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!