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Le Corsaire [DVD] [2001]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, French
  • 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: 21 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004UF03
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,999 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Corps de Ballet of the Kirov Ballet perform Petipa's 'Le Corsaire' at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad in April 1989, with Viktor Fedotov conducting The Kirov Theatre Orchestra. Three pirates, cast away on the Ionian coast during the Turkish occupation of Greece, are hidden from the authorities by a group of local Greek women. When the women are kidnapped by the slave-trader Lankedem, the pirates have to come to their rescue.

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Corsaire 17 Mar 2005
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Although a bit old -- 1989 -- this is a beautiful work. The plot is ridiculous and very chauvinistic but the dancing is marvellous. Ali is a flyer as are Lankedem and Birbanto. Conrad has a very stilted role to play. But the ladies!! Gulnara seems to dance on air. Medora -- Altynai Asylmuratova -- is the supreme ballerina. She dances with her whole body -- feet, legs, torso, arms, face, wrists and fingertips and she seems to love dancing. And she is beautiful. Where necessary she is unsmiling but at other times her perormance is ravishingly beautiful. The pas de deux in the Corsairs' Cave when all others seem to have gone is of supreme beauty -- a young girl utterly in love.
Buy it -- you will never see her like again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballet Heaven 13 April 2007
This is a Live Performance (very important) filmed in the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia. When it was filmed in 1989,the Ballet Company was still called the Kirov, as was the Theatre, St Petersburg was still Leningrad and Russia was still the Soviet Union.

The Production is simply wonderful. Altnai Assylmuratova is c 27 in this production, just coming into her prime as a classical dancer. Zaklinsky (her husband in real life) is Lankedem and plays the role beautifully and with humour. Pankova as Gulnara almost steals the show - she was probably only in her late teens or early 20's at that time - but she was stunning.... the most beautiful legs and a beautiful jump. Farouk Ruzimatov was at that time very much applauded and idolised - have to say I never thought he was that good. but his own brand of narcissism was perfect for the role he played. (watch the expression on Assylmuratova;s face during the big pas de trois)

Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet at it's best - in their own Theatre where thay have the space to move. Pure spectacle and superb dancing. Don't miss it!!!

Corps de Ballet are exquisite as would be expected.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ravishing performance 1 Jun 2005
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I have seen no less than three Corsaire's now in different productions and this is easily the best. The dancing is absolutely superb, the costuming and sets are beautiful and the whole production is a joy.
The casting is:- Conrad - Yevgeny Neff, Medora - Altynai Asylmuratova, Gulnara - Yelena Pankova, Lankedem - Konstantin Zaklinsky, Ali - Faroukh Ruzimatov.
Although Pankova is my favourite of the Kirov's dancers and she is beautiful as Gulnara, I loved Asylmuratova in this performance and the whole company's performance sparkled throughout. The production is exciting and never flags for a second, and you're on the edge of your seat the whole time waiting for the next piece of fantastic dancing, to the point that you want to watch it all over again when it's finished. The section entitled Le Jardin Anime is particularly lovely and the Pas de Trois which was made famous as a Pas de Deux by Fonteyne and Nureyev is also wonderful.
Buy this. I can't recommend it too highly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compare with current live productions 9 Sep 2007
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I thought this was wonderful but when I saw Svetlana Zakharova dance Corsaire at the ENO / Bolshoi on 30/07/07 her performance became the most beautiful experience of my whole lifetime! So buy this one but at the same time get to see the Bolshoi and if their latest production appears on DVD, get it right away as it might reach the standard of "The Pharoh's Daughter" - The best ballet DVD to date (on Amazon).
The Harem scene is very beautiful. It appears that since that time, the rivalry between St Petersburg and Moscow is producing an extremely high standard indeed. This DVD shows a standard set at the time, that only the very best in the World can attempt to beat. So put it this way. This is the best recorded performance of the 20th Century setting a high standard which the two great ballet companies are now trying to surpass. A historic performance from the CCCP USSR and on my 32" screen the sound and video are between good and excellent. Like the Bayadere, current 2007 productions now have some considerable changes to the storyline so you will see major differences if you see it live. This USSR version has a historic value reflecting the high quality of performances at the end of the Soviet Union. Most other performances from this source suffer inferior sound and vision but not this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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My 3* rating is placed with some trepidation when viewed alongside 9 unanimous 5* reviews! Please don't get me wrong the artistry of the performers is 5* plus. However, the overall review must surely include the technical quality of the production and in particular the video quality?

In my opinion the video quality is mediocre to poor meriting only 1 star at best. For many people this will detract from the overall enjoyment of the performance, irrespective of the wonderful performance of the dancers and there are truly wonderful performances to savour. I agree wholeheartedly with the glowing testimonials of the other reviewers in respect to the performance. However, it is perhaps surprising that there have been no comment on the poor recording quality.

The audio is quite acceptable but the video should not be viewed on screens larger than 42". I accept the fact that the video was made in 1989 and that technological allowances need to be made accordingly. Nonetheless, many, many dvd's of this age and older will be presented in much better quality than this disc.

In the first Act I had decided to sell this dvd the very next day. However, the stunning dancing in the 2nd Act convinced me that I had to keep the disc irrespective of my disappointment with the picture quality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars some of the greatest dancing ever seen anywhere I should think-...
You wont see so many technically difficult dance moves executed so often and so well and so in keeping with the music as
you will see on this dvd. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Success
Arrived eventually after a prolonged wait. However it is well worth the wait and an excellent production as I expected.
Published 6 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I'm not normally a fan of older ballets - I find costumes to be outdated, quality of the images is poor and I actually prefer the style of more recent dancers. Read more
Published 16 months ago by pacamanca
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime ballet
Le Corsaire [DVD] [2000]
Just buy it. All the other reviewers have taken the words out of my mouth!
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars Antiquated, but really great
Had I written this review 10 years ago, I would have given it the full five stars. The masters of this DVD could have actually re-processed it a bit to make it a little clearer. Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by Satish Kamath
5.0 out of 5 stars In the top 3 or 4 ballets ever on DVD.
Almost flawless throughout with sublime dancing all the way, with surely the worlds best dance troupe at the time. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2008 by E. Coolican
5.0 out of 5 stars A sheer joy to watch
Based loosely on a poem by Byron about the struggle between the Greeks and the Ottoman Turks, this less well-known masterpiece by Petipa is a sheer joy from start to finish. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2006 by Mhr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance and dancing
Le Corsair is a ballet created from music by different composers, and frankly the plot is just an excuse for some really stunning dancing. Read more
Published on 14 April 2006 by Amazon Customer
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