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Frederick Ashton's Tales of Beatrix Potter [Blu-ray]

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Created by Frederick Ashton for a film in 1971, Tales of Beatrix Potter brings alive, with rich characterisation and invention, the famous images and stories of Beatrix Potter. John Lanchbery's music (incorporating mostly forgotten Victorian melodies) is utterly captivating, inspiring spirited playing from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Paul Murphy. Christine Edzard's designs conjure up a lost England of field mice and Berkshire black pigs, of foxgloves and shady groves. Swept up in the ballet's childlike exuberance, the entire cast delivers outstanding portrayals of such colourful figures as Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and the irrepressible Peter Rabbit. Ashton's warm and witty, yet demanding, choreography creates a piece of charm and grace for all ages.

Review

…wonderful woodland scenes are played out by dancers in fantastic costumes and masks. … recreating the magic of these books and bringing favourite characters to life is every child's fantasy. … Peter Rabbit's beautiful and magical garden of dreams will transport every adult straight back to their childhood. --The Stage


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Product Details

  • Actors: Victoria Hewitt, Ricardo Cervera, Jonathan Howells, Gemma Sykes, Gary Avis
  • Directors: Frederick Ashton
  • Format: Blu-ray, Classical, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bbc / Opus
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Frederick Ashton has claim to be my favourite choreographer and whose work unfailingly exudes style, charm, poise and humour to name but few of its attractions. All of these are clearly exhibited in this marvellous choreographic confection with music arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery and which was first performed at the Royal Ballet in 1992.

The original tales themselves may be less familiar to the younger generation than previously as there is so much more competition for younger readers to be found on bookshelves today. In addition, their use of language is not so easily accessible to modern young readers. However, the ballet is another thing entirely being very modern with a very modern sense of humour which appeals right across all ages and generations as can be seen in the very enthusiastic audience's responses.

This ballet has proved to be very popular and features seven of the most familiar tales after the opening Mouse Waltz. The finale brings all the tales together in time-honoured fashion. Each tale is delightfully portrayed and equally delightfully danced by all concerned. The costumes and sets are of the same high calibre.

The camera work is totally sympathetic giving nice balance between detail and more general shots. The sound is presented in DTS surround and in stereo and faithfully captures the expert orchestral playing.

The disc is available as a multi-region issue and, as such, can be bought from abroad if it proves to be difficult to locate in the UK. I have found it to be a delightful addition to my library of Ashton ballets and am sure that it will give great pleasure to children of all ages, including those of more advanced age such as myself! This is, in my opinion, a clear 5 star issue and therefore well worth tracking down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7, 2012
Format: DVD
Frederick Ashton has claim to be my favourite choreographer and whose work unfailingly exudes style, charm, poise and humour to name but few of its attractions. All of these are clearly exhibited in this marvellous choreographic confection with music arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery and which was first performed at the Royal Ballet in 1992.

The original tales themselves may be less familiar to the younger generation than previously as there is so much more competition for younger readers to be found on bookshelves today. In addition, their use of language is not so easily accessible to modern young readers. However, the ballet is another thing entirely being very modern with a very modern sense of humour which appeals right across all ages and generations as can be seen in the very enthusiastic audience's responses.

This ballet has proved to be very popular and features seven of the most familiar tales after the opening Mouse Waltz. The finale brings all the tales together in time-honoured fashion. Each tale is delightfully portrayed and equally delightfully danced by all concerned. The costumes and sets are of the same high calibre.

The camera work is totally sympathetic giving nice balance between detail and more general shots. The sound is presented in DTS surround and in stereo and faithfully captures the expert orchestral playing.

The disc is available as a multi-region issue and, as such, can be bought from abroad if it proves to be difficult to locate in the UK. I have found it to be a delightful addition to my library of Ashton ballets and am sure that it will give great pleasure to children of all ages, including those of more advanced age such as myself!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Eager on December 12, 2009
Format: DVD
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER TAKEN THE TIME TO WRITE A REVIEW, (AS I AM MUCH TOO BUSY FOR SUCH THINGS) HOWEVER, I SIMPLY HAD TO TELL OTHERS THAT THIS IS TRULY A CLASSIC WORK OF ART, A JOY, AND A DELIGHT! AGE DOESN'T MATTER (I AM 67 YRS OLD), YOU WILL BE THRILLED WITH THE ROYAL BALLET'S SUBLIME CHARACTERIZATIONS OF ALL OF MS. POTTER'S WHIMSICAL CREATURES!
NOW, YOU MIGHT WONDER WHY A WOMAN OF MY AGE WOULD BUY A DVD USUALLY INTENDED FOR CHILDREN...
WELL, IT'S THIS SIMPLE: I LOST MY PRECIOUS LITTLE DOG "ANNIE" ABOUT A YEAR AGO, (SHE WAS 15-1/2 YRS OLD), AND SINCE THEN, I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED WHERE SHE IS AND HOW SHE IS. WHEN I SAW FREDERICK ASHTON'S TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER WITH THE ROYAL BALLET DANCERS ON THE COVER OF THE DVD, I WAS INSTINCTIVELY DRAWN TO IT... NOW, I KNOW WHERE "ANNIE" IS, AND WHAT SHE'S DOING, AND QUITE FRANKLY, I CAN'T WAIT TO JOIN HER THERE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT WITH "JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK, AND ALL THE OTHERS... THIS DVD IS TRULY A RARE TREASURE AND A "MUST-HAVE" IN ANYONE'S COLLECTION.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J2 on January 17, 2010
Format: DVD
I had the good fortune to see this film when it first came out: when I was five years old. Mum and Dad had already read many of the Beatrix Potter tales to me: this film made me only a stronger fan. This film also inspired me to dance, at first as a five-year-old prancing round the living room and later as a student of dance, and all along it made me a huge fan of ballet. May I humbly recommend parents, grandparents, or aunts and uncles give the gift of this film, the soundtrack, the books, and lots of space in the living room to the children in your lives?

And then, after you have shown the kids how nifty the ballet is in the film, won't you please take the little ones to a real ballet? It's in 3-D!

Thankfully, everything except the ballet tickets can be found here on Amazon.com.
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