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The Nutcracker: Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Valery Gergiev [Blu-ray] [2013]

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The Nutcracker: Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Valery Gergiev [Blu-ray] [2013] + Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake [Blu-ray] [2008] + Bolshoi Ballet Collection - The Nutcracker [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
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  • Format: Classical
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009YRZ80C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,447 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Mariinsky Theatre Musical Director, Valery Gergiev, conducts Tchaikovsky's glorious score in this enchanting, traditional Russian production of The Nutcracker.

Product Description

Schiaccianoci (Lo) / The Nutcracker


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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully danced 14 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Although dated 2012 it is hard to believe the best HD cameras were used: skin tone is waxy, resolution modest and final on-screen titles hard to read. The colours are rich and all scenes are bright and well lit but there is a noticable lack of sharpness. It is a very traditional performance with nothing to offend anyone. The dancing however is just delightful with some astonishing acrobatics and this particularly applies to the many junior ballet dancers of both sexes that have important roles in this most elegant and beautifully staged production. On a small screen this looks pretty nice but on the big screen the picture quality pales beside the Bolshoi or Gergiev's other Mariinsky Blu-ray. I enjoyed this very much and will watch it many times but if I wanted just one Nutcracker on Blu I would go for one of the other two mentioned above as the picture and sound is just that much better. An excellent buy at a reasonable price but at top price I would pass. Pity as it is so well played and performed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality concerns: not much better than DVD 10 Feb 2013
By T. Wei
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Ballet: 4.5/5, Camera work: 2.5/5, Picture: 3/5, Audio: 3/5

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This is a conventional live performance, the period costumes are colourful but the stage set is sparse and only just adequate for the purpose. I'm not qualified to critique the ballet but the children seem to dance well, in particular the boy in the pas de trois. The few national dances are the usual stereotype or caricature of the real thing: I suppose people expect this rather than a more authentic or modern variety. The two adult principal dancers especially the male get a warm reception. The music is broad in tempo and shifts down a gear in a few passages and appears to accommodate the needs of children dancers.

There are a few camera angles used and the one from above seems a bit superfluous. The close zooming does nothing to enhance the show but instead reveals details that the normal audience would not see so well, like the slight movements of the dancers when they are supposed to hold still and the curtain-thin larger than life but barely decorated Christmas tree. Close zooming and panning also induces a little vertigo as the other dancers in the background move quickly. It isn't necessary to view the dancers from the stage in the middle of the action or from high up above where the lights are.

Picture quality is a bit disappointing, it looks soft, not more than 720p at the most, and devoid of fine details on stage. Probably some DNR was applied. There are more details on Gergiev's face. It is encoded in mpeg-2 (still in use for a 2012 recording?) and 1080i60. It looks suspicious as coming from the same master for DVD. The end credits mention 3D so maybe a 3D version will come out later.

Audio tracks are 2.0 24/48 PCM, 5.1 dts 754kbps and 5.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually superb but musically disappointing. 21 Jan 2013
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The dancing, staging and costumes are all that one expects from the famous Mariinsky ballet. However the musical tempi are on the slow side and there is a lack of sparkle. This is obvious when you compare it with the CD set by the LSO conducted by Antal Dorati.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nutcracker 10 Jan 2013
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A wonderful ballet and wonderful production. It is my favourite ballet and I am building a library of most companies.
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