I loved this show, and was really pleased when I heard ITV were releasing a DVD of it. I thought I could see a large selection of the dances I had loved, and watch through all the Torvill and Dean routines, which began the programme each week.
I was wrong.
The "Dancing on Ice" section of the DVD is only 86 minutes long - not much time to fit in 8 weeks worth of programmes that were over an hour each. They have selected a few dances (and I mean a few) to show in their entirety. Otherwise, the dances are merely clips of every dance that week set to anonymous music.
The Torvill and Dean routines are mostly clips as well - a medley, again set to anonymous music. In their entirety are "Let Me Entertain You", and "Bolero". In addition to these, the DVD does contain the entire "Viva Las Vegas" sequence, but not to the same version of the music that was used on the show, so it doesn't quite work.
What is nice is that you relive some of the drama of the show, see great behind-the-scenes interviews, as well as a new interview from Torvill and Dean filmed after the show finished. Also, Bonnie's Bolero, filmed at the dress rehearsal, is included, and is wonderful to watch!
The quality is superb, and the DVD is grouped into sections, making it easier to find what you are looking for, although it still progresses in the order of the show.
As a special feature, the DVD includes "Fire and Ice" - a really beautiful performance by Torvill and Dean previously available on VHS video. While I'm happy to have this, I really feel ITV should have used the 50 minutes "Fire and Ice" takes up to give us more of "Dancing on Ice".
In summary, a great memento of a wonderful show - definitely worth buying. However, just don't expect too much, because, in my opinion, a lot of what made the show wonderful is missing.