ROLLER COASTER ADVENTURES 7.

DVD_RCAdventures7[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2004 – 54 mins]. (7 of 7) With never-before-seen footage, full circuit point-of-view rides, exclusive construction footage and access all areas admittance inside the massive steel and wooden structures. Showing Spanish coasters: Magnus Colossus; Tizona; Tren Bravo; Superman; Batman La Fuga; Stuntfall. And: Flying Coaster; Twister II; Boomerang; Mind Eraser; The Phoenix; Twister; Tennessee Tornado; Gwazi; Montu; Screaming Squirrel. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This home-produced programme kept me entertained, and the narration includes some interesting viewpoints and useful snippets of information. Some of the footage is pretty average; however, the majority of the film is pleasant enough to watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

ROLLER COASTER PHYSICS.

DVD_RollercoasterPhysics[DVD: Discovery Channel School – 2004 – 26 mins]. Roller coasters are so much fun thanks to friction, potential energy, gravity, and acceleration – you can take some terrifying amusement-park turns. Take a thrilling look at the applied physics of roller coasters, as well as the g-forces experienced by an aerobatics pilot. Learn about the wonderful world of applied physics in this purely educational programme. ANDY SHINE SAYS: One for young teens, if you’re looking to acquire a basic understanding of how coasters are designed, you’ve come to the right place. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 1.

DVD_RCRaw1[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2007 – 100 mins]. (1 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (50 mins): Boardwalk Bullet (Kemah Boardwalk); Kentucky Rumbler (Beech Bend); El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure); Avalanche (Timber Falls); Balder (Liseberg); Troy (Toverland); Hades (Mt. Olympus); Falken (Fårup Sommerland); Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain (Indiana Beach); Renegade (Valleyfair!); Starliner (Cypress Gardens); Thunder Coaster (TusenFryd); The Voyage (Holiday World); Meteor (Little Amerricka); Thunderbird (PowerPark). Disk 2/The Steelies (50 mins): Maverick (Cedar Point); Abismo (Parque de Atracciones); Zaturn (Space World); Superman – la Atracción de Acero (Parque Warner Madrid); Furius Baco (PortAventura); Phaethon (Kyungju World); SheiKra (Busch Gardens Africa); Eejanaika (Fuji-Q Highland); Hollywood Dream (Universal Studios, Japan); Kingda Ka (Six Flags Great Adventure); Kumali (Flamingo Land); Rita – Queen of Speed (Alton Towers); Speed – No Limits (Oakwood); Kanonen (Liseberg); Tatsu (Six Flags Magic Mountain); Turbulencia (Parque de Atracciones). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A well edited portfolio with on-screen captions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 2.

DVD_RCRaw2[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2008 – 109 mins]. (2 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (53 mins): Ravine Flyer II (Waldameer); Phoenix (Knoebels); Colossos (Heide Park); Megafobia (Oakwood); Raven (Holiday World); Boulder Dash (Lake Compounce); Hellcat (Clementon); Georgia Cyclone (Six Flags Over Georgia); T Express (Everland); Outlaw (Adventureland); Silver Comet (Martin’s Fantasy Island); Thunderhead (Dollywood); Mammut (Tripsdrill); Grand National (Blackpool Pleasure Beach); Cyclone (Coney Island). Disk 2/The Steelies (56 mins): Mystery Mine (Dollywood); Silver Star (Europa-Park); Fahrenheit (Hersheypark); Formule X (Drievliet); Led Zeppelin (Hard Rock Park); Bandit (Yomiuriland); Goliath (Six Flags Over Georgia); Steel Dragon 2000 (Nagashima Spaland); Dive Coaster (Chimelong Paradise); Phantom’s Revenge (Kennywood); Nemesis (Alton Towers); Atlantis Adventure (Lotte World); Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure); Dragon Khan (PortAventura); Eagle’s Fortress (Everland); Columbia Double Loop (Seoul Land). ANDY SHINE SAYS: The backwards-facing Nemesis POV is priceless! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 3.

DVD_RCRaw3[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2009 – 156 mins]. (3 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (75 mins): Hurricane (Myrtle Beach); Psyclone (Magic Mountain); Blue Streak (Conneaut); Cyclone (William’s Grove); Mega Zeph (New Orleans); Jack Rabbit (Clementon); Flyer Comet (Whalom); King Solomon’s Mines (Pleasureland); Aska (Nara); Villain (Geauga); Cyclone (Pleasureland); Runaway Coaster (Rotunda); Raging Wolf Bobs (Geauga); Hercules (Dorney); Sierra Tonante (Mirabilandia); Scenic Railway (Dreamland); Big Dipper (Geauga); Triple Hurricane (Cypress Gardens); Texas Cyclone (AstroWorld); Screechin’ Eagle (Americana); Zingo (Bell’s); Comet (Texas Fair); Texas Tornado (Frontierland); Jack Rabbit (Idora); Wildcat (Idora). Disk 2/The Steelies (81 mins): Windjammer (Knott’s); BMRX (Kobe); Batman (AstroWorld); Hayabusa (Tokyo); Chiller (Great Adventure); Double Loop (Kobe, Geauga, and Fuji-Q); Flashback (Magic Mountain); Orochi (Expoland); Bullet (Flamingo Land); XLR-8 (AstroWorld); Cop Car Chase (Germany); Viper (Great Adventure); High Roller (Las Vegas); Munich Autobahn (Kobe); Bobsleigh (Nara); Orient Express (Worlds of Fun); Laser (Dorney); Corkscrew (Alton); Python (Busch Gardens); Tornado (Belgium); Fujin Raigin II (Expoland); Zonga (Marine World); Wacky Soap Box Racers (Knott’s); Drachen Fire (Busch Gardens); Moonsault Scramble (Fuji-Q); Tidal Wave (Marriott’s); Willard’s Whizzer (Marriott’s); The Bat (Kings Island). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Great! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 4.

DVD_RCRaw4[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2009 – 112 mins]. (4 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (55 mins): Wooden Coaster Fireball (Happy Valley, Shanghai); Tonnerre De Zeus (Parc Astérix); Cannonball (Lake Winnepesaukah); Ozark Wildcat (Celebration City); Cornball Express (Indiana Beach); Twister (Knoebels); Prowler (Worlds of Fun); New Mexico Rattler (Cliff’s Amusement Park); Leap the Dips (Lakemont Park); Dania Beach Hurricane (Boomers); Cyclops (Mt. Olympus); The Legend (Holiday World); Thunderbolt (Kennywood); Rampage (Alabama Adventure); Rutschebanen (Bakken). Disk 2/The Steelies (57 mins): Mindbender (Galaxyland); Diamondback (Kings Island); Goliath (Walibi World); Afterburn (Carowinds); Jetline (Gröna Lund); Millennium Force (Cedar Point); Medusa (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom); Piraten (Djurs Sommerland); Flight Deck (California’s Great America); Tranan (Skara Sommarland); Xcelerator (Knott’s); Georgia Scorcher (Six Flags Over Georgia); Silver Bullet (Knott’s); Expedition GeForce (Holiday Park); Manta (SeaWorld Florida); Intimidator 305 (Kings Dominion / sneak preview!); Hundeprut (BonBon Land). ANDY SHINE SAYS: The informative captions were most welcome. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 5.

DVD_RCRaw5[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2010 – 144 mins]. (5 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (68 mins): Joris en de Draak (Efteling); Robin Hood (Walibi World); The Antelope (Gulliver’s World); Tremors (Silverwood); Racer (Kennywood); Shivering Timbers (Michigan’s Adventure); Giant Dipper (Belmont Park); Great White (Morey’s Piers); El Toro (Freizeitpark Plohn); GhostRider (Knott’s Berry Farm); Legend (Arnolds Park); Hoosier Hurricane (Indiana Beach); Zeus (Mt. Olympus); Swamp Fox (Family Kingdom); Tornado (Adventureland); Skyliner (Lakemont Park); Rollo Coaster (Idlewild). Disk 2/The Steelies (76 mins): Intimidator 305 (Kings Dominion); Olympia Looping (Rudolph Barth); Mumbo Jumbo (Flamingo Land); Steel Hawg (Indiana Beach); Katun (Mirabilandia); Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios Hollywood); Blue Fire (Europa-Park); Tennessee Tornado (Dollywood); Wildfire (Silver Dollar City); Spongebob Squarepants’ Rock Bottom Plunge (Nickelodeon Universe); Wild Thing (Valleyfair!); Tornado (Särkänniemi); Powder Keg (Silver Dollar City); iSpeed (Mirabilandia); Insane (Gröna Lund); Alpina Bahn (Oscar Bruch); Intimidator (Carowinds); Wild Train (Erlebnispark Strasswalchen). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this. The on-screen captions were most informative. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 6.

DVD_RCRaw6[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2011 – 125 mins]. (6 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (71 mins): Twister (Gröna Lund); Blue Streak (Cedar Point); Comet (The Great Escape); Tornado (Stricker’s Grove); Wild Mouse (Aussie World); The “New” Texas Giant (Six Flags Over Texas); Excalibur (Funtown / Splashtown); Cyclone (Lakeside Park); Yankee Cannonball (Canobie Lake Park); Wooden Warrior (Quassy Amusement Park); Scenic Railway (Luna Park, Melbourne); Stampida (PortAventura); Tomahawk (PortAventura); Le Monstre (La Ronde); Wildcat (Lake Compounce); Big Dipper (Blackpool Pleasure Beach); Anaconda (Walygator Parc); Wood Coaster (Knight Valley); Sea Dragon (Jungle Jack’s). Disk 2/The Steelies (54 mins): Cheetah Hunt (Busch Gardens Tampa); Goliath (La Ronde); Superman Escape (Warner Bros. Movie World, Australia); Shock Wave (Drayton Manor Park); Untamed (Canobie Lake Park); Knightmare (Camelot); Jet Rescue (Sea World, Australia); Dare Devil Dive (Six Flags Over Georgia); Wildfire (Silver Dollar City); Great Nor’Easter (Morey’s Piers); Green Lantern (Six Flags Great Adventure); Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster (Warner Bros. Movie World, Australia); Sky Rocket (Kennywood); Speed: The Ride (Nascar Cafe, Las Vegas); Talon (Dorney Park); Roller Coaster (Magic Forest Park). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Great on ride footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 7.

DVD_RCRaw7[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2012 – 162 mins]. (7 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (81 mins): Dauling Dragon (Happy Valley, Wuhan); Wodan (Europa-Park); Anaconda (Walygator Parc); Blue Streak (Conneaut Lake Park); Colossos (Heide Park); Wood Coaster (Knight Valley); Ravine Flyer II (Waldameer Park); Jupiter (Kijima); Comet (Waldameer Park); White Canyon (Yomiuriland); Regina (Tobu Zoo); Bandit (Movie Park Germany); Tonnerre De Zeus (Parc Astérix); White Cyclone (Nagashima Spaland); Zipper Dipper (EsselWorld); Son of Beast (Kings Island). Disk 2/The Steelies (81 mins): Dinoconda (China Dinosaurs Park); Leviathan (Canada’s Wonderland); Wild Eagle (Dollywood); Shock (Rainbow Magicland); Big Grizzly Mountain (Hong Kong Disneyland); Sky Scrapper (World Joyland); Stingray (Giant Wheel Park, Suzhou); Supersonic Odyssey (Times Square Theme Park, Malaysia); Hair Raiser (Ocean Park); Shambhala (PortAventura); OzIris (Parc Astérix); Skyrush (Hersheypark); Krake (Heide Park); Battlestar Galactica (Universal Studios Singapore); Raptor (Gardaland); Formula Rossa (Ferrari World). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Enjoyable coaster footage with on-screen captions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 8.

DVD_RCRaw8[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2013 – 174 mins]. (8 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (82 mins): Outlaw Run (Silver Dollar City); Giant Dipper (Santa Cruz); Medusa (Six Flags Mexico); Gold Striker (Great America); Elf (Hirakata); Montaña Rusa (La Feria); Hades 360 (Mt. Olympus); Arkansas Twister (Magic Springs); Mean Streak (Cedar Point); Hellcat (Timber Falls); White Lightning (Fun Spot America); Meteor (Little Amerricka); Cannonball Run (Waterville USA); Grizzly (Great America); Viper (Backwards! at Six Flags Great America); Boardwalk Bullet (Kemah). Disk 2/The Steelies (92 mins): Gravity Max (Lihpao Land); Gatekeeper (Cedar Point); Big Air (E-DA Park); Dodonpa (Fuji-Q); Iron Rattler (Six Flags Fiesta Texas); Demon (Great America); Goudurix (Parc Astérix); Superman el Último Escape (Six Flags Mexico); Matterhorn Bobsleds (L&R / Disneyland); Insane Speed (Janfusun); Fujiyama (Fuji-Q); Cascabel (La Feria); Superman Ultimate Flight (Discovery Kingdom); Full Throttle (Six Flags Magic Mountain); G5 (Janfusun); Steel Eel (SeaWorld San Antonio); Takabisha (Fuji-Q); Freedom Flyer (Fun Spot America). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Great footage with informative captions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS IN THE RAW! 9.

DVD_RCRaw9[DVD: Robb Alvey / Theme Park Review – 2014 – 133 mins]. (9 of 9). Disk 1/The Woodies (64 mins): The Beast (Kings Island); Kentucky Rumbler (Beech Bend); Big Dipper (Camden Park); Lil’ Dipper (Camden Park); Rutschebanen (Tivoli); Wolverine Wildcat (Michigan’s Adventure); The New Mexico Rattler (Cliff’s); Shivering Timbers (Michigan’s Adventure); Thunder Coaster (Tusenfryd); Falken (Fårup Sommerland); Rutschebanen (Bakken); Balder (Liseberg); Roar-O-Saurus (Story Land); Thunder Run (Kentucky Kingdom); Cyclone (Nicco Park, India); Coaster (Playland, Canada). Disk 2/The Steelies (69 mins): Speed Monster (Tusenfryd); El Loco (Adventuredome Las Vegas); Banshee (Kings Island); Star Jet (Washuzan Highland); Deep Space (Adlabs Imagica, India); Alpina Blitz (Nigloland); Lightning Run (Kentucky Kingdom); Nitro (Adlabs Imagica, India); Canyon Blaster (Adventuredome Las Vegas); Helix (Liseberg); Sky Scream (Holiday Park); Adventure Drive (Suzuka Circuit); Lynet (Fårup Sommerland); Firechaser Express (Dollywood); Montezooma’s Revenge (Knott’s); Space Fantasy (Universal Studios Japan). ANDY SHINE SAYS: On and off-ride footage with on-screen facts. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ROLLER COASTERS: THE SEARCH FOR THE ULTIMATE THRILL RIDE!

DVD_ModernMarvelsRollerCoasters[DVD: The History Channel – 1997 – 50 mins]. Part of the “Modern Marvels” series. Consisting almost entirely of archive photographs and film footage, this presentation examines the history of one of America’s favourite pastimes – riding roller coasters. Reaching its zenith in the 20th Century, the roller coaster is the thrill-seeking embodiment of the Industrial Revolution and technology. As roller coaster engineers and designers search for new heights twists and turns to build, American thrill-seekers eagerly wait on line to experience the fastest, scariest and most exciting coasters. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The history of the roller coaster in one interesting, factual programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

ROSE ISLAND ON A SUMMER DAY.

DVD_RoseIsland[DVD: Natural Concepts, Inc. – 2004 – 59 mins]. Join amateur historian Tom Chapman as he visits individuals who visited, worked at and even lived at Rose Island (Charlestown, Indiana), an amusement park that was touted as “A playground and pleasure resort unexcelled anywhere within the central states.” This collection of first person interviews is rich in historical photos, maps and images of the earlier Fern Grove Picnic Area, and Rose Island. As seen through the eyes of children, you’ll hear about the fun and wonders found there over 70 years ago. ANDY SHINE SAYS: 90% of this comprises footage of interviewees and their living rooms rather than images of the park and its attractions. Rose Island had a wooden roller coaster and other amusement rides but no such rides are shown, only the picnic areas, steamboats, etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor / Fair.

ROTON POINT: THE PRETTIEST PARK ON LONG ISLAND SOUND.

DVD_RotonPoint[DVD: Cinestories / David Hogoboom – 2009 – 44 mins]. Narrated by Bob Becker. Trolley cars and paddle-wheel steamships brought thousands of daily visitors to Roton Point Park (Rowayton, Connecticut). They came to enjoy the beach, the roller coaster, the big-name bands and the bizarre vaudeville acts. Roton Point is a window on 130 years of American history, beginning as an amusement park in the 1880s and later as a beach resort. This programme vividly documents the music, the culture and the values of Americans coming to terms with a whimsically changing society. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Enjoyable and informative, although I longed for more amusement park images and rides information. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SAVIN ROCK: A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME.

DVD_SavinRockAJourneyBackInTime[DVD: Denise Kearns / Nu Entertainment Productions – 2000 – 42 mins]. An archival presentation of Savin Rock’s (West Haven, Connecticut) attractions repeated twice – once with merry-go-round music and then again with narration. The film begins in 1948, with the trolley arriving at the park. See the Merry-Go-Round; The Thunderbolt wooden roller coaster; Jitterbug (Turtle Chase); Midget Auto Speedway; Carousel; Mill Chute (Water Chute); Big Eli Wheel; The Whip; Rocket; Flying Skooters; Boomerang; Tilt -A- Whirl; Sky Blazer wooden roller coaster; The Miniature Train; Caterpillar; and the B29s! ANDY SHINE SAYS: An affectionate -if grainy- look at a much-missed park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SCREAM PARK.

DVD_ScreamPark[DVD: A ProtoMedia Film – 2012 – 84 mins]. The doors are closing for the last time at Fright Land amusement park. Tickets just aren’t selling and the park owner has just come up with a new plan. When two masked men slip inside the park after hours, the employees partying it up inside quickly become victims of the owner’s scheme. With their party crashed, the employees must find a way out before becoming part of the park’s gruesome new attraction. After tonight, the owner will have a brand new Scream Park… where death is the new attraction! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Filmed almost entirely at Conneaut Lake Park (Pennsylvania, USA) and featuring many rides and attractions including the coasters, this gruesome film had me, at times, turning from the screen and viewing through my fingers! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

SEANCES & SLOT MACHINES: THE STORY OF BRADY LAKE PARK.

DVD_BradyLakePark[DVD: Fred F. Endres – 2014 – 59 mins]. “Brady Lake Park (Ravenna, Ohio) opened in 1891 as a rustic resort in Northeast Ohio, catering to those who wanted to camp, fish, have a picnic and watch a ball game. Over the next half century, it became more of a traditional amusement park. By the time it closed, it had been operated by Spiritualists – who offered swimming, rides and séances – and by Cleveland racketeers, who turned it into a lucrative gambling emporium loaded with slot machines and high-stakes bingo games. In between, it was run by wheeler-dealers, who brought in top notch entertainment, from Gertrude Ederle to Guy Lombardo, Rudy Vallee and Cab Calloway. This is the fascinating story of the old park that, at one time, welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme was originally broadcast on Western Reserve PBS in 2014. There is also an accompanying book by the same name. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

SEASON OF SCREAMS.

DVD_KnottsSeasonOfScreams[DVD: Haunted Media, Inc. – 2004 – 138 mins]. In 1973 a phenomenon took place in Buena Park (California) at one of the oldest and most beloved theme parks in the USA, Knott’s Berry Farm. The phenomenon continues to this day and has grown into one of the largest Halloween parties in the world. For the first time in the event’s history, the story of the Halloween Haunt is revealed. How did it start? What was it like in the beginning? And how did it evolve into the most successful Halloween attraction in the world? Take a tour of this one-of-a-kind attraction, from make-up and prosthetics, stunts and shows, to themed walk-through attractions, and of course, the scares themselves! ANDY SHINE SAYS: Most enjoyable. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

SING AS WE GO.

DVD_SingAsWeGo[DVD: 1934 – 75 mins]. Widely recognised as Gracie Fields’ most loved film, this magical musical comedy has all the right ingredients – and a feast of nostalgia! When the textile mill closes down, Gracie Platt (Gracie Fields) finds herself out of a job and so she has to try and find work in Blackpool. “Sing As We Go” offers a fascinating insight into 1930s Northern working class life and a thoroughly entertaining and uplifting experience. [Second feature: “Love Life & Laughter” 1934 – 81 mins]. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Only available on VHS until now, this B&W film features various scenes of the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool (Virginia Reel, Noah’s Ark, Flying Machines, Jack and Jill Slide, Fun House, Cuddle Up, (original) Big Dipper, Grotto, etc.). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA: RELICS FROM THE VAULT.

DVD_SFOGRelicsFromTheVault[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 2004 – 63 mins]. Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia) opened in 1967. Containing exclusive, vintage footage of Six Flags Over Georgia’s rides and attractions. See defunct rides such as the Mini Mine Train, Drunken Barrels, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Take an early ride on the Dahlonega Mine Train. See the construction of the Great American Scream Machine wooden roller coaster. Features: Six Flags Over Georgia – the Early Years; Six Flags Over Georgia – the First Decade; Making of the Monster Plantation; The Great American Scream Machine; 1973 Newsreel. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The film quality is pretty poor, but it was the 1970s! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA: SPRING FLING IV.

DVD_SFOGSpringFling2006[DVD: Warner Bros. Entertainment – 2006 – 69 mins]. The Great American Scream Machine was the tallest roller coaster in the world when it opened back in 1973 at Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia). This beautiful classic was designed by John Allen of the PTC, see the construction, testing and opening of this amazing coaster. Also features interviews with John Allen and other coaster designers/builders. Includes short features: “The Great American Scream Machine” (Re mastered); Great American Scream Machine from the front seat; Georgia Cyclone, time-lapse construction with front seat footage; Mind Bender, plus front seat footage; Z-Force (Six Flags Magic Mountain’s former Flashback), plus front seat footage; Six Flags Rides From The Past; Six Flags Over Texas’ Ten Years Celebration. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed the grainy 1970s footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA: THROUGH THE YEARS.

DVD_SFOGThroughTheYears[DVD: 2011 – 40 mins]. Comprising two vintage films. Programme 1: “Early Years Promotional Video” [7:40] – a narrated tour of Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia) featuring fleeting shots of the rides and attractions, including: The Great American Scream Machine, the Dahlonega Mine Train, the Parachute Drop, and others. Programme 2: “Mind Bender Construction” [32:07] – A silent film looking at the construction and testing of the 1978 steel looping roller coaster “Mind Bender.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: If you’re interested in watching roller coaster construction and testing, then you should enjoy this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

SLAYGROUND.

DVD_Slayground[DVD: Thorn EMI Films – 1983 – 85 mins]. Starring Peter Coyote, Mel Smith and Billie Whitelaw, Slayground is a story of savage revenge, relentless pursuit and cold-blooded murder. It’s also the story of a man named Stone, an armed robber with his own set of morals and ethics – no violence and no senseless killing. But when a routine robbery results in a young girl being accidentally killed, Stone finds himself in serious trouble when the dead girl’s father’s grief turns into an obsession for revenge. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Slayground features scenes recorded at Southport Pleasureland and Blackpool Pleasure Beach (England). With a climb of the Cyclone’s lift hill, a stakeout in the River Caves, a gun-fight inside the Derby Racer and murder inside the Alice in Wonderland ride, the 16 minutes of parks’ footage makes it worthy of inclusion here. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

SPIRITS OF THE CARNIVAL: LUNA PARK.

DVD_SpiritsOfTheCarnival[DVD: Paper Bark Films PTY LTD – 1995 – 58 mins]. People have always looked for ways to have fun. Sigmund Freud called it “The Pleasure Principal;” since 1912 Australians have called it ‘LUNAPARK.’ This is the story about the magic of amusement parks, and two men who built a city’s dream. Plagued by controversy, the dream of bringing pleasure to people was not easy. With each decade LUNA PARK (Sydney, Australia) had to compete with changing social values, advancing technology and the dream of a new age. Behind the smiling face lies a story of sweat, greed, competition and tragedy that very nearly destroyed the dream forever. ANDY SHINE SAYS: “Spirits of the Carnival: Luna Park – The Quest For Fun” tells a difficult and rather emotional story very well. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

STRIKE ME PINK.

[DVD: Samuel Goldwyn / Warner Bros Home Video – 1936 – 100 mins]. Ethel Merman reunites with her ‘Kid Millions’ co-star Eddie Cantor in this frothy bit of film fable from celebrated director Norman Taurog and legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn. Ol’ Banjo Eyes stars as meek Eddie Pink, who, thanks to a mail-order assertiveness course, ends up managing Dreamland amusement park which is beset by the mob. While doing his best to transform from milquetoast to manly, Eddie stymies the slot-machine gangsters while falling head over high-kicking heels for lovely chanteuse Joyce Lennox (Merman). In addition to Eddie’s antics – climaxing in a spectacular chase across the amusement park rides – viewers are treated to rousing renditions of toe-tapping favourites like ‘The Lady Dances,’ ‘First You Have Me High,’ ‘Calabash Pipe,’ and ‘Shake It Off With Rhythm.’ And that’s not to mention appearances by Parkyakarkus, William Frawley, Brian Donlevy and the always lovely Goldwyn Girls. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features many fleeting shots of ‘Dreamland’ (real life Nu Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California) and the action escalates towards a rather awe-inspiring four-minute comedic stunt-laden chase over and aboard the Cyclone Racer roller coaster. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

SUPERCOASTERS.

DVD_SuperCoasters[DVD: National Geographic Channel – 2006 – 97 mins]. Exploring the physics, geometry and precision engineering behind the world’s ultimate roller coasters. SuperCoasters utilize high-tech launch systems that propel riders to speeds of 128mph at skyscraper heights of 456ft. Through the eyes of engineers, designers and scientific experts, SuperCoasters takes you behind the scenes with a look at the science of the gravity-suspended sensation; traces the quest to build higher and faster coasters; and reveals how the U.S. Navy’s catapult technology may propel coasters into a more high-octane future. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Most interesting and educational, but too lengthy. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

TERRA MÍTICA.

DVD_TerraMitica[DVD: 2007 – 32 mins]. A park promotional film featuring all the major rides and attractions, restaurants, shops and shows to be found at Terra Mítica (Benidorm, Spain). Rides featured: Cataratas Del Nilo (log flume), Akuatiti (mini log flume), Misterio De Keops (dark ride), Alucinakis (family coaster), El Laberinto Del Minotauro (dark ride), SynKope (swinging pendulum ride), La Furia de Tritón (flume), Los Ícaros (wave swinger), Magnus Colossus (wooden roller coaster), El Vuelo del Fénix (tower ride), various children’s rides, Tizona (Vekoma SLC), Tren Bravo (powered coaster), El Rescate De Ulises (indoor attraction), Rápidos de Argos (rapids ride), and more. Narration is in Spanish. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I wish the rides were shown more prominently, instead of just fleeting glances. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: CRYSTAL BEACH PARK.

DVD_CrystalBeachParkThanksForTheMemories[DVD: RDPK Productions – 2006 – 94 mins]. (2 of 2). Chapters include: “The ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s” -B&W and colour film featuring dozens of rides, attractions and concessions. “Vintage Photos” -115 images. “Memories” -Riding the Comet. “Building the Comet” -Recollections of the 1948 construction/opening. “The Big Band Era” -The Crystal Ballroom. “Cyclone Roller Coaster” -A rider’s recollections and colour film of ‘The Terrible’ in action. “Waffles & Suckers” -Those Crystal Beach Park treats. “S.S. Canadiana” -A history. “The Beach Today” -Summer festivals etc… “Final Years” -A 10 minute Crystal Beach Park promotional video. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A delightful presentation capturing the spirit of Crystal Beach Park (Ontario, Canada). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE 1964 WORLD’S FAIR.

DVD_The1964NYWorldsFair[DVD: Connecticut Public Television – 1996 – 58 mins]. Relive the dazzle, wonder and fun of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Part futuristic exhibition, part glittery strip mall, the 1964 New York World’s Fair was planned amid the optimism of the late 1950s, but the fair’s two-year run often mirrored the chaos of the 1960s. The fair was a brawling, costly and altogether chaotic event, but few of the 52 million who attended noticed. This presentation draws on the delightful memories of fair-goers who found a hope for the future, an understanding of other cultures, and a delicious Bel-Gem waffle for just a dollar. So jump in that station wagon and take a ride back to the 1964 World’s Fair! ANDY SHINE SAYS: More facts and a look inside more attractions would have been appreciated. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE AMERICAN ROLLER COASTER 1.

DVD_TheAmericanRollerCoaster1[DVD: Japan Broadcasting Corporation / Termite Art Productions – 2002 – 45 mins +bonus]. (1 of 2) Showcasing Holiday World/Raven (+reverse-view on-board commentary and POV); Knott’s Berry Farm/GhostRider (+reverse-view on-board commentary and POV); Coaster wheel configuration and brakes explained. Six Flags Magic Mountain/Goliath (+reverse-view on-board commentary, POV and Goliath Jr.); Cedar Point/Millennium Force (+reverse-view on-board commentary and POV); Kings Island/Son of Beast (+aerial shots, side-view on-board commentary and POV); Closing montage includes UltimateRollerCoaster.com. (Bonus includes American Coaster Enthusiasts – the Club’s publications, members, trips, etc. / Narration is in English and Japanese). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features interactive menus with on-screen statistics. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE AMERICAN ROLLER COASTER 2.

DVD_TheAmericanRollerCoaster2[DVD: Japan Broadcasting Corporation / Termite Art Productions – 2002 – 50 mins +bonus]. (2 of 2) Showcasing Cedar Point/Magnum XL-200 (+reverse-view on-board commentary and POV); Kennywood/Thunderbolt (+reverse-view on-board commentary and POV); Coney Island (Cyclone/Astroland +vintage film); Islands of Adventure/Incredible Hulk (+reverse-view on-board commentary, POV and control system tour); Six Flags Great Adventure/Nitro (+side-view on-board commentary and POV); Kings Island/The Beast (+reverse-view on-board commentary, aerial shots and POV); Closing montage. (Bonus includes Phantom’s Revenge POV / narration is English and Japanese). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Features interactive menus with on-screen statistics. The reverse POVs were different! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS.

DVD_TheBeastFrom20000Fathoms[DVD: Warner Bros. – 1953 – 76 mins]. Near the Arctic Circle, an atomic bomb is detonated. This disturbs the sleep of a giant Rhedosaurus encased in ice for over 100 million years and sends it southward on a destructive rampage to run amok through New York City before being conquered in a spectacular Coney Island roller coaster finale. (Carries optional subtitles). ANDY SHINE SAYS: The final eight minutes sees the creature trapped within the turns of a wooden roller coaster. A train is sent around the broken course while pursuers fire isotope-shots from the top of the lift hill. Extras include two documentaries: “The Rhedosaurus and The Roller Coaster – Making the Beast” & “Harryhausen & Bradbury – An Unfathomable Friendship” +a hidden bonus and four trailers. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE BRADY BUNCH: THE CINCINNATI KIDS.

DVD_TheBradyBunch[DVD: CBS Paramount Network Television – 1973 – 25 mins]. “The Cincinnati Kids: The entire Brady clan heads off on a wildly anticipated visit to Kings Island amusement park (Kings Mills, Ohio), where they are subsequently forced to turn the park upside down looking for Mike’s misplaced architectural blueprints!” (Features optional Closed Captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Part of a 21-disk/117 episodes box-set. This particular programme is from the final/fifth season – episode 11. This Brady Bunch gem features Kings Island amusement park throughout, and shows many of the rides and attractions, including the wooden roller coaster (Racer), Monster, Wheel of Fortune (trabant), log flume, flying scooters, concessions, etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE BUSINESS OF FUN.

DVD_TheBusinessOfFun[DVD: Forrester Media – 2008 – 39 mins +extras]. How did Dollywood’s (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) Mystery Mine come to be? Join us as we follow the ride’s development from conception to completion. Includes a background on Herschend Family Entertainment, owner of the Dollywood Theme Park, and follows their management to IAAPA (2005) where they select a builder for the ride. Witness the project’s construction from behind the scenes, and forward to opening day and the first white-knuckled riders. Extras include exclusive animations of the Mystery Mine from all perspectives, plus a piece about Coney Island (New York) as told by historian Charles Denson. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An insightful documentary targeted towards a mature audience. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

THE COUNTRY BEAR JAMBOREE.

dvd_countrybearjamboree[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2013 – 47 mins +bonus]. In 1971, a new bear band debuted at Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, Florida) and quickly became a favourite among guests. The Bears were originally conceived to provide entertainment at a restaurant within a ski resort in Mineral King Valley (Sequoia National Forest, California), but the resort never came to be. Following Walt Disney’s death in December 1966, it was decided that the Bears would make their debut at Walt Disney World. This knee-slappin’, hip swaying documentary shares the Country Bears’ humble beginnings, their integration into other Disney parks, the many seasonal changes and the sad demise of the Bear Show from Disneyland (Anaheim, California). This DVD also features an interview with film puppeteer Terri Hardin, and also the Country Bears’ stage show in its entirety. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Less demanding 1970s and ‘80s audiences were easily entertained with mechanical bears giving a lip-sync performance to songs you’ve never heard of, including: ‘Blood On The Saddle’, ‘Tears Will Be The Chaser For My Wine’, ‘The Fractured Folk Song’ and ‘Mama Don’t Whip Little Buford’! The 16-minutes bonus film “The Country Bears’ Christmas Special” features the Country Bears’ seasonal stage show. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE DAY THE AMUSEMENT DIED / THE SPIRIT REMAINS.

DVD_TheDayTheAmusementDied[DVD: THonline.com – 2009 – Two programmes on one disk – 18 mins]. Programme 1 [9 mins]: “The Day the Amusement Died.” In 1993, flood survivors Margaret Funk, Gertrude Jackoniski and Zeno Tranel shared their memories of the Union Park (Dubuque, Iowa) flood of July 9, 1919. On that date, four of their family members, including Gertrude’s mother, sister and brother, lost their lives at Union Park… here is their story. Programme 2 [9 mins]: “The Spirit Remains.” Take a tour of the Union Park ruins. See the current site of the former Union Park trolley loop, caretaker’s house +remains, roller coaster valley, ‘fishpond’ +remains, Dance Pavilion and Rustic Band Stand, Mammoth Theatre, sidewalks and lamp posts +surviving iron lamp posts, children’s playground +children’s pool, and the ‘Death Pavilion’ where many flood victims lost their lives. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The first programme is narrated by three survivors of the 1919 flood and features 70+ images of Union Park, including postcards and newspaper cuttings reporting the flash-flood and its aftermath. The second programme is narrated by Sue Boelk as we tour through Union Park today. Both programmes were produced by Mike Day. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE.

DVD_TheDayTheEarthCaughtFire[DVD: A British Lion Films-Pax Films Picture – 1961 – 98 mins]. When the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously set off nuclear explosions, The London Daily Express begins to report on bizarre worldwide weather changes. But when reporters dig deeper they discover the blasts have knocked the Earth off its axis and hurtling towards the sun. Now with scorching heat, floods and chaos, mankind is left with one last hope: A final massive detonation that will either re-balance Earth’s orbit or destroy our world forever. (Closed Captioned). ANDY SHINE SAYS: This award winning film features scenes recorded at Battersea Park in London and on Palace Pier in Brighton. See the various rides including John Collins’ Big Dipper. The five minutes of parks’ footage makes it worthy of a mention here. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE GREAT AMERICAN SCREAM MACHINE.

DVD_TheGreatAmericanScreamMachine[DVD: Horse Creek Productions – 1972 – 26 mins]. The building of a classic wooden roller coaster. The Great American Scream Machine was the tallest roller coaster in the world when it opened back in 1973 at Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia). This beautiful classic was designed by John Allen of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, and in this 1970s vintage documentary, see the design, construction, testing and opening of this amazing coaster. Features interviews with John Allen and his team. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The film quality is pretty poor, but then it was the 1970s! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE HAUNTED MANSION.

DVD_TheHauntedMansion[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2011 – 56 mins +bonus]. In July of 1966, a new land called New Orleans Square was added to Disneyland (Anaheim, California). The jazzy land would become home to the exclusive member’s only Club 33 and to the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean. It would also become known for a well kept manor that housed 999 ghosts: the Haunted Mansion. This programme lurks into the history of this famous attraction, exploring how the Haunted Mansion was years in the making, how the many haunts were created, the back-story of the owner of the manor, and how the Mansion was slated to be a walk-through attraction before the creation of the Doombuggies changed all of that. This spooktacular DVD includes interviews with Disney legend and imaginer Bob Gurr, and Doombuggies.com creator Jeff Baham. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The 18-minutes bonus film “Meet The Family” introduces you to the residents of the Mansion, including the legendary Hatbox Ghost! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE HISTORIC TALE OF UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD.

DVD_UniversalStudios[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2011 – 60 mins +bonus]. Universal Studios Hollywood is known for its fantastic films, spectacular attractions and the growth of its sister theme park in Florida, but did you know that it actually started with a trip to Chicago in 1905 by Carl Laemmle? It was this trip that gave Mr. Laemmle the inspiration to purchase one of many Nickelodeons that would eventually inspire him to create his own films, which ultimately encouraged him to build his own movie lot. Presented here is the historic tale of Mr. Laemmle’s journey in producing a motion picture empire. Witness the early years of Universal City’s successful horror films and explore the beginning of the Glamor Trams that shuttled guests through the movie sets at Universal Studios. See the many attractions that have come and gone, like the E.T. Adventure and Back to the Future – the Ride, and enjoy new attractions such as Jurassic Park – the Ride and the hilarious Simpsons Ride. This programme also includes an interview with Disney legend Bob Gurr, who worked on The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular and the original King Kong attraction. Bob talks in detail about how he was contracted to do these rides and how they were constructed. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this programme and learned a few things along the way. The 12-minutes bonus features home movie footage of a trip to Universal Studios in 1976. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE HISTORY OF THE BELLE VUE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS 1.

DVD_BelleVue1[DVD: Roy Nicol Productions – 2001 – 109 mins]. (1 of 3) The Belle Vue Zoo Gardens (Manchester, England). Features: Introduction; 1932 film – The Railway Queen, The Bobs (coaster), motor boats, Caterpillar, Aeroplane Swing, Scenic Railway, children’s rides, Tumble Bug, and more. Belle Vue Stadium (parades). Kings Hall (boxing). The Circus (human acts). 1946/7 film: “A Day at Belle Vue.” Big Bands. 1950 film (rides and zoo). Stock car racing. Belle Vue Bowl, Cumberland Suite, New Elizabethan Ballroom, Vox pops. Vance Tutton interview (World Roller Coaster Champion). Miniland. Belle Vue Aces (Speedway). Circus (Norman Barrett interview). Stadium closure. Closing sentiments. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme is far too long. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE HISTORY OF THE BELLE VUE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS 2.

DVD_BelleVue2[DVD: Roy Nicol Productions – 2004 – 76 mins]. (2 of 3) The Belle Vue Zoo Gardens (Manchester, England) was ‘The Showground of the World’ with its huge variety of entertainment. You could shoot the Rapids, visit the Ghost Train, the Bobs, or even make a splash on the Water Chute. Features: Introduction/historical overview. Vintage film: Carousel, Bobs (coaster), Octopus, etc… zoo, fireworks, circus performances. Vox pops (Interviews). Film: Boxing, speedway, stock car racing. The Water Chute (Peter Schofield remembers/interview). Outro… ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed the vintage film showing the various rides and attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE HISTORY OF THE BELLE VUE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS 3.

DVD_BelleVue3[DVD: Roy Nicol Productions – 2004 – 103 mins]. (3 of 3) The Belle Vue Zoo Gardens (Manchester, England) was ‘The Showground of the World’ with its huge variety of entertainment. Why not tour around the Zoo and see the world’s best animal collection. Features: Introduction; Belle Vue Aces (Speedway) and Stadium. Rides and Zoo montage… Film: “Circus Parade.” Personal recollections. Film: “Donovan & Byl’s Tumbling Tomfoolery.” The Trust House Forte takeover. Firework displays. Rides: film montage, Exhibition Halls and displays. Belle Vue: An Artist’s Perspective. Jet Stream (coaster) POV. The closing of Belle Vue. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A nice enough programme, but far too long. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CRYSTAL BEACH.

DVD_TheLifeAndTimesOfCrystalBeach[DVD: Cathy Herbert, Janet Truckenbrodt & Paul Kassay Jr. – 2003 – 60 mins]. A fond and affectionate documentary about the legendary amusement park and its effect on the community. This production will show you how the village was so entwined with the fabric of the park that they were almost as one. See the Dance Hall come alive once more to the tune of the many great bands of the era that were fortunate enough to play there, and journey aboard the famed Canadiana. Featuring on and off-ride footage of the legendary woodies: The Cyclone, The Giant Coaster (Side-Friction) and the Comet. Witness the final moments of Crystal Beach Amusement Park (Ontario, Canada) during its eventual demolition in 1989. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An affectionate look at a park long gone. Memories will come flooding back. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE MATTERHORN BOBSLEDS.

DVD_TheMatterhornBobsleds[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2015 – 43 mins]. In 1958 while Walt Disney was producing the film, Third Man on the Mountain, in Switzerland, he stumbled on an idea for a new attraction. After being mesmerized by the Matterhorn Mountain he quickly decided that a Matterhorn coaster ride would be perfect for his new Disneyland park (Anaheim, California), so he sent Disney Imagineer, Vic Greene a two-word message: “Build this!” This DVD journeys through the tracks of one of Disneyland’s most loved attraction, The Matterhorn Bobsleds. The programme covers the history of the rides’ concept, its construction, its opening day and the many changes that have occurred to the icy mountain through the years. It also features a detailed interview with Disney Legend and Imagineer, Bob Gurr, who designed the layout of the tracks. ANDY SHINE SAYS: I found this programme to be most interesting and informative. I certainly learned a few things. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

THE MONORAIL.

dvd_themonorail[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2013 – 44 mins]. In 1958 while vacationing in Cologne, Germany, Walt Disney discovered a Monorail smoothly travelling along a steel-reinforced concrete beam. He loved the idea so much that he knew he had to have one built into his new theme park: Disneyland (Anaheim, California). Speed into the future aboard ‘The Highway in the Sky’ as we tour the rails of the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System, from its sketched beginnings to its 1959 unveiling, to today’s colourful Monorail. This documented wonderment would not be complete without an interview with Imagineer Bob Gurr, who not only designed this futuristic mode of transportation, but also built it. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Fifteen minutes of this programme is taken up with a blurry ride-through and POV ride-through of the Disneyland Monorail system, which I didn’t enjoy. Of much more interest to me was the information about the Alweg Monorail’s roots in Germany and the unique historical insight from Bob Gurr. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY: I LEFT MY HEART IN CINCINNATI.

DVD_PartridgeFamily[DVD: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment – 1973 – 26 mins]. “I Left My Heart In Cincinnati: The Partridge Family are performing at Kings Island amusement park in Kings Mills, Ohio, and motion-sickness sufferer Keith Partridge bravely endures the rides to impress his love interest – Ms. Audrey Parson, the park’s public relations representative. However, Keith is not the only Partridge competing for Ms. Parson’s affections.” (Features optional Closed Captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing). ANDY SHINE SAYS: Part of a 12-disk/96 episodes box-set. This episode was recorded in 1972 and first broadcast in January 1973. It’s from the third season – episode 17. This Partridge Family outing features sporadic footage of Kings Island amusement park and shows several rides and attractions, including the Racer wooden roller coaster, Kings Island/Eiffel Tower, Monster, carousel, log flume, junior Whip, vintage cars, etc. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE PHYSICS OF AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES.

DVD_QED-MostSwingingSwirling[DVD: BBC Worldwide / Films For The Humanities & Sciences – 1986 – 30 mins]. Original BBC Broadcast title: QED – “Most Swirling, Swinging, Sliding, Spinning, Up and Down Ride of Your Life.” Do you want to know where to sit on a roller coaster to get the biggest thrill? Engineers use the principles of physics to design amusement park rides. Viewers will be catapulted along a roller coaster, slammed into their seats, glued against a wall, shot down a luge course, and swung around on an hellacious ride they call “The Corkscrew.” Learn of the relationship between kinetic and potential energy, vectors, speed, friction, and acceleration in an exciting real-world format. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Featuring the various rides and attractions of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, West Midland Safari Park, Alton Towers, Wicksteed Park, Morecambe Pleasure Park, AstroWorld, Kings Island and others. Narrated by Anthony Clare, this is a memorable TV programme from the ’80s. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE ROLLER COASTERS OF CEDAR POINT.

DVD_TheRollerCoastersOfCedarPoint[DVD: Cedar Fair L.P. – 2004 – 26 mins]. Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) is a coaster lover’s dream come true. Whether you crave the tallest and fastest coaster in the universe, Top Thrill Dragster, the high-tech thrills of Millennium Force, the speed of Mean Streak, the unpredictability of Raptor, or the madness of Wicked Twister, Cedar Point has the coaster for you. This action-packed programme will not only give you a brief history of the park’s legendary coasters, but will actually give you a front-row seat on some of the best! Also includes a short bonus feature titled, “Are You Ready?” ANDY SHINE SAYS: A short segment discusses the park’s founding and its former coasters. I hoped for a longer, more detailed programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE STORY OF ALTON TOWERS.

DVD_TheStoryOfAltonTowers[DVD: Gary Kelsall & Simon Lowe – 2005 – 60 mins]. The story of Alton Towers (Staffordshire, England), as a place of fun, thrills and magic since the 1830s! Crowds have flocked to this magical place ever since – to the great fairs, wakes and firework extravaganzas in the 1890s -through to the funfairs of the 1950s- and into modern times, from the unveiling of The Corkscrew in 1980 through to the present. We take a look, and ride upon, the remarkable gravity-defying rides of today, such as Oblivion, Air, Nemesis and Rita Queen of Speed, with fascinating insights from Roller Coaster guru, John Wardley. This is the story of Alton Towers today and yesterday. Re-live the magic and wonderment of nearly two centuries of Alton Towers! ANDY SHINE SAYS: It is a shame that there’s nothing in this programme about former rides or park maintenance. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE SUBMARINE VOYAGE.

[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2012 – 60 mins +bonus]. Dive! Dive! Dive! In 1959 Walt Disney expanded his Disneyland theme park (Anaheim, California) with three new attractions: The Alweg Monorail, The Matterhorn Bobsled and The Submarine Voyage. Guests would climb aboard the submarines and slowly journey through the depths of the Disneyland Lagoon. Once below the surface, guests were treated to a world of underwater marvels which included: the wondrous world of sea creatures, ship wrecks, lost treasure, the Lost City of Atlantis and even a mythological sea serpent. Travel through the history of this forgotten attraction to discover how the concept came about, the closure of The Submarine Voyage and the replacement ride – The Finding Nemo Voyage. This DVD includes a detailed interview with Disney Legend and Imagineer, Bob Gurr. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This programme also discusses the ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ ride at Tokyo DisneySea and The Submarine Voyage-like attractions at other Disney theme parks. The 20-minute bonus film discusses the real-life seafaring inspiration behind The Submarine Voyage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THE THINGS WE DID LAST SUMMER.

DVD_TheThingsWeDidLastSummer[DVD: Encore Home Video – 2003 – 64 mins]. The Things We Did Last Summer is a summer full of fun from 1970s and ‘80s amusement parks and sometimes tacky roadside attractions. We’re off to a good start with our first film called “Escape To Pleasure Island”. Pleasure Island was an amusement park near Boston, Massachusetts. Then it’s off to Busch Gardens The Old Country in Williamsburg, Virginia and a ride on their brand new roller coaster, the Loch Ness Monster. Naturally, during this programme called “Of All Places To Meet A Monster!” you visit Busch Gardens’ many other worlds and attractions and have a bang up day. Our journey continues to Fort of the Osage Family Fun Park in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Fort Osage is one of those out-of-the-way places you hear about. Here you get to experience it first hand! Another roadside attraction is Old Mac Donald’s Farm in Orange County, California. In this film called “Mac Donald’s Farm – Animals Go To School” we find a bounty of trained animals, including a chicken that plays a piano, a goat that butts a butt, and lots more animal fun. Next stop is Disneyland in Anaheim, California. This Disney travelogue was made for the Spanish speaking market. Well anyway, the film is good and we already know “It’s A Small World” (after all)! Our final stop is at Six Flags Over Mid-America in Eureka, Missouri. This Six Flags film is called “Have A Nice Day” and you do have a nice day – a perfect way to top off our vacation. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This series of six amusement park promotional films was interesting to watch. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THE WORLD’S GREATEST FAIR: SAINT LOUIS 1904.

DVD_TheWorldsGreatestFairStLouis1904[DVD: PBS Home Video – 2004 – 113 mins]. The 1904 World’s Fair was intended to be the biggest and the best World’s Fair ever. We present the fair through a series of compelling stories, including: The first Olympic Games on American soil. A Ferris wheel, so large that a wedding was held in one of its compartments on horseback. Tales of a loincloth wearing tribe that shocked and enthralled visitors by eating dogs. And a story about the famous Geronimo, who sold visitors his autograph and hat – then replaced it with another from a box hidden under the table. This documentary is a unique snapshot of America at the dawn of a new era. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Interesting, but it left me feeling underwhelmed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

THERE’S A DETECTIVE ON THE MIDWAY.

DVD_TheresADetectiveOnTheMidway[DVD: Encore Home Video – 1954~ – 55 mins]. Two vintage detective television shows with quasi amusement park / carnival locations. The Cheaters: (1960) stars John Ireland investigating the operators of an amusement park who are robbing their customers and putting in false insurance claims. Filmed on location in England (UK). The Lone Wolf: (1954) stars Louis Hayward as Michael Lanyard who’s on vacation visiting two old circus friends and encounters murder and robbery in an amusement park that ends in a deadly chase on the roller coaster. Filmed in the USA on the West coast. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The chase on the roller coaster was the only part that remotely interested me. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THIS IS CINERAMA.

DVD_ThisIsCinerama[DVD: A Lowell Thomas and Merian C. Cooper Cinerama Production – 1952 – 123 mins +bonus disk]. Celebrating 60-years of Cinerama. On the evening of 30 September 1952, the shape and sound of movies changed forever with the introduction of Cinerama. Fred Waller, Cinerama’s creator, used three cameras and three projectors on a curved screen to present moving images as never seen before. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This DVD/Blu-ray combo explains the phenomenon that is Cinerama. Features 24 glorious minutes of footage from Florida’s Cypress Gardens, and… “Last Warning – Do Not Stand Up” …and ready yourself for 144 SmileBox-Simulated seconds of thrills aboard the Rockaways’ Playland “Atom Smasher” where re-rides cost 25¢. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THRILL.

DVD_Thrill[DVD: NBC Studios – 1996 – 89 mins]. A popular amusement park becomes a chamber of horrors when a madman, hell-bent on destruction, triggers a series of rides to spin completely out of control. Fearing for the Park’s worth, owner Theresa Coulson does her best to keep the terrifying incidents out of the press. But the danger escalates to deadly proportions and suddenly the most popular ride in the park, the roller coaster, becomes a ticking time bomb. Now, in a terrifying vein of speed, it’s up to one man to keep the ride moving, and get the passengers to safety before it’s too late! ANDY SHINE SAYS: The plot is thin and the ride malfunctions ridiculous. Filmed at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (California) and on their Giant Dipper roller coaster. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair. 

THRILL RIDE: THE SCIENCE OF FUN!

DVD_ThrillRideTheScienceOfFun[DVD: Sony Pictures Classics – 1997 – 40 mins]. This IMAX documentary puts you in the front of some of America’s most exciting amusement park attractions. Explore the heart-pounding possibilities brought to life when imagination meets the computer work-station with director Ben Stassen, a renowned expert in the field of Computer Generated Imagery. Learn how cutting-edge ride designers employ technology originally developed by the military and NASA to create the mind-bending ride simulators of today! Trace the history of thrill rides, from 19th Century Parisian coasters to today’s computer simulations, and learn what goes into their high-tech design and construction. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Whatever became of Virtual Reality anyway? ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

THRILLRIDERS.

DVD_ThrillRiders1[DVD: AmusementRides.de – 2004 – 135 mins]. (1 of 2) Featuring all manner of travelling thrill rides in the German fair circuit across 10 chapters. See Breakdancer; Euro Star; Alpina Bahn; Booster; Hexentanz; Star World; Black Hole; Extrem; Magic Spinning Coaster; 1001 Nacht; Crazy Coaster, and more. Observe the ‘build up’ of some of your favourite rides: Olympia Looping; Power Tower; Dreier Looping and others. Contains four Picture-Shows displaying over 300 ride photographs. ANDY SHINE SAYS: With this sort of programme you may navigate to find points of interest, rather than watch from start to finish. German fair enthusiasts should enjoy this. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

THRILLRIDERS 2.

DVD_ThrillRiders2[DVD: iKirmes.com – 2006 – 106 mins]. (2 of 2) Programme 1 (42-mins) features: Swinging Galleon; Break Dancer #2; Move It!; Frisbee; Top Spin #1; Insider #1 (Shaker); Star Flyer; Wilde Maus; Olympia Looping; Wave Swinger; Tango; Virus; Flipper (Superbowl); Surf Dance; Disk’O; Imperator. Programme 2 (41-mins) shows the build-up of some of your favourite attractions: Break Dance #1; Giant Wheel; Techno Power; Drop Tower; Shaker; High Energy (Star Shape). Programme 3 (24-mins) focuses exclusively on the build-up of the travelling suspended coaster: Euro Star. Also features a slideshow of 300 ride photographs. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Sure to appeal to the kirmes fanatic. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

TOKYO DISNEYLAND.

DVD_TokyoDisneyland[DVD: Disney – 1998 – 32 mins]. (1 of 3) A park promotional DVD featuring the many delights on offer at this beautiful entertainment resort. Meet your favourite Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and Donald Duck and explore the many attractions on offer. Filmed from an idealistic viewpoint, the programme follows the exploits of a Japanese family during their vacation to Tokyo Disneyland. Narration is Japanese, with optional Japanese subtitles. ANDY SHINE SAYS: You know what to expect here: captured on film, a perfect time at Disney. There’s some nice footage of the resort, which kept me entertained. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

TOKYO DISNEYLAND: SAYONARA – FANTILLUSION!

DVD_TokyoDisneylandSayonaraFantillusion[DVD: Disney – 2001 – 27 mins]. (2 of 3) A park promotional programme focussing entirely on the night-time Fantillusion! Parade. See your favourite Disney characters on the many spectacular, illuminated floats. A presentation guaranteed to appeal to Disney enthusiasts, whether young or young at heart. ANDY SHINE SAYS: If you consider yourself an extraordinarily dedicated Disney fanatic, then you’ll likely appreciate and enjoy this somewhat forced and saccharine promotional presentation. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair. 

TOKYO DISNEYLAND & TOKYO DISNEYSEA.

DVD_TokyoDisneySea[DVD: Disney – 2002 – 60 mins +extras]. (3 of 3) A park promotional DVD featuring the many rides, attractions, shows, shops, hotels, parades and catering at this stunningly beautiful resort. Visit the many extensively themed areas and enjoy the offerings of each. Take a look at The Winnie the Pooh ride and see the bouncing hunny pots with Tigger! Join Mickey Mouse and his friends for their all-dancing and singing show and a twilight Electrical Parade. Optional Japanese narration and Japanese subtitles throughout (unless you know different!) You will want to watch this presentation over and over. ANDY SHINE SAYS: You know what to expect here: a perfect time at Disney. Great footage! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

TOWER OF TERROR.

DVD_TowerOfTerror[DVD: Theme Parkology – 2013 – 46 mins +bonus]. On July 22, 1994 at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida a decrepit hotel reopened its doors to allow guests to visit the vintage Hollywood Tower Hotel, which had closed its property in 1939 after five passengers disappeared in the hotel’s elevator during a freak lightning storm. Guests are encouraged to explore the hotel’s cobweb-draped lobby and library which is filled with many curiosities. From there, guests take a ride in a service elevator, which mysteriously launches its unsuspecting passengers up the elevator shaft for the ride of their lives. Dare to travel to the Fifth Dimension as we journey through the history of Disney’s decaying hotel: The Tower of Terror. This DVD features an interview with voice-over actor, Mark Silverman, who voiced the attraction (emulating Rod Serling from The Twilight Zone television series). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I learned much from this programme, including the names of the five lost elevator passengers: Dewey Todd Jr, Gilbert London, Caroline Crosson, Emmeline Partridge, and Sally Shine (no relation). I particularly enjoyed the references to the Twilight Zone TV series. The 5-minutes bonus “Tower of Terror – The Mystery” has New York Globe-Telegraph reporter, Manfred Strang, explaining the backstory of Tokyo DisneySea’s Hotel Hightower / Tower of Terror. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S HORROR NIGHTS: THE ART OF THE SCARE.

DVD_HalloweenHorrorNights[DVD: Lightship Entertainment, Inc. – 2003 – 48 mins]. We know what you’re afraid of. Turn out the lights and go “behind the screams” of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. Explore each terrifying haunted maze and see how they were designed and constructed. Discover how the event creators play on your deepest, darkest fears to bring your worst nightmares to life. It’s a never -before- seen look into one of the biggest and scariest annual Halloween events in the world. [Warning: Due to the frightening nature of this programme, some content may be too intense for young children]. ANDY SHINE SAYS: No coasters or rides, just plenty of Halloween spookiness. I enjoyed this peek behind the scenes. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.

VINTAGE AMUSEMENT PARK FILM COLLECTION.

DVD_VintageAmusementParkFilmCollection[DVD: The Historical Archive Corporation – 1940s~ – 91 mins]. This collection of early amusement park films is a fascinating tribute to fun. It features: Coney Island; early Disney; Freedomland, and a tour of Santa Monica and its amusement areas. Prepare yourself for a nostalgic trip back in time. Films include: Coney Island (1940s); Greenwich Village, New York Snowstorm and Coney Island (1944); Coney Island (1952); Where the Mountains Meet the Sea (1959); Disney Amusement Park; Freedomland (1963). ANDY SHINE SAYS: A mishmash of vintage footage. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

WALT: THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH.

DVD_WaltTheManBehindTheMyth[DVD: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. – 2001 – 119 mins +extras]. A portrait of a legend from those who knew him best. From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Disneyland and beyond, Walt Disney touched the hearts of millions with his special brand of magic. In this revealing portrait, you’ll discover the man behind the myth as never before. Inspired by daughter Diane Disney Miller and hosted by Disney legend Dick Van Dyke, the film features all-new interviews with friends, family, collaborators and experts, plus never-before-seen home movies. Through good times and bad, including a brush with bankruptcy during World War II, Walt remained a driven innovator and perfectionist behind studio gates and a devoted family man at home. This DVD offers the most intimate look yet at the man whose legacy continues to inspire the world. Scene Selections: Chicago, 1901; Kansas City, 1911; Walt’s First Cartoon; Walt Goes To Hollywood; Walt Meets Lilly; Birth Of Mickey Mouse; “Flowers And Trees”; Disney’s Folly – Snow White; Flora’s Tragic Death; Pinocchio And Fantasia; Bambi; The Studio Strike; Dumbo And World War II; HUAC Testimony; Live-Action Films; Walt Enters Television; The Dream Of Disneyland; 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea; Disneyland Opening Day; 1964 World’s Fair; Mary Poppins; Walt’s Utopia – EPCOT; The Last Months; End Credits & Quotes. ANDY SHINE SAYS: An engrossing programme about Walter Elias Disney with lots of bonus material. Also includes optional English, Spanish and French subtitles for the main feature. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

WHALOM PARK: FOR A WHALE OF A TIME!

DVD_WhalomParkWhaleOfATime[DVD: Paul L’Ecuyer – 2006 – 57 mins +a bonus film]. A documentary by Paul L’Ecuyer (who worked at Whalom Park for 10 years), full of nostalgic footage of an amusement park sadly lost. Although Whalom Park (Lunenburg, Massachusetts) is gone, it will never be forgotten. Relive the memories of riding the rides, playing the games and enjoying the shows, featuring the various stage performers, costumed characters and puppets that were always part of the fun at Whalom Park! Chapter Points: The Early Years (1893-); The Shows; The Rides and Games; Autumn 2000 – The Ending; Bonus Film =35 extra minutes of park footage. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A unique trip back in time. See Silly Savage, Super Chick, Simon Looney Bear and the joys of Whalom Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

WHERE MAGIC LIVES: WALT DISNEY WORLD.

DVD_WhereMagicLives[DVD: Disney – 2003 – 53 mins]. Capturing the fantasy, imagination and excitement of the Walt Disney World Resort (Lake Buena Vista, Florida). See rare footage of Walt Disney Worlds, with focus on its four unique theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney MGM Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Features optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A lacklustre piece from Disney that never really gets going. I was disappointed. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT / ROLLER COASTER RABBIT.

DVD_WhoFramedRogerRabbit[DVD: Touchstone Home Entertainment – 1988 – 95 mins +extras]. Includes the 1990, 6.5-minute short: “Roller Coaster Rabbit.” [Main Feature]- “It’s 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant, a down-on-his-luck detective, is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar, Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger, and the sinister, power-hungry Judge Doom is on a mission to bring Roger to justice. Roger begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer and the plot thickens as Eddie uncovers scandal after scandal and realizes that the very existence of Toontown is at stake!” [Features optional subtitles]. ANDY SHINE SAYS: Annoyingly, the extras are subtitled in various languages – but NOT in English! ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.

WILD RIDES.

DVD_WildRidesUltimateExperience.jpg[DVD: Discovery Channel – 1996 – 52 mins]. Hang on tight! Get your adrenalin pumping and your heart rate racing as you travel to incredible thrill parks coast to coast. Experience amazing speeds, supersonic g-forces, gravity-defying corkscrews, humps, camel backs and loops. And that’s just for starters! Get an eyeful of futuristic simulated rides and examine more than 100 years of coaster history. Strap in tight – it’s an incredible ride! ANDY SHINE SAYS: This film held my attention from start to finish. There’s input from several prominent coaster designers and builders, which elevates the programme significantly. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

WONDER WOMAN: THE PHANTOM OF THE ROLLER COASTER 1 & 2.

dvd_wonderwoman[DVD: Warner Bros. Television – 1979 – 88 mins]. “Save the world? That’s a man’s job. Then along comes star-spangled Wonder Woman with the need to smash evil, calamity and injustice with her bullet-deflecting bracelets and golden lariat. Lynda Carter stars as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in ‘The Phantom of the Roller Coaster’ where a phantom lurks in the subterranean passages beneath the thrill rides at Fun Universe Amusement Park where a spy is determined to set up a surveillance operation using Fun Universe as a cover.” ANDY SHINE SAYS: Part of a 21-disk/59 episodes box-set including the pilot movie, this two-part episode is from the final/third season – episodes 23 and 24 and contains infrequent shots of Magic Mountain (Valencia, California) including several flat rides. Four of Magic Mountain’s roller coasters are shown: Colossus, Revolution (renamed Super Loop), Gold Rusher, and a chase within the structure of the Mountain Express. (Features optional subtitles for the Deaf and hard of hearing). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.

WORLD’S BEST THRILL PARKS.

DVD_WorldsBestThrillParks[DVD: Discovery Channel – 2000 – 45 mins]. Bringing the world’s top ten thrill parks to your living room. Parks featured: 10= Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen, Denmark). 9= Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York). 8= Nagashima Spaland (Nagoya, Japan). 7= Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California). 6= Kennywood Park (West Mifflin, Pennsylvania). 5= Parc Astérix (Plailly, France). 4= Blackpool Pleasure Beach (England). 3= Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Virginia). 2= Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio). 1= Universal Studios Islands of Adventure (Orlando, Florida). Features optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired. ANDY SHINE SAYS: This is terribly subjective. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining programme that showcases some wonderful destinations. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

WORLD’S FAIRS.

DVD_WorldsFairsBoxSet[DVD: St.Clair Entertainment Group, Inc. – 2008 – 342 mins +extras]. [Disk 1 / 62 mins] The Century’s first world’s fairs came together in San Francisco and Chicago to showcase accomplishments in arts, design, education, international trade, engineering and more… (1915 San Francisco International Exposition= “Panama-Pacific International Exposition Revisited,” “San Francisco: The Story of the Jewel City,” “San Francisco World’s Fair.” 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair= “A Century Of Progress,” and “Chicago World’s Fair”). [Disk 2 / 191 mins] In 1939 New York hosted an international exposition, its theme: “The World of Tomorrow.” The San Francisco International Exposition focused on the beauty of the Pacific and mankind’s advancements in construction and technology… (1939 New York World’s Fair= “Leave It To Roll-Ho,” “To New Horizons,” “The World Tomorrow.” 1939 San Francisco International Exposition= “Golden Gate International Exposition,” “San Francisco International Exposition,” “Farewell To Treasure Island,” and “San Francisco World’s Fair 1940”). [Disk 3 / 89 mins] Step through the lens of 1960s world’s fairs in New York and Seattle… (1964 New York World’s Fair= “Fair From On High: Monorail Offers Bird’s Eye View,” “Progress Report: Unisphere – Biggest World On Earth,” “To The Fair,” “Out of This World.” 1962 Seattle World’s Fair= “Century 21 Calling”). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I particularly enjoyed the later material. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

WORLD’S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS.

DVD_WorldsGreatestRCThrills[DVD: Goldhil Video – 1995 – 82 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); “Front Car Center” extra. ANDY SHINE SAYS: There’s no 3-D effect here. It is a good programme, with great front seat action. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

WORLD’S TOUGHEST FIXES: ULTIMATE WATER RIDE.

DVD_WorldsToughestFixes[DVD: National Geographic – 2010 – 50 mins]. At Holiday World (Santa Claus, Indiana) building the world’s longest water roller coaster – the Wildebeest – is like assembling an enormous 3-D jigsaw puzzle. The Wildebeest is fitted with magnetic motors that enable the carts to float on air. After assembling the towers, supporting platforms and track, some last minute troubles threaten the Wildebeest’s uphill climb. Will the Wildebeest be ready on time? ANDY SHINE SAYS: Maintenance of the Voyage roller coaster is used as a filler for what would otherwise be a much shorter programme. I thought the insight into magnetic levitation (MagLev) principles was interesting. Add a staged malfunction to introduce ‘tension,’ and voila! Another formulaic National Geographic programme. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

YOU MUST BE THIS TALL: THE STORY OF ROCKY POINT PARK.

DVD_RockyPointPark[DVD: Midway Pictures – 2007 – 81 mins +bonus disk]. A poignant film, by David Bettencourt, looking at one of New England’s great landmarks. Go all the way back to 1847; to the early beginning of the park, and then fly like a roller coaster to its current, demolished state. Along the way we meet colourful and insightful characters who rode the rides, who operated the rides, and who kept the park running for all those years. You’ll see all the stalls and attractions, including the YoYo and the Flume, the Freefall and the Loop Corkscrew. A nostalgic look at the good ole’ days at Rocky Point Amusement Park (Warwick, Rhode Island). ANDY SHINE SAYS: I enjoyed this enormously. 81 minutes elapsed in a flash. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent / Recommended.

ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND’S LAST WILD RIDE.

DVD_Zipper[DVD: ZipperFilm.com – 2012 – 76 mins]. Produced and directed by Amy Nicholson. A film about greed, politics, land use and public policy, ZIPPER tells the story behind the battle over an American cultural icon. Ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly runs a 38-year-old Zipper ride (Chance Rides) in Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is bought by an opportunistic real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the “People’s Playground.” Be it an affront to history or just the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In a market-driven world where growth often trumps preservation, the Zipper may be only the beginning of what is lost. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A thought-provoking film with wonderful Coney Island footage, old and new. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

ZOMBIELAND.

DVD_Zombieland[DVD: Columbia Pictures – 2009 – 124 mins +bonus features]. “Nerdy college student Columbus has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies. He meets with Tallahassee as they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.” Bonus Features include: Deleted Scenes; Feature Commentary; Behind the Scenes; Visual Effects Progression Scenes; Theatrical Promo Trailers. ANDY SHINE SAYS: The final 20 minutes of Zombieland features scenes of Wild Adventures Amusement Park (Valdosta, Georgia). The story is interesting and gruesome in a comedic way. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair.