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Spartacus: The Bolshoi Ballet (Klinichev) [DVD] [2008]

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  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BWQVVS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,617 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Moscow's legendary Bolshoi Ballet perform the classic tale of a slave who leads an unsuccessful revolt against the Romans, set to music by Aram Khachaturian and choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. Acclaimed Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta takes the lead role.

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.


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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus reinvented 3 Jan 2009
Format:DVD
In recent years Yuri Grigorovich's 1968 "Spartacus" had become something of a problem child in the Bolshoi Ballet's repertory. Ever since Irek Mukhamedov stopped dancing the title role, they had a hard time finding somebody to tackle it in a satisfactory way. With guest star Carlos Acosta they finally did.

Cuban-born Carlos Acosta learned the role in 2007 with legendary Spartacus interpreter Mikhail Lavrovsky and danced it to great success in Moscow before he conquered the London Coliseum as well as the Palais Garnier in Paris (where this film was shot) with it. By the dynamism of his dancing Acosta gives the ballet its vitality back, by the sincerity of his acting he invests the character with a meaning again, and by his technical brilliance he upgrades Grigorovich's choreography. It's been some time since we saw a Spartacus so full of anger and hatred, putting his whole being into his leap for freedom. Although differently, Acosta gives sense to the choreography just as much as it first interpreters did. "Spartacus" has long since ceased to be the Soviet propaganda piece it once could be taken for and although its interpreters continue to move on this same outsized, superhuman scale, an artist like Acosta remains above all a very human Spartacus with whom we, today, anywhere in the world, can completely associate with. As a performance it is utterly exciting as well as profoundly moving, and it's great to have it preserved on video.

"Spartacus" isn't completely saved, though, because Alexander Volchkov's Crassus remains far too meek and gentle to portray the unbalanced Roman despot who mercilessly crushes the rebels. On the other hand, the female leads of Phrygia and Aegina are still in safe hands with the current crop of Bolshoi ballerinas.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus inherited 19 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
When Grigorovich took the challenge of choreographing Khachaturian's Spartacus - who had searched the story of this rebelled slave in Appian and Plutarch,more than in Giovaniolli's novel as basis for his ballet score -he would be the third coreographer to do so,after Yakobson in 1956 and Moiseev,in 58.
In 1963 he finally staged this 3rd productin of Spartacus,for Bolshoi.The leading role does demand an exceptional physically gifted dancer in order to give life to the extremely violent choreography with its "jetés" and leap sequences,not to mention strength.Mikhail Lavrovsky,Vladimir Vasiliev and Irek Mukhamedov became legendary interpreters of Grigorovich's Spartacus.Two dancers,young Ivan Vasiliev - possibly one exceptional Spartacus to be - and cuban Carlos Acosta have the courage to dance the part,nowadays.
Carlos Acosta,internationally recognised ballet dancer,even foot injured,gives,live from Palais Garnier,an accurate interpretation of this demanding role,after Moscow and London.His generosity,his inner capability of giving the rebelious slave a soul through dancing,is absolutely remarkable,and technically too,though injured as I previously said.
His partenaire Kaptsova is neither Semenyaka nor Bessmertnova but portrays a fragile,tender Phrygia.
Allash's Aegina,quite convincing,follows Bilova's steps who danced the two Mukhamedov versions.The weakest part is Volshkov's Crassus,for far from being a cruel despot the role requires, is galaxies away from Vetrov's or Taranda's energic,violent dancing.The orchestra plays proficiently.The Bolshoi corps,alas,does not bear the masculine quality male Bolshoi dancers used to have...I did think of majorettes,once or twice.
The filming is excellent,the blu-ray DVD image exceptional.Still,Vasiliev and Mukhamedov remain unsurpassed.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlos Acosta - Spartacas 9 Jan 2009
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I bought this DVD because I saw Carlos Acosta perform this live at the London Coliseum. Anyone who was there that night and experienced the standing ovation at the end of the performance cannot fail to wish to capture the magic of that night. I am a ballet goer of (too) many seasons and this was the most phenomenal male performance I have ever seen.

DVD will never capture the live performance and you have to accept that. However, this is as good as you are going to get in terms of capturing Carlos's physical power. I have seen him in many Royal Ballet performances, but Spartacus surpassed them all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spartacus reinvented 3 Jan 2009
Format:Blu-ray
In recent years Yuri Grigorovich's 1968 "Spartacus" had become something of a problem child in the Bolshoi Ballet's repertory. Ever since Irek Mukhamedov stopped dancing the title role, they had a hard time finding somebody to tackle it in a satisfactory way. With guest star Carlos Acosta they finally did.

Cuban-born Carlos Acosta learned the role in 2007 with legendary Spartacus interpreter Mikhail Lavrovsky and danced it to great success in Moscow before he conquered the London Coliseum as well as the Palais Garnier in Paris (where this film was shot) with it. By the dynamism of his dancing Acosta gives the ballet its vitality back, by the sincerity of his acting he invests the character with a meaning again, and by his technical brilliance he upgrades Grigorovich's choreography. It's been some time since we saw a Spartacus so full of anger and hatred, putting his whole being into his leap for freedom. Although differently, Acosta gives sense to the choreography just as much as it first interpreters did. "Spartacus" has long since ceased to be the Soviet propaganda piece it once could be taken for and although its interpreters continue to move on this same outsized, superhuman scale, an artist like Acosta remains above all a very human Spartacus with whom we, today, anywhere in the world, can completely associate with. As a performance it is utterly exciting as well as profoundly moving, and it's great to have it preserved on video.

"Spartacus" isn't completely saved, though, because Alexander Volchkov's Crassus remains far too meek and gentle to portray the unbalanced Roman despot who mercilessly crushes the rebels. On the other hand, the female leads of Phrygia and Aegina are still in safe hands with the current crop of Bolshoi ballerinas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Acosta is superb
A magnificent ballet and perfect for Carlos Acosta. Glad I have it in my collection.
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. D. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely splendid. The most exciting performance of 'Spartacus' I've...
This DVD held me spellbound throughout. Acosta is Spartacus, his dancing is superb, as are all the other performers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Eaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparcacus: the Bolshoi Ballet dvd
I have bought this for a Christmas present. The recipients are delighted with it and will add it to their collection. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Pawlowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparatacus
I'm, a stupid fool who orders a DVD which I know I want to see. IS that AMazon think.?Thank goodness the DVD was not Faulty.

I.e The DVD suited my purpose..
Published 9 months ago by Mrs R.J.Gratton
4.0 out of 5 stars Homophobic propaganda
The classic and magnificent Grigorovich production, revived at the Palais Garnier, with an interesting bonus disc included. Read more
Published 9 months ago by adriano
5.0 out of 5 stars My preferred ballet!!
The ballet company performance is just breathtaking! It is a beautiful performance.
I like costumes, decors, everything is perfect. The story is clear and easy to follow. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars another gift
I also gave this to a friend for her birthday. She is a fan of Carlos Acosta so absolutely loved it.
Published 20 months ago by hapslip
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
As he said in his interview, Carlos Acosta put his life, his hardships and his experiences into Spartacus. He was a slave and he was driven to bring freedom to his fellow slaves. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine new Spartacus for the modern age continuing the sequence of fine...
The previous Bolshoi Ballet version of Spartacus was a marvellous production with marvellous dancing. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate in MEN DANCING!
The ultimate in men dancing! And that's what you need to be for this incredibly arduous lead role: a MAN (I read somewhere that it has them vomiting in the wings). Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by Cherry Radford
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