This has become my favourite Swan Lake in the blu ray format.
In this production, they have managed to create absolute opulence with minimum fuss about the sets. The dances, dancers, costumes, videograpy and the whole approach to the work is just about near perfect.
Yes, Lopatkina does look anorexic, but her technique and elegance is magnificent.
I prefer this production to the much vaunted and overpriced (comparatively) Paris Ballet with Letestu. They too have done with minimal sets, but these look drab and dull and recognizable as unchanged in every act with different backdrops. I wonder what makes that one doubly expensive as this to buy (I have both). The corps de ballet is just as good in both, and Letestu is just as impressive to watch (in fact visually, she makes better viewing than Lopatkina), but Danila Korsuntsev makes a far better prince than Martinez in the Paris production.
The first act in this production makes a world of difference between this and the Paris version, which is dull by comparison, in fact the whole of the Paris production has a depressive aura about it throughout which makes it a bit of a drag.
Gergiev in this production, does a better job with the orchestra too, which is recorded beautifully.
Lesser said about the 'glittering' Royal Ballet the better, in comparison to both these...
This is an absolute bargain at the price at which it is being sold today (lesser than 12 bucks). I would choose this over all the others as of date.