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The Nutcracker - Mariinsky Ballet

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In this Russian Nutcracker from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Tchaikovsky's glorious score and Vainonen's colorful, traditional production, complemented by Simon Virsaladze's stunning designs, make this as magical and memorable a Christmas treat as ever. Includes bonus footage of the making of the recording. Libretto by Marius Petipa after the story by ETA Hoffmann.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Alina Somova
  • Directors: Valery Gergiev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • 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: Kultur
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009LEL0DM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Guy Olin on December 30, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a superb live on-stage performance. The virtuoso dancers are highly inspired by the support of the audience and show their best. The dance technique is almost unbelievable and gives a taste of the outstanding Russian ballet school. The viewer can see here the full Nutcracker version - nothing is skipped. The orchestra is very good and also shown on the recording. The conductor comes on the stage at the end to accept congratulations. Most of the scenes are masterpieces. Compared to other Nutcracker versions, all dancers here are superb, not only the main characters. Every detail is worked out in the best possible way. If you are interested in ballet, you should own this one!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 27, 2003
Format: DVD
The dancing here is superb with superstar efforts by the leads Maximova and Vasiliev. The other dancers, particularly those pairs in Act II are excellent as well, particularly the Russian Dance and the Chinese. The uncle/magician does an admirable role as well.
The music is exquisite, however the recording is not as sharp and clear as we have become accustomed to in our time. The stage and set design is superb with the wire acts and the lights and costumes. The marriage near the end is a great addition, and the characters at times appearing out of the floor is neat addition.
Filmed live years ago, this is worthy effort for its time and the technology available.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Angela PS on December 3, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Viewed this production of The Nutcracker as a Fathom Event at the local movie theater. I was very excited to watch the production until the camera work started getting weird.

Why would a director shoot a dancer from the waist up? Why would he do close ups on people not even dancing? It started with the dolls at the Christmas Eve celebration and just got worse. My absolutely favorite variation is The Snowflakes, but it was an out of focus mess. The two featured dancers may have been really nice dancers. Who knows? All I saw were blurry corps de ballet running too close to the camera.

If you don't mind missing fantastic dancing because of bad camera work, than you will like this.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By P. tse on December 18, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A wonderful dance performance, but film director ruin it, constanly moving cameras in and out, cuting dancer's legs off, it is a "CRIME"! A film director with NO COMMON SENSE...even unprofessional people know, dancing is about feets, legs, whether they are in contact with floor or in the air, not "zum in" about faces. Please, Please, Please choose a better filming
director for ballets! Just compare to the recently released Nutcracker from Bolshoi, this film
director has a lot to "learn" from "The Art of Filming Ballet". What a pity.....a great performnace ruin by an incompetent film director!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erez Katz on March 22, 2011
Format: DVD
The dancing is nothing short of incredible and from that perspective it is probably one of the best production ons dvd. Maximova is angelic, Vasilev is superb and Levashov is my favorite Drusselmeyer of all the many performances I have.

I simply admire the artistic yet definite movement lines that distinguish this performance from the sharper harsher movements that I find in the more recent performances.

My daughter just discovered this piece so we watch it and other recordings a lot (few times a week).

The reason why I start to cringe when she asks to watch this performance is that after watching this ballet a few times (and the other recordings), the sloppy Orchestra playing really starts to get to me.

It is not a good orchestra period. Almost none of the entrances are on time which probably gave the soloists hell because they couldn't really trust the orchestra to be there when they "land" after a big jump, or a small one...

After a point you can notice that Vasilev just didn't care and left it to the the conductor to "heard the band" in his foot steps.
Maximova on the other hand was not that indifferent and there are spots where the orchestra (foul) playing really interferes, especially in the "dance of the sugar plum fairy"...

All over the place there are miss entrances, sloppy passages etc. What can I say, the Bolshoi Orchestra of that time was simply sub-par. In later recordings (like sleeping beauty from 1989) the orchestra is much better, not first class, but pretty good.

Bottom line: the dancing is as good as it gets but the music playing is mediocre. Get it as a second performance just to get a taste of classical Russian ballet dancing in its finest.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Beach guy on January 28, 2000
Format: DVD
A live recording of stage performance by the Bolshoi Ballet in the 1970's. Maximova is impressive and Vasiliev in simply incredible. Good choreography. Stage props and recording quality a bit old style with colors a bit dull. Music quality is not truly great. Audience interference is present but tolerable.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By amazoner on September 20, 2008
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This Nutcracker is by and for Adults. Other reviewers have ably noted the facts about what choices were made by the choreographer. Whether you like or dislike those choices is an individual preference. I liked the choices and enjoyed the opportunity to focus on the superb dancing without distractions. Maximova and Vasiliev dance wonderfully. Some of the other dancers are out-of-sync at times but it didn't bother me much. What I look for is an overall spontaneity which I did find in this performance.

As for the flaws, there are two areas which detract. One, the visual. Two, the aural.

As for the visual, the stage and sets look very dark. I can't help but think that in person it did not look so gloomy. I suspect that the video production was poorly chosen and executed. Wrong cameras? Wrong settings? Poor equipment? Poorly handled? Just guesses. The First Act, especially, is dreary looking visually. I actually turned the brightness up about 30 degrees on my TV to compensate. That helped and I recommend anyone buying this DVD to do the same. At least some color popped out after doing that. The Second Act was a very pleasant surprise as the curtain lifted. The set was so much more theatrical (befitting the storyline of course) and fun. Much more visually engaging than the First Act.

As for the aural, the sound quality is poor. Or maybe "distant" would be more accurate? Or over-processed? I'm guessing that the sound team wanted to make sure that there was no audience noise audible, being a "live" performance. So they applied sound processing with a heavy hand and squashed out not only any/all audience noise (like coughs) but also a lot of the top end of the threater orchestra. The result?
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