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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Nutcracker: Royal Ballet 2009) [DVD]  [NTSC]
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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.
"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.
" (Sunday Express)
CastMiyako 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 KesselsStage Director: Peter WrightChoreographer: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov
Catalogue Number: OA1036DDate of Performance: 2009Running Time: 260 minutesSound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTSAspect Ratio: 16:9 AnamorphicSubtitles: EN, FR, DE, ESLabel: Opus Arte
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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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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Really great dvd! Captures the magic of the performance. Fantastic service & price!Published 5 months ago by Paul Farrell
My mother absolutely LOVES this ballet! :) The prima ballerina is just beautiful. Came in great condition & record time from the UK.Published 7 months ago by B Jackson
Saw this live by satellite at a local cinema. Enjoyed it so much I wanted a copy so that I can watch it at home. Wonderful dancing and beautiful music.Published 17 months ago by Penny
Received this for Christmas. Love it....Beautiful. Wanted it for long time.Published 17 months ago by ClassicLady