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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - featuring The Royal Ballet

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Editorial Reviews

This all-time ballet favorite, in which
young Clara is swept into a fantasy
adventure when one of her
Christmas presents comes to life, is
at its most enchanting in Peter
Wright's glorious production as
fresh as ever in its 25th year.
Tchaikovsky's ravishing score,
period designs by Julia Trevelyan
Oman (including an ingenious
magical Christmas tree), an
exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako
Yoshida) and chivalrous Prince
(Steven McRae), the mysterious
Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) and
vibrant dancing by The Royal Ballet
make for a captivating
performance.

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Miyako Yoshida, Steven McRae, Gary Avis, Iohna Loots, Ricardo Cervera
  • Directors: Peter Wright
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y7AR7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Energeticus on January 7, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is the best Nutcracker ever. I liked the previous Royal Ballet Nutcracker with Anthony Dowell as Drosselmeier, but this one is even better, with less cape-twirling on Drosselmeier's part, the best Nutcracker dancer I have ever seen, and Miyako Yoshida just as good as before but more relaxed and natural. I'm glad that, if they only do one in Blu-ray, this is it!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P. Matychuk on January 2, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm no great lover of ballet, but this blu-ray disc could easily change that. I've seen Russian ballet performances live, but this production blew them all away. Everything was great! If you like Christmas, the Nutcracker, fabulous music, or stellar dancing, you owe it to yourself to give this disc a look. Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Huggins on January 4, 2011
Format: DVD
If you are looking for a great updated copy of the Nutcracker, this is it!!! The store line stays ture to what most of us know already. I enjoyed this so much I watched it twice back to back!!! Beautiful dancing!! Just a great buy for the Nutcracker fan!!!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Erez Katz on March 29, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Our household got "hooked up" on the nutcracker this winter so we own a bunch of other recordings.
Barishnikov which is great but a TV production, not live performance.
Nureyev - disturbing.
Bolshoi (with Maximova from the late 70's). Great dancing, terrible orchestra.

This is my favorite. The dancing is nothing short of superb. The production is a joy to the eyes and the orchestra is a joy to my ears.

Highly recommended!
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Format: Blu-ray
This is the same Peter Wright choreography as in the previous, much loved, Royal Ballet production of about a decade ago. I, like many others no doubt, was rather hoping that that earlier recording would be transferred to the new Blu-ray medium. That was not to be, but instead we have a brand new recording of the same production, albeit with different or older, dancers to consider. For those interested in the DVD version only please note that Amazon does not allow such a distinction to be made when submitting a review of a disc available in Blu-ray. Please make allowances for that when reading the following and which may well contain useful comment anyway .....

As in all re-makes there is a mixture of pluses and negatives. The negatives will be most keenly felt by those who have formed a strong allegiance to the earlier issue of course. The same will no doubt be true of this issue in the fullness of time. As this recording was made during the current run with different lead dancers on different nights there will also be those who would wish the recording had been made on different nights.

None of that matters however when considering this new recording as the earlier one is not being transferred to Blu-ray and this is the only recording of this popular production now in its 25th year now available in the new medium. So this disc simply has to be considered entirely on its own merits as a recent example of this particular production. Bemoaning the lack of the previous production as a Blu-ray, or complaining about the choice of cast on this disc as some do are simply irrelevant considerations and not in any way helpful. Offenbach summed up this sort of situation as quoted at the end of this summary review.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fair and balanced critic on April 17, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
AMAZING!
The production is lush and unbelievably beautiful, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince are excellent.
BBC/Opus Arte is a company with integrity who cares for its customers!
Vision and sound are superlative
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristen M. Wight on January 16, 2013
Format: DVD
This is hands down the best version of the Nutcracker I have ever seen. Miyako is perhaps the most flawless ballet dancer I have ever watched. I would recommend this Nutcracker above and beyond any other version.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ludix VINE VOICE on December 26, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I watch a different Nutcracker every Christmas Eve. This Blu-ray was my 2011 selection.

Visually, the disc is excellent. The image is so razor-sharp, you can actually see the texture of the scrims as you're looking through them! Try that with a conventional DVD.

The soundtrack is likewise very good. The orchestra is closely miked, with good balance between instruments and a wide stereo image.

Costumes, sets, lighting ... all very professional.

What's missing is the magic. The dancing is competent, but unexciting. The choreography is serviceable, but unimaginative. There are no surprises, no special moments, and very little humor. The battle scene is a big yawn. The transformation of the Christmas tree feels mechanical and ritualistic. Even Miyako Yoshida, admirably precise and ever-smiling, is bland as toast. It feels as if everyone's just going through the motions.

The previous DVD version by the Royal Ballet is better in every respect. Too bad it's not on Blu-ray.
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