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Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker / Nureyev, Park, Royal Ballet

4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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This historic 1968 Covent Garden production of Tchaikovsky's ballet masterpiece captures Rudolf Nureyev at the peak of his career. Nureyev's legendary performance makes this the definitive Nutcracker on DVD.

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Another great historical performance from the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in London that's been captured on tape, this 1968 production of Tchaikovsky's perennial holiday classic The Nutcracker stars two of the premier dancers of their (or any) time: ballerina Merle Park and the redoubtable Rudolf Nureyev. Both are seen in their considerable prime. Nureyev's choreography and production are also tastefully done, with the opening March of the Toy Soldiers and the climactic Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies particularly beautifully handled.

Conductor Charles Taylor leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in a merry and vigorous reading of Tchaikovsky's wonderfully appealing score. As always with such legendary stagings taped for posterity, the video and audio quality aren't perfect, but they are more than adequate enough to appreciate and be endlessly entertained by Nureyev's, Park's, and Tchaikovsky's balletic mastery. --Kevin Filipski


Special Features

  • Nureyev biography

Product Details

  • Actors: Merle Park, Rudolf Nureyev, Geoffrey Cauley, Michael Coleman, Lesley Collier
  • Directors: John Vernon
  • Writers: Rudolf Nureyev, E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000520S8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,422 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I almost didn't buy this version because of it.Fortunately,I read two reviews on a British site that said the only thing they didn't like about it was the weird cover,so I gave it a try.Boy am I glad I did!Aside from a few dated feeling costumes,and Clara looking a bit old etc.,I was very impressed.Nuryev is in his prime~in his 30's I think~and the Sugarplum Fairy does NOT look like a 50 year old woman who has had too much plastic surgery :) Even my 5 year old daughter,who doesn't usually pay much attention to the male dancers was impressed by Nuryev's dancing!I don't claim to be an expert,aside from being in ballet for several years and having seen several different versions,I really just wanted a pleasing,well done version to give to my daughter for Christmas.She is young,but appreciates a good full-length ballet performance.I had a heck of a time finding a version that was complete(or close to it),had nice,fun costumes and sets(not all one color as in the newer Royal Ballet version),that had good dancing(principal dancers and corps dancers),and that had decent picture and sound quality.You'd think it would be possible for a professional dance company to pull at least most of this together,but...Anyway,this is pretty close to that.The picture and sound quality is very good for having been recorded in the early sixties.As I mentioned before,the costumes are very nice in general~very Russian feeling~with just an occasional hint at the sixties time period.The sets are beautiful!I'm not familiar enough with the ballet to know which pas de deux the last person said was missing,but there are a few very beautiful and exciting ones in the second act that were very satisfying.I highly recommend this version of the Nutcracker.Very entertaining.
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A very delightful DVD. I have seen many performances of this ballet, but the choreography by Rudolf Nureyev is the best by far.This is the first time I felt as if the ballet was produced for children as well as for adults. The Act Two dances were stunning and the Sugar Plum Fairy Pas de Deux had me spellbound. Merle Park was such a delicate ballerina she seemed to be a sugar plum and was complemented by Nureyev's strength and grace. I would recommend this DVD for anyone who loves the ballet and I wish Nureyev was here today so we could applaud him!
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WONDERFUL COREOGRAPHY, MAGNIFICENT DANCER, GOOD PARTNERSHIP WITH MERLE PARK. SEEING THE ROYAL BALLET IS ALWAYS A GUARANTEE OF HIGH LEVEL OF DANCE
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By Amy on January 3, 2012
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Ballet fans will love it! It is CLASSIC Nutcracker ....and of course Nureyev and Park are amazing. Worth every cent!!
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Heartstoppingly beautiful dancing. There may be better ballet dancers than Nureyev, I'm no expert, but I've never watched another dancer whose presence was so profound. Merle Park was stunning. A great Nutcracker. My favorite.
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By A Customer on March 31, 2002
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I bought this DVD of Tchaikovsky's Nucracker because of its beautiful score and Nureyev's reputation. I was really looking forward to the great climax of the pas de deux, I cannot believe that anybody would think of removing this important number.
Save your money for a better production.
Very, very disappointed.
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I love this DVD as I danced in this ballet. I only had a copy with a visible countdown on it from the BBC.
Many thanks.
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The quality is not too good but it is worth considering we do not have a second choice for that ballet danced by Noureyev.
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