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The Nutcracker/ Cojocaru, Dowell, Royal Ballet (2001)

Anthony Dowell , Alina Cojocaru , Roger M. Sherman , Ross MacGibbon  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Dowell, Alina Cojocaru, Ivan Putrov, Miyako Yoshida, Jonathan Cope
  • Directors: Roger M. Sherman, Ross MacGibbon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005S6KS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score combines with the magical choreography inspired by Lev Ivanov in an atmosphere of fantasy and the supernatural. Hoffmann's Christmas story unfolds with breathtaking splendour and beauty in the most festive and enduring of all ballets. The Royal Ballet, whose Director, Sir Anthony Dowell, plays Drosselmeyer, is joined by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Anthony Dowell, Alina Cojocaru, Ivan Putrov, Miyako Yoshida, Jonathan Cope The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Nutcracker-Oh Why Not?! November 30, 2007
Format:DVD
I agree with some of the assessments made by reviewer Ivy Lin, above, however, I disagree with others. This production of the beloved Christmas classic by the Royal Ballet does indeed incline more to the older Russian than the later Balanchine interpretation, which is more familiar to American audiences. I happen to prefer the former. I also agree with Ms. Lin that the dancing of Alina Cojocaru is one of the chief pleasures of this very traditional and pleasing production, which is everything a Nutcracker ought to be, including the obligatory boring turns by parental figures in Victorian clothes and tiresome little boys. Cojocaru is particularly gorgeous to watch once she takes off the little-girl dress and earmuff hair-do at the end of the first act, and gets to really, REALLY dance. Cojocaru's technique IS beautiful. Yes, she is all long ethereal limbs, big jumps, arched back, beautiful feet, and expressive hands. Curiously, and here is where I disagree with Ms. Lin, Cojocaru shares another trademark that sometimes accompanies all those wonderful characteristics of Russian-school training (Cojocaru is Romanian): a bit too much awareness of just how appealing those extravagant extensions, that back-arching, and those gamboling, coltish limbs are. In fact, all that coltish, ethereal, arched-back, long-limbed gamboling got to be a bit tiresome for me at some point, especially as Anthony Dowell, attuned no doubt to the wishes of his audience vis-a-vis his new star, allowed Peter Wright, the choerographer, to insert Cojocaru into every single place in the choreography that he possibly could, including places where Clara traditionally doesn't dance: the dance of the Snowflakes, the Chinese Dance, the Russian Dance, the Waltz of the Flowers, etc. Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A common man's point of view. January 29, 2009
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This is a wonderful classical version of The Nutcracker, with fabulous sets, costumes, color, and lighting. It is a Sir Peter Wright production, so it is authentic throughout, with the exception that there is no Mother Gigogne and her little clowns.

This is a good example of classical ballet as the originators saw it. Peter Wright usually sticks to tradition in his productions, and you won't see "gimmicks" used that distract from it's originality. It is a live stage production from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, with an audience, but it is not a "noisy" stage, that is, you will hear the point shoes but they are not distracting. The British audiences are very restrained in their enthusiasm and do not interrupt the dances with applause.

Clara is danced by Alina Cojocaru, a perpetually young ballerina who is able to dance in the final act with her Nutcracker Prince, Ivan Petrov, and not just a spectator "guest" in the magic Kingdom of Sweets. The toymaker Drosselmeyer, is played by Anthony Dowell. The Sugar Plum Fairy is danced Meyako Yoshida, who is absolutely beautiful in her role. Her partner is Jonathan Cope, who partnered with Leanne Benjamin in the Royal Ballet production of The Firebird (another must have DVD)......Stravinsky - The Firebird & Les Noces / Royal Ballet.....Cope is very tall, and Yoshida is quite short, so, she is a diminutive little doll next to him. I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved her as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

As I said, the sets and costumes in this ballet are spectacular, the lighting perfect and the music magnificent. Need any more superlatives? The running time is 107 minutes, which is about right for a complete Nutcracker.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a definitive nutcracker July 25, 2003
Format:DVD
This version of the nutcracker is an old design by Julia Trevelyan Oman but has been re-done for the recently modernised and enlarged Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Taking full advantage of the new machinery, the Transformation scene is masterly, and the resultant "miniaturisation" of the cast is magical.

Of course, any ballet stands or falls by its dancing and in this performance Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov as Clara and Hans-Peter are exemplary. Jonathan Cope is a wonderfully noble Prince. The whole production is a feast for the eye and comes as near to perfection as can be hoped for in this world. Sir Anthony Dowell plays Drosselmeyer and looks uncannily like Dame Ninette de Valois in his powdered wig! The sound quality is excellent. The disc also includes interviews with Dowell and the choreographer, Sir Peter Wright, and includes a fascinating demonstration and explanation of how the special effects are achieved. Buy it now!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great ballet! August 12, 2007
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I love this DVD! I have loved The Nutcracker story since I was a kid, and was pleased with how this story unfolded. Despite other reviews, I did not find that Drosselmeyer waved his cape around too much, I thought that it fit his role, and without it he would have been lacking something. I also thought that the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince went together well, and showed a lot of chemistry. I thought that they each fit their roles wonderfully! I have already watched this ballet several times, and my two daughters (ages 5&2) have even sat and watched a good portion of it with me. I am very pleased with my purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nutcracker
my friend always borrowed me this CD . I had two other versions of this ballet but they weren't so well . Read more
Published 6 months ago by valeria de luigi
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but still very good
I enjoyed this DVD, yes there are some things that could have made it better, but mostly it was well danced and staged. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Version
My kids loved this movie. It was there favorite version of the nutcracker. It did take awhile since they were out of stock but it was worth the wait.
Published 7 months ago by dem
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent production, love the Sugar Plum Fairy!
It is an excellent production with almost all of the classical elements. The Sugar Plum Fairy is the epitome of a ballerina.
Published 9 months ago by Delores Cecchetti
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of three!!!
Of the three productions of The Nutcracker that I own on DVD, this production is by far the best! The scenery, the choreography, and the costumes are more in-line with how I would... Read more
Published 9 months ago by MN Pilot
1.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This cd is exactly like the one I saw on utube.
I had to be that one. It will become a tradition at
Christmas.
Published 15 months ago by carol Harwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Nutcracker DVD
I have been looking for this version of the nutcracker for a long time. It is the shown on PBS Great Performances. The costumes,sets,music and dancing are amazing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bianca
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Opera House presents The Nutcracker
I have two short parts to this review.

First off, I would likely to mention the order itself. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Book_Lover's_Stuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to perfect
First let me say that I am a dancer and have seen my share of nutcracker productions. The dancing in this version is awesome. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
I regard Tchaikovsky's music for the Nutcracker ballet as one of the dozen or so greatest pieces of music ever composed. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by D. R. Schryer
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