Roger M. wrote:The reason folks continue to comment on the L&L audience members is because it continues to remain an issue!
For me, the phony audience renders L&L discs only watchable once.
I find L&L DVD's uncomfortable to view due to the endless forced laughter and applause.
After seeing Tommy Wonder rendered by L&L production styles I certainly wouldn't want my dream disc of Steve Freeman or Persi Diaconis to be produced in the L&L format.
You're certainly entitled to your opinion, so no argument from me. The only thing I'll add is that Tommy Wonder was thrilled with his DVDs and was glad that this was his legacy on video.
I'm not involved in the production of these DVDs, so I can only offer my opinion like the rest of you. I have never found the L&L audiences to be a distraction. I watch the DVDs to learn and in some cases, like Bill Malone, to be entertained.
My personal complaint is that there are not more discussions of theory on the DVDs. The Tommy Wonder DVDs are an exceptional set of DVDs because of the conversations Tommy and Max had. Most recently the 13 Steps DVDs are heavy with discussion between Osterlind & Sisti.
Not everyone who does a DVD for them wants that though. I helped L&L get John Mendoza and he didn't want to get too talk much about theory.
L&L provides a very comfortable atmosphere for these guys to come in and do their thing. For some of these guys it may be their only DVD set and the guys I know were grateful for the audience.
I've seen few other DVDs that equal the quality of what L&L releases. The Flicking Fingers was a great DVD and really broke away from the usual format. Russ Stevens in the UK produces some excellent DVDs as well as Peter Nardi. The Educating Archer DVDs are the best!
When you look back at the evolution of this format as a teaching medium, L&L really advanced it from what Tannens & Stevens Magic did early on.