Adventures in Odyssey Live!
Join over 4,900 fans—a record-breaking live audience for Focus on the Family—and experience Adventures in Odyssey Live! Connie, Eugene, Wooton, Bernard, Mandy, and more favorite characters present an all-new adventure about discovering God’s calling for our lives. Complete with actor bloopers and live reactions from the audience, this extended show is presented in audio CD format—and a special DVD slideshow that takes you inside the live event! And don’t miss the exciting bonus features: actors answer questions from the audience, a photo booklet reveals even more about the Birthday Bash weekend . . . and an exclusive teaser gives you the scoop on what’s happening next in Odyssey!
In August 2008, the long-awaited
celebration of 20 years of Adventures in Odyssey commenced.
To celebrate, Focus on the Family held a live episode recording of
BTV: Live!. Fans
from around the country showed up for this exciting occasion. Some
even came from outside the United States. This event also was a
celebration of the release of
Adventures in Odyssey: The Official Guide.
Adventures in Odyssey Live!
contains one audio CD and a DVD with captivating bonus material.
For those who were
unable to attend the Adventures in Odyssey Birthday Bash at
Focus on the Family in August 2008, Adventures in Odyssey Live!
was produced to bring the celebration to listeners' homes. Set in a
very eye-catching package, AIO Live is certainly a must for
listeners and collectors alike. The product contains AIO's first
major attempt at die-cuts with the word "Live" popped out on the
front cover. It reveals the next sleeve which immediately draws
people's interest into the product. I must say that once the product
is opened to the point where you can see the CDs (see 3D views
towards top of page), you're given an immediate sneak peek
into what you're going to be hearing. With photos of the cast and
crew and a very chic design, AIO Live really brings the live
But that was only the product
packaging. We have yet to talk about the audio/visual experience
certainly keeps the listener engaged with fifty minutes of
episode airtime! Although the episode is told in a BTV format
slightly different from what we're used to, we do have a lot of
laughs and good moments. What's even better about AIO Live is
that listeners have the option of sticking an audio CD of the
episode into their CD player (disc 1), or if they have time to watch
it, they can stick the included DVD (disc 2) into their DVD player
or computer to watch and hear the episode as performed by the actors
and production crew. The entire episode plays in the background,
coupled with an engaging montage of video and photos from the event.
Yes, we have an audio CD, but the DVD
is my favorite part of the mix. The Live the Experience Event
Slideshow, Fan on the Street Interviews, and Focus on the
Family broadcast with Dr. James Dobson combine to make one exciting
treat. I especially enjoyed the two-part Focus broadcast in
celebration of 20 years of Adventures in Odyssey. If you're
considering purchasing this special collection, you're getting more
than an episode of AIO. You're getting a celebration!
However, the only negative I can see
is the episode of
itself. Now remember I come from an older listener's
perspective, where I grew up with the characters and events in
Odyssey shortly after the show began. I remember the days when an
uneventful episode was just right to the listener. The small-town
happenings were always exciting to to tune in to everyday. This
episode is extremely fast-paced and it took me some extra
concentration to be able to decipher what occurs in the episode. But
there's nothing wrong with that necessarily. That's my perspective.
Fast-paced episodes with less character development have been on
AIO's plate in more recent years. I'm a bigger fan of the more
leisurely episodes of the past that include character development
and more - how shall we say - calm episodes? So be ready to focus.
It's a bumpy ride.
In conclusion, this collection is
certainly one collectors and fans won't want to miss. It's
definitely worth the 1/2 inch of shelf space!
No longer available from Focus on the Family.
This album was originally released in CD
and DVD format in an attractive package design. While the hard copy
version is out of print, the content from this release is available via
Odyssey Adventure Club.
Learn more about the version available to OAC members
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