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Highlights From The Royal Ballet [DVD] [2004]

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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • 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: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002GZAFC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,460 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Highlights, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, of the Royal Ballet's productions of The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Manon. The ballets were choreographed by Kenneth Macmillan, Peter Wright, and Sir Frederick Ashton.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 14 April 2010
By Donna M. Adank - Published on
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I taped this program from my television set many years ago and then lost it later on. I do have the DVD of the 1985 version of the Royal Ballet production of the Nutcracker with Leslie Collier as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Anthony Dowell as her Cavalier. The pas de deux between the two of them is just absolutely gorgeous and totally awesome. I also have Romeo and Juliet with Alessandra Ferri and she is just as phenomonal as Juliet as Margot Fonteyn was. I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone who would like a taste of the Royal Ballet and just how good they are.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Royal Ballet excerpts with Anthony Dowell 17 May 2012
By Jancal - Published on
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In the 1970s I was a teenage ballet student and frequent attendee of touring ballet company performances in New York City, and I was fortunate to see the wonderful male danseur of England's Royal Ballet Anthony Dowell, featured on this disc. He had a masculine grace with clean lines on extension, dancing precision, and good acting ability in the dramatic moments. His most famous partnership was with Antoinette Sibley (also of the Royal), but later he went on to partner with others including Natalia Makarova (their Swan Lake is available on DVD and can be purchased from Amazon) and Jennifer Penney, seen partnered with him in this DVD in the romantic ballet Manon, which was created in the 1970s with Dowell as original star. The four Manon excerpts seen on this DVD are absolutely lovely, and though Dowell was a decade older and a bit heavier than when I had seen him, he still possessed all the qualities I loved about him, and had many expressive scenes in pas de deux with Ms. Penney, including a deep kiss on the mouth done with great tenderness. He also has a more formal pas de deux from The Nutcracker with cute Lesley Collier, both in white Louis XIV wigs, then there are love scenes with other dancers in Romeo and Juliet, and a cast of several others in the comedy La Fille Mal Gardee. But the star ballet of this DVD is definitely Manon, and it is delightful to see the work of wonderful Anthony Dowell preserved on DVD, as there were not enough examples of his dancing filmed back then. A nice addition to my ballet DVD collection.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars male dancing lacks 29 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Don't buy this movie for the male dancing or sad Nutcracker choreography, but for the Macmillan segments with Alessandra who was his most beloved muse. Her performance and passion alone are a reason to buy it but don't bother with her lacking partner.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good =] 10 April 2011
By alejandroivh - Published on
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It has their highlights but not type of ballet video you will want to watch over and over... but surely is worth it... especially for its price =]
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