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Coppelia [DVD] [2001]


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  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000505FU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Kirov Ballet perform Delibes' 'Coppelia', the story of a magician-toymaker and his living doll Coppelia. The magician brings Coppelia to life, but his neighbour Swanilda initiates a deception where she substitutes herself for the doll in an attempt to save her lover, Franz, from his magic. Stars Irina Shapchits, Mikhail Zavialov, Petr Rusanov, and Elvira Tarasova.

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"Scintillating" is the word which comes to mind to describe this performance of Delibes' Coppélia. Both the story and music (here presented in 2.0 Dolby stereo only, which is a shame) are among the most robust in the tradition, and here Oleg Vinogradov's choreography gives us the most extrovert depiction of an already extrovert subject. Highlights abound, but Irina Shapchits's Swanilda and Petr Rusanov's Coppelius are particularly delightful. The former is a boisterous, tomboyish interpretation, providing an additional dimension of contrast with the soullessness of Coppelius' dolls, while the latter eschews the bumbling eccentricity sometimes imposed on the role and instead depicts the dollmaker as an almost wraith-like, Mephistophelian figure. The disc carries one multi-angle option plus a DVD-ROM article by Harlow Robinson which includes a Web link to the label's home page, which is just as well given the drab, parsimonious nature of the accompanying black-and-white booklet. However, just buy this disc for the spectacular performance--you'll be glad you did. --Roger Thomas

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 30 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
I at first purchased a DVD of The Royal Ballet's version of this delightful ballet and found it to be acceptable but a little lack-lustre despite excellent dancing and good orchestration. Subsequently I bought this Kirov version and am absolutely over the moon with it. The orchestra, although not visible, sounds much fuller than that of the Royal Ballet and does full justice to Delibes'fantastic music. The costumes and above all, the set, are stunning and completely appropriate to the intended period and setting. The dancing is energetic, amusing, and for much of the time quite demanding,and the dancers (all of them, not just the principals)play their roles convincingly. Technically,the sound quality is excellent and the photography leaves nothing to be desired, panning and zoom are judiciously applied to give both detail and overview with good quality,sharp,resolution. Only one slight quibble, and that is that the film is shot in 4:3 aspect, rather squashing it up on the TV screen, but I find that by altering the aspect menu to 14:9 on the TV I can get a fuller picture with no apparent distortion. This is a DVD that I can thoroughly recommend-buy it!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Austin HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 2 Jun 2006
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Tchaikovsky is said to have much admired the ballet scores of Delibes. Of the ballet scores composed by the latter,"Coppelia" ranks in excellence besides those of Tchaikovsky. It is still staged everywhere and DVD productions of it appear every few years.

This one derives from the Marinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 1993 and features the Kirov Ballet. You'll see the exterior and the interior of the theatre but never the orchestra nor the conductor. The dancing on stage is filmed in close up and from all angles (including from above in one memorable sequence). An audience is not present.

Exuberance typifies the dancing. The dancers are uniformly lithe and lean, athletic and agile. He who dances the Nutcracker in the third scene is capable of amazing contortions. The costumes and their colour contrasts are especially gorgeous. As for the music, it is perhaps the Theme slave varie in the first scene that is the highlight.

I am beginning to think that in this medium (DVD), ballet recreates better than opera in the home.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
Coppélia, music by Leo Delibes and coreographed by Oleg Vinogradov, is one my favourite ballets of all time. The artists from the Kirov Ballet are superb atheletes with outstanding technique and elegency.
Swandila is danced by the Principle Erina Shapchits, she is a very elegent dancer and a delight to watch. Franz is danced by Mikhail Zavialov, he is a vey energetic and strong dancer, but also very elegent. The coreography of the performance is superbly suited to the artists of the Ballet company, it includes many beautiful pas de deux and beautiful solos. The Dedication of the bell, (scene III) is my favourite scene of all, the scenery and the dancing in the Town square is simply stunning. Watching this Ballet on DVD is very good, the camera angles make you feel as though you are sitting in the best seats in the theatre. It includes many special features such as weblinks and different languages, and makes it a must for all classical ballet lovers.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Georgios Xenias on 3 April 2007
Format: DVD
This is Vinogradov's "Coppelia", -in other words, not the classic choreography for this ballet. The dancers seem to be quite good, but unfortunately they are not given much to do. There are no great solo moments, nothing truly spectacular.
However, since the production is as glamorous as one would expect from Kirov, and the story is presented as a cildren's tale (actually, it is by Hoffmann, but it has been stripped of all its frightening elements,) I think your kids, at least, will love it.
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By Jane eyre on 8 Jun 2014
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best coppelia ever. fabulous dancing. fabulous costumes. brilliant story and music interpretation. well done Oleg Vinogradov. Elvira Tarasova is an entrancing Coppelia.
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Lovely costumes and ensemble dancing as well as good individual performances.
The whole show flows from beginning to end and the music is a treat.
This is a ballet that would be popular with just about anyone of any age.
Picture quality good and sound too.
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This is really wonderful entertainment, watched time and time again, and beautifully presented by the Kirov in the traditional home of ballet.
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By Gordon Beattie on 5 Jun 2013
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as it was a certain poiece of music i required from this disc the DVD has fulfilled my requirements ideally
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