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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Nutcracker: Royal Ballet 2009) [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Miyako Yoshida, Ricardo Cervera, Steven Mcrae, Gary Avis, The Royal Ballet
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: OPUS ARTE
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y7AR7C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,514 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This all-time ballet favourite, in which young Clara is swept into a fantasy adventure when one of her Christmas presents comes to life, is at its most enchanting in Peter Wright's glorious production as fresh as ever in its 25th year. Tchaikovsky's ravishing score, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman (including an ingenious magical Christmas tree), an exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako Yoshida) and chivalrous Prince (Steven McRae), the mysterious Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) and vibrant dancing by The Royal Ballet make for a captivating performance. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

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One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballets Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmanns immortal if deeply strange story. --Sunday Express

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By David on 27 Dec 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It is difficult to describe with mere words the sheer beauty and magnificence of this production. Every aspect of it is a pleasure to watch .... BUT, when the snowflakes have finished their superbly choreographed dance and the angles glide across the stage heralding the crystal sleigh of Clara and her prince taking them to a magical land it is sheer beauty and wonder.

I cannot imagine anyone not being moved by this sequence as to me it literally represents the passage of the mind from the world of reality to another place full of beauty and grace.

The production is stunning ... exactly the same as the 1985 and 2000 productions, both on disc and both I have ... BUT this is in BLURAY and the crystal clarity of the sound and picture is worth every penny of the price ... better than the best seats at Covent Garden which I can no longer afford.

Look no further, treat yourself to the very best version of this ballet by far and you will want to watch it again and again
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tomson on 10 Mar 2011
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Though I am not the prime ballet lover in the household - distaff side is an ex dancer -, I was extremely impressed with this recording the story line came through to me. The staging was brilliant and performances by all concerned were outstanding for me. My wife was highly appreciative of the present. The original disc contained a bad track flaw but was duly and quickly replaced by Amazon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is the same Peter Wright choreography as in the previous, much loved, Royal Ballet production of about a decade ago. I, like many others no doubt, was rather hoping that that earlier recording would be transferred to the new Blu-ray medium. That was not to be, but instead we have a brand new recording of the same production, albeit with different or older, dancers to consider. For those interested in the DVD version only please note that Amazon does not allow such a distinction to be made when submitting a review of a disc available in Blu-ray. Please make allowances for that when reading the following and which may well contain useful comment anyway .....

As in all re-makes there is a mixture of pluses and negatives. The negatives will be most keenly felt by those who have formed a strong allegiance to the earlier issue of course. The same will no doubt be true of this issue in the fullness of time. As this recording was made during the current run with different lead dancers on different nights there will also be those who would wish the recording had been made on different nights.

None of that matters however when considering this new recording as the earlier one is not being transferred to Blu-ray and this is the only recording of this popular production now in its 25th year now available in the new medium. So this disc simply has to be considered entirely on its own merits as a recent example of this particular production. Bemoaning the lack of the previous production as a Blu-ray, or complaining about the choice of cast on this disc as some do are simply irrelevant considerations and not in any way helpful. Offenbach summed up this sort of situation as quoted at the end of this summary review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Krakowiak on 5 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
Un magnifique spectacle, je suis très satisfaite de cet achat, ainsi que de l'emballage et de la vitesse d'expédition.
Encore merci
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If all you want for Christmas is a package that looks pretty on the outside, the Royal Ballet's 2009 Nutcracker is a snap. It's the first Nutcracker that pops up when you do an Amazon search, it's by a reliable troupe, Sir Peter Wright is an acclaimed choreographer/producer, it's on Blu-ray, a ton of glowing, five-star reviews sings its praises. How could you go wrong?

In two respects, unfortunately. First, the production itself turns the story into something quite different from the one Tchaikovsky set to music for ballet master Marius Petipa in St. Petersburg in 1892. Second is the performance of this staging (in its 25th year when this recording was made), over which hangs the air of tired routine.

The biggest change Wright makes in the story is adding action during the opening overture and the closing apotheosis that doesn't exist in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Because this new plot isn't explained on-screen, you must have seen one of the two previous videos of Wright's production or read the synopsis in the liner notes to understand what's going on.

Wright's version makes the magician Drosselmeyer the central character. Because his mousetrap killed off half the mice in the palace, the vengeful Queen of the Mice changed Drosselmeyer's nephew into a nutcracker doll. The nephew can regain his human form only by destroying the Mouse King and being loved by a young girl.

On impulse, Drosselmeyer takes the nutcracker/nephew with him to the Stahlhaum's Christmas party and gives it to young Clara, who falls in love with it and sneaks downstairs after bedtime to find it. But Drosselmeyer conjures up a battle between the mice and the toy soldiers, led by the Nutcracker Prince, who is in danger until Clara bops the Mouse King on the head.
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