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Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty [2002] [DVD] [2004]
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty [2002] [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jean-Christophe Maillot
Offered by Music-Shop
Price: £29.18

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best given a miss, 10 Dec. 2008
Not the 'Full Monty' & several sandwiches short of a picnic (with no Champagne either).

This is a short modern interpretation taking bits and pieces from the ballet in no particular proper order against a plain modernistic set.

It looks like a bit of fun for the makers and a sort of gala performance for an audience in Monte-Carlo.

This is not the full ballet 'The Sleeping Beauty' and shouldn't be bought by anyone wanting to see the full ballet.

It has very little merit and is best avoided unless you want to see something completely chopped up, short and modernistic with no set to speak of. Additionally, the last 20 minutes of the already short running time is dancing to Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet which merges with The Sleeping Beauty with no warning. A very mixed bag.


Dancer's Dream: The Great Ballets Of Rudolf Nureyev - Sleeping... [DVD] [2011]
Dancer's Dream: The Great Ballets Of Rudolf Nureyev - Sleeping... [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Hugues R. Gall

2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a performance of The Sleeping Beauty. The description is somewhat misleading, 5 Dec. 2008
Anyone expecting to find a performance of The Sleeping Beauty on this DVD or indeed Nureyev performing in it will be extremely disappointed.

Instead this is a mostly backstage short documentary following the Paris Opera Ballet behind the scenes rehearsing mainly, with some other snippets of footage concerning the history of the Nureyev choreographed version of The Sleeping Beauty.

There are only fleeting seconds of an actual performance by the Paris Opera Ballet interspersed with the rehearsals.

The whole DVD is in French, both the interviews and narration.

The title of this DVD is very misleading and is probably why there are so many second-hand copies of this from third-party sellers on this page.

You've been warned! :)


Sleeping Beauty [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sleeping Beauty [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a performance of The Sleeping Beauty. The description is somewhat misleading., 5 Dec. 2008
Anyone expecting to find a performance of The Sleeping Beauty on this DVD or indeed Nureyev performing in it will be extremely disappointed.

Instead this is a mostly backstage short documentary following the Paris Opera Ballet behind the scenes rehearsing mainly, with some other snippets of footage concerning the history of the Nureyev choreographed version of The Sleeping Beauty.

There are only fleeting seconds of an actual performance by the Paris Opera Ballet interspersed with the rehearsals.

The whole DVD is in French, both the interviews and narration.

The title of this DVD is very misleading and is probably why there are so many second-hand copies of this from third-party sellers on this page.

You've been warned! :)


Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet [DVD] [2003]
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty -- Kirov Ballet [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Larissa Lezhnina

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful, 30 Nov. 2008
I've watched all the Sleeping Beauty ballets that have been recorded and released for DVD over the years and this is one of the worst in every conceivable department. The recording was made in 1989 during the Soviet era.

The sets and costumes are incredibly dull and simple, further amplified by the production being very badly lit. Very dark and dreary. There is no life or energy and very little musicality in the dancers interpretation with the orchestra also of poor quality. The sound quality of the recorded music is poor too.

The TV production/direction is also abysmal with too many wide shots of the action and not enough close up work so that we might see what is going on, let alone observe any emotion conveyed by the dancers.

The Rose Adagio has to be the worst I've seen recorded with Larissa Lezhnina completely incapable of holding her balance for more than the tiniest fraction of a second before grabbing onto a suitor far too quickly for support each time in the two very difficult balance parts of this piece, her arm visibly shaking considerably. She also does not end the two balance pieces with a raised arms flourish (very difficult to confidently finish on) unlike Viviana Durante (1994 Anthony Dowell production, Royal Ballet), Alina Cojocaru and Darcey Bussell in their performances.

The whole performance is incredibly boring and unengaging and more akin to an amateur production by a local ballet club. Anyone new to Sleeping Beauty or ballet generally should avoid this performance like the plague as they might never wish to watch ballet ever again after being bored to death with this uninspiring and frankly worthless offering. The Kirov's 1982 production (listed as 2005 release on Amazon) is slightly better in most areas, but still poor compared to the best performances by others around the world.

The performances that really stand out and are worth watching instead in my opinion are:

Anthony Dowell's 1994 production, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden (Viviana Durante as Princess Aurora). Very difficult to find on Region 2 DVD, but if you have a multi-region player, there are plenty of R1 DVDs available on Amazon and elsewhere. This is possibly the best production ever filmed. The Sleeping Beauty [1994] (REGION 2) (PAL) and The Sleeping Beauty [1994] (REGION 1) (NTSC)

The Royal Ballet's 2006 production (Alina Cojocaru as Princess Aurora). Excellent production, but not quite up to the 1994 overall. Tchaikovsky - the Sleeping Beauty (Ovsyanikov) [2006]

Paris Opera Ballet 2000 (Nureyev 1989 choreographed version) with some considerable reservations though. Sleeping Beauty


Wildlife Specials DVD Collection Box Set
Wildlife Specials DVD Collection Box Set
Dvd ~ Wildlife Specials DVD Collection
Price: £9.95

48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Package is wildly various in its production values & attraction, 13 May 2007
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There are four DVDs in this collection - Tiger, Leopard, Serpent & Eagle. All have been made at various times over the last 10 years and the production values and style reflect the fact that these look to have been cobbled together as a set of four. There seems to be nothing in common with all four except David Attenborough as narrator.

Two of the titles are fairly modern and have been filmed in 16:9 widescreen (Tiger 1999 & Serpent 2002), whilst the other two are slightly older and are in 4:3 full screen (Leopard & Eagle, both 1997).

The absolute jewel in the crown of this set is the 'Tiger' DVD. An absolute gem of film making and totally engrossing in what it offers in breathtaking photography, story-telling pace, script & music-score. The 'Tiger' DVD completely outclasses the quality of what one would normally expect from a 50 minute wildlife documentary in terms of how much effort has been put in so superbly to such a magnificent effect. It is stunning.

The other three DVDs really do not capture the imagination with their offerings for the other three animals & the production style and quality is somewhat lacking and dare I say it slightly boring with little apparent attempt (or success) to involve the viewer's interest. This is especially pronounced when compared to the outrageously brilliant 'Tiger' DVD.

If you are into 'cherry picking', I would advise buying just the 'Tiger' offering which is sold separately as well as in this package. Search Amazon DVDs for 'Wildlife Special Tiger'. There are separate reviews for each individual DVD under their availability singly.

As a set of four, they are reasonable value depending on what price Amazon are currently charging (their prices go up and down hugely), but 'Tiger' singly is utterly brilliant and is a steal at the price.
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Wildlife Specials: Tiger [DVD]
Wildlife Specials: Tiger [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kate de Pury
Price: £4.00

47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked little gem. Tiger., 28 Dec. 2006
I came across this wonderful work when it was aired on BBC 4. It was listed as an hour long program & referred to as "A Wildlife Special", usually code for not very special at all by programme pushers.

Even with David Attenborough billed as the narrator (he does not present or appear except holding a tiger cub at the very beginning) I prepared myself to watch not expecting much at all, but instead was greeted with this masterpiece of a work.

The quality of the photography is utterly superb. If you've a decent TV or a Plasma/LCD you'll relish the extremely sumptuous glorification of colour throughout.

There are no wasted scenes or seconds of footage. Every image has direct & pressing relevance to the story being told which unfolds in a relaxing manner allowing the viewer to really 'feel' what is being portrayed.

The music score is masterful too. There is a fantastic long shot at the start of the piece which zooms in from miles away to a warden on an elephant walking through the forest timed absolutely perfectly as they emerge into a clearing against the natural greens and orange of the surroundings. Film making of a very high order indeed.

I was totally taken aback by the warmth and feeling of this portrayal - the story of which is adequately dealt with by other reviews here.

Sadly, at the start of the closing credits it states that one of the main photographers (Chip Houseman) died before seeing his own undoubtedly superb work on this programme.

Rent it or buy it. Either way it's a steal at the price. I have watched it many times now, and it just gets better.

David Attenborough is as always perfection itself in his role as narrator being able to properly convey the appropriate level of gravitas, emotion and tragedy for the events that take place here.


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