10¢ A TICKET.

DVD_10CentsATicket[DVD: WBGU-PBS – 2007 – 29 mins +125 mins of extras]. “10¢ A Ticket – The Stories & Glories of Old Amusement Parks” explores the history of 19 parks that once dotted Northwest and West Central Ohio. The rise and fall of each amusement park is described in this documentary, produced and directed by Tom Zapiecki. Interviews with the men and women who worked, played and, in some cases, lived at your favourite amusement parks will stir up old memories and give you a glimpse of the fun times had by thousands! The extra material features extended interviews and historic photographs donated by area historical societies and museums. Chapter Points: Introduction (main feature); Presque Isle; Lake Erie Park & Casino; White City; Willow Beach; Walbridge Park; Wee Tee Amusements / Kiddieland; Forest Park; Vollmar’s Park; Riverside Park; Sam Reeves Park; Meadowbrook; Seccaium; McCullough; McBeth Park; Hover; Sandy Beach (Indian Lake); Gordon State Park; Edgewater. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Some of the parks are only afforded a very brief mention. It’s an informative programme with many extras. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

100 YEARS: MILLIONS OF MEMORIES.

DVD_100YearsMillionsOfMemories[DVD: Santa Cruz Seaside Company – 2007 – 97 mins +extras]. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (California) was founded in 1907. This documentary is filled with rare film footage, vintage photographs, and heartfelt interviews. It captures the Boardwalk’s enduring appeal to children of all ages. Journey back through time and experience the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – the last of California’s great seaside amusement parks. Bonus features include: The Looff carousel – the artist’s life; Under the Boardwalk tour – a look at the workshops and maintenance bays; Boardwalk commercials – television adverts through the decades. And finally, an adrenalin-filled circuit aboard the Giant Dipper. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Fresh and vibrant, entertaining and nostalgic. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

1939 NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR 1&2.

DVD_1939NYWorldsFair1-2[DVD: The Historical Archive Corporation – 2006 – two disks = 175 mins]. “The 1939 New York World’s fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was one of the largest world’s fairs of all time. Many different countries participated in it, and over 25 million people attended its exhibits. The fair allowed all visitors to take a look at “The World of Tomorrow.” The fair was open for two seasons, and was officially closed forever on 27 October, 1940. It attracted over 45 million visitors and generated roughly $48 million in revenue. Since the Fair Corporation had invested $67 million (in addition to one hundred million dollars from other sources), it was, in fact, an economic failure, and the Corporation declared bankruptcy…” ANDY SHINE SAYS: This listing continues below.

1939 NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR 3&4.

DVD_1939NYWorldsFair3-4[DVD: The Historical Archive Corporation – 2006 – two disks = 212 mins]. (continued from above) “…The Fair was themed and divided into different “zones” (a transportation Zone, a Communications Zone, and so forth). The wildly popular Amusements Area was not integrated into the thematic matrix, and was a mere Area rather than a Zone. The zones were distinguished by many subtle cues, including differently coloured lighting. The “Theme Center” consisted of two landmark monumental buildings named the Trylon and Perisphere…” ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme features on-screen captions and shows many of the fair’s exhibits. The amusements area is detailed, including sideshows and brief shots of the “Cyclone” wooden roller coaster and more extensive footage of the other rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

40 YEARS OF FUN: THE STORY OF BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG.

DVD_BuschGardens[DVD: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. – 2015 – 40 mins]. Every epic journey has a start. Busch Gardens’ (Williamsburg, Virginia) journey started 16th May, 1975 and is 40 years in the making. This specially-commissioned documentary brings together past and current park executives and some of the park’s most enthusiastic fans to talk about their experiences. This limited edition DVD explores the park’s humble roots as a hospitality tour and its gradual transformation into a modern theme park with old-world charm. ANDY SHINE SAYS: With insightful contributions from former managers (Pat Cartwright, 1978-80; Mike Cross, 1980-89; Dan Brown, 1999-2003; Donnie Mills, 2003-07; John Reilly, 2007-10 and Carl Lum, 2010 to present) and others, I found this programme most interesting. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

A CAROUSEL OF MEMORIES.

DVD_ACarouselOfMemories[DVD: Pennsylvania Public Television Network – 2005 – 60 mins]. Through old photographs and film, we’ll revisit the exciting Castle Garden, where the big bands played. The often forgotten Central Park in Allentown rivalled Dorney with its thrilling Skyclone coaster. In Reading, folks flocked to Carsonia Park. Willow Grove Park was once the crown jewel of Pennsylvania amusements. In Easton, the Hay trolley line led to Bushkill Park, which still maintains its nostalgic family charm. And in the 1940s, we take the small train through the exquisite gardens of Willow Park. Experience the golden age of Pennsylvania amusement parks. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Also mentions short-lived Pendora Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

A CENTURY OF AMUSEMENT PARKS.

DVD_ACenturyOfAmusementParks[DVD: Time Capsule Documentaries – 2009 – 72 mins]. A Tribute to Disneyland (9 mins): Tom Sawyer’s Island; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, etc. Freedomland (7 mins – Promotional Film). Remembering Cypress Gardens Adventure Park (16 mins): Starliner +POV; Okeechobee Rampage +POV; Swamp Thing +POV; Triple Hurricane +POV; Galaxy Spin +POV, etc. A Tribute To Coney Island New York (11 mins): Cyclone; Rides of Steeplechase and Astroland (Whip, Gyro, Hurricane, Virginia Reel, Human Pool Table, Flying Turns, etc). Remembering Boardwalk & Baseball (11 mins): Overview; Florida Hurricane; Double “O” Coaster. Remembering The 1964 New York World’s Fair (13 mins): Construction Film; Silver Streak; Cyclone Coaster, etc. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Enjoyable and informative. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

A FAIRGROUND HERITAGE: THE HISTORY OF BOSTON FAIR.

DVD_AFairgroundHeritage[DVD: Primetime Video Productions – 1994 – 45 mins]. A documentary programme about the historic Lincolnshire fair, from its origins in the 11th century to the present day. This programme features a large quantity of high quality archive film from 1925 to the 1960s, featuring transport, build-ups, sideshows, stalls, and rides such as Walter Shaw’s Moon-Rockets, Harry Lee’s Steam Yachts, Harry Holland’s Cakewalk, and George Aspland’s Venetian Gondola. Combined with up-to-date film and interviews with showmen past and present, this programme tells the complete story. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Narrated by Dave Bussey and with on-screen contributions from Jim Bonner (community archaeologist – Boston), Councillor Keith Dobson (mayor of Boston 1994), James Holmes (showman), Harry Lee (retired showman), Harry Holland (showman), Rocky Thompson (concessionaire), and Rennie Crick (showman), I enjoyed this programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

A FAMILY BUILDS A MOUNTAIN.

DVD_KnottsAFamilyBuildsAMountain[DVD: R. Harris Productions – 1960 –  28 mins]. The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the then-sleepy community of Buena Park, California to farm 20 acres of rented land. Today, that land is part of 160-acre Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s first theme park. Ghost Town is full of pieces of historic Knott’s Berry Farm (as the park has been called since 1947). It wasn’t until 1960 that Knott’s Berry Farm got its first real theme park ride – The Calico Mine Ride, built by Bud Hurlbut, the man who brought the original Merry-Go-Round to Knott’s Berry Farm in 1956. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This B&W narrated adventure takes you inside Ghost Town and the Calico Mine Ride. I enjoyed it. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

A TIME TO REFLECT: THE HISTORY OF WHALOM PARK.

DVD_ATimeToReflectWhalomPark[DVD: Aaron Cadieux – 2005 – 35 mins]. A documentary film chronicling over 100 years of Whalom Park’s history; from prior inception in 1893 to its present status after closing in 2000. Hear from a number of local residents as they remember this beloved landmark. Go back in time to the park’s humble beginnings in the rustic woodlands of Lunenburg Massachusetts. See how Whalom Park’s landscape changed throughout the years after a number of destructive fires and storms. Venture through the park during its golden years and take a ride on the Flyer Comet roller coaster, the antique Carousel, the Tumble Bug, and other classic rides. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is a wonderful documentary. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

ACHTERBAHN.

DVD_Achterbahn[DVD: Rohfilm/Strandfilm – 2009 – 88 mins +9 mins bonus film]. Showman Norbert Witte aims to expand Berlin’s Spreepark into the largest amusement park in the republic. But things don’t turn out as expected and the amusement park goes bankrupt and closes. Norbert sits with his family, Mrs. Pia, son Marcel and daughter Sabrina and decides to pack up what rides they can and flee to Peru to establish a permanent ‘Luna Park’ fairground. But things don’t go well there either. Out of desperation, Norbert gets involved with the Peruvian drugs mafia and attempts to transport 175 kilos of cocaine into Germany hidden inside the supports of the Flying Carpet ride. But the concealed cargo is discovered following a tip-off and Marcel is arrested in Peru. While Norbert serves his mild punishment in Berlin, Marcel is sentenced to 20 years in one of the most dangerous and harshest prisons in the world. Achterbahn (Roller Coaster) is a documentary film with everything: tension, tragedy, dazzling figures and a story like an adventure romance. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Norbert Witte, Pia Witte, Sabrina Witte, Marcel Witte and others tell their story in this incredibly thought-provoking documentary film. We see much of Spreepark during good times and bad. The bonus film shows Norbert Witte talking to camera with occasional footage from inside the deserted Spreepark. The spoken language is German with optional English subtitles. The bonus film is not subtitled. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ACROSS INDIANA: RIVERSIDE MEMORIES.

DVD_AcrossIndiana[DVD: WFYI Productions – 1998 – 27 mins]. Take a look back at Riverside Amusement Park (Indianapolis, Indiana). From its opening in 1903 until closing in 1970, this 20-acre amusement park boasted many rides and attractions. See the “Thriller,” “Derby Racer” and “Flash” wooden roller coasters; Wild Mouse; Krazy House; Mill Chute; Riverside Railroad Victory Express; Ferris Wheel; Tilt-A-Whirl; Turnpike; Merry Go Round; Roller Rink; Concessions, and more. This film details the park through good times and bad: a flood, changes in ownership, war and racial segregation. Features contributions from a former park owner, former employees and enthusiasts. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this, but the fascinating subject matter deserved an additional half hour! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ADVENTURELAND.

DVD_Adventureland[DVD: Miramax Films – 2009 – 102 mins +bonus features]. “…A smart, witty comedy we can all relate to. When James Brennan has to cancel his dream summer vacation and make some money for grad school. The only job he can get is at Adventureland, a tacky amusement park where the games are rigged and the rides make you hurl. But it’s where he meets Em, and his roller coaster ride to nowhere turns into the best summer ever…” Bonus Features include: Deleted Scenes; The Making of Adventureland; and Feature Commentary. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Adventureland was filmed largely at wonderfully idyllic Kennywood Amusement Park (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania). However, even this marvellous setting fails to elevate the film above mediocre. This was a crude waste of my time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

AMERICAN AMUSEMENT PARKS!

LD_AmericanAmusementParks[Laser Disk: 1990 – 55 mins]. Take a thrilling trip to the best amusement parks in the United States of America. Visit Six Flags Magic Mountain (California), Knott’s Berry Farm (California), Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (California), Wonderland Park (Texas?), Worlds of Fun (Missouri), Kennywood Park (Pennsylvania), Adventure Land (Iowa?), and Cedar Point (Ohio). See the biggest, the best, and the scariest roller coasters and thrill rides in this scenic documentary. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Shared above is the information printed on the sleeve. More details will appear here in due course. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: To come.

AMERICAN CARNY: TRUE TALES FROM THE CIRCUS SIDESHOW.

DVD_AmericanCarny[DVD: Koch Entertainment – 2006 – 95 mins +extras]. Join showman Todd Robbins, and step inside the morbid curiosity that is the American Sideshow. Chapter Points: Opening; The Lightbulb; Story Begins; Great People; Growing Up; The Animal Trap; Coney Island; Dick Zigun; Woman With A Beard; Don’t Call Me A Freak; Walking On Glass; The Carnival; American Dime; Ballyhoo; The Bros. Grim; Swallow A Sword; Sideshow School; Professional Lunatic; The Bed Of Nails; Big Apple Circus Story; Carnival Knowledge; Twistina; The Wild West Cowboy; The Pain-Proof Rubber Girl; The Great Nippulini; Todd And Krista; A Wedding Show; Twilight On Coney; The Human Blockhead; The Gathering; A Dying Breed; Today…; My Job’s Done. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Featuring Coney Island and Atlantic City too, I was amazed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERICA’S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS.

DVD_AmericasRollerCoasterThrills1[DVD: Goldhil Video – 1994 – 85 mins]. Take a wild tour of the most exciting coasters in the U.S. with effervescent hosts Eric Boardman and Lisa Williams. Ride the nostalgic woodies and the newest gut-wrenching tubular steel giants. Features: Viper (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Mean Streak (Cedar Point); Magnum XL-200 (Cedar Point); Raptor (Cedar Point); Beast (Paramount’s Kings Island); Top Gun (Paramount’s Great America); Texas Giant (Six Flags Over Texas); Batman-The Ride (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Kumba (Busch Gardens Florida); Big Bad Wolf (Busch Gardens Virginia); Drachen Fire (Busch Gardens Virginia); Thunderbolt (Kennywood); Steel Phantom (Kennywood); Cyclone (Coney Island New York); “Front Car Center” extra. With contributions from Ron Toomer of Arrow Dynamics. ANDY SHINE SAYS: There is no 3-D effect and we see too much of the presenters. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERICA’S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS.

DVD_AmericasRollerCoasterThrillsSet[DVD: Goldhil Video – 2007 – 200 mins]. Programme 1: “America’s Greatest Roller Coaster Thrills in 3-D #1” (65 mins) features: Viper; Batman-The Ride; Texas Giant; Magnum XL-200; Mean Streak; Raptor; Cyclone; The Beast; Top Gun; Kumba; Drachen Fire; Big Bad Wolf; Thunderbolt; The Steel Phantom. With contributions from Ron Toomer of Arrow Dynamics. Programme 2: “America’s Greatest Roller Coaster Thrills in 3-D #2” (67 mins) features: The Comet; Great Nor’Easter; Great White; Grizzly; High Roller; Jack Rabbit; Loch Ness Monster; Mantis; Montu; Phoenix; Raven; Timber Wolf; Wild Thing. Programme 3: “America’s Greatest Roller Coaster Thrills – The Next Generation” (68 mins) features: Incredible Hulk; Dueling Dragons; Gwazi; Apollo’s Chariot; Medusa; Alpengeist; Twister (Knoebels); The Great Bear; Riddler’s Revenge; Superman – The Escape; Volcano – The Blast Coaster; Raging Bull; Joker’s Jinx; GhostRider. ANDY SHINE SAYS: OK, but no 3-D! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERICA’S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS 2.

DVD_AmericasRollerCoasterThrills2[DVD: Goldhil Video – 1996 – 84 mins]. Get ready for the newest, highest and fastest coaster action in America with the latest and greatest scream machines in the nation! Features: Comet (The Great Escape); Great Nor’Easter (Morey’s Pier, New Jersey); Great White (Morey’s Pier, New Jersey); Grizzly (Paramount’s Kings Dominion); High Roller (Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas); Jack Rabbit (Kennywood); Loch Ness Monster (Busch Gardens Virginia); Mantis (Cedar Point); Montu (Busch Gardens Florida); Outer Limits Flight of Fear (Paramount’s Kings Dominion); Phoenix (Knoebels); Raven (Holiday World); Timber Wolf (Worlds of Fun); Wild Thing (Valleyfair!); “Front Car Center” extra. ANDY SHINE SAYS: There’s no 3-D effect here. The coaster action is fun to watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERICA’S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS: THE ULTIMATE SCREAM MACHINES.

DVD_AmericasRollerCoasterThrillsUltimate[DVD: Goldhil Video – 2000 – 58 mins]. Featuring: Incredible Hulk (IoA); Dueling Dragons (Islands of Adventure); Gwazi (Busch Gardens Florida); Medusa (Six Flags Great Adventure); Apollo’s Chariot (Busch Gardens Virginia); Alpengeist (Busch Gardens Virginia); Twister (Knoebels); Great Bear (Hersheypark); Riddler’s Revenge (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Superman The Escape (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Volcano – The Blast Coaster (Paramount’s Kings Dominion); Raging Bull (Six Flags Great America); Viper (Six Flags Great America); Joker’s Jinx (Six Flags America); GhostRider (Knott’s Berry Farm); Superman Ride of Steel (Six Flags Darien Lake); Steel Phantom (Kennywood); Magnum XL-200 (Cedar Point); Desperado (Buffalo Bill’s); Cyclone (Coney Island New York); Buzz Saw Falls (Silver Dollar City). Features bonus footage, parks’ history and interviews with theme park owners. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I watched this twice using the different viewing angles! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

AMERIKAS SENSATIONELLSTE ACHTERBAHNEN.

DVD_Achterbahnen1[DVD: cmv-Laservision Berlin – 1994 – 65 mins]. Take a wild tour of the most exciting coasters in the U.S. with effervescent hosts Eric Boardman and Lisa Williams. Ride the nostalgic woodies and the newest gut-wrenching tubular steel giants. Features: Viper (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Mean Streak (Cedar Point); Magnum XL-200 (Cedar Point); Raptor (Cedar Point); Beast (Paramount’s Kings Island); Top Gun (Paramount’s Great America); Texas Giant (Six Flags Over Texas); Batman-The Ride (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Kumba (Busch Gardens Florida); Big Bad Wolf (Busch Gardens Virginia); Drachen Fire (Busch Gardens Virginia); Thunderbolt (Kennywood); Steel Phantom (Kennywood); Cyclone (Coney Island New York). With contributions from Ron Toomer of Arrow Dynamics. (select German or English narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Originally released as “America’s Greatest Roller Coaster Thrills,” there’s no 3-D effect here. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMERIKAS SENSATIONELLSTE ACHTERBAHNEN 2.

DVD_Achterbahnen2[DVD: cmv-Laservision Berlin – 1996 – 66 mins]. Get ready for the newest, highest and fastest coaster action in America with the latest and greatest scream machines in the nation! Features: Comet (The Great Escape); Great Nor’Easter (Morey’s Pier, New Jersey); Great White (Morey’s Pier, New Jersey); Grizzly (Paramount’s Kings Dominion); High Roller (Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas); Jack Rabbit (Kennywood); Loch Ness Monster (Busch Gardens Virginia); Mantis (Cedar Point); Montu (Busch Gardens Florida); Outer Limits Flight of Fear (Paramount’s Kings Dominion); Phoenix (Knoebels); Raven (Holiday World); Timber Wolf (Worlds of Fun); Wild Thing (Valleyfair!). (select German or English narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Originally released as “America’s Greatest Roller Coaster Thrills 2,” there’s no 3-D effect here. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

AMUSEMENT PARK ANTICS.

DVD_AmusementParkAntics[DVD: Alpha Home Entertainment – 1903~ – 79 mins]. [1] “Rube And Mandy At Coney Island” (1903 / 12 mins): Sweethearts head to Coney Island’s Luna Park to ride the mechanical horses, a ropewalk and a splashdown boat ride, all topped off by a Coney Island hot dog. [2] “Coney Island” (1917 / 19 mins): Starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and Al St. John, Fatty ditches his wife and heads to Luna Park for the day, where he battles Buster for the affections of a young brunette. [3] “Why Pick On Me?” (1918 / 10 mins): Starring Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard and Bebe Daniels, Harold has the police on his tail when he cannot explain how stolen gems wound up in his pocket. [4] “Number, Please?” (1920 / 22 mins): Starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis and Roy Brooks, romantic rivals do their best to destroy one another. [5] “Off Again” (1927 / 8 mins): A newlywed husband learns that his wife’s old boyfriend is coming to town to beat him to a pulp. [6] “Meet Me Down At Coney Isle” (1930 / 8 mins): New Yorker’s enjoy a day of amusements. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Silent B&W films featuring amusement parks. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

AMUSEMENT PARK COMEDIES FROM THE 1920s.

DVD_AmusementParkComedies1920s[DVD: Encore Home Video – 1923~ – 55 mins]. [1] “Beauty and the Bump” (1927): a young couple on a Circle Swing are harassed by a bully. To make matters worse, the young man has to visit a fortune teller to have the bumps on his head read. [2] “Tire Trouble” (1923): was produced by Hal Roach and 75% of the original release is lost. Fortunately the remainder is packed with amusement park and roller coaster footage. [3] “The Sheik of Hollywood” (1923): concerns the owner of a shooting gallery. The major action takes place on “The Race Thru The Clouds” coaster. [4] “Boys Will Be Joys” (1925): was produced by Hal Roach and features “Our Gang” building an amusement park complete with Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, Shoot The Chutes, etc. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Silent appeal! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BERT THE CONQUEROR SEASON 1 / EXTREME.

dvd_berttheconqueror1[DVD: Travel Channel – 2008-2010 – two disks – 402 mins]. “In each episode of Bert the Conqueror, everyday guy Bert Kreischer takes on the most hilariously absurd, undeniably thrilling and hands-down insane challenges America’s towns have to offer…” DISK 1­ – “BERT THE CONQUEROR” = CEDAR POINT (+MaXair, Skyhawk, Magnum XL-200, Wicked Twister, Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster). UTAH (+Lagoon Amusement Park for Wicked and Sky Coaster, Park City for the Alpine Coaster, and Provo for the Human Slingshot). LAS VEGAS (+the Stratosphere Tower for Big Shot, X-Scream, Insanity and Sky Jump, and Boulder City for the Flightlines zip lines). NEW HAMPSHIRE (+Canobie Lake Park for Cannon Ball, Mt. Washington for Power Kiting, and Mount Sunapee for the Slush Cup). TENNESSEE (+Dollywood for Thunderhead, Smoky Mountain Speed Park for Sky Scraper, and the Tennessee River for Catfish Grabblin’). FLORIDA (+Busch Gardens for Sheikra and Montu, and Punta Gorda for Redneck Mud Park). TEXAS (+Schlitterbahn for the Master Blaster, San Antonio Drag Strip, and Rock Springs for Blobbing). MASSACHUSETTS (+Six Flags New England for Bizarro and Catapult, and Gloucester for the Greasy Pole Competition). SOUTH CAROLINA (+Carowinds for Intimidator and Afterburn, and Saluda for Redneck Water Skiing). DISK 2 – “EXTREME” = EXTREME WATER PARKS (+Noah’s Ark, Schlitterbahn, Wet ‘n Wild, World Water, Six Flags White Water, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Kalahari, and Blizzard Beach). EXTREME WILD RIDES: THRILLS AND SPILLS (not amusement park related). EXTREME TERROR RIDES: DEATH-DEFYING DROPS (+Schlitterbahn, the Giant Drop at DreamWorld Australia, Indiana Beach, Magical Midway, Blue Bayou, the Voyage at Holiday World, and Mt. Olympus Water Park). EXTREME WILD RACES (not amusement park related). EXTREME COMPETITIONS (not amusement park related). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Another Travel Channel superlative overload. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BEST OF AMUSEMENT PARKS 2006.

DVD_BestOfAmusementParks[DVD: Travel Channel – 2006 – 50 mins]. Come! Let’s visit the parks and hit the rides that came top in Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards – the Academy Awards of the amusement park industry. Categories include: Best new amusement park ride; Best steel coaster; Best wooden coaster; Best water park ride; Best theme park show; Friendliest/cleanest park; Best children’s park; The best amusement park in the world, and more. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The awards themselves are subjective at best; however, the programme is redeemed by some good footage of parks and coasters: Thunderhead at Dollywood, Hades at Mount Olympus, Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, and others. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

BIBLE STORYLAND: THE MOVIE.

DVD_BibleStoryland[DVD: BibleStorylandMovie.com – 2011 – 85 mins +extras]. What is Bible Storyland? This quirky film tracks art dealer Harvey Jordan on his quest to uncover the mysteries of Bible Storyland, an ill-fated bible theme park designed by Disney creatives and intended to compete with Disneyland in the early 1960s. This film, directed by award winning documentary editor Stephanie Hubbard, plumbs the depths of Bible Storyland and its affect on Harvey, his marriage and his family. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Spurred by Bible Storyland’s conceptual artwork, we follow one man’s mission to uncover the facts behind the ill-fated theme park slated for Cucamonga, California. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BIG BIGGER BIGGEST: SKYWHEEL.

DVD_BigBiggerBiggestSkywheel[DVD: Special Broadcasting Service Corporation – 2009 – 500 mins]. (Ten 50-minute programmes on three disks). ‘Skywheel’ reveals the technological leaps that have enabled the world’s largest (165m) observation wheel – the Singapore Flyer – to be built. It can whisk 1,260 passengers around hourly to see a stunning 45km panorama. The film explores a number of landmark observation wheels: the original Ferris Wheel of 1893, Earl’s Court Gigantic, London Eye and the Star of Nanchang – that each feature a major technological innovation that contributed to the construction of the Singapore Flyer. (Programme: 1= Submarine, 2= Dam, 3= Space Station, 4= Cruise Ship, 5= Tunnel, 6= Telescope, 7= Aircraft, 8= Oil Rig, 9= Dome, 10= Skywheel). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Most informative and entertaining. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

BLACKPOOL: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME.

DVD_BlackpoolJourneyThroughTime[DVD: 1920s~ – 48 mins]. Take the ultimate walk down Memory Lane with this collection of unique archive films offering the viewer a nostalgic feast of images from 70 years of recordings (1920s-1990s). Featuring the Pleasure Beach, including footage of the white-knuckle rides: Virginia Reel, Big Dipper, and we race over ‘Valentines Brook’ on the Grand National too! Also features the Golden Mile, Tower, Beauty Queens, Illuminations and dancing on the Prom! These sequences offer the viewer a nostalgic and informative Journey Through Time. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features some excellent vintage Pleasure Beach footage, alas it is over too soon. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

BLACKPOOL AND THE ILLUMINATIONS.

DVD_BlackpoolIlluminations[DVD: Moon Stone DVD – 2002 – 240 mins]. The Blackpool Illuminations (England) are the greatest free show on Earth, and you have the privilege of a grandstand view of the various switch-ons, Illuminated trams and the lights themselves. Experience the thrills and spills of the Pleasure Beach, sample the quietness of the Model Village; The Zoo and the Sea Life Centre, or take an exhilarating trip to the top of the Tower. This disk contains four hours of footage and is packed with extras! ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is a 50-minute programme stretched to over four snoring hours. Heck, they even misspelled “Blackpool” in the on-screen captions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BLACKPOOL: FUN ON THE SANDS – HAPPY DAYS – ILLUMINATIONS.

DVD_Blackpool1914-1926-1934[DVD: A Blackburn Archive Films Production – 1914~ – 32 mins]. Three short films capturing bygone Blackpool (England). The first film (Fun On The Sands at Blackpool: 1914) features two circus clowns visiting the Pleasure Beach, Winter Gardens, and the top of the tower. The second film (Happy Days at Blackpool: 1926) contains clips of the Pleasure Beach, showing: Big Dipper, Joy Wheel, River Caves, Rainbow Wheel, Virginia Reel, Noah’s Ark, and The Whip. The third film (Blackpool Illuminations: 1934) takes us along the promenade to see the lights. (Free booklet enclosed). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed watching the vintage Pleasure Beach footage, if only there was more of the same. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BUILD IT BIGGER: COASTER BUILD OFF.

DVD_BuildItBigger[DVD: Discovery Channel – 2008 – 43 mins]. Roller coasters are pushing the limits of human endurance, and Danny Forster builds and rides the newest scream machines to uncover how. At a Virginia theme park, Danny helps daredevil iron workers risking their lives erecting the Griffon (Busch Gardens) – A 205ft tall dive coaster. He joins another team building the Renegade (Valleyfair!) – A massive wooden coaster in Minnesota. With only two months before they must be finished, the teams are forced to work through arctic winter conditions. Features optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This doesn’t show Griffon and Renegade completed, and fails to report whether the teams met their deadlines(!). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

BUILDING THE BIGGEST: THE GREAT ROLLER-COASTER RACE.

DVD_BuildingTheBiggestGreatCoasterRace[DVD: Discovery Channel – 2005 – 44 mins]. Step on-board for the most adventurous wooden roller coasters ever built, as three parks battle it out and risk millions to build the biggest wooden roller coaster, pinning their hopes on the old adage “if we build it they will come.” See The Voyage (Holiday World, Indiana) under construction as the Secret Nine offer advice. The Unnamed roller coaster (Beech Bend Park, Kentucky) aims to be the US’s #1. And El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey), but will it uphold the appeal of a traditionally-constructed woodie? (Narration is in English with optional Chinese and English subtitles). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A great documentary, but it ends with the naming of Beech Bend’s “Kentucky Rumbler” and fails to showcase any ride in its finished state! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

BY ITS DOME IT’S KNOWN.

DVD_KursaalByItsDome[DVD: Vidia Productions – 1995 – 41 mins +extras]. The story of the Southend (England) Kursaal Amusement Park and Gardens. Told in archive film and photographs with reminiscences from people who worked there and visited in its heyday. From the early days when Bernard Tollhurst first opened the Marine Park in 1894. Through the exciting years when the Morehouse family made the Kursaal a household name around the world. Right up to the purchase of the derelict buildings in 1994 by Southend Council. This is a fascinating story of the first 100 years of the Kursaal Amusement Park and Gardens. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this, although I would probably not watch it again for some time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

BYGONE BLACKPOOL.

DVD_BygoneBlackpool[DVD: Bygone Films – 1930s~ – 52 mins +bonus feature]. Compiled from an extensive collection of 1930s-1970s cine film (with narration). Chapters: Blackpool 1930s-style; Our Home Town; Inside the Tower; Beach Memories; Stanley Park; Blackpool Football Club; The Pleasure Beach (Colour footage: Double Eli wheels, Noah’s Ark, Virginia Reel, Flying Machine, Turtle Chase, Dodgems, Derby Racer, Cableway, Grand National, etc.); Miscellaneous Scenes; Parades; The Entertainers; A Tour of the Illuminations (including colour film of Blackpool Pleasure Beach at night: Casino ‘clock,’ Speed Boats, Jack & Jill, Calypso, Big Dipper, Ski Jump). Bonus film: “Bygone Britain” (56-minutes including holidays and holiday camps’ footage). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Originally released on VHS in 1996, the 6-minutes of Blackpool Pleasure Beach colour footage were particularly wonderful. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CALIFORNIA THEME PARKS.

DVD_CaliforniaThemeParks[DVD: JEF Films International – 2004 – 65 mins]. Each year millions of people visit California’s theme parks. For some it’s an annual ritual, for others a one time rite of passage. This indispensable visual guide takes you behind the magic of Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood and the brand new Disney’s California Adventure. You’ll see the varied choices each park offers. Whether you’re looking for thrill rides, themed shows, a guided back-lot studio tour or attractions more suitable for the little ones, this DVD is for you! ANDY SHINE SAYS: A tour of Southern California’s many theme parks. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CARNIVAL OF FEAR.

DVD_CarnivalOfFear[DVD: 101 Films – 2010 – 109 mins]. “Set in the abandoned (real-life) Chippewa Lake Amusement Park in Medina, Ohio. “Closed for the Season” (US title) / “Carnival of Fear” (UK title) tells the story of Kristy, a lost tourist who wakes up trapped beneath the ruins of a dilapidated roller coaster, with no memory of how she got there. Terrorized by phantoms of the amusement park’s myths and legends, she tries to escape. Kristy runs into James, whose parents are the caretakers of the park. James listens to Kristy’s tale and decides to investigate. They meet an old, mysterious carney who offers his services as a guide. He tells them the only way to escape the park’s phantoms is to relive the stories and ride the rides, one last time… But is he guiding them towards salvation or eternal damnation?” ANDY SHINE SAYS: Dreadful. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor / Fair.

CASCADE PARK: A NARRATED HISTORY.

DVD_CascadePark[DVD: Lawrence County Historical Society – 2004 – 14 mins]. The history of Cascade Park (New Castle, Pennsylvania) is told through narration, music and vintage photographs from its days as Big Run Falls to its current use as a location for special events such as “Back to the ‘50s.” Cascade Park was once the entertainment centre of Western Pennsylvania. Once a popular picnic spot known as Big Run Falls. It was developed into a trolley park in 1897 by the New Castle Traction Company. Designed by leading landscape architect, Frank Blaisdell, the buildings and amusements enhanced the natural beauty of the setting. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme covers the history of the park and its grounds. The amusement park’s rides are mentioned intermittently, but not in detail. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CEDAR POINT: A SUMMERTIME TRADITION.

DVD_CedarPointSummertimeTradition[DVD: Cedar Fair L.P. – 2001 – 39 mins]. Since 1870, generations of Midwesterners haven’t considered the summer complete without a visit to Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio). This collection of historic footage and fascinating details brings the past to life and celebrates the current excitement of the number one amusement park in the world. Discover the presidents and celebrities who’ve visited the park and entertained Cedar Point guests over the years. Experience the excitement that has made Cedar Point a thrill seeker’s paradise! ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is an informative and engaging film. It is nicely shot, and details the history of the resort, its hotels, attractions, and rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CHIPPEWA LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK.

DVD_ChippewaLakePark[DVD: Ed Learner – 1992 – 60 mins]. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Chippewa Lake Park (Medina, Ohio) from the 1920s to the 1970s. The largest collection of movie film and photographic highlights ever assembled on Ohio’s Family Playground – Chippewa Lake Park. Compiled from over forty private collections of rare movie footage and memorabilia. Featuring on-board ride footage, actual Chippewa Lake Park promotional film, vintage ads, tickets, souvenirs, postcards, and over 300 photographs. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An engaging programme about a much-missed park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

COASTER CRAZY UK.

DVD_CoasterCrazy[DVD: Red Tick Films ­– 2014 – 49 mins]. Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best roller coasters in the United Kingdom. Not only will you ride these coasters, you’ll also get some behind the scenes information about these monsters. Filmed with multiple cameras both on and around the coasters and from the air. Digitally remastered from the original rushes and available for the first time on DVD. A must for all fans and devotees. Features: Pepsi Max Big One; Wild Mouse; Traumatizer; Millennium Roller Coaster; Oblivion; Nemesis; Shockwave; Grand National; The Ultimate; Megafobia. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Hosted by Andrew Hine, Chairman of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain (RCCGB), this programme was originally released on VHS in 1999. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

CONEY ISLAND.

DVD_ConeyIslandBurns[DVD: PBS Home Video – 1991 – 60 mins]. An “Electric Eden” – “Fabulous beyond conceiving” – “Ineffably beautiful” – “Sodom by the sea.” To the millions who poured into the mesmerizing seaside amusement empire as the twentieth century dawned, Coney Island was all this and more. The birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster – and the most dazzling laboratory of mass culture the world has ever seen – Coney Island and its three extraordinary amusement parks: Steeplechase, Luna Park and Dreamland, delighted visitors. This absorbing documentary film by Ric Burns chronicles the greatest amusement empire the world has ever seen, from its emergence in the mid 1800s through to its demise after World War II. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is the Coney Island story told and captured on film like never before. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

CONEY ISLAND I.

DVD_ConeyIsland1[DVD: Encore Home Video – 1917~ – 58 mins]. Coney Island films from 1917 to 1936. [1] “Coney Island” (1917 / 25:20) a classic comedy with Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle, with original music score by John Mirsalis. [2] “Canned Thrills” (1927 / 8:42) Grantland Rice’s novel presentation on the thrills of Coney Island. [3] “Meet Me Down at Coney Isle” (1930 / 8:35) talking pictures come to Coney. [4] “A Day’s Outing” (1930 / 4:54) with Lew White at the organ, a sing-a-long about good old Coney. [5] “Shorty at Coney Island” (1936 / 9:38) a chimp and his young master have a swinging time at Luna Park. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Chock full of nostalgic rides and attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CONEY ISLAND II.

DVD_ConeyIsland2[DVD: Encore Home Video – 1936~ – 59 mins]. Coney Island films from 1939 to 1954. [1] “Movietone Newsreel” segment (1939 / 1:33) with comedian Lew Lehr with the opening of the 1939 season. [2] “Chimp’s Jamboree” (1945 / 9:26) is a recutting of “Shorty at Coney Island” (1936). [3] “Nickel Heaven” (1939 / 8:54) takes a look at the decay setting in at Coney Island and ponders the future, which has almost come true. [4] “Coney Island” (1938-9 / 9:32) was produced by Eugene Castle for the home movie market. [5] “Carnival” (1941 / 8:03) is a curiously named short made for schools. [6] “Coney Island USA” (1954 / 19:53) International Prize Winner – Venice Film Festival. The gaudy razzle-dazzle of the World’s Greatest Amusement Park entering her final glory years. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed watching the rides and attractions of yesterday. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CONEY ISLAND FILMS.

DVD_ConeyIslandFilms[DVD: 1903~ – 60 mins]. “Coney Island” A breezy 1939 newsreel from the legendary producer William Castle extols the endless pleasures of Pre World War II Coney Island (9 minutes). “Shorty At Coney Island” 1939. An inquisitive young chimp spends the day exploring the delights of Steeplechase Park (10 minutes). “A Day’s Outing” 1930. An old time sing -a- long with organist Lew White about the romantic possibilities of a day at Coney Island (5 minutes). “Coney Island USA” 1954 One of the very best Coney Island films. The dawn to dusk activity of one glorious summer day at Coney (20 minutes). “Edison Films” 1903-04 Three early motion pictures by Thomas Edison. Steeplechase, Fighting the Flames & The Great Fire (7 minutes – silent). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This showcases Coney Island in its heyday. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CONEY ISLAND: THE EARLY DAYS FILM COLLECTION.

DVD_ConeyIslandEarlyDaysFilmCollection[DVD: The Historical Archive Corporation – 1938~ – 99 mins]. A collection of films highlighting Coney Island in its heyday. Also contains scenes of New York City and Greenwich Village. Films include: Coney Island; Greenwich Village, New York Snowstorm, and Coney Island Over the Waves (1938); Arteries of New York City (1941); Coney Island, USA (1952); Henry Ford’s Mirror of America (1962). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A mildly intriguing collection of newsreels. I was expecting more amusement park footage, so was left disappointed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

CRYSTAL BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK: THEN AND NOW.

DVD_CrystalBeachThenAndNow[DVD: Erno Rossi – 2007 – 55 mins]. Once, there was a lovely place called Crystal Beach (Ontario, Canada). Chapter Points: A Front Seat on the Comet [2 mins]. Treasure Diving (Metal detector finds at Crystal Beach) [7 mins]. The Crystal Ballroom (Personal reminiscences) [12 mins]. Crystal Beach Promotional Film (By Omni Media 1983) [10 mins]. Summer Fun (Sawmill River, Little Dipper, picnic area, children’s rides, miniature train, Pirate Ship, Monster, Dodgem, Musik Express, backwards riding on the Comet) [7 mins]. Last Days at Crystal Beach (Magic Palace, Laff in the Dark, Laffing Sal, Charming Charlie, Fun City arcade, concessions, Giant Coaster etc.) [14 mins]. Crystal Beach Park Site 2007 [3 mins]. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Most enjoyable, with lots of unique footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

CYPRESS GARDENS: 70 YEARS OF MAGIC.

DVD_CypressGardens70YearsOfMagic[DVD: Time Capsule Documentaries – 2009 – 55 mins]. A nostalgic look at Cypress Gardens – Florida’s first theme park – with informative on-screen captions. Examines the turbulent history of this famous landmark and shows many of the recently dismantled portions of the park while it operated as “Cypress Gardens Adventure Park.” The Entrance & Jubilee Junction (5 mins): Sunshine Sky Adventure (closed); Shops; Christmas Museum. Roller Coasters (14 mins): Starliner +POV; Okeechobee Rampage +POV; Swamp Thing +POV; Triple Hurricane +POV; Galaxy Spin +POV. Animal Exhibits (6 mins): Nature’s Way; Wings of Wonder. The Rides Area (13 mins): Pharaoh’s Fury; Carousel; Power Surge; Flying Scooters; Dodgem; Paradise Sky Wheel; Disk’O; Bugsville; Storm Surge; YoYo; Drop Tower. Citrus Line Railroad (10 mins). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A moderately informative insight into the areas and rides. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DIE BESTEN WASSERRUTSCHEN DER WELT IN 3D.

DVD_DieBestenWasserrutschenDerWelt3D[DVD: DigiDream Studios – 2013 – 40 mins]. “The Best Waterslides in the World in 3D.” Join us on a magnificent voyage to an oasis located in the Madinat Makadi complex in Egypt: Makadi Water World. Our 3D adventure will allow you to experience everything from a toddler pool to the Tsunami slide from your own living room: a true aquatic experience at your fingertips! Additionally, we will present two select hotels conveniently located in the Madinat Makadi complex. Showing point-of-view goes on: Family Slide; Flying Boat; Wave Slide; Tsunami Slide; Space Hole Slide; Turbolance Slide; Tunnel Free Fall Slide #1; Kamikaze Slide; Up Hill Slide; Space Boat Slide; Rafting Slide; Black Hole Slide; Body Slide; Wide Rafting Slide; Windigo Slide; Aqua Tube Slide; Tunnel Free Fall Slide #2. Also includes a brief look at Makadi Saraya Resort and Makadi Spa. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Select German or English narration, and either 3D or 2D viewing options. After 5-minutes viewing in 3D wearing the enclosed glasses, I opted to watch in 2D, which offered a better experience. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

DIE SENSATIONELLSTEN ACHTERBAHNEN DER WELT.

DVD_AchterbahnenWorld[DVD: cmv-Laservision Berlin – 1995 – 64 mins]. American culture touches every corner of the globe and the fascination for getting scared out of your wits on roller coasters is no exception. Features: Dragon Mountain (Marineland, Canada); Pepsi Max Big One (Blackpool Pleasure Beach); Nemesis (Alton Towers); Shockwave (Drayton Manor); Olympia Looping Bahn (German Fairs); La Montaña Rusa (La Feria Chapultepec Magico); Big Dipper (Luna Park, Sydney Australia); Thunderbolt (Dreamworld, Australia); Corkscrew (SeaWorld, Australia); Desperado (Buffalo Bill’s); Dragon Khan (Port Aventura); Dragon (Ocean Park, Hong Kong). (select English or German narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Originally released as “World’s Greatest Roller Coaster Thrills,” there’s no 3-D effect here. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEY PARKS: DISNEY CRUISE LINE.

DVD_DisneyParksCruiseLine[DVD: Lightship Entertainment, Inc. – 2010 – 49 mins +extras]. Disk 5 of a six disk box set promising ‘The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes.’ “Ahoy mates! What would happen if Walt Disney World set sail? It would be exactly like the Disney Cruise Line! When Disney launched its first ship in 1998, ‘The Disney Magic,’ it was unlike any other – painted black to mimic classic ships from the age of cruising, and decked out like only Disney could. Disney bought an island in the Bahamas to serve as a destination for cruise guests only, and Disney built a pier so the ship could park right next to the beach! Once on the island you’ll get a hands-on stingray encounter and experience an actual pirate ship from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. Disney Cruise Line reveals the latest chapter in the evolution of these amazing ships, highlighting new venues, new entertainment, new activities, and new accommodations that guests will find when they board Disney’s regal ocean liners…” ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is an interesting, self-promotional programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DISNEY PARKS: DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM.

DVD_DisneyParksAnimalKingdom[DVD: Lightship Entertainment, Inc. – 2010 – 41 mins]. Disk 4 of a six disk box set promising ‘The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes.’ “Go behind-the-scenes for a tour of Disney’s most ambitious theme park to date in Orlando. Explore the process of designing and creating this amazing park with incredible footage of its creation. It reveals the unique ways that Disney incorporated live animals into the attractions in very close proximity to the guests, seemingly without any barriers. Uncover how Disney created authentic animal habitats that allow visitors to experience an African safari or an Asian jungle trek. Also see how the animals are cared for. Explore the design, creation and the experience of the ultimate adventure attraction, ‘Expedition Everest.’ Then journey back in time on Disney’s dark ride, ‘Dinosaur’ as you race to escape a catastrophic meteor shower. Also, meet thousands of bugs in ‘It’s Tough to Be A Bug,’ a four dimensional theatrical experience inside the Tree of Life…” ANDY SHINE SAYS: Disney enthusing about their latest projects. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DISNEY PARKS: DISNEYLAND RESORT – BEHIND THE SCENES.

DVD_DisneyParksDLRBehindTheScenes[DVD: Lightship Entertainment, Inc. – 2010 – 51 mins +extras]. Disk 2 of a six disk box set promising ‘The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes.’ “The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is the genesis for the family of Disney Parks that now spans the entire globe. It was Walt Disney’s original vision that Disneyland would “never be completed” – always growing and changing. Now, decades later, it remains one of the most visited vacation destinations in the world. Your journey starts with a visit to Main Street and Fantasyland. Next up is the fantasy world of Disneyland, where you take a ride on The Matterhorn. Then it is on to New Orleans Square that is home to the park’s best loved attractions – ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and the ‘Haunted Mansion’ –and see how they have been updated with dramatic hi-tech features. Your itinerary also includes ‘Splash Mountain’ and ‘Thunder Mountain Railroad’ in Frontierland, as well as a visit to Disney’s California Adventure theme park…” ANDY SHINE SAYS: Interesting, but very little behind-the-scenes footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEY PARKS: ULTIMATE WALT DISNEY WORLD.

DVD_DisneyParksUltimateWaltDisneyWorld[DVD: Lightship Entertainment, Inc. – 2010 – 51 mins +extras]. Disk 3 of a six disk box set promising ‘The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes.’ “Disney Parks are known for their world-class attractions, top-notch resorts, and an unparalleled vacation experience. But when you think of Disney, do you think of fast-paced thrills? Action-packed experiences? Adrenalin-pumping rides? Well think again! This programme showcases the top thrill attractions at Walt Disney World including the tallest, longest, wettest, and fastest theme park rides. From the ‘Tower of Terror’ and ‘Mission Space’ to ‘Expedition Everest,’ ‘Toy Story Mania’ and the blazing ‘Test Track,’ we have the park covered. For those who love the classics at Disney, there are none more memorable than ‘Space Mountain’ and ‘Splash Mountain’, rides that have been delighting visitors for years. Additional thrills include ‘Summit Plummet,’ ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster’ and ‘Kali River Rapids.’ Extra features include ‘Goofy’s Barnstormer’ and ‘Catastrophe Canyon.’ ANDY SHINE SAYS: A interesting Disney infomercial. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEY PARKS: UNDISCOVERED DISNEY PARKS.

DVD_DisneyParksUndiscoveredParks[DVD: Lightship Entertainment, Inc. – 2010 – 43 mins +extras]. Disk 6 of a six disk box set promising ‘The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes.’ “The world-class attractions and top-level resorts at both Walt Disney World (Florida) and Disneyland (California) are familiar to millions around the world. But there is a hidden side to Disney Parks that many don’t know about – a side that is undiscovered… Take a vacation to unknown places where few have ventured before! Start with one of Disney’s behind-the-scenes tours. At Disneyland you can “Walk In Walt’s Footsteps” and discover secret spots that Walt Disney himself visited. Next, step inside the newly-constructed ‘Disneyland Dream Suite’ – a magical space in the park’s New Orleans Square. Step inside the exclusive ‘Club 33’ and see what makes it so special. The Magic Kingdom has some exclusive tours too: the “Keys to the Kingdom” tour reveals little-known secrets and provides backstage access to the park. Find out how a suite fit for a princess was created inside Cinderella’s Castle and how guests can stay there…” ANDY SHINE SAYS: Disney hyperbole. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEY PARKS: WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT – BEHIND THE SCENES.

DVD_DisneyParksWDWRBehindTheScenes[DVD: Lightship Entertainment, Inc. – 2010 – 48 mins +extras]. Disk 1 of a six disk box set promising ‘The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes.’ “Since its debut in 1971, Walt Disney World has grown from one theme park and three hotels in Central Florida to a vacation resort of unprecedented size and scope. Today the property encompasses four major theme parks, three water parks, resort hotels and golf courses, plus an extensive nightlife, shopping, and entertainment district. This programme reveals the inner workings of Walt Disney World. You’ll explore Walt Disney’s original design for the Magic Kingdom theme park and his plans for expansion and the challenges faced during design and construction. Also get a first-hand look at Walt Disney World’s complex infrastructure. Discover how the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ attraction has been updated with new elements. See EPCOT’s ‘Mission Space,’ and ‘Soarin’ Over California.’ See ‘Lights, Motors, Action’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom too…” ANDY SHINE SAYS: Very little behind-the-scenes footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEY THEMENPARKS: DIE VERRÜCKTESTEN RIDES…

DVD_DisneyThemenParks[DVD: Best Entertainment AG – 2005 – 99 mins +extras]. (Two programmes on one DVD). Programme 1 (47 mins) goes behind the scenes of Disney Imagineering and explains how their biggest and best rides and attractions came to be. From ‘Blue Sky’ brainstorming sessions, to development, problem solving, and eventual construction of your Disney favourites. See Tower of Terror; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster; Indiana Jones’ Adventure; Splash Mountain; Muppet Vision 3-D; ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, and the technological advances in the creation of audio animatronics figures. Programme 2, “America’s Thrill Makers,” (52 mins) investigates enthusiasts and ride-phobics as they experience various attractions for the first time. (Choose either English or German narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is 100% Disney! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

DISNEYLAND CALIFORNIA.

DVD_DisneylandCalifornia[DVD: Best Entertainment AG – 2005 – 104 mins +extras]. (Two programmes on one DVD). Programme 1 (52 mins) explores parts of Disneyland that regular visitors do not see, including: Walt’s private apartment overlooking Main Street, and the exclusive “Club 33.” Visit Disney’s California Adventure too, and have a go on your favourite rides. Programme 2 (52 mins) “Undiscovered Walt Disney World Resort” explains the special activities that many people don’t know about – a world of secrets and surprises, including: The Sunrise Safari; surfing classes at Typhoon Lagoon; Key to the Kingdom, where visitors may see behind the “Cast Members Only” signs etc… (Choose either English or German narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Disney fanatics should enjoy this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

DISNEYLAND HOME MOVIES 1.

DVD_DisneylandHomeMovies1[DVD: Extinct-Attractions-Club.com – 2004 – 42 mins]. (1 of 4). A rare collection of priceless film footage taken from Disneyland’s golden era. The round Skyway buckets, Inner Space, Skull Rock, Nature’s Wonderland, and the great big old sign out front on Harbor Blvd. are waiting for you to see them again. This collection features rare Disney audio tracks dubbed-in, to enhance the silent Super-8 and 16mm films of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. ANDY SHINE SAYS: It was most interesting to see Disneyland’s rides and attractions in colour, and from a bygone age. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DISNEYLAND HOME MOVIES 2.

DVD_DisneylandHomeMovies2[DVD: Extinct-Attractions-Club.com – 2004 – 49 mins]. (2 of 4 / two programmes on one DVD). Programme 1: “Disneyland” (22 mins), see rare souvenir 8mm films from Disneyland in California. This volume features more priceless film footage taken during the park’s golden era. Programme 2: “Disney World” (27 mins), see promotional film showcasing Disney World in Florida. This programme also features the resort’s hotels, dining, and the classic rides and attractions – past and present. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed watching these colour programmes capturing both parks’ rides and attractions – on-ride and off-ride – from decades past. This collection features rare Disney audio tracks dubbed-in, to enhance the silent footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DISNEYLAND HOME MOVIES 3.

DVD_DisneylandHomeMovies3[DVD: Extinct-Attractions-Club.com – 2004 – 79 mins]. (3 of 4). This volume showcases the Midget Autopia, the famous barker tiki bird, Rocket to the Moon, and more rare film and audio from Disneyland’s earliest years. ANDY SHINE SAYS: More rare film footage showcasing the park during the 1950s, ‘60s and into the ‘70s. The colour home movie film features Disney audio tracks dubbed-in, to enhance the silent footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DISNEYLAND HOME MOVIES 4.

DVD_DisneylandHomeMovies4[DVD: Extinct-Attractions-Club.com – 2004 – 59 mins]. (4 of 4). In this volume, you will get to see the “Rocket Man” blast off, the Yacht Bar, and more. Enjoy the classic Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, etc. of yesterday, like never before. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed watching these home movies released by Extinct-Attractions-Club.com. Enjoy an hour of colour home video film capturing Disneyland’s rides and attractions from the ‘50s ‘60s and ‘70s. This collection also features rare Disney audio tracks dubbed-in, to enhance the silent footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

DISNEYWORLD FLORIDA.

DVD_DisneyWorldFlorida[DVD: Best Entertainment AG – 2005 – 150 mins +extras]. (Three programmes on one DVD). Programme 1 (48 mins) explains everything you wanted to know about Animal Kingdom. Go behind the scenes and find out how the park came to fruition. See the Primeval Whirl roller coaster and the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Programme 2 (50 mins) welcomes you aboard the Disney Cruise experience. From the ship’s design and manufacture, to everything on-board to keep guests comfortable, well fed and entertained. Programme 3 (52 mins) showcases the most exciting rides and attractions Disney World has to offer, including: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror; Test Track; Space Mountain; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster; Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin; Splash Mountain; Mission Space, and others. (Choose English or German narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed these programmes. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

E KIRMES: TRANSPORTABLE FUNFAIR ATTRACTIONS.

DVD_EKirmes[DVD: KM Productions – 2003 – 135 mins]. (1 of 6). Coasters: Olympia Looping; Euro Star; Alpina Bahn; Spinning Racer; Wilde Maus; Double Wilde Maus; Die Wilden 50er; Super Railway; Euro Coaster; Spinning Coaster; Dreier Looping. Rides: (Huss) Booster; Magic; Breakdance 2, 1 & 3; Shot ‘n Drop; Power Tower #2; Freifall Turm; Ikarus; Drop Zone; Nightfly; Rollover; Top Spin (Fresh); Jumping; Alpha 1; Mondlift; Take Off; Jolly Joker; Playball; Shake and Roll; Frisbee; Projekt 1; Space Party; Experience; Tango; Move It 32; Star Gate; Vortex; Techno Power; Flic=Flac; Air Maxx; Flying Circus; Ranger; Millenium; Joker; Adrenalin Pur; (Fabbri) Booster; Bayernkurve; Hexentanz; Happy Monster; Polyp; Top Spin 2; Colorado; Wildwasser 3; Twister; Musik Express; Happy Sailor; Tai Fun; Disco Star; Fliegender Teppich; Ramba Zamba; Wellenflug; Galactica; Sky Rider; Hot Shot; Jump Street; Nessy; Joker; Big Ben Tower. +1,000 ride photos! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Wonderful! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

ECHOES OF SUMMER: THE LIVES AND TIMES OF CRESCENT PARK.

DVD_CrescentParkEchoesOfSummer[DVD: Cable TV of East Providence, Inc. – 1989 – 60 mins]. Crescent Park (Riverside, Rhode Island) was founded by Charles Boyden in 1886. In this documentary programme we learn of the many difficulties the park faced across nine decades: financial problems, pollution, fires, and numerous changes of ownership. We also see the various rides and attractions through the years including the wooden roller coaster. Crescent Park closed for good in 1979; a victim of falling attendance due to changing tastes and attitudes. However, the story doesn’t end there. We see how a few locals united to save the 1895 Charles I.D. Looff carousel, which still operates today. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An interesting programme full of facts and tales about a lost park. A well presented documentary. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EFTELING: 50 JAAR SPROOKJES IN DE EFTELING & DROOMVLUCHT – DROMEN MET OPEN OGEN.

DVD_EftelingDreams-50Jahre[DVD: Efteling Media – 2002 – 64 mins]. (Two programmes on one DVD). “Fifty Years of Fairy Tales at Efteling” (40 mins) explores the rich history of the Efteling (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands). See the influences of Anton Pieck in the Fairy Tale Forest and on the rides. Includes interviews with those who work behind the scenes. “Dreamflight: Dreams with Open Eyes” (24 mins) sees you floating in a dreamlike state through the fantastic world of Droomvlucht. Brought to fruition by research and development teams, creative directors and artists, see how this attraction was realised, with its castles in the clouds, fairies, and cascading waterfalls. (Dutch narration throughout). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This presentation captures Efteling very well. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EFTELING: 60 JAAR EFTELING – ‘ZIJN WE D’R AL?’

DVD_EftelingAreWeThereYet[DVD: Efteling Media – 2012 – 47 mins]. “Are we there yet?” The most commonly heard phrase in the backseat of the car. But the subtitle of this documentary is 60 years of Efteling. Looking back over six decades of amazement, astonishment and surprise from the World of Wonders in Kaatsheuvel (Netherlands). This documentary shows how the small fairytale of 1952 became the third largest park in Europe, attracting more than four million visitors each year. Ordinary people take the viewer back in time to share their memories of the park. There’s special archival footage, old photographs, but also images of craftsmen at work. Beautiful images of Efteling convey a complete picture of visitors’ experiences. (Dutch narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A thoroughly enjoyable step into the fairytale world of De Efteling. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EFTELING: BELEEF DE BETOVERING THUIS!

DVD_Efteling2013[DVD: Efteling Media – 2013 – 3 disks – 199 mins]. Efteling: Experience the Home of Enchantment! DISK 1= “Efteling Souvenir: The Efteling is a world full of wonderful stories, breathtaking attractions and beautiful scenery.” (Main feature is 33 mins. The 23 mins of extras include two episodes of TV series ‘Jokie’, two episodes of TV series ‘Sprookjesboom,’ and a look at the Efteling golf course and leisure facilities). DISK 2= “The Making of Joris en de Draak: Experience the development and construction of the George and the Dragon racing wooden roller coaster and witness the exciting battle between Fire and Water.” (Main feature is 51 mins. The 20 mins of extras include the George and the Dragon fairy tale, time-lapse ride construction, TV trailer, and facts and figures). DISK 3= “Sprookjesboom the Musical I: Enjoy Efteling’s own stage show for children.” (Feature is 72 mins). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Dutch is spoken throughout, save for the Joris en de Draak programme where one may select Dutch or English narration. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EFTELING: DE MAGISCHE BOL.

DVD_EftelingMagicGlobe[DVD: Efteling Media – 2004 – 90 mins]. “Efteling: The Magic Globe.” Capturing the magic and excitement of a day at Efteling (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands). Take a seat on some of the many rides: Python, Villa Volta, Dream Flight… See the Fairy Tale Forest and archive footage detailing Efteling’s history. Packed with extras, adults and children will want to watch over and over. Essential viewing for anyone planning a trip to this fairy tale-themed park. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features some nice footage; however, everything is hidden behind menus so I may have missed something. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

EFTELING: DE VLIEGENDE HOLLANDER.

DVD_EftelingDeVliegendeHollander[DVD: Efteling Media – 2007 – 50 mins +extras]. Documenting how Efteling’s (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands) ‘The Flying Dutchman’ water-based roller coaster came to be. From brainstorming sessions and conceptual art, to theming, score composure, construction, testing, problem solving and fine-tuning. Includes interviews with the many people involved in the project. The bonus material shows the Flying Dutchman’s television commercial and explains how the advertisement was made. (Dutch narration throughout). ANDY SHINE SAYS: An insightful look at the design and construction of a new ride. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EFTELING: THE MAKING OF BARON 1898.

DVD_TheMakingOfBaron1898[DVD: Efteling Media – 2015 – 45 mins +extras]. “In this documentary we take you on a journey through the development and construction of Efteling’s (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands) latest spectacular roller coaster. Doors will be opened especially to us, which would otherwise remain closed. From drawing board to test ride, you will gain an exclusive peek behind the scenes. How do you go about building a roller coaster with a freefall of more than 37 metres? Where does the inspiration come from? And will everything be finished on time? This is The Making of Baron 1898.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: The 28 minutes of bonus material includes The Story Behind Baron 1898, the Official Opening ceremony on 30 June 2015, On Ride POV and Time Lapse construction footage. The spoken language is Dutch. Select either English, German or French subtitles (there are no Dutch subtitles for the deaf/hard of hearing). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EFTELING: THE MAKING OF JORIS EN DE DRAAK.

DVD_EftelingMakingJorisEnDeDraak[DVD: Efteling Media – 2010 – 51 mins +extras]. Efteling’s (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands) Joris en de Draak (George and the Dragon) is the first wooden racing roller coaster in northwestern Europe and it was built in just nine months on the spot where once stood the Pegasus. The attraction was realized in close collaboration with US coaster builders, Great Coasters International. Experience the development and construction of Joris en de Draak up close, witness the exciting battle between Fire and Water, and take a look behind the scenes: the first sketches, the construction of the ride and its complex double track, to the grand opening. (Dutch/English narration with English subtitles when Dutch is spoken). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This also documents the challenges encountered in bringing such a grand project to realisation. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EFTELING: THE MAKING OF PANDADROOM.

DVD_EftelingPandaDroom[DVD: Efteling Media – 2002 – 27 mins]. “Het mooiste Sprookje van de Wereld – The Making of PandaDroom.” Efteling Media presents the making of the new 4-D cinema experience: PandaDroom. Debuting in 2002 during Efteling’s 50th anniversary, see the original conceptual drawings, design, plans, music score production, film-making (nWave Pictures), animatronics, special effects, theming, and many construction processes that brought this celebrated attraction to life. (Dutch narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Offers an insight into PandaDroom’s design and construction, with input from prominent individuals, including Ben Stassen from nWave Pictures and others. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EFTELING: WERELD VON WONDEREN.

DVD_EftelingWorldOfWonders[DVD: Efteling Media – 2008 – 42 mins]. There is… a World of Wonders. The Efteling Fairytale Park (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands) with its beautiful and breathtaking attractions, featuring: Efteling’s Theatre for musicals and family shows. The Efteling Hotel, located just seven miles from the park with its comfortable rooms and special themed suites. And… The Efteling Golf Park, with the 18-hole course. Experience a World of Wonders at home. Chapters: Efteling; Winter Efteling; Sprookjesboom (musical episode); Fairytale Cinderella (From the series Fairy Tales); Making of De Vliegende Hollander commercial. (Dutch narration). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I especially enjoyed watching the B-Roll of “The Making of the Flying Dutchman” commercial. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ENGINEERING AT THE CUTTING EDGE.

DVD_EngineeringAtTheCuttingEdge[DVD: Channel 4 Learning – 2004 – 125 mins]. Five 25-minute programmes on one DVD. Visit The Pleasure Beach, Blackpool (England) and find out what it takes to keep the Pepsi Max Big One operating safely. The control desk; blocking systems; brakes, conventional (as on the Pepsi Max Big One) and magnetic (as on Space Invader 2); wheel assemblies and positive / negative g’s are discussed. We also witness the rebuilding of the Grand National after a serious fire (2004). Our main aim is to excite you with the best of British cutting-edge engineering. So enjoy our passionate exploration of how engineering is shaping our future. (Programme 1= Building a bridge. 2= Designing a car. 3= Engineering in sport. 4= Designing roller coasters. 5= Designing prosthetic limbs. ANDY SHINE SAYS: For older children. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ENGINEERING THRILLS.

DVD_EngineeringThrills[DVD: Discovery Channel – 2008 – 42 mins]. Tap into your thrill-seeking side with a look into the cutting edge technology used in today’s futuristic theme park rides. Go behind the scenes and find out how designers and engineers stay ahead of the game and keep adrenalin junkies satisfied. Scream from your seat as you watch thrill ride experts and technicians test out such famed rides as Fahrenheit, Niagara’s Fury, X2 and Toy Story Mania. Find out how they gather and decode the data that will help designers take their incredible creations to the next level. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Unfortunately, I felt as if I knew everything about Niagara’s Fury and Toy Story Mania just two minutes into their segments. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

EUCLID BEACH PARK 1: THE STORY BEGINS.

DVD_EuclidBeachParkStoryBegins[DVD: Russell-Kelleher Productions – 1991 – 113 mins]. (1 of 3 / Two programmes on one DVD). The Euclid Beach story really begins with the founding of the park in 1895 and progresses quickly, up through the 1940s and into the ’50s when we all remember this great old Cleveland (Ohio) landmark. Step aboard the “Bug” the “Flying Scooters” the “Racing Coasters” and the “Flying Turns.” Looking back it seems like yesterday. This presentation is guaranteed to re-ignite those jaded memories of a park long gone. The second programme takes a look at Cleveland legends and landmarks (Including a short piece on Euclid Beach) from the 1940s through to the ’60s. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Some wonderful footage of the park and its rides. The second programme is not park or roller coaster related. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EUCLID BEACH PARK 2: GONE TOO SOON.

DVD_EuclidBeachParkGoneTooSoon[DVD: Russell-Kelleher Productions – 1993 – 110 mins]. (2 of 3 / Two programmes on one DVD). Just mention Euclid Beach Park (Cleveland, Ohio) and you immediately conjure up memories of the Thriller, The Flying Turns and the Racing Coasters. Come back with us again to the glorious 1950s and ’60s when you were young and ‘The Beach’ was the place to be. In this presentation the Euclid Beach story is told mostly in vintage footage up until the ’60s when we lost this great old park. The second programme takes a nostalgic look at: Kennywood, West View Park, Willow Grove Park, Palisades Park, Idora Park, Meyers Lake Park, Coney Island Cincinnati and Coney Island New York. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Two absorbing documentaries. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

EUCLID BEACH PARK 3: THE STORY CONTINUES.

DVD_EuclidBeachParkTheStoryContinues[DVD: Russell-Kelleher Productions – 1995 – 120 mins]. (3 of 3 / Two programmes on one DVD). Opened in 1895, Euclid Beach Park (Cleveland, Ohio) would delight visitors over the next 74 years. Hop aboard the Thriller, the Flying Turns, the Racing Coaster and the Racing Derby. Includes interviews with patrons and former employees. Discover the delights of Euclid Beach Park as the story continues. We see why the park closed for good in 1969 and where many of the rides ended up. The second programme details the travels of PTC #19, the beloved Euclid Beach Carousel. ANDY SHINE SAYS: One of my favourite programmes. The second feature should appeal to carousel enthusiasts. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EUROPA-PARK: 35 JAHRE.

DVD_Europa-Park35Jahre[DVD: Mack Media – 2010 – 231 mins]. Deutschland’s größter Freizeitpark 1975-2010. Disk 1/History (83 mins): For very simple reasons…; 35 Years of Europa-Park (Rust, Germany); Franz Mack – Founder; Ulrich Damrau – Architect; Three Generations Mack. Disk 2/Bonus (148 mins): Plunge into the world of Europa-Park; Winter weeks; Halloween; Promotion – The best of Europa-Park spots; Resort – A paradise far from the daily routine; On Rides – Fasten your belt and have fun! (Includes POVs of Silver Star, Schweizer Bobbahn, Matterhorn-Blitz, Poseidon, Euro-Mir, Blue Fire). Shows; Events; Video Podcasts: News from Germany’s biggest theme park, including a Halloween and Blue Fire Special! (Language selection: German, French & English). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Tons of new material. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

EUROPA-PARK: 40 JAHRE.

DVD_EuropaPark40[DVD: Mack Media – 2015 – 229 mins]. “This commemorative box-set includes a new historic film about the creators of Europa-Park (Rust, Germany) in celebration of the theme park’s 40th year. With insightful documentaries and never before published footage from the archives, this is an outstanding collection of 40 years of attractions, shows, and magical moments from Germany’s largest theme park. Enjoy!” DISK 1/HISTORY: 40 Years of Europa-Park; VIP Birthday Wishes; Virtual Reality Ride (includes the “Alpen Express” VR promotional film trailer, riders’ first reactions, and the on-ride film); The Anniversary Weekend; Bonus (includes Franz Mack – Founder of Europa-Park, Archive Films, Mack Rides – 235 Years, Ulrich Damrau – Architect From The Outset, and the Solemn Inauguration 1975 audio). DISK 2/VIDEO COLLECTION: For Very Simple Reasons…; On-Ride POVs (Blue Fire Megacoaster, Silver Star, Wodan – Timburcoaster, and Pegasus); Making of The Time Carrousel 4D; Europa-Park Junior Club (includes Episode Spain, Episode France, Episode Italy, Website/Teaser, and Episode Halloween); Halloween (+TV Spot, Trailer Horror Nights, POV Horror Nights); Winter (+TV Spot, Magic Moments, Dinner-Show “Cirque D’Europe”); Hotel Resort (+Dreamy Moments, Feel-Good Weeks, Welcome To Bell Rock, and Ammolite – The Lighthouse Restaurant); Bonus (+Trailer – The Time Carrousel 4D, Trailer – Spook Me!, TV Spot – Arthur, Sensational Feasts And Conferences!, Miss Germany, Making of Traumzeit Dome, Europa-Park Golf Club Breisgau, Europa-Park Talent Academy, and Rustis – “Salut!”). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Select from German, French and English language options. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

EUROPA-PARK: DAS GEHEIMNIS VON SCHLOSS BALTHASAR.

DVD_TheSecretOfBalthasarCastle[DVD: Mack Media GmbH & Co. – 2015 – 26 mins +15 mins Winter version]. What friends and family of Europa-Park have long been waiting for is now here! In “The Secret of Balthasar Castle”, Euromaus and friends have made the leap to the big screen! In addition to the 15-minute film adventure (available in German, French, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese / Mandarin, Korean, Indonesian and Vietnamese languages, with an alternative Winter version in German only), our 9-minute ‘Making Of’ production gives you exciting background information on the first in-house animated film in the history of Europa-Park. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Select optional English or French subtitles for the “Making Of” feature and for “The Time Carrousel” cinematic trailers. Includes contributions from Roland Mack, Michael Mack and film-maker Holger Tappe. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EUROPA-PARK: ERLEBNIS-RESORT.

DVD_Europa-Park2012[DVD: Mack Media – 2012 – 195 mins]. (2 disks). Showcasing novelties, attractions and shows at Europa-Park (Rust, Germany). Learn everything about the building process of the new gigantic wooden coaster WODAN Timburcoaster as well as the construction of the 4-star superior hotel Bell Rock and take a peek behind the scenes of the 4D film production The Secret of Balthasar Castle. Enjoy extensive information and exclusive backstage reports. (German, French and English language tracks). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Contains around 40 minutes of WODAN Timburcoaster construction, interviews, musical score composition and the first test runs. Also includes some unique to DVD features and a 20-page WODAN Timburcoaster brochure. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

EUROPA-PARK: JUBILÄUMS EDITION.

DVD_Europa-ParkJubilaumsEdition[DVD: Mack Media – 2005 – 120+ mins]. Celebrating 30 years of attractions, shows and magical moments at Europa-Park! (Rust, Germany). Featuring TV trailers of: Atlantica and Silver Star. Contains interviews with: Roland Mack; Claude Mabillard; Erich Willi; Franz Mack. Also features front-seat footage of Poseidon; Silver Star; Matterhorn Blitz; Euro Mir; Schweizer Bobbahn. Details the park’s 30-year history with archive footage. Includes many extras and lots of bonus material. Have fun! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Europa-Park fans will love this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

EUROPA-PARK: MAKING OF ARTHUR.

DVD_Europa-ParkArthur[DVD: Mack Media – 2014 – 53 mins]. “On this DVD you will find film material about the most elaborate indoor attraction in the history of Europa-Park (Rust, Germany), “Arthur – In the Minimoys Kingdom.” As well as video blogs, TV spots and news items, our own exclusive “making of…”, informs you all about the construction of this new world of adventure during the project’s four-year preparation period.” Chapter Points: Making of… (23 mins); Video Blogs (April 2013, June 2013, July 2013, November 2013, March 2014, July 2014); Luc Besson besucht ARTHUR – Im Königreich der Minimois; TV Spot; Making of TV Spot; First Teaser 2013; Ride-animation Mack Rides; ARTHUR song “Glasperlenspiel – Folge mir”. [Select German, French or English narration]. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A great insight into the making of a new ride from concept to completion. I was surprised to discover that the six ‘Video Blogs’ and the ‘Luc Besson’ chapters are available in German and French, but are NOT available in English. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EUROPA-PARK: TRAUMHAFTE WELTEN.

DVD_Europa-ParkTraumhafteWelten[DVD: Mack Media – 2002 – 150 mins]. “Europa-Park – Fantastic Worlds.” Europa-Park’s new attraction for 2002 is the Silver Star: experience a fascinating thrill-ride on Europe’s tallest roller coaster. Also features an in-depth documentary about Silver Star from conception to completion. Another section tells of the park’s history and you’ll take a front seat ride on Silver Star, Euro Mir, Matterhorn Blitz, Poseidon and Schweizer Bobbahn. Europa-Park’s exciting shows are available to preview too! A wonderful resource to help rekindle memories of past visits to Europa-Park (Rust Germany). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Another great presentation from Europa-Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EUROPA-PARK: ZAUBERHAFTE MOMENTE.

DVD_Europa-ParkZauberhafteMomente[DVD: Mack Media – 2007 – 160 mins]. This includes interviews with Franz Mack and his family and co-workers, who discuss the park’s 32-year history with archive film footage. This programme also showcases Europa-Park’s unique range of exciting shows – a veritable world of both dance and artistry. With exciting TV trailers of all your best loved rides including the new coaster for 2006: Pegasus. Also includes front-seat footage of Poseidon; Silver Star; Matterhorn-Blitz; Euro Mir and the Suisse Bobsleigh. With lots of new material, “Magical Moments” is packed with historical facts. Have fun! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Europa-Park (Rust, Germany) make captivating presentations. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

EUROPEAN COASTER THRILLS.

DVD_EuropeanCoasterThrills[DVD: ECV Project – 2003 – 90 mins]. Discover 15 outstanding European coasters. Whether they’re wooden, looping or water coasters, we’ll take you closer to the action than you could possibly imagine. Features: Colossos (Heide Park); Superman – The Ride (Six Flags Holland); Wild Wild West (Warner Bros. Movie World); Eurostar (German Fair); Colorado Adventure (Phantasialand); Weerwolf/Loup Garou (Six Flags Belgium); Tonnerre De Zeus (Parc Astérix); G’sengte Sau (Tripsdrill); Expedition GeForce (Holiday Park); Poseidon (Europa-Park); Blue Tornado (Gardaland); Katun (Mirabilandia); Thriller (German Fair); Goliath (Six Flags Holland); Silver Star (Europa-Park), and a hidden bonus feature! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Breathtaking footage and informative narration. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

EXPO: MAGIC OF THE WHITE CITY.

DVD_ExpoMagicOfTheWhiteCity[DVD: Inecom Entertainment Company – 2005 – 116 mins +extras]. Nearly 28 million people visited the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair during its six-month existence. Dubbed the “White City” it inspired future innovators like Henry Ford and Frank Lloyd Wright, debuted the Ferris wheel, and in many ways marked the beginning of the 20th Century. Against the backdrop of 1893’s troubles with workers’ rights, prejudice, discrimination and corruption, the World’s Columbian Exposition cast a brief ray of hope for the future of humanity. There will never be another event to match it. Features optional English closed captions for the hearing impaired. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A fascinating, insightful and educational programme narrated by Gene Wilder. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

EXTREME ROLLER COASTERS.

DVD_ExtremeRollercoasters[DVD: Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc. – 2003 – 120 mins]. This engrossing and highly entertaining documentary features the highest, fastest, newest and most cutting-edge coasters. This is an exciting adventure into coaster mania. Come behind the scenes and ride the Incomparable X at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Also featuring: Goliath; Colossus; Medusa; Invertigo; Vertical Velocity; Ninja; Speed – The Ride; Manhattan Express; Déjà Vu; Batman; Giant Dipper; Desperado; Canyon Blaster; Stealth; Top Gun; California Screamin’; Superman – The Escape; Riddler’s Revenge; Quicksilver Express. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Discloses many interesting facts and figures concerning your favourite coasters. Meet designers at the workstation, and see the testing of X in the factory. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

EXTREME THRILL MACHINES – LET’S GET VERTICAL!

DVD_ExtremeThrillMachines[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2005 – 49 mins]. Take a ride on some of the most amazing rides and roller coasters. Featured Parks and Coasters: Thunderhead (Dollywood); Half Pipe (Six Flags Elitch Gardens); Timber Hawk (Six Flags Enchanted Village); Mr. Freeze (Six Flags Over Texas); Shockwave (Six Flags Over Texas); Texas Giant (Six Flags Over Texas); Batman (Six Flags Over Texas); Titan (Six Flags Over Texas); Superman Ultimate Flight (Six Flags Great America); Tower of Terror (Disney California Adventure); Colossos (Heide Park, Germany), and other rides and coasters at those parks. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Interesting to watch the once, but I don’t think I’ll watch it again for some time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

FADING MEMORIES OF RIVERVIEW PARK.

DVD_FadingMemoriesOfRiverviewParkDesMoines[DVD: Bill Kooker – 2006 – 24 mins]. Riverview Park, Des Moines, Iowa (1915-1978) was said to entertain millions of people from all walks of life. It played important roles during the ’20s, the Depression, World War II, and the baby boom of the ’50s and ’60s. For some people a trip to Riverview was a routine summer weekend excursion, for others it was a ritual; but for nearly all that went there, a trip to the park was a significant event not to be forgotten. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A home-produced programme that reports on the many challenges the park faced through the years. The programme ends rather abruptly, just like the demise of the park, so is quite apt really. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FAIRGROUNDS ON FILM: 1915 TO 1970.

DVD_FairgroundsOnFilm[DVD: Lincolnshire Film Archive – 1915~ – 38 mins]. This presentation affords the opportunity of looking back at British fairgrounds at: Grantham, Louth, London, Lincoln and Boston. Includes: freak shows, hand-cranked roundabouts and the steam-driven Gondola, Whale Switchback, and Harry Lee’s Steam Yachts. Also features rides’ build-up and stunning colour film capturing VE Day celebrations. See the Moonrocket, Chair-O-Planes, Cakewalk, Chaser, Ferris wheels, Skid, Dodgem, Octopus, Meteorite, Jets, Speedway, Waltzer, Round-Up, juvenile rides and concessions. (Silent with captions). ANDY SHINE SAYS: My favourite moment was seeing John Collins’ Big Dipper in action at the Festival of Britain, London in 1951. What a great film showcasing the British fairgrounds of yesteryear. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

FINAL DESTINATION 3.

DVD_FinalDestination3[DVD: New Line Productions, Inc. – 2006 – 90 mins +bonus disk]. “…Strap yourself in for the most terrifying thrill ride ever! After Wendy and her friends survive a deadly roller coaster ride, they start being killed in even more gruesome ways. Wendy realizes that the nightmare isn’t over… Death has returned to finish the job. But can she convince the rest of her friends before it’s too late?” Bonus Features: Choose Their Fate! You’re in Control – Cheat Death by Changing the Movie and the Destiny of the Characters. Feature Commentary. Bonus Disk: The Making of Final Destination 3, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots +Extras. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features shots of Vancouver Playland’s Corkscrew. If nothing else, this demonstrates why you mustn’t sneak your camera on-board coasters… in more ways than one! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

FINDING PLAYLAND.

DVD_FindingPlayland[DVD: Frenetic Productions – 2009 – 48 mins]. Playland Park was literally built on thrills. From 1930 until 1960, children ages 8 to 80 enjoyed a high old time at this great amusement park of 65 acres on Bitter Lake, just seven miles from the centre of Seattle (Washington). Be transported back to that free and easy time with archival video and photographs joined with first-hand accounts of Seattle’s Million Dollar Playground. Prepare for the breathtaking plunges of the Dipper, shudder in anticipation of the Shoot the Chutes, and give as good as you get on the Dodge-Em cars. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A good balance of interviews, park footage and stills. I love the Dipper’s display board proclaiming: “It’s A Long-High Fast-Smooth-Safe-Sane Sensational Ride.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FLYING TURNS – RESURRECTING A LEGEND.

DVD_ResurrectingALegend[DVD: StoryWorks.TV – 2015 – 60 mins +extras]. In its heyday of the 1930s through the 1960s, it was unlike any other amusement park ride. Crafted entirely of wood, few were constructed and even fewer became classics. Leaving lasting memories, it was deemed legendary by those fortunate to have ridden these gravity powered cars through hand-crafted troughs of cypress. The Flying Turns bobsled-type coaster was no ordinary ride and Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, Pennsylvania) is no ordinary amusement park. Together, they are the perfect complement. After an absence of four decades, and roughly seventy years since last constructed in the United States, the Flying Turns is now back! With virtually no available historic plans or construction documentation from the original rides, park president Dick Knoebel, ride designer John Fetterman, project manager Jim Martini, construction consultant Leonard Adams, wooden coaster designer Mike Boodley and dozens of construction personnel worked over seven years building an all-new ‘classic’ coaster, rekindling a passion and craftsmanship thought lost to time. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The 14 minutes of extras include the Resurrecting a Legend DVD trailer, and features called “Phoenix,” “Twister” and “Rocket to Phoenix.” ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

FONTAINE FERRY PARK: A TIME OF INNOCENCE.

DVD_FontaineFerryParkATimeOfInnocence[DVD: Tim Young Productions – 1992 – 58 mins]. Remember bouncing and sliding through Hilarity Hall? Hands-up thrills aboard the Comet? Dancing under the stars at Gypsy Village? Relive all those wonderful, carefree days at Louisville’s (Kentucky) 1905-1969 mainstay amusement park. This presentation combines the park’s fascinating history with sights, sounds and memories. Return to a simpler era, to endless summers filled with laughter and friends. Chapters: Opening; Fontaine Ferry Park History; Regional Parks and Transportation; Walking Tours 1&2; Nights at Fontaine Ferry; Park Closure; Remnants; Closing. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A nostalgic look at this much missed amusement park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

FONTAINE FERRY PARK: THE LOST FOOTAGE.

DVD_FontaineFerryParkLostFootage[DVD: Tim Young Productions – 2009 – 31 mins +extras]. You won’t believe your eyes! Vibrant colour footage of Louisville’s (Kentucky) beloved Fontaine Ferry Park, rediscovered after four decades since the park’s closing in 1969, brings your fondest memories back to life. Summer scenes from the 1940s through to the ’60s puts you into your favourite rides, including the blue and red trains of the famed Comet roller coaster. Chapter selection: Opening; The 1940s; The 1950s; The 1960s. Extras include: an interview with Comet brakeman Frank “Pappy” Aubrey; Comet Construction (1950); Director Interview (Jerry L. Rice). ANDY SHINE SAYS: There’s some remarkable colour footage affording a snapshot of what Fontaine Ferry Park offered its delighted patrons across three decades. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FREEDOMLAND U.S.A.

DVD_Freedomland[DVD: A Tootsie Production – 2008 – 83 mins]. This programme is especially for those who remember and love Freedomland (The Bronx, New York. 1960-1964). Often called the “Disneyland of the East,” Freedomland was shaped in the map of the United States. Its rides and attractions told America’s history in an entertaining way. This presentation features interviews with Freedomland’s creator: C.V. Wood, and with a number of former employees. Also includes video, photographs, and radio commercials, plus lots of information about the park. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A well-researched, absorbing documentary about a short-lived park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FREIZEIT-PARK ATLAS DEUTSCHLAND 2013.

DVD_FreizeitparkAtlas[DVD: Karlheinz Geiger – 2013 – 103 mins]. A film about Germany’s fun parks: From thrilling roller coasters to more gentle rides; with shows and attractions to suit all tastes and budgets, Germany offers countless recreational activities for all. Disk 1 (52 mins): Hansa Park; Wildgehege Hundshaupten; Fränkisches Wunderland; Phantasialand; Freizeitland Geiselwind. Disk 2 (51 mins): Schloss Thurn; Wildpark Bad Mergentheim; Europa-Park; Minidomm; Serengeti Park. German narration throughout. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is a re-release of the 2012 DVDs “Freizeitparks in Deutschland 1” and “Freizeitparks in Deutschland 2.” This 2-disk set was released again in 2014 as “Mit Vollgas In Die Sommerzeit.” These programmes were originally available on VHS in 1991, and showcase the parks as they appeared around that time. Much attention is paid to animals and birds. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

FREIZEITPARKS IN DEUTSCHLAND 1.

DVD_FreizeitparksInDeutchland1[DVD: Karlheinz Geiger – 2012 – 52 mins]. (1 of 4) A film about Germany’s fun parks: 1=Introduction [6:20]. 2=Hansa Park: (Nessie Superrollercoaster, Seeschlange coaster, splash ride, shows) [6:20]. 3=Wildpark Hundshaupten (nature/animal park) [6:00]. 4=Fränkisches Wunderland (miniature railroad, manually-operated attractions, Baby-Land) [13:50]. 5=Phantasialand (log flume, Grand Canyon Bahn & Gebirgsbahn, costumed characters, etc.) [7:00]. 6=Freizeit-Land Geiselwind (kiddie rides, Blauer Enzian mine train, Marienkäferbahn coaster) [12:40]. German narration. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme was originally released on VHS in 1991, and it shows the parks as they appeared around that time. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.