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Davis: A Christmas Carol [DVD] [2005]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2009
i was so looking forward to watching this as i am a big fan of nbt, however i really don't think that the filming and lighting did it any justice at all.dark costumes, dark scenery with little colour and lighting made it frustrating viewing,completely the opposite of what i was expecting. no bonus features either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have always enjoyed this on a once-a-year basis and as fairly light entertainment. A ballet equivalent of a stage musical say.

On this basis I played this recording to my class of 8-9 year olds as the Christmas DVD treat for years while other classes watched the latest DVD blockbuster. My class regularly watched transfixed (yes - even the football obsessed boys) and emerged at playtime happy while other classes clearly became bored and restless. Why? Well it had the advantage of being a truly different experience, the story was very familiar, there were no tutus, the dancing was energetic and modern. In short, it was fresh and had entertainment value.

Don't expect music of the calibre of Stravinsky or a masterpiece such as Swan Lake, just to mention two irrelevant comparisons, but do expect a good entertainment.

The format is 4.3 and the sound is in good stereo only so it could benefit from a re-make - perhaps coupled with a re-make of the Simple Man ballet. Now there would be an attractive proposition!

In the meantime this is a unique presentation and is uniquely entertaining!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2010
I run a Musical Appreciation Group monthly in my home, and I showed the Video version (converted to DVD), of this ballet to my group only last night (8th December).
None of my group had seen it before, and all comments I received were very flattering, and are as follows:-
1) The music by Carl Davis was extremely clever, tuneful, and most appropiate to the dancing.
2) The scenery was brilliant, very cleverly changed, when needed, by the cast, as it went along, and was most fitting to the story.
3) The costumes masks, etc. were wonderfully lavish.
4) The choreography gave the dancers many opportunities to shine, and was most exciting.
5) The sound, even on my Video to DVD conversion, was very clear and punchy.
6) The singing (and I am a chorister in 5 choirs) was very accurate, and in good tune, and harmony.
As this is my first experience of the NBT, (most of my ballet DVDs are by the Royal Ballet), I am very impressed at their versatility and professionalism, and will certainly look at future productions of theirs, and if this DVD is brought out in Blu-ray, I will buy it afresh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2012
Having seen the stage version, this film is the next best thing and will be something that we'll get out every year. The excellent NB production is complemented by the direction and editing. More DVDs of Northern Ballet productions, please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2011
I have been a great fan of the Northenr Ballet Co for many years having seen many of their performances. This is up to their usual high standard. I only wish they had more DVD's of their ballets especially Midsummer Night's Dream
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on 29 November 2012
Such a well known story - briliantly translated into ballet, not losing any of the atmosphere of the original; the music was ideal, weaving the familiar carols into the score, which was atmospheric throughout. And the dancing - well, I know to expect excellent from Northern Ballet, and I was definitely not disappointed this time. This is a ballet for repeat viewing, and accessible to everyone. A joy.
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on 21 February 2014
This is a DVD of a lovely ballet. I was very pleased to be able to buy it as I once saw the Northern Ballet company dancing this ballet in Blackpool and enjoyed it very much. The DVD is exactly as I remembered it. Excellent value. Many thanks.
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on 23 November 2011
Beautiful production, very well worth watching. Dancing and music both brilliant. Anyone who enjoys ballet will appreciate this excellent production.
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on 29 December 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed it and could watch it over and over again. However, if someone isn't interested in ballet then they might think differently.
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on 4 February 2013
great dvd, arrived very quickly, nicely packaged, what a pity it is the only NBT production that is available on DVD
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