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The Glory Of The Bolshoi [DVD] [2001]

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  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2001
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005852Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection of footage featuring some of the greatest dancers ever to have performed for the Bolshoi Ballet. Much of the material has never been seen before in the West and includes extracts from 'The Nutcracker' and 'Swan Lake'.

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The Glory of the Bolshoi is a feature-length anthology of rare archive films showcasing the Bolshoi Ballet's greatest dancers and some very fine performances. Spanning almost a century, there are 19 selections, either complete dances or extracts. There is no commentary or documentary content, simply a succession of great ballet. Everything here is a highlight, from a pas de deux by Ekaterina Geltzer and Vasili Tikhomirov to music by Schubert which dates, extraordinarily, from 1913, through to a series of chapters showing the development of Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev, including their debut together at the age of 13. At 20 minutes the longest sequence is also different to anything else on the DVD, offering the opportunity to contrast two performances of Khachaturian's Spartacus, from 1968 with Vasiliev, and from 1984 with Natalia Bessmertnova as Phrygia. Apart from this sequence a chronological presentation of the material would surely have made more sense than the apparently random order of much of the disc, but otherwise this is a superb compilation of great historic value. A companion title, The Glory of the Kirov is also available.

On the DVD: The Glory of the Bolshoi plays for 90 minutes, with almost exactly half the material in colour. While inevitably of variable quality, the 4:3 ratio picture is overall of a very high standard. The sound varies between mono and stereo and, apart from unavoidable patches of distortion, is more than acceptable. There is a Web link and booklet notes, but no special features--a disappointment on an excellent programme crying out for a commentary track to place everything in context. --Gary S. Dalkin

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The disc contains 18 extracts varying from just over a minute to 20 minutes and includes a marvellous piece from 1913 which shows that male dancers were somewhat differently regarded in those days. The restorations are excellent and match the quality of the photography.
My first moan is the abrupt endings. Performing soloists always give at least a tiny pause at the end of their piece (unless the audience is in utter uproar, which justifiably happens here a couple of times). It's just a small professional nicety and we are robbed of this, the fade-outs starting before the closing chords have had much of a chance to start. A bit disconcerting.
My second moan is there's hardly enough. Are we to believe that THE Bolshoi Ballet can only come up with 90 minutes of archival material? Russia was never short of pride over their Ballet and I'll bet there's enough for a few volumes.
Ballet fans should have no trouble accommodating the imperfections of old films with these transfers. A nice program.
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By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2005
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The Bolshoi are a strong contrast in style to the pretty and neat Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. This is not ballet for vegetarians. The role of the male dancer is enhanced and he revels in his masculinity.The performances will usually but not invariably go for the big effect. Occasionally this may appear slapdash but usually the performances almost bounce out of your screen. They are much more naturalisic than stylised. If you like red meat and red wine you will love this.
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