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Darcey Bussell [DVD]

Darcey Bussell , Eddy French    Exempt   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Darcey Bussell
  • Directors: Eddy French
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Z9WZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,340 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Footage of Darcey Bussell on stage and during pre-show preperation.

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite disappointing 19 July 2007
I absolutely agree with the first review of this DVD. I only rented it and am glad I didn't spend any money on buying this DVD as I kept having deja vue's, or so I thought. It was actually the same scenes repeated over and over again, the Swan Lake rehearsal was shown 3 or 4 times (I actually lost count). Darcey is such an exceptional dancer, I have been fortunate enough to see her live a few times and there would have been so much more to be on offer. Also, when filming ballet it's always best to show the whole body, not just the dancer's face, the Dallas cameraman must have been quite an amateur in this field...
All in all, it's nice to have a DVD dedicated to Darcey, but run-time is 43 Minutes only (not 60 as described) of which there is too much repetition and definitely a missed opportunity to show her talent properly. I hope there will be another, better DVD soon, now that Darcey has retired from classical ballet.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Having just watched this DVD I can say that I completely agree with the previous reviews. How can someone have produced such a disappointing film of such a wonderful dancer? I loved Darcey in "Sylvia" and long to have more DVDs of her performances now that she has retired but this is a very strange tribute to her. I don't have the dance knowledge to name the opening dance sequence which I enjoyed and have never seen before (there are no notes with the DVD to help me here and trying to find any credits on the DVD meant watching too much again of what I had not enjoyed). The majority of the rest of the content is an unsatisfying collection of disjointed (and repetitive)snippets of practice sessions, making-up, preparing shoes (and toes) etc, many with poor lighting and camera work.
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity 12 Feb 2005
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The best thing about this DVD is the long segments of "In the Middle Somewhat Elevated", where you really see what an extraordinary dancer Bussell is.
Given that the opening and closing sequences are virtually identical, the DVD is really only about 37 minutes long.
Once again, a dance film is ruined by not showing the whole of the dancer's body: the rehearsal sequences in particular suffer.
There are stills of her as a younger dancer (with Macmillan for instance), but no more information on his influence, or her development as a dancer.
I was disappointed - a missed opportunity, and warranting the 3 stars purely for "In the Middle..." sequence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Darcey Bussell 14 Jan 2010
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Very poor photography. You need to see the entire body to appreciate ballet. I am surprised Darcey allowed this DVD to be issued.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD of Darcey 18 Oct 2013
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As a former TV producer and having knowledge of a lot of footage of Darcey taken for various docs over the years the footage in this was so poor and so badly put together, I was very disappointed. It was also appallingly structured. Sorry to Darcey but it has done you a disservice especially as so much footage exists of you at work and in rehearsal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 25 Oct 2012
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This DVD was extremely disappointing. Most of the content was repeated a number of times making it a very boring and repetitive programme. Certainly not worth the money and i would definitely not recommend it to anyone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little Darcey 10 Sep 2009
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Hmmm. I had great hopes for this even though I had read other reviews. I see what they mean. Were some of the scenes filmed by amateurs? Some scenes were repeated - that's cheating. Didn't get to see enough of In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, I would love to see the whole piece.
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