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The Nutcracker [Blu-ray] / American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov , Gelsey Kirkland , Tony Charmoli  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, American Ballet Theatre
  • Directors: Tony Charmoli
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008KJZJT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In going back to the original master tape and using cutting edge encoding technology we are able to maximize the quality of this new presentation of The Nutcracker in High Definition. The Nutcracker is Mikhail Baryshnikov s breathtaking and critically acclaimed Emmy® nominated production. This spectacular performance is danced by the magnificent team of Baryshnikov, one of the greatest classical dancers of our time, and Gelsey Kirkland, both showcased at the peak of their careers, with members of the American Ballet Theatre. The Nutcracker is the magical story of a small girl s dream on Christmas Eve. Mikhail Baryshnikov is the toy Nutcracker-turned-Prince in this exhilarating production that marked his initial and universally acclaimed choreographic effort. Gelsey Kirkland is little Clara, the dreamer, and Alexander Minz is Drosselmeyer, the wizard who conjures up the dream and eventually dispels it. Extravagant sets and costumes bring the beauty of this winter wonderland to life. The magical aspects will delight children, while the spectacular sets and performances will enchant and delight the child in all of us. Celebrated by critics and public alike, Baryshnikov s The Nutcracker delivers a brilliant and sparkling adaptation of the famous E.T.A. Hoffmann tale along with Tchaikovsky s classic score. There s a special magic about the dancers, and watching the ballet is a wonderful Yuletide tradition. The Blu-ray version carries the same srp as the regular DVD $29.99.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
141 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and provocative performance September 14, 2005
By Elly
Format:VHS Tape
I'm not a dancer, former dancer, or big ballet fan -- just a musician who's seen several different "Nutcrackers" and, frankly, not been thrilled by any of them. But this one is thrilling to me, and to my three-year-old daughter!

I've always found "The Nutcracker" boring and syrupy in plot, though I enjoyed much of the music and some of the dancing. Yes, this ABT version has an "adult" theme (or several) -- but I find this enriches the ballet for me and it's interesting to try to figure out who's who and what's what among the characters. (I've really enjoyed reading other reviewers' interpretations!)

Meantime, my three-year-old daughter is enjoying the story from her new-to-ballet point of view. The "adult stuff" goes right over her head. She's interested in the silly people dressed up like mice, the "big machine that makes fog" (the cannon), the Christmas tree that grows, etc. She gets out one pretty dress after another from her closet and tries them all out as "dance suits" as she twirls around the diningroom imitating the dancers' dramatic arm movements.

I find Baryshnikov's choreography fresh, free, and full of life. And full of surprises -- for example, I love the dance where Clara is gracefully tossed from one male dancer, or pair of male dancers, to another. I've read that Baryshnikov felt stifled by the strict classical choreography of the Soviet ballet, and in this "Nutcracker" I see him breaking free of that stifling tradition and creating a beautiful, thought-provoking, and -- yes -- provocative (for adults) new dance.

Baryshnikov's dancing is spectacular -- his strength, form, precision -- and rich in feeling. Kirkland's dancing is near perfection and her portrayal of her awakening feelings for her prince is excellent.
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150 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A coherent "Nutcracker" at last December 20, 2004
Format:DVD
Probably the most popular of all ballets, Tchaikovky's "The Nutcracker" is pretty much required holiday viewing for children and the experience is one to be shared with parents, too. The sparkling score, by turns intensely dramatic and supremely exhilarating, is as familiar as any Christmas carol or hymn.

The essential problem with the ballet's original staging is that the story line falls apart in the second act. The first act has a reasonable plot line given that this is a child's dream story. But after Clara helps the Nutcracker defeat the Mouse King and he turns into a handsome prince, they depart for the Kingdom of Sweets and, after the Waltz of the Snowflakes, the story line evaporates. Once the pair arrive in the Kingdom, poor Clara sits out the entire second act watching a succession of sweet treats dance the audience into diabetes, while Prince Charming deserts her for the Sugar Plum Fairy. In other words, the original staging gives the entire second act no plot line whatever, only a succession of divertissements with solo turns and a final pas de deux for the prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Mikhail Baryshnikov's inspiration was to give this fragmented succession of dream images into a coherent story. Unfortunately as witness Celia Franca's infamous "it makes me want to vomit" rant, Baryshnikov's version is often misunderstood. Clara is not having an affair with Drosselmeyer, nor does he desire her.

The key to understanding Baryshnikov's interpretation is the Mouse King. It is immediately obvious from the King's costume--a long purple frock coat & short violet cape--that he is Clara's dream transformation of the drunken adult male party guest who wrenches off the Nutcracker's head (replacing Clara's brother as the culprit).
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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Presentation November 16, 2004
Format:DVD
I must apologize for my bad english, but I just had to write this rewiev. I had vhs tape of this ballett and I waited DVD version for years, so there's no need to say that I'm extreamly happy. Most of rewievers here said that the production is not excellent, you may like other versions more. So... I have seen all the versions and I must say they can't compete with this one. They all lack true feeling. If you read memories of soviet balletdancers, you realize, how monotonous was the repertory politics in Kirov or Bolshoi Ballett. ABT gave Baryshnikov a chance to do things differently and who can claim that it's bad?

Example:rewier "rss28" claimes that the great pas de deux is actually pas de trois...only because Drosselmeyer appers to be in the scene! I see it otherwise. Mr. Drosselmeyer is NOT a person here, but he appers to be the TIME. Time flys by, if we like something, we always have to little time to enjoy it, Clara doesn't want to go home, but she has to and time has come. In all other versions the Prince and Clara are watching the pas de deux, but here they are actually involved, it's their story and this dance gives a ballett hole new meaning and depth. I'm sorry, but normally this pas de deux is boring, it's only fireworks and tehnique, no EMOTION! But it was Anna Pavlova who said that ballett is not a tehniqe, but soul. To me the pas de deux is extreamly beautiful, I can see love, sweet passion, all these tender feelings. Thank you, mr. Baryshnikov for that great experience.
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116 of 129 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There are not many video opportunities to watch Gelsey Kirkland dance at all, much less when partnered by Mikhail Baryshnikov ("Baryshnikov at Wolf Trap" is the only other one I know of). For those of us who watched them on stage, it was a magical partnership even if at the time we did not know its tragic undertones. Other than an occassional outing with Makarova, Baryshnikov was never as evenly or stimulatingly matched. Pity there is no record of their Giselle or La Sylphide or Gelsey's "The Leaves are Fading". Both artists were at their peak when they danced together, and their peak to this day remains of the highest order. So, we are lucky that some record exists.

Unfortunately, one wishes this were a better document. This is a studio performance, and at times looks rather cramped. For some reason, even on DVD, everything seems taped in soft-focus, with a bluish gauzy overlay that becomes irritating. The choreography is thoroughly undistinguished if not boring. As noted elsewhere, the Arabian Dance is missing. It's fun to spot some ABT regulars of the period such as Warren Conover and George de la Pena, even if they don't do much. But this Nutcracker has been re-conceived to be Gelsey's and Misha's show, and, limited a show as it may be, they are the only reasons to purchase this DVD, if at all. If you are looking for a Nutcracker for the sake of having a DVD of the ballet, this is not for you. Try the Royal, or Balanchine's with NYCB, the Kirov or the Bolshoi.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of four versions on video.
For once the logic of the story was very clear. Performance absolutely enjoyable. The Mariinsky (Petersburg) version was also very good (dancing, costumes) but the story was a bit... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sven Ekblad
5.0 out of 5 stars a favorite
Been a favorite for years. IMO it's the best version of Nutcracker there is. Just had to get it on DVD to replace my video cassette.
Published 13 days ago by amartin
4.0 out of 5 stars Scenes Missing!
My girls love ballet and I thought they would like this. They have only watched from scene 8 on so far since that is what they like the best. Read more
Published 16 days ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this version and these dancers
My granddaughter participated in a local production (she was a candy cane) so I wanted her to see the ballet. This is a version that I loved when I first saw it (on tv? Read more
Published 21 days ago by Betsy Bedient
5.0 out of 5 stars great video
My daughter is a little ballerina and loves this. We got it for her after we took her to her first live Nutcracker production.
Published 1 month ago by Mama of 4
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance
This is the best version of The Nutcracker and we are dancing to it almost every day. Our 2 year old watches it whenever we let her and when she hears a certain section of music... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pamela cate
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nutcracker
My granddaughter loves this - she is rationed to see parts of it as she would sit and not move throughout the whole ballet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sallie Kuh
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful version of the Nutcracker!
This is my favorite version of the Nutcracker, the dancing is spectacular! I show it to all of my high school dance classes before Christmas and they absolutely love it.
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars It's absolutely beautiful
Its has more on it thaN the video. It's absolutely beautiful. I've already watched it twice. I can't wait to watch it again.
Published 1 month ago by Vilma A Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars My oh My.
I have seen Nut Cracker live and watched video and TV productions numerous times but when ever I watch this production with these more than world class dancers and listen to the to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Kukuk
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