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Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker [DVD] [2003] [2001]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Dec 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000Z0HYE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,249 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of his earliest pieces of choreography, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker is also one of his most charming and imaginative. Moving the Christmas party from a comfortable middle-class home to a Dickensian orphanage whose proprietors starve their wards to spoil their own children, it then shifts to a wonderland where sweets and sugar are a none-too-subtle metaphor for sexual awakening. In both worlds, Clara (Etta Murfitt) has to struggle to be heroine, or even a participant, in her own story and her struggle for the muscular, sexy Alan Vincent with her bitchy rival Sugar (Soranne Curtin) is not resolved until the last moments of the ballet.

Along the way, Bourne finds charming and sexy ways to make all of the well-known genre moments of the score fresh and new--the Chinese dancers are a bunch of daffy marshmallow girls in pink, for example, whose dance is all strutting cuteness. There is a truly stunning transformation scene at the beginning of the waltz, which like much else in the score becomes a complex ensemble in which all the character dancers have their own things to do. Bourne's Nutcracker has become a popular favourite, and deservedly so.

On the DVD: Matthew Bourne's Nutcrackercomes to DVD with no additional features. It is presented in a 16:9 anamorphic ratio and has sumptuous sound in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and L-PCM Stereo that does full justice to the Royal Philharmonic's eloquent performance of the score. --Roz Kaveney

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There's more hip and tongue action in Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker than Tchaikovsky or Balanchine probably envisaged, but nevertheless the ballet is funny, touching, original and witty. More to the point, it remains charming and innocent while Bourne brings a whole new look and style to the old perennial.

This time there is no sumptuous family Christmas celebration or crowds of cute dancing tykes. We're in a dim, cold orphanage which Dr. Dross (Scott Ambler) and his wife, the matron (Emily Piercy), run with an unsmiling strictness. Their two children, Sugar (Saranne Curtin) and Fritz (Ewan Wardrop) are spoiled, snotty monsters. One of the orphans, Clara (Etta Murfitt), longs to escape. Magically, after a sad little Christmas party, a nutcracker doll (Alan Vincent) comes to life, rescues Clara and punishes Dr. Dross, the Matron and their children. Clara finds herself in an enchanted winterland. Then, with the help of two cupids in striped pajamas, she makes her way to Sweetieland, where everything, including the people, are made of candy. And here Dr. Dross is the smiling King Sherbet, the Matron is the beautiful Queen Candy and their two children have become Princess Sugar and Prince Bonbon. The Nutcracker, to Clara's wondering eyes, has become a handsome young man who looks much like the shy fellow who gazed longingly at Clara in the orphanage. After all the great Tchaikovsky dances, the party in Sweetieland comes to a close, and Clara finds herself back at the orphanage. It hasn't changed. It's as cold and barren as before. But then she sees waiting for her the young man. He ties a sheet to a bed, they toss the end out the window, and escape together.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sickly Sweet Confection 22 April 2005
Format:DVD
Definately don't make this your first Nutcracker! Don't get me wrong, the whole thing is great fun and has some great comic moments and will certainly keep you (or the kids) amused. However, it is a LONG LONG way from being a "typical" ballet! If you are looking for "en pointe" then I must point you in another direction.
The DVD itself is my first stumbling point, there is NO accompanying material whatsoever. Chapter access is abysmal, you can jump only to sweetyland or the frozen lake for example, no subdivisions for any of the dances, variations etc. This is such a shame because you will want to watch Arthur Pita slither and squirm as the most decadent Knickerbocker Glory again and again (how he manages to avoid burning Clara with his lit cigarette I will never know). Clara is danced most delightfully by Etta Murfitt, Saranne Curtin is great as the spoiled and spiteful Sugar/Princess Sugar and Ewan Wardrop impresses as a very comic Fritz/Prince BonBon however Alan Vincent's Nutcracker seems vapid and without any chemistry.
All in all, an enjoyable exercise in contemporary dance but not a piece of landmark ballet, no matter what anyone says.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cracker! 15 Feb 2008
By VC1
Format:DVD
Whilst I am a big ballet fan for some reason the 'traditional' nutcracker has always left me cold. I went to see this version on stage to fill a night when my mum was visiting-I have never been so pleasantly delighted in my life! We both loved it-there was so much more of a coherent engaging story with characters that you actually felt something for (something missing from the 'regular' version). Inventive, colourful, simply fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Feast! 10 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
I am a huge fan of the Traditional Nutcraker and have to admit that I nearly didn't watch this at all when it was on TV a few years ago. But watch it I did and really enjoyed it. So this Christmas I bought it and having watched it again, I do really love this version. The music is same as traditional Tchaikosvky. There are a few tweaks to the story but they are cleverly done and it doesn't stray too far from the original plot. What really makes this ballet fantastic is the sets and costumes. It is a riot of colour and literally makes you feel like a kid in a sweetshop!! It works on so many levels. As regards to children watching it - I really can't see much to offend. Ok there is ambiguity with hints at sexuality and there is a bit of gyrating on the giant cake but these are things which would probably go over most young children's heads. It's definitely a mood-lifter!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Nutcracker 8 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If you know Bourne's work, you will not be disappointed with a sumptuous, witty and quirky interpretation of this classic. If you don't know his work then you are missing out on a fabulous new world of ballet.
If you want to get your kids into some culture this Christmas - or if you simply want a thoroughly good night in - you should look no further...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new and better Nutcracker 3 Dec 2005
Format:DVD
I enjoyed the whole ballet enormously. The dancing, and the acting, is superb. Etta Murfitt as Clara is delightful and the supporting cast are first-rate. The ideas are fresh, funny and inventive, particularly in the orphanage scenes. I have only one small reservation: Alan Vincent, as the Nutcracker, is wonderful in the first part but, once arrived in Sweetieland, seems to lose some of his verve and to become, as a previous reviewer has remarked, just a tad 'lackluster'. I don't think people should be put off by the fact that it is not a conventional ballet, danced 'en pointe'. Personally, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone, whatever their age, and whatever their taste in dance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything that Bourne does, turns to gold.
Published 7 days ago by Peter M
3.0 out of 5 stars dolly mixture ...
Having loved Swan Lake and The Car Man, I found this Matthew Bourne production - the first of them - a bit less good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by schumann_bg
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathew Bourne's Nutcracker Ballet
A very good DVD-as I'd seen it already at the Theatre-lovely to have and play again [and again] I enjoy it every time!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Eileen Wilson Garside
5.0 out of 5 stars Night out at Home
It pulls at the heart strings from the beginning, so sad but compelling. Again we were fascinated by a completely new slant on the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Robert L. Marson
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing.
Loved the sleeping beauty, so ordered this one. The dancing was very poor and the Arabian dance in particular was a travesty.
Published 7 months ago by Helen F
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly new!
This has never been a favourite ballet for me. It seemed that it was designed to use all the costumes in the theatre wardrobe! Read more
Published 8 months ago by PATRICIA MAXFIELD
4.0 out of 5 stars Unseen
A present
Published 9 months ago by marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a Super gift!
This is a lovely original production of an old favourite. I am not what one would call "High Brow" but continue to enjoy it having already watched it three times.
Published 18 months ago by macsymoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Bourne,s Nutcracker DVD
Excellent performance enhanced by Royal Philarmonic Orchestra. Not really a classical ballet fan so this was very enjoyable. Would recommend also Swan Lake by Matthew Bourne . Read more
Published 20 months ago by annebar
2.0 out of 5 stars Nutcracker dvd
Purchased this DVD as a Christmas present for my mother and all I can say is she was delighted with it.
Published 20 months ago by Carmel Shiels
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