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Swan Lake [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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Product details

  • Format: Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Nutech Digital
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z4PDC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted 22 Aug 2008
If you like your ballet on film with all the dated effects of the late forties then this is a must for you. Not filmed on a stage but in a film studio it lacks magic and pace and verve.
If you enjoy seeing the rather strained profile of John Markovsky flitting from place to place, acting "haunted", without screaming for any other dancer then you have nerves of steel. Alas it was this performance which coloured the rest, and while I am sure they all dance prettily I could only wince and pray for a quick end, mercifully its a short offering!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb historic version 14 Jun 2009
This 1968 movie version of Swan Lake is terrific. Dancing is sparkling and accurate. Rothbart is a manipulative and dominant soucerer, frightning at times.

Picture quality is reasonable with some damages. Sound is good but not as good as modern performances. It is a shame the prolog where Rothbart changes Odette in a swan is missing on this DVD. The prolog is available on Youtube but somehow didn't make it to this DVD.

I hope this Swan Lake will receive a digital repair and have the prolog back in its place. It is worth it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kirov Classic Performance! 6 Feb 2005
By J. M WILINSKY - Published on
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Every now and then presents us with a mystery like this one(as of this writing). I love mysteries, so I bought it and I was very pleased to see that it is actually one of my favorite Swan Lakes. I was looking to purchase this version on dvd but I was unable to find it--until now. This is the classic Kirov performance featuring Yelena Yevteyeva as Odette/Odile and John Markovsky as Prince Siegfried. These principals give first rate performances in very distinctive styles. Yevteyeva Is very precise and expressive and her Odile is one of my favorites. Markovsky is extremely smooth in his style with great execution: impressive pirouettes and elevation and unmatched partnering technique. The role of Rothbart is portrayed by Makhmud Esambayev and ranks as one of the finest Rothbarts I have seen. The quality of the picture and sound is very good; this is a movie version, so it is at the standard of the time(1968). The color quality is not bad either. Even though I rate this as a classic, since it is bright and colorful, it should be fine for all audiences.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A common man's point of view. 14 Feb 2011
By Richard Rawls - Published on
This ballet was included in a set of three Tchaikovsky Ballets (still available) when I purchased it, but it is also available as a single. It is not a really great copy. There is a tear (as in rip) at the top of the screen, which cuts off a face or head or whatever comes into the tear area. Luckily it's not always there so it is not too obtrusive, and one can live with it. So, please, don't hesitate to purchase this ballet, the quality isn't terribly bad. It is a 1968 sound stage production w/o an audience, so there is no applause nor the sound of tiny little feet on the floor. It looks like a movie that has been shown all over Russia. The sound quality is good enough, and it is claimed to be in stereo. There are chapter synopses in five or six different languages, including English. It is 83 minutes in length, but should be about 130 minutes to be the complete version. There are a few dances left out of the first and second acts, but the last act seems to be complete. One dance in particular that is left out of scene two of the first act at the lakeside, is the Waltz of the Swans, and the variations by the Three Swans. It is so utterly beautiful that it is a real shame that it was omitted. Also, there are only two National dances in the Ballroom act. Prince Siegfried kills Rothbart, so the final scene is semi-tragic, as its hard to tell if the Swan-Maiden dies or not, but at least the other Swan-Maidens are returned to their human forms so, in a sense, it falls into the happy ending genera of Russian ballet.

The part of the fool or joker is played by Valery Panov, and is undoubtedly the best and most acrobatic male dancer I've seen in my five copies of Swan Lake. Not all versions have a, so called fool, but use, instead, a friend to the Prince. The American Ballet is one example.

Yelena Yevteyeva is a very capable Odette/Odile technically. Her surprise and subsequent fear of Siegfried when they first meet is well done, and her wing fluttering is also very good. Some Ballerinas are better at that than others, but Yelena is exceptionally good. She is not the most beautiful Odette/Odile, but when in the Black Swan outfit she is very attractive. As I said, Yelena is a very capable dancer, and since this ballet is 40 years old we probably won't see Yelena in any other ballets, so historically this ballet is worth owning. Even though the picture quality is not quite as good as some other copies, I watch this one often, because I like the last act. Some of the music is different, and there are two lifts by Siegfried of Odette that are beautiful and not done at all in some other versions. They are so vigorous that it looked like he might have dropped her, she goes so far back over his head. Angel Corella's lifts of Gillian Murphy in the ABT version of Swan Lake are just as dramatic, however.

This ballet can be purchased for close to $10.00 from an Amazon dealer, so you could add it to your collection quite inexpensively. I recommend this ballet.

PS. Imagine my surprise, when I found Yelena again! Yes, I purchased "The Glory of The Kirov" which is a potpourri of dances by ballerinas and danseurs from the archives of the Maryinsky theater and other Russian sources, and there she was. In black and white, but very beautiful. She was featured w/Baryshnikov in a 1969 pas de deux called "The tale of Serf Nekish", and again in a 1968 pas de quatre featuring Yelena as "Fanny Cerreto" and also featuring Gabriela Komleva as "Carlotta Grisi", Lubov Galenskaya as "Marie Taglioni", and Ludmilla Kovaleva as "Lucile Grahn". Unfortunately, I would never have recognized her in black and white except in the "Tale of Serf Nekish" pas de deux. I feel fortunate to have found her again at all. Ivy Lin wrote a nice review about The Glory of the Kirov, but didn't even mention Yelena because the Pas de Quatre, "annoys the crap" out of her. What a shame.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Many positives, but some negatives as well. 19 Jun 2005
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Buyer beware: movie-making is not (and was not, at the time of filming) a Russian strength. Image quality is mediocre, and the "special effects" (of which there are fortunately few) gave me a headache. On occasion, a dancer would be out of focus. On the other hand, the technical level of the dancing was very good, which made the DVD a worthwhile purchase, after all. I enjoyed the performance of the Prince, found Rothbart's idiosyncratic arm motions a bit annoying (although was amused by his sly interaction with the Prince's mother), and overall found the corps to be very disciplined.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved! 28 Dec 2013
By Brian G. Ray - Published on
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Loved it!! My son is a great fan and he enjoyed this over and over.. now the grand children are enjoying also..thank you!!
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