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Delibes: Coppelia -- Royal Ballet [DVD]

Leanne Benjamin , Carlos Acosta , Ross MacGibbon    Exempt   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leanne Benjamin, Carlos Acosta, Luke Heydon, Leana Palmer, David Drew
  • Directors: Ross MacGibbon
  • Writers: Arthur Saint-Leon, Charles Nuitter, E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NUP9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,528 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

DVD Special Features:
Historic 10-minute film "The Ballet Moves"
Illustrated biography of Sir Osbert Lancaster (1908-86)
Introduction to the original broadcast by Deborah Bull
Illustrated booklet with synopsis and biographies in English, French and German
Menu languages in English, French and German

PAL All regions
Dolby Digital 5.1
16:9 anamorphic

Review

The Paris Opera orchestra played sensuously for the conductor, Koen Kessels...costumes were extremely attractive, set theatrically striking. The dancers were models of self-presentation --New York Times

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Bartelia, NOT Coppelia as we know it. 29 Sep 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a production that tends in its concept more towards Neumier's Sylvia than anything else. Neumier stuck to the original score of Sylvia. It was a success. Bart has borrowed much from other compositions of Delibes to make his dream come true.
Neumier wins, Bart loses.

This is more like a 'Mayerling' or 'La Boutique Fantasque' or even 'Gaite Parisienne' wherein a potpourri of tunes from various compositions of the composer were strung together to make a wholesome ballet. Those ballets were successes of their times.

I have no problem being cruel enough to suggest that this one looks like a production wherein a playright borrowed the juice out of Verdi's Othello and incorporated it into his Falstaff to create an effect. Or music from the sad part of Swan Lake incorporated into the Nutcracker to make it look and sound very serious and sombre!!!!!!

Luckily, I am totally familiar with both Lakme as well as Le Rois from where Bart has borrowed the music. But in totallity, the effect is like that of Coppelia who has lost like her innocence, forever......

What Bart tries to do in this production, is to try and make it different for the sake of making it different. There is only a 'flavour' of the original score of Coppelia as composed by Delibes, and most of those tunes are kept more for the minor stuff in the ballet.

The juice that provides the essence of what Bart has been trying to do, comes more from Le Rois and Lakme. He turns to those compositions for the 'darker' side of Coppelia, more than the score of what Delibes originally composed, which is sadly and badly truncated.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Agree with SK (India) 30 Sep 2011
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I agree with S K's review who gave ****. Sound perfect differs somewhat from Royal Opera House production.
I regard this as Delibes second ballet. I rate Sylvia above this.
I HATE PEOPLE WHO MESS ABOUT WITH ESTABLISHED WORKS - A RELUCTANT 3*** TEMPTED TO GIVE 2** - YES I WILL! so just **
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5.0 out of 5 stars parisienne perfection 9 Mar 2013
By FOZZY
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howdo the french do it? .. always manage to extract sexiness and sensuality from the choreography ... if you like your ballet to emote more than technique.... this company is for you
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5.0 out of 5 stars COPPELIA Blu-ray 19 Nov 2011
By Puddy
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Delighted wth the quality of the DVD will enjoy viewing time &time again

Hve always been happy with the products purchased from AMAZON !!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Bartelia, NOT Coppelia as we know it. 19 Oct 2011
By Satish Kamath - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
This is a production that tends in its concept more towards Neumier's Sylvia than anything else. Neumier stuck to the original score of Sylvia. It was a success. Bart has borrowed much from other compositions of Delibes to make his dream come true.
Neumier wins, Bart loses.

This is more like a 'Mayerling' or 'La Boutique Fantasque' or even 'Gaite Parisienne' wherein a potpourri of tunes from various compositions of the composer were strung together to make a wholesome ballet. Those ballets were successes of their times.

I have no problem being cruel enough to suggest that this one looks like a production wherein a playright borrowed the juice out of Verdi's Othello and incorporated it into his Falstaff to create an effect. Or music from the sad part of Swan Lake incorporated into the Nutcracker to make it look and sound very serious and sombre!!!!!!

Luckily, I am totally familiar with both Lakme as well as Le Rois from where Bart has borrowed the music. But in totallity, the effect is like that of Coppelia who has lost like her innocence, forever......

What Bart tries to do in this production, is to try and make it different for the sake of making it different. There is only a 'flavour' of the original score of Coppelia as composed by Delibes, and most of those tunes are kept more for the minor stuff in the ballet.

The juice that provides the essence of what Bart has been trying to do, comes more from Le Rois and Lakme. He turns to those compositions for the 'darker' side of Coppelia, more than the score of what Delibes originally composed, which is sadly and badly truncated.

Coppelia, as a Ballet was conceived by Delibes and his collaborators as a joyful, playful and very flippant composition, adapted from a much darker story by ETA Hoffman. Now, to bring it back to a 'Dark' version of Coppelia influenced more by the original story from Hoffman, is something that is laudable, provided one can stay within the ambit of the music that was composed for Coppelia. Sadly, it isnt so.

Lovers of Coppelia like me, as it existed so far, with the original music composed for it, and the promise of a beautiful light hearted fare would be in for a surprise, and not really a pleasant one.

The PROs are

1. The Prima Ballerina who dances Swanilda, is perhaps the one to be most watched out for, after the likes of Aurelie Dupont. She is not only beautiful, but sensuous and an exquisite dancer, and a winner on stage for the next decade or more.

2. One of the best expositions by Martinez that I have seen, His flair, genious and expertise come out very well in this production, far better than most I have seen of him.

3. The choreography is brilliant. The director seems to be able to achieve whatever he set out to do, whether you agree with him or not

4. The music is conducted and played wonderfully.

The CON's are

1. This is not Coppelia as most of us know it...

2. Too much of music from other compositions of Delibes has been incorporated, destroying the fabric of what Coppelia in its score as we know it.

Would I recommend it?
YES..YESS Buy it.
It gives you a totally new ballet. Just forget what Coppelia was about till now.

But if given the choice of Coppelia's in the market, I would still dive for the Ronald Petit production of this.
Till another Blu ray disc of Coppelia comes along, enjoy this one...
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much dancing at all.. 6 Feb 2012
By Madhu Avasarala - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very poor rendition of Coppelia. There is hardly any dancing and what little there is can hardly be recommended. Comparing this to the Australian Ballet standard resolution DVD this blu-ray version from POB comes out poorly even given the superior digital medium. The interpretation, choreography, sets, costumes (female is OK, male is hideous),amount of dancing, almost everything, is inferior. The Australian production DVD is not the best technical quality but given that, it shines and is a vastly better acquisition. Being a fan of POB in general I am disappointed in this purchase. Please avoid this and save yourself money. I wish I had an accurate review to rely on before making this purchase.
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