Well, in spite of not being released for another few days, I bought this DVD two weeks ago from the ROH shop.
What to say about this production of Giselle? In a word, I suppose, magical. I loved every minute of it, and the soloists and entire corps de ballet were on top form.
In my view Carlos Acosta is at his brilliant best, but Natalia Osipova is something else entirely. She is quite an extraordinarily gifted dancer (notwithstanding her obvious hard work and dedication to her craft) and an utter joy to watch. In fact her performance as Giselle here is so compelling it's very difficult not to watch her.
I know it's impossible to talk of who is the best, or better than who, and so on. Styles and physiques being so different make nonsense of all that. I mean who is to say whether Cojocaru or Osipova, of the current generation, makes for a better Giselle? Nevertheless it's fair to say that the diminutive Natalia Osipova as regards her dancing and acting is a monumental force. If I may quote the Telegraph's reviewer Mark Monahan, when writing of Osipova in this production of Giselle:
"...you know you have been in the presence of greatness."
The extras on the DVD are well worth watching too. Some footage of Osipova and Acosta in rehearsals, interspersed with interviews with the two leading protagonists and the choreographer Sir Peter Wright. There's also a short film on the rehearsal of the Wilis, with some thoughts and opinions from a couple of members of the corps de ballet.