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Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty / Rudolph Nureyev, Veronica Tennant, National Ballet of Canada

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Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty / Rudolph Nureyev, Veronica Tennant, National Ballet of Canada

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  • Actors: Rudolph Nureyev, Veronica Tennant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Artists Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022LJ2Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY VINE VOICE on October 18, 2005
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This performance is quite interesting. First of all, everybody in this dances fantastically. More to the point, Nureyev does some solos in this that you will not see performed in any other version. The prologue is full of interesting choreography, and as a result some of the fairy solos are cut. The bluebird variation is one of the best around in this performance, performed by none other than Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn. If you are a Nureyev fan(if not, why are you reading this?)and a fan of the Canadian Ballet you will not be disappointed with this dvd.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2004
This DVD is very heavily cut. The prologue and Act I take 30 minutes. The entire ballet takes about 1:20. This video represents and abridged performance and should be labeled as such. Further, Ms Tennant does not dance well. Strictly for Nureyev fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. A. J. Martens on January 20, 2009
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Shame on manufacturer, partly also on Amazon.com!
Remove, eradicate this non-product!!
Poor, very poor sound: MONO, can you believe that???
Poor image quality: one-to-one copying from tape to DVD!!!
And: this isn't the complete 'Sleeping Beauty', as meant by the composer.
I feel cheated!!!!!!
Shame, shame, shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(I only filled in one rating star because this strange system doesn't accept zero's!!!!!!!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By northkona on January 28, 2011
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This video is indeed a little lacking in the technical magic for transferring it to video from film, it could have looked crisper on screen, but it's old, so we must cut it a little slack. There aren't very many DVD's of Nureyev dancing, and this is one you can still acquire. Besides how great it is to see him in fine form, the whole company dances very well (Frank Augustyn is a terrific Bluebird), the costumes are great, and the set design of the forest is unique, it made me say Oooo when it was lowered to the stage at the end of Act I -- the Evil Spell has been cast, the forest will sleep for 100 years, time will stand still.

You can tell Nureyev had a lot to do with making the production look so good. It's fortunate that there's a record of this production, so much of dance only exists at the moment of performance, and then it's gone for good. Nureyev probably danced a hundred Beautys, and we've got only a couple to look at.

The sound was fine on the disk I bought, maybe that customer got a bad disk.
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I was delighted to find this DVD on Amazon, which is the exact same cast of dancers (led by Nureyev) I had seen at the Met in NY on the first visit to America of the National Ballet of Canada in the early '70s. The ballet was produced, staged and with additional choreography by Rudolf Nureyev (guest artist) "after Marius Petipa," who did the famous Russian ballet stagings of the late 1800s, therefore the sets are quite ornate, the costumes gold-edged and grand, the tutus slightly longer, and in the case of the Lilac Fairy a floor-length costume was used. The male dancing sequences were enhanced, not just for Nureyev but for others - Frank Augustyn as the Bluebird excelled in leaps and cabrioles (leg twists in the air). The lead ballerina Veronica Tennant is elegant with sure technique, and the beautiful Karen Kain as Bluebird's partner Princess Florine was marvelous both in duet and variation. The company's orchestra did a nice job presenting Tchaikovsky's beautiful score, which was melodic yet not overbearing. Nureyev was at the top of his dancing form here, and in the opening interview he explains (in what had become excellent English) that Sleeping Beauty is his favorite ballet, and he certainly mounted this production with loving care. Nearly 40 years later this still brought back memories of ballet in its golden years.
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