it too would not play.
I have been very disappointed as I believe the Mfg. was to blame for flawed DVD's"
Mary Brown | Texas | 10/25/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"From the very first episode, I was totally entranced with this show. I never missed an episode and now have it on dvd. However, "On the Ballykissangel Trail" is very poorly made and omits quite a bit of information and scenery that would have made it great. Fortunately, I did not buy it separately; it's an extra on one of the Series 2 dvd's."