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Looks and sounds great, but a bit tepid
on December 26, 2011
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.