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Cinderella [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

Elisha Willis , Iain Mackay , David Bintley    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elisha Willis, Iain Mackay, Gaylene Cummerfield, Carol-Anne Millar, Marion Tait
  • Directors: David Bintley
  • Format: Classical, Colour, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warner Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MKNEC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Birmingham Royal Ballet's award-winning chief choreographer, David Bintley, helms this version of Prokofiev's celebrated ballet, while the Royal Ballet Sinfonia is conducted by Koen Kessels.

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Cinderella


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks like Cinderella Feels like Cinderella 7 Nov 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have always found the music of Cinderella as one of Prokofiev's fascinating compositions, although the general opinion decades ago was that it was more of a Children's thingy. The ballet too, was relegated to the realm of slapstick and in some cases, experimented with to the point of Eurotrashy type of approach.(I have had the Fredrick Ashton choreographed version starring Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell for some time and enjoyed it tremendously - The Paris version disappointed horribly - The Monte Carlo version is Morose).

I would rate this one even better than the 1969 Royal Ballet production and many others for a few reasons:

1. Prokofiev's music points to a work that is complex. It is a mixture of fantasy, comedy, romance and quiet desperation. This production has less of slapstick and more of substance, quite unlike the Ashton production portrays in its approach.

2. There is some slapstick in this one too, but of the more subtle and difficult kind that Dumpy has brought out so well that she is really my star of this production....Skinny and stepmother are not too far behind...

3. They did not cast men as ugly sisters to make them look ugly. The ugliness brought out by Skinny (Gaylene Cummerfield) and Dumpy (Carol-Anne Millar) are those of their 'mind and attitude' - which makes them ugly rather than their physical attributes... The faulty footwork of Dumpy needs a lot of effort and work, and she has pulled it off brilliantly (Something like Alain in La Fille Mal Gardee)...Marion Tait as the stepmother is a wonderful actror which does a world of good for the ballet as a whole... her meanness is beautifully portrayed.

3.Elisha Willis dances the role of Cinderella and Iain Mackay portrays the Prince.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks like Cinderella Feels like Cinderella 9 Nov 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I have always found the music of Cinderella as one of Prokofiev's fascinating compositions, although the general opinion decades ago was that it was more of a Children's thingy. The ballet too, was relegated to the realm of slapstick and in some cases, experimented with to the point of Eurotrashy type of approach.(I have had the Fredrick Ashton choreographed version starring Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell for some time and enjoyed it tremendously - The Paris version disappointed horribly - The Monte Carlo version is Morose).

I would rate this one even better than the 1969 Royal Ballet production and many others for a few reasons:

1. Prokofiev's music points to a work that is complex. It is a mixture of fantasy, comedy, romance and quiet desperation. This production has less of slapstick and more of substance, quite unlike the Ashton production portrays in its approach.

2. There is some slapstick in this one too, but of the more subtle and difficult kind that Dumpy has brought out so well that she is really my star of this production....Skinny and stepmother are not too far behind...

3. They did not cast men as ugly sisters to make them look ugly. The ugliness brought out by Skinny (Gaylene Cummerfield) and Dumpy (Carol-Anne Millar) are those of their 'mind and attitude' - which makes them ugly rather than their physical attributes... The faulty footwork of Dumpy needs a lot of effort and work, and she has pulled it off brilliantly (Something like Alain in La Fille Mal Gardee)...Marion Tait as the stepmother is a wonderful actror which does a world of good for the ballet as a whole... her meanness is beautifully portrayed.

3.Elisha Willis dances the role of Cinderella and Iain Mackay portrays the Prince.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella: Birmingham Royal Ballet. 23 Aug 2011
By Andrey
Format:Blu-ray
Ballet the Cinderella performed by this troupe very much was pleasant to me. Very interesting and original statement of ballet, magnificent execution by ballet dancers of the roles me has impressed. To it it is necessary to add very beautiful suits, scenery and fine sounding of an orchestra. Quality of a disk good, very beautiful colors and good contrast. I live in St.-Petersburg, often I go to the Maryinsky Theater, saw many different statements of ballet the Cinderella. Performance on this disk - one of the best what I saw. Very much it would be desirable to get and other works of this troupe. If there are disks with ballets Quixote, the Nutcracker, the Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and other performances performed by troupe Birminghaim Royal ballet, I with pleasure will take them for the collection. Once again thanks theater for magnificent work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All Time Great. 26 Mar 2013
By H. A. Weedon VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This performance is a brilliant example of how best to blend traditional expectations with modern inspirational qualities and I loved every minute of it, not least because it reinstates me within that magical world of childhood which, I have to confess, has never really left me. In the modern world it seems to me that children are deprived all too soon of their childhood sense of wonder. I simply loved the dancers dressed up as frogs, lizards, rats and mice. This kind of thing, along with the ugly sisters and much else besides was all so imaginative, and yet so realistic. The whole performance is a parody of how we all actually behave with our attitudinal machinations and social synchronising. Best of all, it causes us to laugh at ourselves and become truly happy.

Yes, that's what this scintillating dance performance of Cinderella is all about and I would not fault it in any way. If you're going to put on a performance, do it this way and create an all time great. That's why DVDs are such a wonderful invention. Now we can watch this inspiring performance over and over again whenever we feel like it. Here we have a strong, realistically, unsoppified portrayal of the relationship between Cinderella and Prince Charming, so admirably danced by Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay. In fact, all the dancers were first rate as they performed to the inspiring music of Sergei Prokofiev. The years pass and such great performances as this one recede further and further into the past. All I can say to that is: this one deserves to live forever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good production
Very good filming of this production which has some magical sequences due to a corps de ballet that is well rehearsed, good choreography and excellent lighting. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Eric Firkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical!
For lovers of classical music and ballet this DVD is a wonderful way to enjoy both, one that doesn't lose its appeal even after repeated viewings.
Published 6 months ago by Eileen Helen
4.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella
As I have seen this ballet live and the DVD was purchased as a gift for a young person I cannot comment on the presentation of the DVD but the live performance is worth seeing.
Published 6 months ago by Linda Selby
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not PAL - it's NTSC
The description says PAL, but it's NTSC.

Yes, I know there are alternatives, but I ordered this on the basis of the description and the description is wrong. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Rose
1.0 out of 5 stars My mistake, but we couldn't play it
I am over 65 and not very good with the complications of modern TV systems; I ordered this for my grandaughter not realising that their machine couldn't play Blu-ray discs. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Morganlefay
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A ballet production well done. Stage sets and costumes are well thought out and work well with Prokofiev's music. The two lead artists are worthy of the praise they are given. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Crispin
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
We really enjoyed this ballet by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The choreographie is superb, also the costumes and the dancers dance with passion. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Compton Sally
5.0 out of 5 stars A new production of Cinderella that should not be missed
Here is a ballet production that really satisfies the need for an updated version. The story is told very well and the dancing is beautifully choreographed and performed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella
Have seen it live twice and this make a delightful viewing of a heartwarming and amusing ballet. Sent a copy to a friend in America so she could also see our local ballet, she... Read more
Published 18 months ago by L. C. Claxton
1.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella
Returned this product. Could view it on my DVD player (only two years old!) Unfortunately this DVD CAN ONLY BE PLAYED IN REGION 0. tHE u.k REQUIRES REGION 2!!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by B, Pepworth
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