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The Greatest Journey: Essential Collection
The Greatest Journey Essential Collection
Actor: Celtic Woman
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2008


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Actor: Celtic Woman
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, International
Studio: Manhattan Records
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/28/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A must for a CW fan!
Emily Smith | Florida, USA | 11/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, it is basically just clips from the other Celtic Woman DVDs, BUT the documentary ALONE is worth buying.

If you are a big Celtic Woman fan you will really want this. The hour long "The Story So Far" Documentary is fantastic, and a great behind-the-scenes look at how Celtic Woman all came about, and the girls' thoughts about it so far. Great interviews with all of the girls, and a great view of how they interact with each other. I really loved this documentary, and to me, it is what makes this DVD worth the cost. Plus, this is a great DVD if you are looking to share the magic of Celtic Woman with someone else who is not familiar with them. It really goes through all the great hits and well-loved songs. They've added in some beautiful shots of Ireland in between the songs and they do compliment the music so well!

As for new stuff, CW will be filming a new DVD this summer, so be on the look out for that.

Long live Celtic Woman, and bring on the Spring 2009 tour!!!!!"
A Great Release
AD | Lakewood, Colorado USA | 10/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a Celtic Woman Fan and received my copy of the "Greatest Journey, Essential Collection" DVD and CD yesterday. I watched the DVD last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was wonderful seeing Meave in the group again and my eyes literally teared when I saw Hayley in the group again. I thoroughly enjoyed the DVD. It seemed like the sound and picture had been considerably enhanced over previous releases and many of the camera shots were from a different angle. It looks and sounds great and I'd recommend it to anyone whether as a personal aquisition or as a gift whether or not you are a Celtic Woman fan. This is just a great DVD with excellent technical qualities, bright and vivid colors; clear and sharp sound, etc. There were super landscape shots from many of Ireland's beautiful and historic places. They were woven into the songs."
Very Satisfying Collection
Randal J. Batty | Aliso Viejo, CA USA | 10/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just listened to the CD and was pleased. This CD/DVD is not a release of new songs -- rather a collection of material previously recorded. Whether this is truly the "essential" Celtic Woman is an individual choice. I would have come up with a different grouping, but that's okay. I "think" I detected Lynn Hillary's voice on one or two songs, but I could be mistaken. Lisa (the backbone of the group) is there, and so is Meav, which surprised me a bit -- since a couple of the songs sound like fresh recordings (although of the same tunes). I am anxious for Lynn Hillary to be given the spotlight sometime in the future, as she has an outstanding voice. Since she is also a songwriter, I'm hoping Celtic Woman will let her take the spotlight at their next recording session or taped live spot. Check out her "Take Me With You" CD (not easy to find) and listen to it a few times then make your own judgment. I think she's a natural for this group as long as they let her talents be heard."
Greatest Journey
James | North Carolina, USA | 11/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Writing this review is a bit complicated because I need to target it toward two audiences--Loyal fans of Celtic Woman, and those who are fairly new.

First of all let me say that the Greatest Journey DVD is a collection of tracks from both of their award winning shows and therefore, nothing new. That said, for those NEW to the Celtic Woman experience, the DVD is a good introduction to the beauty and talents of these remarkable Irish women and will give you an incite into what you can expect to find in both of their previous DVDs. A nice addition is the footage of Ireland interspersed between the various tracks. It gives it a nice transition. But for those of us devoted Celtic Woman fans, it is simply a repeat of what we already have in our collections making it unnecessary to buy the CD, unless of course, you happen to like this particular mix of tracks.

For loyal fans of Celtic Woman there is a 55 minute documentary presentation on the history of Celtic Woman which I enjoyed thoroughly. Now you have to ask yourself the question, "Is it worth the current retail cost?" Personally I enjoyed the presentation even if it did contain some repeated material from New Journey's special features. Watching what goes on behind the scenes and the amount of work associated with show I found very interesting.

Now to the downside, for "Orinoco Flow" the video bounces back and forth between the song as presented in the Original Show and New Journey, making watching it annoying when seeing the girls suddenly appearing is different dresses. Switching shots wouldn't be so bad if it where just the orchestra and choir shots, but for the girls it causes a problem. They should have stuck the just one show or the other. The same applies to the closing Reprise track. It is shot awkwardly. Finally, in "Mo Ghile Mear", the drum solos are cut short before Mairead's entrance, but that edit is done well. Other than that, this time there are no major edit glitches like those occurring in New Journey and Christmas Celebration.

Well that is my opinion. Please feel free the comment below or to email me personally.