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A Midsummer Night's Dream [HD DVD]

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  • Actors: Mendelssohn, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kershaw, BBC Concert Orchestra, George Balanchine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W2FIJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L.T.N on March 31, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
With this new blu-ray release, ballet fans have another option to view what the overwhelming majority of reviewers think is one of the best ballet productions ever filmed.

Though now directed by former NY City ballet dancer/choreographer Peter Boal, this Seattle based company went from a "second city"/provincial, little dance group with a small budget (and not much dance history) to a major player on the international scene when they had the good fortune to have former Balanchine dancers Francia Russell & Kent Stowell take the helm in 1977. They taught their dancers the Balanchine style, and this comes through in spades with this production of one of Balanchine's rare evening-length ballets.

Patricia Barker (Titania) grew up with Russell & Stowell, coming up through the school that was established when the former NY City Ballet duo left Germany for Seattle. She was deservedly well-known and respected all over the world (she retired recently), and her dancing by itself would be more than enough reason to get this DVD. But this group is so talented that the dancer who rivaled Barker for many of the lead roles through the '90s, Louise Nadeau, could have danced Titania to critical acclaim of Balanchine himself. Nadeau makes the second act pas de deux as much of a highlight as the one between Titania and Bottom (to the accompaniment of that beautiful nocturne with arguably the greatest French horn solo in all of classical music history). Nadeau is a fantastic dancer, and Seattle audiences were lucky to have her AND Barker together for so many years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rawls VINE VOICE on August 12, 2008
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
I noticed some reviewer has stated that the DVD disc he/she received from amazon was defective because it would not play on his/her DVD player. I thought so too, and I purchased the product knowing it was an HD-DVD thinking it would play on my player since it had an HDMI output and was connected to a HD television set. But, guess what? It WON'T play on a non-HD player. I contacted the dealer from whom I bought the HD-DVD and they said they would gladly give me credit for the DVD even though it was opened and MY fault. I decided to keep the HD disc and get myself an HD-player. This disc plays perfectly on the new player, and I am certainly glad I went that route because the picture quality is superb. I now have two players hooked up to my set because the new HD player won't play PAL format discs, whereas, the the non-HD player will.

This ballet has some of the best music your ears will ever have the pleasure to hear. I've always loved Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to A Midsummer Nights Dream, and like someone else said the solo horn passage is one of the best ever written. I just know in my heart that the young Mendelssohn at 17 years of age was having a ball writing this music with the twinkling of fairies and the braying of donkeys, not to mention the antics of love struck adults as only Shakespeare could describe them.

We might as well say something here about Ashton's The Dream because in my mind it is as good as the Balanchine version. The only difference that my unsophisticated untrained eye could see was that The Dream did not have the Duke and Hippolyta nor the palace court divertissements nor, in fact, did it even have a second act, but told the whole story taking place in the Forrest glade. Both stage settings were absolutely magnificent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
In view of the many enthusiastic and detailed reviews posted by knowledgeable followers of ballet, I will focus on a review aimed at helping the non-specialist who enjoys ballet perhaps on a less informed level (rather like me!).

George Balanchine, the choreographer, has created a full length ballet loosely based upon the Shakespeare play. The basic story is extended into a second act which is entitled 'At the Court of Theseus' and, like many other ballets at this stage of a story, the focus shifts from the basic narrative to celebrating the intended wedding/s. In so doing Balanchine has made use of Mendelssohn's music for the play augmented by a considerable amount of other pieces by the same composer. Fortunately these are complete items and not just 'bleeding chunks' stitched together so they work convincingly.

To this attractive musical setting has been added a totally traditional ballet with markedly beautiful costuming and attractive scenery. The choreography matches all of this with steps of grace and humour as appropriate. The whole ballet company deliver a high quality performance and it would therefore be invidious of me to single out solo artists for special praise. Instead I will comment that the considerable contribution made by the children at a number of key moments is absolutely charming and they all dance with evident delight throughout. In summary, the word 'magic' comes to mind!

Finally it must be said that the recording values are equally excellent, both visually and sonically (in surround mode) and it is hard to imagine anyone struggling to enjoy this veritable feast both for the eyes and ears. I join all the other enthusiastic reviewers with a clear 5 stars.

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