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Tchaikovsky : The Nutcracker [DVD] [2005]


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  • Actors: Anthony Dowell, Lesley Collier, Michael Coleman, Julie Rose, Guy Niblett
  • Directors: John Vernon
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 1998
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069D4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Schiaccianoci (Lo) / Nutcracker

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If Christmas is an elusive, childhood state of mind, Peter Wright's 1985 Royal Ballet production of The Nutcracker, recorded at Covent Garden, is just the thing to recapture it. The delicately symmetrical choreography of Wright and Lev Ivanov ensures that the stage is constantly filled with the mesmerising enchantment demanded by Tchaikovsky's perennial favourite. The ballet's success will always lie, in part, in its familiarity and its intrinsic status as Christmas entertainment, but the best productions, like Wright's, give equal weight to the dark forces of Hoffmann's original tale, which must be overcome before good and innocence can prevail.

Here, the sadness of Drosselmeyer is a potent thread in the ballet, resolved in a moving, well-judged moment as the curtain falls. There is real magic in the dancing, from Julie Rose's charming, constantly involved Clara to the irresistible images of the divertissements. But rightly, the laurels go to Lesley Collier as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Anthony Dowell as the Prince for a pas de deux that seems to hover above the stage without making contact. And, like Wright's production, the splendid sets of Julia Trevelyan Oman--combining traditional Victorian Christmas images, a delicate filigree flower garden and pre-Raphaelite angels--steer the right side of sentimentality.

On the DVD: The Nutcracker has no extras on this DVD, although the booklet provides adequate production notes. The 4:3 format also provides adequate picture quality for a mid-1980s television production, although no amount of colour adjustment improves a slightly washed-out look. The sound, Linear PCM Stereo, makes the orchestra sound robust and solid at the occasional expense of subtlety. --Piers Ford

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By micky quinn on 26 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
It is true that the visual quality of this dvd cannot match the more modern versions from the ROH. But in all other respects it is outstanding and exceeds them.

A special quality shines out from the screen in this performance. Other reviewers have mentioned the standard of acting and dancing and this is exemplified in the first act when the children enter. Just look at their spirit and the interaction of the adult dancers.

It is above all, for me, the musical qualities which set the seal on this disc. Gennady Rozhdestvensky as conductor judges everything to perfection, lively in most of act 1 and yet beautifully warm and expressive in the Transformation scene. That same fine judgement as to tempo and expression are displayed throughout. I am sorry to say that other conductors seem quite pedestrian by comparison.

So yes, buy this dvd and give yourself a treat not only for Christmas but the whole year round.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. W. J. Colvin on 1 Feb. 2012
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This is an old production by Peter Wright of the Nutcracker and in my opinion the best.I first saw this on the tv and was captivated by it.I was delighted that i could still get it from Amazon,Anthony Dowell and Lesley Collier are magic as the lead rolls,they are well supported by Julie Rose and Guy Niblett and Michael Cole as Herr Drosselmeyer.
The duets are heartstopping,The whole production and cast and orchestra are without doubt the best
Anyone who loves the ballet cannot be anything but enchanted by this production,
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By bob on 16 Nov. 2005
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this is (in my opinion) one of the most wonderfully entertaining of one of the worlds favorite ballets. Carol Ballard did a wonderful job of directing. The scenes are set up just right for the time period along with the costumes. Everyone,including the children are wonderful actors and dancers.I must say i am not usually into ballet,except there is something about this production that just holds my attention. I have watched this show over and over on vhs and since finding it at amazon.uk i have decided to buy the dvd version. it doesn't have alot of extras,but thats not important to me, i just want it on dvd because i know it will easily outlast my vhs copy.
i highly recommend anyone that i looking for a wonderful show for the holidays to buy or rent this dvd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorna Bateman on 10 Feb. 2013
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I would recommend this DVD to anyone who has never been to a ballet to buy this one. The dancing is superb and the music is
wonderful.
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By Gillian Greville on 2 Dec. 2014
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replacement for a video
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