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on 26 December 2013
I'm not a ballet fan, generally finding ballet and opera boring. However, I see Matthew Bourne's productions as being something totally different and his interpretation of such ballets as Swan Lake and Nutcracker brings them to life in a modern way. Whilst his Swan Lake may be classed as a ballet, it is much more than that with dance(?) numbers and acting, combined with humour and poignancy and you feel an affinity with the characters.

I got the original 1995 version on DVD as soon as it became available and I never tire of it. I recently got the 2012 version and am just as pleased with that. For those of you that already have the 1995 version, I'd say get the 2012 version as well. Apart from different performers, there are various minor differences and some differences in the way things are portrayed (the mobile phone going off whilst at the opera is a nice touch). The later is, of course in widescreen format and has surround sound.
Likewise, if you only have the 2012 version, buy the original version as well.

The Blu-ray version is excellent quality. The only regret I have is that there were no extras. There is plenty of material available that could have been added, such as interviews with Matthew or behind the scenes etc. Youtube has a lot, but it is of varying quality.

I would like to see more of Matthew Bourne's work available on DVD. At present, there are only Swan Lake, Nutcraker, Car Man and Sleeping Beauty available. Matthew Bourne's Christmas, which was on TV last year, was a teaser with extracts of some of the work that he's done and I'd never heard of a lot of the earlier work, such as Spitfire, Town and Country, Inferal galop, Edward Scissorhands, and other work where there are some poor quality clips on Youtube. Matthew is very talented and has produced some amazing work. It would be nice to see more of it in its entirety.
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