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Don Quixote: The Royal Ballet [Blu-ray] [2014]


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  • Actors: Cast and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar. 2014
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IPDJN1Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,202 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kitri Marianela Nuñez
Basilio Carlos Acosta
Don Quixote Christopher Saunders
Sancho Panza Philip Mosley
Lorenzo Gary Avis
Gamache Bennet Gartside
Espada Ryoichi Hirano
Mercedes Laura Morera

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Martin Yates
Choreography Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa
Director Carlos Acosta
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, October 2013

Carlos Acosta's first venture directing one of ballet's 19th century classics was eagerly anticipated, as was his own starring role in the production (as Basilio), opposite the Argentinian Royal Ballet principal Marianela Nuñez (Kitri). Packed cinemas for the live relay, as well as sold-out houses for his performances, testified to the draw the great Cuban dancer still exerts and the audiences were not disappointed. Still built on Petipa's original choreography, Acosta's clear dramatic structure and vivid stage action gave the boy gets girl despite her father' story a more convincing air than usual, with Don Quixote's parallel obsession with Dulcinea-Kitri coherently woven into the plot. Acosta's and Nuñez's performances were peerless, Tim Hatley's stage designs vivid and apposite, and this production is surely destined to be a perennial Royal Ballet favourite.

Running time: 125 minutes
Subtitles: N/A
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Review

Lavishly decorated and costumed in historical settings and danced sublimely by the cast. --IRR, Jan'15

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kizzie on 11 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Having seen this production live last year, I was concerned that watching it again on DVD would not be able to capture the same magic. Whilst it was not the same as seeing it live, the filming gave a completely different perspective to my amphitheatre seat, allowing me to really appreciate the detail and beauty of the production.

The DVD itself is beautifully packaged and quick to arrive. Inside it features a useful synopsis, cast list and short article about the ballet in English, French and German, alongside some production photographs. Coupled with an interesting introduction to the ballet, which can either be played between acts or as an extra feature, plenty of information is available to help new viewers understand the production, as well as give those who are familiar a new insight.

The filming is simply excellent. Whilst the camera does inevitably constrain one’s gaze, the seamless transition between camera angles ensures that the viewer can appreciate both the whole and the detail. I particularly enjoyed seeing the intricacies of the dancers’ acting - from the villagers chatting on the balcony to the realistic and never overemphasised facial expressions of the main characters, this was a perspective I never would have gained without sitting at the front of the stalls. Even on my laptop, both the filming and the sound are crisp and clear, with an option for surround sound.

The production is a real credit to Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist and choreographer Carlos Acosta (Basilio).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Fierro on 14 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Having watched the production live from the ROH in my local cinema I wanted to have in Blu-ray form. Both principals are Latin and understand M de Cervantes Saavedra novel, a classical of Spanish literature. This production is energetic and both CA and MN dance their socks off. Acosta's own production of a true classical ballet makes me think that in the next few years he will become a choreographer to be recognised.
I loved the inclusion of famous scenes from other famous ballets to show off the technicality of the principal dancers.
Even the audience at the normally staid Tunbridge Wells cinema lost their inhibitions and clapped!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By siodlo on 21 July 2014
Format: DVD
I am very pleased with this product. This DVD is produced by Opus Arte, the Royal Opera House’s own arts production and Distribution Company. It comes with a leaflet (translated in French and German) that features list of cast, a short article and synopsis of the ballet. The DVD’s extra features include interviews with the cast and crew, introduction to Acts II and III and the cast gallery. It offers an interesting inside to the production as well as behind the scenes footage.

This production premiered at Royal Opera House in London in 30th September 2013. It is very lively and energetic. The cast’s performance is top quality, most notably starring Carlos Acosta as Basilio, Marianela Nuñez as his love interest – Kitri and Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote. The great chemistry between Acosta and Nuñez makes it so pleasurable to watch.

Apart from starring in the production Acosta also choreographed it. This production is full of humour and liveliness. The choreography is very energetic. Acosta is not afraid to make the dancers jump on tables or dance with props. The resemblance of the Spanish temper makes the production all the more enjoyable.

As well as the great performance from the dancers it is important to note the great amount of work that has gone into the set design and costumes. The simply beautiful dresses highlight and compliment the dancers while the Torero look magnificent with costumes with great detailing of gold ornaments. The set design changes often adding further dynamics to the story.

This production moves you into the beautiful world of Don Quixote – full of Spanish energy, young love, toreros, gypsies and fighting. The music by Ludwig Minkus is what really makes this performance a true spectacle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cher on 17 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
Definitely one of my favourite ballets! Royal Ballet Guest Principle artist Carlos Acosta's new Production of Don Quixote is a colourful, vibrant and energetic version of the famous ballet.
Marianela Nunez as Kitri completely stole the show, she was born for this role! Nunez played off Kitri's fun yet cheeky nature brilliantly. Carlos Acosta charmed as Basilio, both had flawless technique and there was definitely an obvious natural chemistry between the two.
The choreography was very energetic and daring, with Acosta having dancers dance on tables and vocalizing the dancers with onstage cheering. The use of castanets and flamenco guitarists playing live onstage added to the Spanish feel, setting this revival aside from other versions.

The costumes were also beautifully designed, complementing the choreography whilst still maintaining the Spanish atmosphere of the ballet.

As usual the orchestra were fantastic and skillfully perfomed Ludwig Minkus' score, which was re-orchestrated by Martin Yates.

Having already seen this live at the Opera House and now on DVD, the camera angles of the DVD allow the viewer to appreciate the background characters and set design as well as see more detail of choreography that would be harder to see at a live performance from an amphi seat. The DVD also played with very clear sound so the music could also be enjoyed.

The DVD also includes fantastic extra features such as interviews with dancers and an included synopsis of the ballet in a variety of languages so viewers can gain a better understanding of the ballet.

With amazing energy and humour this is the perfect ballet for absolutely anyone to watch!
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