I don't know much about ballet, except that I decided I wanted to 'get into' in when I saw the production of 'The Nutcracker' included on this collection one Christmas. Watching it again, I was as mesmerised as the first time by the lavish sets & costumes but moreso the dancing, which conveyed the story brilliantly by the characters exaggerating body language through their movements. This is without doubt the most spectacular Nutcracker I have ever seen.
I have never seen 'Swan Lake' or 'The Sleeping Beauty' performed before but even I in my ignorance have heard of The Kirov Ballet, so knew these would be excellently produced. And I was not disappointed.
However, I'm sorry to say I was rather disappointed by the film quality of these productions. Bear in mind when buying that they were filmed in 1991, 1985 & 1983, so the picture is rather more grainy than on modern DVDs - such a shame they didn't try to digitise them. They are also in the 4:3 old-fashioned TV picture format, rather than widescreen. I personally found this rather distracting for the first few minutes of each production but the magic of these excellent productions soon shone through.
It's also worth noting that 2 of these discs are in the NTSC format but this should only be a problem if your TV is more than about 10 years old or your DVD player doesn't like the NTSC format (which the vast majority do) so won't affect most people.
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