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Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty (Petipa: The Kirov Ballet) [DVD] (1983) (EU Import) [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Irina Kolpakova, Sergei Berezhnoi, Lubov Kubakova, Vladimir Ponomaryov, Angelina Kabarova
  • Directors: Yelena Macheret
  • Format: NTSC, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: Castilian
  • 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: Warner Music Vison
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009XCCKO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,335 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

One of Tchaikovsky's most popular ballets, based on the Charles Perrault fairytales, is performed here by the Kirov Ballet in this 1983 production. When a beautiful princess incurs the wrath of an envious witch she falls into a perpetual sleep, and can only be awoken by the kiss of one whose heart is pure.

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The technique of the dancers was superb but, but, but ... The costumes were dowdy and drab, the scenery likewise, the production amazingly banal and above all there was no emotion, no passion, nothing to engage me. I appreciate ballet perhaps more than any other art form but this was just an anaesthetic. Half way through I packed it in. My advice: don't bother with this DVD if there is some paint somewhere you can watch drying.
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It is worth seeing this DVD as a record of the long history of continuous performance by the Kirov from its first performance of this ballet in 1890. However it does now belong in the museum. I can only agree with one of the previous reviewers who remarked on how drab the performance is visually to modern eyes. The sets are particulary dull, with the exception of the Act II woodland scene. Many of the costumes are similarly dull and dated, particularly before the last Act. The special effects (if we can call them that) are very poor. There is no magic here at all, except occasionally in the dancing, and this is a ballet which above all requires real magic and wonder in its visual presentation. There are, of course, good things here. The music is excellent, performed in a robust and authentic manner as one would expect from a Russian orchestra. The dancing too is of the standard one would expect from the Kirov.

The worst aspect of all, however, is the exceedingly irritating and prolonged sycophantic applause for the prima ballerina and some of the other principal dancers. This is clearly organised and far too extended. It occurs far too often and seriously disrupts the performance, especially in Act I and worst of all in Act III. At times this annoyance makes the performance almost unwatchable. Not recommended except as a historical record.
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Good quality
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Bought this as a present for a friend so cannot really comment on the quality, but my friend loved iy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version on DVD 16 Jan. 2009
By Eric Henwood-Greer - Published on Amazon.com
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As a huge fan of Russian ballet, and The Sleeping Beauty in general, this DVD is the best full length Beauty we have available. Until they wise up and film the current Kirov/Mariinsky reconstruction fot he original 1890 production (you can find a glorious performance of Act III on the DVD New Year's Eve in St Petersburg), this probably will remain the best filmed version despite worthy and interesting productions on DVD from the Royal Ballet nad the Bolshoi.

This is the production Konstantin Sergeyev premiered in 1953, and has remained in the repertoire of the Kirov/Marrinsky since then and is something of a classic in its own rights. It's also, arguably but to my mind, the most faithful to the original Petipa choreography we have. Yes Sergeyev replaced a lot of the mime and made some other changes (some of which, like the new male variations, are, while far from authentic, admirable additions), but we get the basic text of this ballet down to all of the charming wedding divertisements, most not performed in the West.

Kolpokova was nearing the end of her career when this was filmed in 1983, and I admit the idea of a 50 year old Aurora can be off putting--but the lady dances spectacularly and is a great and welcome presence. Everyone else is in fine form--the men and the classic female corps of the Kirov in particular.

A must for any classic ballet lovers and Sleeping Beauty fans out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Perfection 17 April 2006
By Brother Pan - Published on Amazon.com
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The ballerinas in this production by the Kirov are dazzling. One wonders how one company can have so many dancers operating at such a high level of brilliance. The set for Act 2 - enormous background paintings in fall colors - stands out in particular. But it is the dancing of the Corps, along with the individual fairies and Aurora herself, that make the viewing of this DVD a reason to go on living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Aurora 29 Mar. 2012
By maiden pa. - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this dvd to watch the Aurora of her time Irina Kolpakova.The last graduate of the Vaganova school of ballet.She still teaches even after her retirement,passing on all of her remarkable talent to others.She danced with Baryshnikov who said she taught him so much.She remains one of the great ballerinas of the Kirov.This Sleeping Beauty is one of only two complete ballets of her on film.The other being Raymonda.They both are worth owning.She is an absolute technician.She makes it look so easy.It seems she is floating on air when she dances.I just love seeing her dance.Even on the Ballet Favorites dvd in the clips.Don't pass this up.It is just great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty Ballet 17 April 2013
By Kris Zink - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent production of the famous ballet, with beautiful costumes and clever scenery, as well as excellent dancers. However, the ballet is three hours long, a bit long for my taste. Some of the problem is due to several people in the audience demanding frequent bows from the dancers, which probably added a half hour to this production. Without that interruption, the ballet would have been great! And, perhaps the ballet is known to run long.
3.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Ballet 17 Sept. 2015
By James D. Weinberg - Published on Amazon.com
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The music from Tchaikovsky was tremendous. The costumes and ballet were outstanding. It fit the time period. There was way too much applause in between ballet debuts and shouting and carrying on from the Soviet Apparatchiks during 1982. If this recording did not have all the applauding and the Soviet Party shouting it would have received a 5 from me.
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