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Don Quixote - Nureyev (Australian Ballet) - Blu-ray


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Editorial Reviews

Rudolf Nureyev and Robert Helpmann are thrilling in this Australian Ballet production. Also starring Lucette Aldous, Ray Powell, and Francis Croese. Shown in wide screen, and digitally restored to its original brilliance.

Includes Bonus features, such as the details of the film's restoration, a comparison of the old and new versions as well as a documentary on the making of the film A Little Bit of Don Quixote.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Australian Ballet, Lucette Aldous
  • Directors: Rudolf Nureyev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006WN5WW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Progressive on April 24, 2012
This 1973 film was an excellent candidate for remastering and Blu-ray enhancement, having a freedom of movement and spaciousness that astounds in this newest version; I believe it was originally filmed in an enormous aircraft hangar. Many agree that Nureyev was at his peak during this time, and his charismatic brilliance is most apparent here, backed by a superb cast. Nureyev closely oversaw all aspects of the filming; it bears his stamp. Not many films merit the trouble and expense of conversion to blu-ray; this performance however is one for the ages. Excellent bonus features as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Volunteer of America VINE VOICE on April 24, 2012
I'm not sure what the issue is with the other reviewer's comment about "wrong speed"; my copy plays perfectly. I'm guessing it may be the wrong region for the reviewer's machine? For me, this was one of my first Blu-ray purchases, and I enjoy the colors, perspective and sound tremendously. Visually it is a delight; the colors and depth are far superior to regular DVD, while the performance itself is extraordinarily polished and professional. Great costumes and sets, pretty flawless dancing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2012
A worthy program to be given the Blu-ray treatment. Somewhere between the story by Cervantes, and "Man of La Mancha", there's the ballet of Don Quixote with the music of Ludwig Minkus, and the choreography of Petipa. At the height of his powers, Rudolf Nureyev came back to Australia in 1973 to serve not just as a performer, but choreographer and co-director of this filmed version. Going through their paces on the large stage built in an aircraft hangar, Nureyev, Robert Helpmann and Lucette Aldous are all wonders to behold. As you would expect with a dancer as one of the directors, the camera follows it all with just the right touch and without any gimmicks...we won't count the crane camera following Don Quixote riding the windmill blades back and forth. As for the picture, the scenes in the marketplace in particular are outstanding, with the red, yellow, gold and orange shades looking even better than they did after the original restoration (shown in a bonus feature). This is indeed a worthwihile addition to a performing arts Blu-ray library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on April 9, 2013
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I saw the current Australian Ballet performance before receiving this disc and was not at all impressed. I rather regretted ordering this disc a few weeks earlier. What a mistake it would have been to cancel it. The video very much shows its age but the performances are fantastic. Brilliant dancing with Nureyev in his prime. My wife and I quickly forgot about the video quality and were held spellbound by the dancing. What a gem! All ballet lovers should see this.
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Quality of the first act was very good but from the second act on the restoration becomes inconsistent. There are prominent 'cigarette burns' as well as scratches.
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