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.