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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous production, 9 Nov 2010
This review is from: Romeo & Juliet (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] [2011] (Blu-ray)
Nureyev created the role of Romeo with Fonteyn as Juliet in 1965, and subsequently created his own choreography culminating in this superbly mounted and danced 1995 production by the Paris Opera Ballet.

I am not familiar with the original version but this Nureyev creation is remarkable incorporating acting and characterisation within the ballet, all the main characters seem real believable people.

There is a fascinating contrast between the stark white geometric lines of the Opera Bastille auditorium and the sumptuous stage set of towering buildings surrounding the square, buildings resplendent with intricate baroque? ornamentation. The costumes are equally gorgeous.

The acoustics are excellent and every detail of Prokofiev's wonderful score is transparently projected, and well played by Orchestre de L'opera Paris under Vello Pahn.

Although recorded at a live performance in 1995 (presented in 16:9 widescreen format) the video quality is extremely good, obviously not true HD but it does not disappoint.

This is one of those occasions when everything succeeds creating a marvellous whole, destined to become one of my all time favourite ballet performances.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2010 17:50:53 GMT
Thanks for your interesting review. I am a bit puzzled how a film which is "obviously not in high-definition", has been issued in blu-ray, which is a high-definition format.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2010 11:55:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2010 12:13:28 GMT
HI S RAMSEY-HARDY
I meant to indicate the although the original recording was not in high definition the quality on this Blu Ray was far higher than one would expect from a 1995 live standard def recording. also the reason I noted the 16:9 format as the original would be 4:3.
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