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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Castilian
  • 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: NVC Arts
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019HP26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Great Pas de Deux presents stunning performances of many of the great partnerships in recent times. Principal artists from many of the world’s leading ballet companies express all the drama and passion, the poignancy and sheer exuberance of some of the most lyrical moments to be found in classical dance.

  • Maria Bylova and Leonid Nikonov - Spring Waters
  • Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev - Le Corsaire
  • Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope - The Prince of the Pagodas
  • Adam Cooper and Scott Ambler - Swan Lake
  • Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling - Romeo and Juliet
  • Lesley Collier and Anthony Dowell - The Nutcracker
  • Jennifer Penney and Anthony Dowell – Manon
  • Yulia Makhalina and Igor Zelensky - Swan Lake
  • Natalia Makarova and Anthony Dowell - A Month in the Country
  • Altynai Asylmuratova and Yevgeny Neff - Le Corsaire
  • Irek Mukhamedov and Natalya Bessmertnova - Spartacus
  • Irina Kolpakova and Sergei Berezhnoi - The Sleeping Beauty
  • Cynthia Harvey and Mikhail Baryshnikov – Don Quixote

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 May 2009
Format: DVD
A collection of 15 pdd covering a time span of 31 years (1965-1996). It includes such well known ballet stars and partnerships as Nureyev and Fonteyn, Bylova and Nikonov, Ferri and Eagling, Mukhamedov and Bessmertova, Kolpakova and Berezhnoi, Asylmuratova and Neff, Makhalina and Zelensky, Harvey and Baryshnikov, Bussell and Cope, Cooper and Ambler (Swan Lake danced by two males leads), Collier and Dowell, Penney and Dowell, Makarova and Dowell.

The entire compilation tries to focus on presenting the performers when they were in their prime. For instance the segment featuring Nureyev and Fonteyn was recorded in 1965 and, although the picture is a little grainy, it is more than adequate to give us a glimpse of these artists.

There were a couple of segments that I didn't enjoy as much as some of the others (why choose the Wedding Pas de Deux from "Sleeping Beauty" with the elderly Kolpakova in the role of the teenaged Aurora?) but that is to be expected in a "sampling" like this. Also a couple of dancers and choreographers were featured multiple times; a little puzzling on a relatively short recording (why three Dowell performances and why two dances from the Prince of the Pagodas, both with Bussell?). And I have seen better performances of some of the ballets by other dancers.

Overall, this collection feels more like a promotional video than one of historical or artistic significance but an enjoyable DVD nevertheless. Although the video quality may change a bit from one performance to the next, this is a good chance to view some of the best dancers of the last century, to compare with other (more current) interpretations, and to see how changing forms and styles have impacted ballet.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J on 21 April 2007
Format: DVD
This is a Warner Music Vision DVD and I have yet to find a DVD player which can play them without jerkiness, sometimes to the point of having a stroboscopic effect. (Compacks are the worst, Digihome is better but not perfect) Even so this was wonderful to watch - the best of The Royal Ballet, from Fonteyn and Nureyev to the all male Swan Lake, plus the best of The Kirov, and Baryshnikov with the American Ballet Theatre. A Must See.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William A. Hoare on 13 May 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was somewhat disappointed as I saw no reason for two excerpts from Prince of the Pagodas nor, with due respect to his abilities, three with Anthony Dowell. Manon with Jennifer Penny was particularly beautiful as were Romeo & Juliet
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
A collection of 15 pdd covering a time span of 31 years (1965-1996). It includes such well known ballet stars and partnerships as Nureyev and Fonteyn, Bylova and Nikonov, Ferri and Eagling, Mukhamedov and Bessmertova, Kolpakova and Berezhnoi, Asylmuratova and Neff, Makhalina and Zelensky, Harvey and Baryshnikov, Bussell and Cope, Cooper and Ambler (Swan Lake danced by two males leads), Collier and Dowell, Penney and Dowell, Makarova and Dowell.

The entire compilation tries to focus on presenting the performers when they were in their prime. For instance the segment featuring Nureyev and Fonteyn was recorded in 1965 and, although the picture is a little grainy, it is more than adequate to give us a glimpse of these artists.

There were a couple of segments that I didn't enjoy as much as some of the others (why choose the Wedding Pas de Deux from "Sleeping Beauty" with the elderly Kolpakova in the role of the teenaged Aurora?) but that is to be expected in a "sampling" like this. Also a couple of dancers and choreographers were featured multiple times; a little puzzling on a relatively short recording (why three Dowell performances and why two dances from the Prince of the Pagodas, both with Bussell?). And I have seen better performances of some of the ballets by other dancers.

Overall, this collection feels more like a promotional video than one of historical or artistic significance but an enjoyable DVD nevertheless. Although the video quality may change a bit from one performance to the next, this is a good chance to view some of the best dancers of the last century, to compare with other (more current) interpretations, and to see how changing forms and styles have impacted ballet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Cruickshank on 11 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
Darcey Bussell is a fantastic dancer who has great presence and a cheerful personality which is often missing with other ballerinas. This DVD is one that i can watch over and over again as it shows all the best bits of ballets. I also like the way she explains what each particular piece is about. A well earned 4 star.
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