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Matthew Bourne Box Set [DVD] [2008]

4.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 292 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EM1E3K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three major works by modern dance choreographer Matthew Bourne: 'Swan Lake' ( 1996) starring Adam Cooper, Scott Ambler and Fiona Chadwick, 'Nutcracker!' (2003) starring Etta Murfitt, Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin and Scott Ambler, and 'The Car Man' (2001) starring Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin, Will Kemp, Etta Murfit and Scott Ambler. Also includes an interview with Matthew Bourne.

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Anyone buying this set will probably do so with some foreknowledge of Matthew Bourne's productions. His Swan Lake is an ingenious and very freudian updating, with distinct homo-erotic overtones, of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet in which a handsome prince falls in love with a beautiful young woman who has been transformed by magical arts into a swan. In the Bourne version the prince is a neurotic and unhappy young fellow who has a difficult relationship with his indifferent and flighty mother, the swan figure that invades his fantasies has a nice pair of pecs and a six-pack, and the usual corp-de-ballet of young girls in tutus is replaced by some fit young guys in swan costumes. It's clever, even witty at times, but ultimately tragic and quite moving. The Nutcracker is rather further removed from the Tchaikovsky original in which a young girl is given a nutcracker doll for Christmas which morphs into a handsome youth who then whisks her off to a fantastic fairyland. In the Bourne version the tale concerns a group of downtrodden inmates of a repressive early 20th century orphanage who eventually find love and freedom although before this happens they too visit a fantastic world of sweets and knickerbocker glories. Carman, a sweatier and steamier affair altogether, is set to the music of Bizet's Carmen, and has noirish elements of movies like The Postman Always Rings Twice with a handsome and mysterious stranger drifting into town and stirring up the hormones of both sexes with fatal consequences. The quality of Bourne's creative imagination and the vigour of the dancing have a tendency to obscure the sometimes mundane choreography, but whether you're interested in classical ballet or modern dance, or neither in particular, I'm pretty sure you'll find this an enjoyable trio.Read more ›
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I was recently blown away by Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at Birmingham Hippodrome - (I was haunted for days by the images of the beautiful but cruel male swans) and I also remembered Adam Coopers brief but spectacular appearance at the end of Billy Elliot. Having discovered I could own both in a DVD via Amazon, I ordered as soon as it came back into stock.

Oh ladies! Send the men out to the pub, (Tell them you're watching Swan Lake. They won't get out the door fast enough!) get the girlfriends/gay mates around, open a bottle of wine and you have the perfect ingredients for the best night in ever.

You don't even have to like ballet as its not strictly ballet. Adam Cooper with his top off for two hours. What more can a girl/gay guy ask? (although he looks pretty sexy in a dinner jacket too!) It's fast become my secret, guilty pleasure. Not so secret now obviously!

Swan Lake comes with two other ballets so you get three for the price. The Car Man is well worth a look but my 7 yo found it a bit bloody. You can't help feeling sorry for the stagehands and wardrobe mistress who has to clean up afterwards!
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I'm not a ballet-fan normally, but my daughter wanted to see this "Swan Lake" on stage, and I went along for the experience. It was truly terrific, and I would recommend it to anyone. I wanted the DVD of the original production, which proved slightly complicated, but was well worth it. It is a timeless piece, and proof that it is possible to up-date certain classic works with total relevance to to-day's world. And anyway, the music is heavenly!
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These three ballets, imaginatively choreographed and brilliantly danced, are well worth watching again and again, so I wanted to
replace my TV recordings with perfect recordings. Being miserly, I waited for prices to come down and of course this box set suddenly
became unavailable everywhere, except for odd copies at extortionate prices. While sulking and waiting for the three separate recordings of the ballets to come down in price, Amazon advertised the box set at a reasonable price and I immediately bought It.
I suggest you do the same.
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I bought this dvd specifically for Car Man, as I already had the other two titles on individual dvd. Matthew Bourne can do no wrong for me. His Swan Lake will always be the definitive version of this strong story. Nutcracker I just love because its different. Car Man is every bit as exciting as I thought and I am so glad I found it at last.
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I had previously only seen the Sky Arts play of Swan Lake - this DVD has a different cast & I found the ideas expressed more clearly; but I bought the set chiefly to see Car Man - very powerful & I loved the sets. NB the DVD arrived promptly and well packaged. MATTHEW BOURNE IF YOU READ THESE REVIEWS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PUBLISH DORIAN GRAY ON DVD!
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Haven't actually had time to watch these yet but have seen them all before at the theatre and on someone else's DVD. The Nutcracker is wonderful with some nice humour. The Car Man is fab and slightly raunchy. Swan Lake is just out of this world. The male swans are amazing and I will never tire of watching this, whether live or on DVD. (Matthew Bourne takes a classic ballet and gives it his own special twist so don't expect the traditional performance although the music is the same.) Personally, I will watch anything that Matthew Bourne has choreographed as he is superb and the dancers are fabulous.
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