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  • Actors: Prokofiev, Seneca, Zurich Ballet, Fedoseyev
  • Directors: Heinz Spoerli
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O5LVXK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By whoiskermit on November 3, 2010
I cannot let a 2 star review stand alone--it is patently and pretentiously unfair. First, I am interested primarily in the music, the dancing is secondary. Fedoseyev gets better with age. Don't believe me? Try his 'swan lake' at Zurich. It is mainly for Fedoseyev that you should get this, with the Zurich opera orchestra playing like a front-rank SO. Without great PCM sound, that playing would be lost, but BelAir (despite relatively low production values generally) always gets the (stereo) sound right. But the dancing is very fine, too. In case you have not noticed, Zurich is now the best ballet company in the world. So as to Sommer and the crazy video direction: yes, it is awful, but not all the time, not even most of the time. But BelAir should re-edit this and cut all the gimmicks. For those allergic to homoerotic ballet stagings (getting more and more common, if not more and more popular), Spoerli manages to make both sisters travesti roles. Still, much less obnoxious than his attempt to turn Peer Gynt into a man of the cloth. He more or less turns this into a farce. I have many versions of 'Cinderella' on CD (complete, cut, piano reductions, etc) and Fedoseyev turns in the best version. If you can get by some stupid video tricks, you will enjoy this very much.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By atti on June 13, 2009
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This is not a movie, this is a ballet performed on a stage, and should be presented as such. Much of the choreography was interrupted by a camera constantly moving, and often directed on the dancers faces or feet, and in many ensemble scenes the camera would focus on only a few dancers instead of letting us enjoy the movements of all the dancers. It was infuriating. What a pity. These are great artists whose work could not be fully appreciated. The entire production was worthy - costumes, sets and lighting. The orchestra too was lush and the sound utterly sumptuous. Someone should have put the camera on a tripod and told the cameraman to get lost. Because of the constant movements of the camera there was little sense of the ballet as theater. It is a pity that the producer didn't see fit to make us part of the audience, to take us in from the 'strada', into the lobby, and into our seats, and, as well giving us a glimpse at what it is like for the dancers prior to the performance. Nor was there enough about the people who mounted this great production. Shame! What a waste. Not recommended.

A final note. The Zurich audience must be on Valium. In New York City they would have been cheering wildly at these remarkable dancers.
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