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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three treasures
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Moments, Some Good Moments
Romeo and Juliet was fabulous. Having seen the Tamara Rojo and Lauren Cuthbertson versions, I think Alessandra Ferri outshines them, her dancing is so beautiful. Wayne Eagling is well-suited to her as a partner and, although not as spectacular as her when dancing alone, portrays Romeo very well. The story-telling is everything you would expect of the Royal and then some...
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three treasures, 3 April 2010
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Jose Brito (Estoril,Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Macmillan Ballet Classics [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MacMillan Classic Ballets, 13 Jan 2012
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I spent most of my pre married life at Covent Garden queuing for tickets and watching performances and was fortunate to be at many a world premiere of Kenneth MacMillans ballets. This DVD includes two of my absolute favourites and it was wonderful to see the Royal Ballet as they used to be in the "good old days".

Great value and very watchable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia, 2 Jan 2014
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Having seen Anthony Dowell dance in the 70s, jumped at this DVD
Really good value for money.
Superb reproduction.
Brilliant ballets. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Moments, Some Good Moments, 19 Dec 2012
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Romeo and Juliet was fabulous. Having seen the Tamara Rojo and Lauren Cuthbertson versions, I think Alessandra Ferri outshines them, her dancing is so beautiful. Wayne Eagling is well-suited to her as a partner and, although not as spectacular as her when dancing alone, portrays Romeo very well. The story-telling is everything you would expect of the Royal and then some. The corps de ballet were generally very strong, the lead harlot lacked some of the spark of the other two productions but still danced well. It's worth buying for this DVD alone.

Manon I find it more difficult to love. I cannot fault the dancing but I find this ballet difficult to get into. The famous bedroom pas de deux is very good, however I find it hard to be drawn into the storyline and struggle to watch it all the way through, personally I find the heroine unlikeable, though I understand she is a very awkward character to portray and to understand. Worth a watch but I'm not convinced by it.

Prince of Pagodas is possibly the weakest of the three on this disc. As before I have no fault with the dancing and Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope excel in their roles. Again the storyline is difficult to get into and I find it difficult to maintain interest in the characters. Worth a repeat viewing however as there are some good moments.

It's worth it for R and J, but Manon and Prince of Pagodas deserve a viewing. Many people will disagree with me over Manon and Prince of Pagodas and that's fine, I won't fault the dancing but they weren't to my taste.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macmillan dvd rating, 10 Feb 2013
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Michael G. Haslam (Sheffield UK) - See all my reviews
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This dvd is excellent,the 3 ballets being well reproduced. The pieces are technically much better than my original video copies.
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