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Don Quixote [Blu-ray] [2012]

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  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NZKXYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,444 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Restored version of Rudolf Nureyev's classic 1973 production of Ludwig Minkus' 'Don Quixote', filmed in a Melbourne hangar. Nureyev, directed, choreographed and starred in the ballet, performing alongside Robert Helpmann and Lucette Aldous. Behind-the-scenes documentray 'A Little Bit of Don Quixote' is also included.

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The Blu-ray transfer is truly awful. Even 1 star is too many. Beware, on reading the reverse of the Blu-ray package I see that it has been re-mastered from a 35mm 1972 film. That accounts for the very blurred & distorted visuals which means sometimes the dancers have 4 legs/4 arms (if you can see them) & the movements are jumpy. It's a real pain on the eyes. And the audio track is also poor. Stopped it after 30 minutes & will donate to the charity shop or bin.
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Described by Dance magazine as ‘The finest full-length ballet film ever’, sadly, this production of Don Quixote is disjointed, dull, and lifeless, and lacks vivacity, vitality, and SOUL.

Whoever was responsible for the cinematography had the key grip commission some very perplexing apparatus upon which to mount his cameras. To illustrate what I mean, in the opening sequence we are sat in our seats watching the (incorrect) action unfold - when suddenly - we have an ‘out of body’ experience - and we fly into the air and hover ABOVE Rudolph Nureyev to look down at his pate as he makes his entrance – and we miss some fabulous leaps. What is THAT all about, blue?

The ORIGINAL tale starts with the ninety-year-old Don Quixote (Don Key Hoe Tea) on his ‘death bed’. As he lies dying, his family burst in and seize his remarkable library and his treasured possessions.

Close to death Don Quixote is visited by the spirits of death, and as they make their appearance and Don Quixote wards them off, Don Quixote makes the decision that he will NOT die a THANKLESS death ‘alone in bed’ but will die GALLANTLY fighting one last quest on behalf of ‘Dulcinea’ his ‘dream girl’ – a ‘dream girl’ that is ACTUALLY Don Quixote’s GUARDIAN SPIRIT that makes her appearance known to him through his many hallucinations – but Don Quixote does not KNOW this – and he merely sees her as his ‘dream girl’ – oblivious to the fact that she is a GUIDING SPIRIT who has ALWAYS been there to take care of him and PROTECT him through his many gallant acts of bravery to ‘right wrongs and protect women’ in a VERY hostile world – a world where ‘life is cheap’.
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