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This version of the "Sleeping Beauty" is Nureyev's re-working of the story in which greater emphasis is placed on the psychology of the characters than in some versions. That said, this is not some modern, impoverished version but a sumptuous realisation of one of the greatest ballets. The scenery, costumes and dancing all take full advantage of the Paris Opera's huge stage. Prince Desire, danced impeccably and beautifully by Manuel Legris, is given extra solos including a wonderful "soliloquy" in Act II, to give the role greater depth. Aurelie Dupond, as Princess Aurora, is a fitting partner for him. They both excel themselves in the final pas de deux which is breath-taking and thrilling, bringing the house down. The ballet ends with an exuberant finale performed by the entire company. With Tchaikovsky's matchless music this is an essential for any ballet lover's DVD library, along with the same company's "Don Quichotte" and "La Bayadere".