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The Nutcracker (Royal Ballet ) [Blu-ray] [2009] [2010] [Region Free]

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Product details

  • Actors: Miyako Yoshida, Ricardo Cervera, Steven Mcrae, Gary Avis, The Royal Ballet
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen, Anamorphic, DTS Surround Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: OPUS ARTE
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y7AR4K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

This all-time ballet favourite, in which young Clara is swept into a fantasy adventure when one of her Christmas presents comes to life, is at its most enchanting in Peter Wright's glorious production - as fresh as ever in its 25th year. Tchaikovsky's ravishing score, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman (including an ingenious magical Christmas tree), an exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako Yoshida) and chivalrous Prince (Steven McRae), the mysterious Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) and vibrant dancing by The Royal Ballet make for a captivating performance. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Press Reviews

"All in all a fine performance of a justified favourite is given the presentation it deserves." (Musicweb International)
"One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann's immortal if deeply strange story.
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(Sunday Express)
Cast
Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy)
Steven McRae (The Prince)
Gary Avis (Herr Drosselmeyer)
Iohna Loots (Clara)
Ricardo Cervera (Nephew / Nutcracker)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Koen Kessels

Stage Director: Peter Wright
Choreographer: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
Catalogue Number: OABD7072D
Date of Performance: 2009
Running Time: 260 minutes
Sound: 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Aspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES
Label: Opus Arte

Review

One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballets Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmanns immortal if deeply strange story. --Sunday Express

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It is difficult to describe with mere words the sheer beauty and magnificence of this production. Every aspect of it is a pleasure to watch .... BUT, when the snowflakes have finished their superbly choreographed dance and the angles glide across the stage heralding the crystal sleigh of Clara and her prince taking them to a magical land it is sheer beauty and wonder.

I cannot imagine anyone not being moved by this sequence as to me it literally represents the passage of the mind from the world of reality to another place full of beauty and grace.

The production is stunning ... exactly the same as the 1985 and 2000 productions, both on disc and both I have ... BUT this is in BLURAY and the crystal clarity of the sound and picture is worth every penny of the price ... better than the best seats at Covent Garden which I can no longer afford.

Look no further, treat yourself to the very best version of this ballet by far and you will want to watch it again and again
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This is the same Peter Wright choreography as in the previous, much loved, Royal Ballet production of about a decade ago. I, like many others no doubt, was rather hoping that that earlier recording would be transferred to the new Blu-ray medium. That was not to be, but instead we have a brand new recording of the same production, albeit with different or older, dancers to consider. For those interested in the DVD version only please note that Amazon does not allow such a distinction to be made when submitting a review of a disc available in Blu-ray. Please make allowances for that when reading the following and which may well contain useful comment anyway .....

As in all re-makes there is a mixture of pluses and negatives. The negatives will be most keenly felt by those who have formed a strong allegiance to the earlier issue of course. The same will no doubt be true of this issue in the fullness of time. As this recording was made during the current run with different lead dancers on different nights there will also be those who would wish the recording had been made on different nights.

None of that matters however when considering this new recording as the earlier one is not being transferred to Blu-ray and this is the only recording of this popular production now in its 25th year now available in the new medium. So this disc simply has to be considered entirely on its own merits as a recent example of this particular production. Bemoaning the lack of the previous production as a Blu-ray, or complaining about the choice of cast on this disc as some do are simply irrelevant considerations and not in any way helpful. Offenbach summed up this sort of situation as quoted at the end of this summary review.
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Though I am not the prime ballet lover in the household - distaff side is an ex dancer -, I was extremely impressed with this recording the story line came through to me. The staging was brilliant and performances by all concerned were outstanding for me. My wife was highly appreciative of the present. The original disc contained a bad track flaw but was duly and quickly replaced by Amazon.
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A really lovely production and with the same Sugar Plan Fairy as the Nutcracker production with Anthony Dowell playing Drosselmeyer which I have also reviewed. However in this one the principle lead dancer playing Clara is English. She is very good but she is not quite as good as the principle dancer in the Nutcracker with Anthony Dowell. Both the principle dancers in the Anthony Dowell Nutcracker are Russian and it shows.. I would like to stress that there is very little to chose between the two productions however. This Nutcracker is exceedingly good and you will not be disappointed if you buy it. It is a wonderful ballet and it is danced extremely well with beautiful costumes, colours and stage sets. For me however the Russian dancers in the Nutcracker with Anthony Dowell just have the edge. They seem to eek more from every second they are on stage and give even more to every single tiny movement, even facially they just are more expressive and more artistic. Anthony Dowell's ballet and Anthony Dowell as Drosselmeyer I would give 6 stars to as it is just THE best I have ever seen. This Nutcracker however gets and fully deserves its 5 stars because it is absolutely wonderful and a joy to own and these 2 productions are the best you will find anywhere. Absolutely superb.
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I have long been a fan of the 2000 Release on Opus Arte of the Royal Ballet's current production of the Nutcracker, featuring Miyako Yoshida as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Anthony Dowell as Drosselmeyer and Alina Cojocaru as Clara. So I was looking forward to the release this month of a new recording of the same production, under the same director, Ross MacGibbon, but this time in High Definition and on the Blu-ray format.

What a disappointment! Whilst Miyako Yoshida, now ten years older and nearing her sell-by date continues to charm as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Gary Avis fails to convince as the great magician, Drosselmeyer, and although I have long been a fan of Iohna Loots she just does not present the same vulnerability as Clara as did the then very young Alina Cojocaru - not surprising perhaps when Ms Loots, in her mid-thirties is attempting to portray a thirteen year old girl!

From a technical point of view, Ross MacGibbon who also directed the earlier 2000 version, seems to have lost the plot and in scenes as important as the transformation scene when the Christmas Tree just grows and grows accompanied by Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, the spectacle is completely lost through extremely poor editing.

So far as extras are concerned, the earlier version contained a detailed back stage look at the transformation scene and how it was achieved - far more interesting than watching the young pupils at White Lodge rehearsing their roles. Since both releases are by the same company, Opus Arte, it is difficult to understand why the earlier footage of the transformation scene was not included as an extra.

Two other technical issues - the performance came across as a silent movie with an orchestral soundtrack. The images did not seem to be married to the music.
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