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  • Actors: Edward Watson, Mara Galeazzi, Iohna Loots, William Tuckett, Cindy Jourdain
  • Directors: Barry Wordsworth (Conductor), Kenneth MacMillan (Choreographer)
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003757W0G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,433 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Edward Watson takes the role of Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan's compelling ballet which lives out the final eight years of Rudolf's life with its relentless downward spiral of political intrigue, drugs and murder. It culminates with the suicide pact at the hunting lodge - known as Mayerling - between Rudolf and his 17-year-old mistress, Mary Vetsera (Mara Galeazzi). Filmed in high definition and recorded in true surround sound.

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''…while Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera nearly stole the show with her natural conviction, exuberance and authoritative technique, the evening belonged to Watson as Rudolf, one of the most challenging male roles ever created.'' --Sunday Express

A contorted Edward Watson as death-obsessed Austrian royalty leads a brilliant Royal Ballet ensemble in Opus Arte's second DVD of Kenneth MaMillan's stunner. Performance,Picture & Sound **** --BBC Music Magazine,Mar'11

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Ramsey-Hardy on 10 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
There are 2 different performances of Covent Garden's wonderful "Mayerling" now currently available on dvd. 'Blu-ray' is the way ahead for ballet, and this disc is technically superb in detail and colour. In terms of photography this is possibly the best film of a ballet made so far. (Some recent films use too many closeups of the dancers, breaking up sequences, but the use of closeups here is restrained.)

The atmospheric lighting is outstanding, and sometimes the dancers look almost 3-dimensional. In this production the dresses and uniforms by Georgiadis are spectacular, and here they can be seen in all their detailed glory, they glow (and this disc includes a short interview in the wardrobe department, explaining how costumes are maintained). Overall, the look of this film is stunning.

The orchestral performance here is excellent, and it is superbly recorded. The music is given a slightly tauter interpretation than on the 1994 dvd of "Mayerling" (also from Opus Arte). There is greater impetus here, for example the Tavern Scene in Act II is more vibrant than in the earlier film. (Barry Wordsworth conducts the orchestra in both films.)

I wish I could be as enthusiastic about the stage-performance, but as I see it, most aspects of the dancing are of a higher standard in the performance filmed in 1994. The earlier version has more authority and accomplishment across the board. This new film displays a generally convincing performance with some fine moments, but it could be said that the technique and poise of the dancers was more solid 15 years ago than it appears to be in this film. The dancers' grasp of character is also in some cases now weaker, and in "Mayerling" characterisation is of particular importance.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jose Brito on 11 Mar. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Macmillan's ballet (1978)came to life again in this lavish production of the Royal Ballet faithful to its original creators Gillian Freeman (scenario) and Nicholas Geordiadis (costumes) exactly as in 1994, Mukhamedov in the leading role then. Now,another generation of dancers gives us somehow a different pleasure,but equally with outstanding quality.If Mukhamedov portrays a tormented, pathetic twisted character and displays a formidable russian technique (high jumps, commanding arabesques) Edward Watson excels in perversion and lust, somehow a fragile Rudolf, aided by his fair complexion and golden hair. He dances beautifully, flawlessly, throughout the three acts and in his duets with Mara Galeazzi/Vetsera,an explosion of sensuality takes place.If Mukhamedov and Durante/Vetsera are sublime in their symbiosis, dancing with their souls as they do (one can actually feel their passion and tormented love in Act 3) Watson and Galeazzi are flesh and blood in fire, Rudolf's almost dementia embracing,eating away Vetsera's will,leaving her with no choice.The other dancers are first rate, the orchestra conducted by Wordsworth, brilliant.A superb production not to be missed also due to the glitter and precision offered by the blu-ray.
This said, the 1994 Mayerling (Mukhamedov, Durante, Collier and Bussel) remains a reference given the fabulous acting .Like in a silent movie, their eyes, their faces,each little gesture are full of meaning and detail,as if the principal dancers had attended Actor's Studio.For that reason this older production should be given a 6th star.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Satish Kamath on 13 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
One cannot but compare with its earlier production with a galaxy of stars that outshines this one at least at the time both were shot. But I should add here that each production plays to its own strengths.

As far as the video and audio is concerned, it is absolutely unfair to compare the two. This one just has to be better thanks to better tech. I would also hasten to add that the music was performed and better conducted in this one, with the exception of the Mephisto Waltz which I thought lacked bite.

Irek Muhammadov, although a far greater dancer at the time, just could not act so well. So he danced away superbly in his very athletic portrayal of Prince Rudolph.
Edward Watson in this production, brings out the character of Rudolph (scenes of sex, drugs, violence, womanizing, and political intrigue) far far better than Irek Muhammadov. Watson CAN act, and he plays up this strength of his to the hilt. He acts the sadistic and disoriented druggie far better than Irek could ever imagine. Watson also brings out his talent at terrifying his bride far better than Irek could, although the bride appeared far more terrified in the first production.
The winner? Edward Watson of course. For that reason alone, this production is worth buying.

But I am afraid characters who replaced the principal women in this ballet have not been as successful as those in the first production. There is no one here who matches the portrayal by both Darcey Bussel and Viviana Durante in their respective roles in this one although Sarah Lamb does impress indeed.

Comparisons as such can go on and on, but one thing is very clear.
I would ANY DAY recommend this one as a fabulous purchase and if one were to lay comparisons and such alike. This production is totally enjoyable all by itself.
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