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Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre give a definitive performance of this ballet classic. With an image up to six times sharper than conventional DVD and superior high-definition sound, Blu-Ray lets you watch opera and ballet performances from the front row of the theater. Experience every detail, no matter how small, in the highest quality possible. With five times the memory of standard DVDs, Blu-Ray is a completely new way to experience the theater at home.

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  • Actors: Ulyana Lopatkina, Danila Korsuntsev, Alexandra Gronskaya, Pyotr Stasiunas, Andrei Ivanov
  • Directors: Ross MacGibbon, Makhar Vaziev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The video quality and sound (dts) are excellent.
S. W. Gan
This ballet is 128 minutes in duration, so most of the dances are included.
Richard Rawls
This is a well produced DVD from the Mariinsky Theatre, Kirov Ballet.
W. Fliris

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Ponessa on November 19, 2008
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Valery Gergiev conducts Swan Lake for the forces of the Kirov, now once again called the Mariinsky Ballet. A new generation of talented dancers carries on the great tradition of the house, recorded in high resolution video and audio. During the overture we are treated to closeups of the instrumentalists who will accompany the onstage action. It is great to see them for once.
When the famous curtain goes up, a dolly shot gives a sweeping sense of the stage; so far so good. The opening scene belongs to the jester, who first intruded upon the court of Prince Siegfried here on this stage nearly sixty years ago. With the brilliant clarity of blu-ray picture one longs to look the jester in the eye (one imagines that a young Putin looked like this), but he does not stay in one place long enough for the camera to get a good shot of him. In fact, it soon becomes clear that the production is afflicted by too many cameras. It is great that the Kirov could afford seven camera set-ups but the editor must think he is Orson Welles or Dziga Vertov. During the jester's entry he makes a five-fold pirouette, broken up into three different camera shots. What's the point?
I have compared this video with the 1990 film of the same production on the same stage. Three cameras seem to tell the story better than seven. One small detail shows the difference. After the Prince finishes his drink he tosses the goblet to the jester, who catches it deftly in 1990. Watch as one might, one cannot tell how the Prince gets rid of his cup on the blu-ray video. Shouldn't it be the other way around?
Kudos, then, to the conductor, orchestra, principal dancers, corps de ballet, sound engineers and producers of the blu-ray. As for the video editor, may he be banished to the frozen lake, not to return until he discovers a point of view. Any point of view would do.
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88 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Marc Haegeman on November 17, 2007
Format: DVD
The last Swan Lake on video to come from the Kirov Ballet dated from 1990 (Now available on DVD as well). Among its assets were the intriguing, beautifully talented Yulia Makhalina, the young and brilliant Igor Zelensky, still on his way to become one of the greatest Russian dancers of his generation; it had magnificently pure soloists like Larissa Lezhnina and Veronika Ivanova in the supporting cast; it also had the incomparable Viktor Fedotov playing the score with authority and understanding like only he could; and the whole production was offered with a genuine sense of artistic direction.

Now, the Kirov is long since called the Mariinsky again, and the new Swan Lake released by Decca and filmed by the BBC in St Petersburg in 2006 is a very different affair. The production (now with different sets) is still the same old one by Konstantin Sergeyev from 1950, based on the definitive 1895 Petipa/Ivanov staging, and remains one of the most exemplary, straightforward readings of the ballet around.

The current leads are danced by Uliana Lopatkina and Danila Korsuntsev. Lopatkina is adulated in Russia and abroad, and her many fans will undoubtedly welcome this release featuring the ballerina in one of her few signature roles. For my money, the filming came too late and might have been a treasurable addition to any ballet collection some ten years earlier, when Lopatkina's performances still had freshness and spontaneity. In this recording she takes the role of Odette-Odile in her now characteristic uncompromising, towering manner, with every inch and feather calculated and controlled. Her plastique is gorgeous but studied in the extreme.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Gan on October 28, 2007
Format: DVD
This is an excellent rendition by the Kirov (now Mariinsky). This version is almost identical to the one by Zelensky and Makhalina in 1990, and features the jester and the happy ending.

The first act is well danced, and the highlight is the pas de trois by Korsakov, Golub and Osmolkina. Korsakov has very good height to his leaps, and the 2 ladies danced with a lightness that only the Kirov seems to have.

The highlight of the ballet for me is scene 2, the lake scene. The corps de ballet is practically perfect here, as they enter. At some points the dancers look like CGI replicas, they are in such good alignment. But the jewel in this production is Uliana Lopatkina. She dances very well, but her magic lies in the way she captures the remoteness and vulnerability of Odette. I have never seen any other ballerina do this so well. She is helpless maiden and royal princess at the same time. Her dancing is always on time and never rushed, her line always elegant.

In Act 2 (the ball), she is sexy and seductive, but still subtle enough not to overdo the evil bit. Her dancing has dazzle and snap, and the 32 fouettes in the pdd coda are beautifully executed. Back at the lake she is entirely believable again as the depairing Odette. The way she first rejects the prince and then forgives him is very moving.

The prince is also very well danced by Danila Korsuntsev. He doesn't have the same leaps and bravura as, say, Ruzimatov, but he moves well and is a good actor. His portrayal is a young man who falls in love, rather than someone who is dissatisfied with life and seeking something else. He has very good chemistry with Ms. Lopatkina; there isn't the detachment I sometimes feel exists in other productions between the main couple.
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Thanks for the info. Is the DVD version 1.33:1? Amazon says that it is 1.78:1.
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