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3.0 out of 5 stars A good budget introduction to some great ballets, 26 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
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I watched this boxset in an effort to broaden my horizons a little and I was not disappointed. The ballets here are all well known and well loved classics, danced beautifully by some incredible artists and I found them literally awe inspiring (even if the last act of Sleeping Beauty does drag on... and on!).
I was fortunate enough to watch these DVD's with a friend who gave me an expert commentary through out which certainly added to the experience, so get one of those too if you can.

As other reviews have pointed out this boxset is comprised of old productions that were shot on video tape and so lack the glow of film or the polish of the digital age. If you are used to DVD or HD then you will notice a big drop in picture quality, but I doubt that will spoil most peoples enjoyment of these fine productions. I found the sound quality excellent, even when played through a speaker system.

The age of the videos does lead to some culture shocks: in Sleeping Beauty you get to see close ups of the Russian theatre audience circa 1981 and you have to endure a ridiculous amount of applause and bows after every 'big dance number' (note my use of classical ballet terminology here :-P). All of which is an education!

The formating of the discs is odd as has also been pointed out by other reviewers. Some discs are NTSC, some are PAL. But I found that all the discs worked in the region 2 DVD players I tried and on the 2 standard UK TV sets I used.
I would recommend this set to people like myself who would like a reasonably priced introduction to classical ballet.
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