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West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [1961] [Region Free]
West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [1961] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Natalie Wood
Offered by FLASH
Price: £8.58

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars subtitles misinformation, 7 Dec 2011
The subtitles information is misleading: The one in portuguese is rather in brasilian portuguese which is dramatically different!!! The blu-ray coppy is beautifully though and worth buying.


The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1965] [Region Free]
The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1965] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Julie Andrews
Offered by mediadashstore
Price: £17.64

5.0 out of 5 stars subtitles misinformation, 7 Dec 2011
The subtitles information is misleading: The one in portuguese is rather in brasilian portuguese which is dramatically different!!! The blu-ray coppy is beautifully though and worth buying.


The Tree of Life [Blu-ray]
The Tree of Life [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £8.38

7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A mirage, 6 Oct 2011
I was anxious to discover this " masterpiece", given the actors, given the director, given the reviews in highly regarded newspapers.Then I saw this movie and was flabbergasted: What I had expected so anxiously turned out to be a mere exorcism.The director( Terence Malick) did no other thing but to exorcise what must have been his traumatic childwood, and the more he dragged his work through his view of the Earth evolution (he must have seen " HOME" a hundred times), the more the movie turned into a kaleidoscope (extremely beautiful effects though). Sean Penn merely appears and disappears, Pitt gives us a troubled father,torn between his hidden emotions and his biblical convictions, hence punishing his wife and son.Not enough to prevent this movie to be the most boring picture I saw in my whole life. A message hidden somewhere as in Bergman or Godard,life being presented as a play as in Manoel de Oliveira? No.Just a pretensious exorcism of a non-digested chidwood trauma.A mirage.


Adam: Giselle (Live Recording From The Opera National De Paris; 2006) [Blu-ray] [2009]
Adam: Giselle (Live Recording From The Opera National De Paris; 2006) [Blu-ray] [2009]
Dvd ~ Adam

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning Giselle, 29 April 2010
Based on Heine's De l'Alemagne (essays on german folklore)Giselle has seen many revisions since its creation in 1941.This Paris version is perhaps the closiest to 1887 St Petersburg Petipa's revised Giselle.I had the privilege to attend, at the age of sixteen, a performance of this ballet in Lisbon(1968),danced by Nureyev and Fonteyn.Having watched quite a few Giselles ever since, I do consider this version (after 1991 Paris Opera production) a serious document of dancing. LaŽtitia Pujol's Giselle is devoid of gratuitous mannerism and one of the purest I have seen. In fact, if in Act I her mime and her most skillful dancing show a girlish yet sensitive Giselle, in Act II she becomes the embodied spirit of Willy-Giselle with her slow (hence extremely difficult), precise, beautiful and graceful movement. She almost floates on the air, half feather half spirit, no longer human, yet attentive to Albrecht's punishment, with only a glimpse of the heartful Act I Giselle, her eyes looking like those of Garbo in Mamoulian's Queen Christine. Her legs, her arms, her hands, each gesture convey an amazingly intelligent portrayal of the Willy she has in fact turned into. Nicholas Le Riche dances Albrecht most brilliantly, even if Petipa's choreography for this ballet scarcely allows male dancers to show their skills ( he does nevertheless two dozens of consecutive entrechats) and so does Wilfred Romoli. Myrtha is powerfully danced by Marie-Agnès Gillot, her technique flawless, her gesture and face those of a merciless, haughty Willy queen. Last but not the least, Emmanuel Thibault and his immaculate dancing glitters in the Pas de deux des Paysans like a true pearl. The Paris Opera corps de ballet proove once more its legendary quality and Adam's music is intelligently, sensibly conducted by Paul Connely. Filmed in HD, the blu-ray image is perfect. Absolutely not to loose.
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Stars of the Russian Ballet [DVD] [2008] [US Import]
Stars of the Russian Ballet [DVD] [2008] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Asafiev
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £16.04

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A document, 15 April 2010
An extremely abridged Swan Lake gives us the unique chance to watch mythical Ullanova in her forties dance Odette and Dudinskaya (also in her forties)dance Odile,two rare examples of how ballet technique changed.Then two curiosities: A soviet ballet "The fountain of Bakhchisarai" music by Boris Asafiev(1934), choreography by Zakharov, after a Pushkin's poem.A chance to watch Ullanova and Plisetskaya(who would take the former's place in 1960 and become the leading ballerina of the Bolshoi)dance together two short and not thrilling roles.Then a third ballet(also by Asafiev) called "The flames of Paris"(1932), choreographed by Vainonen,based on songs of the French Revolution,a chance to watch the great dancer CHABOUKIANI dance the male role most brilliantly.A document for those who love russian ballet.


Swan Lake [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Swan Lake [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Boris Akimov
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £10.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bessmertnova's Swan Lake, 15 April 2010
Yuri Grigorovich who directed Bolshoi for thirty years and choreographed eternal works as Spartacus, Ivan the terrible,Romeo and Juliet, The Legend of Love, et coetera, gave his wife, prima ballerina Natalia Bessmertnova, a chance to, once more in her career,perform the role Odette/Odile in a new wonderful dimention, this time in his own Swan Lake.And if he did rechoreograph Petipa's first and third acts, he also kept some of Ivanov's unsurpassed choreography.He gave the male roles (prince Siegfried and the jester) another weight and lavishingly inserted in the ball scene beautiful pas de deux. Bessmertnava dances throughout the ballet miraculously conveying her immense skill and sensibility to both Odette(graceful and sensitive) and Odile( fierce and seducing).Only Bolshoi could afford to have small parts danced by first rate dancers which is the case.A most memorable Lake, though dated (costumes and scenery).Tchaikovsky's score vividly, passionately performed under Zhuraitis's conducting.


Spartacus: The Australian Ballet [DVD]
Spartacus: The Australian Ballet [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lindesay Dresdon
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £6.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In the pursuit of Spartacus, 14 April 2010
Lázlo Seregi, appointed chief choreographer for Hungarian State Opera Ballet in 1974 dreamed a dream of a Spartacus (1968)at least as good as Grigorovitch's.He even succeded in having it danced by Australian Ballet(1990)and by its leading male dancer Steven Heathcote whose Des Grieux (1995) would be so beautifully danced!In this case it is really a minor third rate choreography with nothing but sought after brutality in it.Whereas with Grigorovitch, the main role acquires depth and soul interacting with the other strong characters, this rather inferior choreography is just a pretext to a mere display of macho men dancing(not to be confused with the virility of the Bolshoi dancers led by Mukhamedov.A disaster.


Henze: Ondine (Ondine: Royal Ballet 2009) [DVD] [2010]
Henze: Ondine (Ondine: Royal Ballet 2009) [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Henze
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £18.44

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fonteyn's shadow, 8 April 2010
After several years of research on Perrot's Ondine ( Cesare Pugni's music ) and on Giraudoux's play, F.Ashton set to work on a new ballet far from 19th century romanticism.And he chose a german composer to provide the score. Henze's intention,I'm sure,was to compose music that would sound like(or suggest) water but the result is a most boring,uninteresting,melodiousless flow of notes.Nevertheless, Margot Fonteyn (for whom Ashton created this Ondine)gave life to the nereid Ondine and danced the role with infinite grace,musicality,and elegance,'naive and loving'(as she described Ondine's character) displaying her immense genius as one can watch in Czinner's film (1959)"The Royal Ballet" dancing with Soames.This, unfortunately, is not the case of Miyako Yoshida on this DVD,a down-to-earth Ondine,much absorbed in her choreography to consider dancing her role more like a water spirit she supposedly is.I wish Tamara Rojo would dance on this DVD for I am sure she gave the role, intelligent and sensitive as she is, another colour.Watson dances beautifully but somehow emotionally distant from his partner.José Martin in Act 3 'divertissement' dances skillfully, once more showing his versatility.Costumes are the original ones designed by Lila de Nobili,top note for John Read's lighting design and the The Royal Ballet Corps.Filmed in High Definition.


Macmillan Ballet Classics [DVD] [2011]
Macmillan Ballet Classics [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Covent Garden The Royal Ballet
Price: £25.00

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three treasures, 3 April 2010
Incredible as it may seem, this 3 record set contains as many important productions of the eighties, each of them a treasure filmed live at Covent Garden, choreographed by Sir MacMillan:
l. One of the best "Romeo and Juliet" ever (1984),the title roles danced by Alessandra Ferri and Wayne Eagling - two of the greater interpreters of this Shakespearean tragedy, music by Prokofiev, unforgettable and impressive in their portrayals.
2. The original "Manon"(1982)danced by Anthony Dowell(a prince among dancers,an icon of classic perfection)and Jennifer Penny - both Macmillan's choice for the main roles, music by Massenet.Dame Monica Mason dancing the role of Lescault's mistress.
3. The fairy story "The prince of the pagodas)created for a 19 year-old Darcey Bussel( 1990), quite a beautiful, lavish production, surprisingly vivid and danceable music by Britten. Darcey Bussell partner is Jonathan Cope, Dowell playing the Emperor,Fiona Chadwick princess Epine.
These three 4:3 picture format dvd are essential pieces of collection for a ballet lover, and a bargain!Do rush and get the set.
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Ondine: Royal Ballet 2009 [Blu-ray] [2010]
Ondine: Royal Ballet 2009 [Blu-ray] [2010]
Dvd ~ Henze
Offered by Naxos Direct UK
Price: £14.25

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fonteyn's shadow, 1 April 2010
After several years of research on Perrot's Ondine ( Cesare Pugni's music ) and on Giraudoux's play, F.Ashton set to work on a new ballet far from 19th century romanticism.And he chose a german composer to provide the score. Henze's intention,I'm sure,was to compose music that would sound like(or suggest) water but the result is a most boring,uninteresting,melodiousless flow of notes.Nevertheless, Margot Fonteyn (for whom Ashton created this Ondine)gave life to the nereid Ondine and danced the role with infinite grace,musicality,and elegance,'naive and loving'(as she described Ondine's character) displaying her immense genius as one can watch in Czinner's film (1959)"The Royal Ballet" dancing with Soames.This, unfortunately, is not the case of Miyako Yoshida on this DVD,a down-to-earth Ondine,much absorbed in her choreography to consider dancing her role more like a water spirit she supposedly is.I wish Tamara Rojo would dance on this DVD for I am sure she gave the role, intelligent and sensitive as she is, another colour.Watson dances beautifully but somehow emotionally distant from his partner.José Martin in Act 3 'divertissement' dances skillfully, once more showing his versatility.Costumes are the original ones designed by Lila de Nobili,top note for John Read's lighting design and the The Royal Ballet Corps.Filmed in High Definition, the blu-ray quality is excellent.


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