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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FA5758
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,201 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Swift on 30 Jan. 2009
I heartily recommend it. This is one of the best story ballets out. The dancing, story and characters are beautifully integrated. It's funny, touching, 'feel good' without being sentimental, with lots of robust dancing for blokes who don't like 'men in tights' sort of ballets. Good to see a 'northern' ballet about down to earth people but which neither sacrifices grace nor art.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Scharba on 11 Jun. 2007
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I've read somewhere on the web that this ballet has been described as sort of a celebration of Englishness, and even as a yank, I can't help feeling the same when I watch it. And I never tire of watching it. The dancing is not only precise and virtuosic, but there is superb mime acting and characterization in this production, and by the end of the performance you can't help feeling that you know, and like, these people. A lot of the characterization and flavor of the piece comes from the choreography and staging, like for instance in the park scene, how the grave dignity of the Salvation Army people are conveyed by their movements and attitudes. I waited YEARS for this thing to be issued on DVD, and it is precisely for this sort of release, which has only been issued in a PAL region, that I got a player that plays both PAL and NTSC formats. If you can play it, do get it, you won't be disappointed. It should never be out of print.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gcoll75 on 5 Jun. 2012
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Being in a production of Hobsons Choice I thought this would be a good aide to me, my intention was to buy it watch it and sell it on but having watched it this is now permanently lodged in my dvd collection, I would recommend this to anyone interested in theatre/ballet as it is certainly a unique and interesting take on the hobsons choice story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Satish Kamath on 25 Jun. 2013
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A beautiful 'pick-me-up' piece for lovers of Ballet, unless you are one of those snobs.

Very lighthearted music, something of a cross between a bit of Sullivan and Disney or Rogers Hammerstein stuff where I almost expected Dick Van Dyke to come sneaking in. Very few dull moments, but rather predictable British-Scottish type musically, and offers no surprises.

The choreography and dancing are really superb, and so is the cinematography. Most of the time there is a lot going on stage, and is quite racy. The dances have been tailored to suit mostly any good dance company without too many pyrotechnics. It is an ideal 100 minutes for introduction of Ballet to youngsters and kids, and a whole load of fun reminiscent of Royal Ballet Production of La Fille Mal Gardee in its approach.

For an old video, it is quite clear, and the music recording of the highest quality obtainable then. I would not be surprised to find a blu ray release of this shortly, but for now, this will be quite OK.

Yes... Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rufus on 5 Jan. 2012
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It was an anniversay present, as we had spent our honeymoon at ballets in London many years ago.
Delighted to have this dvd. The production is brilliant, and we can watch it over and over again. Wonderful.
Thanks for the prompt service.
best wishes...
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I have to thank some reviewers to point out this production elsewhere. After watching a brief excerpt on YouTube (the first ppd of the principals) I immediately ordered it. The music attracted me and the dancing was brilliant.

I received it yesterday and tried to arrive home early to watch it. It took me some time to arrange the video displaying of my (stupid) TV and the new player in order to see it in the original 4:3 format but once arranged I was immersed in the story from the very beginning.

The plot is very simple but strong (no holes) and interest never decays. This is helped also with some very funny moments and a superb mime throughout from all involved.
The sceneries are very good as are the costumes. No tutus here but having in mind that this is a down-to-earth story set somewhere in the British countryside, tutus would be out of place I think.

The dancing is really great. There's classic ballet but also some modern touches including claque (!!). All characters have their own way of expressing feelings and the story through a differentiated dancing. That impressed me and it's a pity that more David Bintley's ballets are not available.

The DVD comes with a fine booklet though without extras.

I was not at all disappointed and this ballet will surely become one of my favourites. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Buy it and treasure it on top with the very best. You won't regret it.
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