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Lanchbery;John Tales of Beatri [Blu-ray] [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: Classical, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
  • Release Date: April 27 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHWM

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must have' for a DVD collection Dec 22 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a combination - the Royal Ballet and Beatrix Potter - a 'must have' for everyone who loves ballet, loves the classics, and is a kid at heart at whatever age! A wonderful production!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting modern production of a favourite ballet July 7 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Frederick Ashton has claim to be my favourite choreographer and whose work unfailingly exudes style, charm, poise and humour to name but few of its attractions. All of these are clearly exhibited in this marvellous choreographic confection with music arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery and which was first performed at the Royal Ballet in 1992.

The original tales themselves may be less familiar to the younger generation than previously as there is so much more competition for younger readers to be found on bookshelves today. In addition, their use of language is not so easily accessible to modern young readers. However, the ballet is another thing entirely being very modern with a very modern sense of humour which appeals right across all ages and generations as can be seen in the very enthusiastic audience's responses.

This ballet has proved to be very popular and features seven of the most familiar tales after the opening Mouse Waltz. The finale brings all the tales together in time-honoured fashion. Each tale is delightfully portrayed and equally delightfully danced by all concerned. The costumes and sets are of the same high calibre.

The camera work is totally sympathetic giving nice balance between detail and more general shots. The sound is presented in DTS surround and in stereo and faithfully captures the expert orchestral playing.

The disc is available as a multi-region issue and, as such, can be bought from abroad if it proves to be difficult to locate in the UK. I have found it to be a delightful addition to my library of Ashton ballets and am sure that it will give great pleasure to children of all ages, including those of more advanced age such as myself! This is, in my opinion, a clear 5 star issue and therefore well worth tracking down.

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Some dialogue from the comments section that may offer further help:

I thought that you might like to know that before I buy a recording I now look through all the reviews to see if you have posted one. Your assessments and opinions are invaluable. Thank you. (US review)

I particularly like your format of review. They give the prospective purchaser an idea of the style of the playing and relevant comparisons. They are succinct. Keep up the good work! (UK review)

I'm sure there are many other serious collectors, besides myself, who wait for your synopsis and opinion before spending their hard-earned money on new releases...
Keep up the good work!
Thank you (UK review)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DELIGHT FOR ALL AGES! Dec 12 2009
By C. Eager - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER TAKEN THE TIME TO WRITE A REVIEW, (AS I AM MUCH TOO BUSY FOR SUCH THINGS) HOWEVER, I SIMPLY HAD TO TELL OTHERS THAT THIS IS TRULY A CLASSIC WORK OF ART, A JOY, AND A DELIGHT! AGE DOESN'T MATTER (I AM 67 YRS OLD), YOU WILL BE THRILLED WITH THE ROYAL BALLET'S SUBLIME CHARACTERIZATIONS OF ALL OF MS. POTTER'S WHIMSICAL CREATURES!
NOW, YOU MIGHT WONDER WHY A WOMAN OF MY AGE WOULD BUY A DVD USUALLY INTENDED FOR CHILDREN...
WELL, IT'S THIS SIMPLE: I LOST MY PRECIOUS LITTLE DOG "ANNIE" ABOUT A YEAR AGO, (SHE WAS 15-1/2 YRS OLD), AND SINCE THEN, I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED WHERE SHE IS AND HOW SHE IS. WHEN I SAW FREDERICK ASHTON'S TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER WITH THE ROYAL BALLET DANCERS ON THE COVER OF THE DVD, I WAS INSTINCTIVELY DRAWN TO IT... NOW, I KNOW WHERE "ANNIE" IS, AND WHAT SHE'S DOING, AND QUITE FRANKLY, I CAN'T WAIT TO JOIN HER THERE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT WITH "JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK, AND ALL THE OTHERS... THIS DVD IS TRULY A RARE TREASURE AND A "MUST-HAVE" IN ANYONE'S COLLECTION.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting modern production of a favourite ballet July 7 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Frederick Ashton has claim to be my favourite choreographer and whose work unfailingly exudes style, charm, poise and humour to name but few of its attractions. All of these are clearly exhibited in this marvellous choreographic confection with music arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery and which was first performed at the Royal Ballet in 1992.

The original tales themselves may be less familiar to the younger generation than previously as there is so much more competition for younger readers to be found on bookshelves today. In addition, their use of language is not so easily accessible to modern young readers. However, the ballet is another thing entirely being very modern with a very modern sense of humour which appeals right across all ages and generations as can be seen in the very enthusiastic audience's responses.

This ballet has proved to be very popular and features seven of the most familiar tales after the opening Mouse Waltz. The finale brings all the tales together in time-honoured fashion. Each tale is delightfully portrayed and equally delightfully danced by all concerned. The costumes and sets are of the same high calibre.

The camera work is totally sympathetic giving nice balance between detail and more general shots. The sound is presented in DTS surround and in stereo and faithfully captures the expert orchestral playing.

The disc is available as a multi-region issue and, as such, can be bought from abroad if it proves to be difficult to locate in the UK. I have found it to be a delightful addition to my library of Ashton ballets and am sure that it will give great pleasure to children of all ages, including those of more advanced age such as myself! This is, in my opinion, a clear 5 star issue and therefore well worth tracking down.

............................................

Some dialogue from the comments section that may offer further help:

I agree with the substance of your review--and take issue only with the word "unfailingly" in your first sentence. Ashton's "Marguerite and Armand" is, in my view, one abysmal exception that disqualifies use of the term; in that work, there is virtually nothing that is balletic: it may even be construed as an attempt (deliberate or otherwise) to destroy the very concept of it. But the work at hand is, as you aptly point out, quite happily the opposite. (U.S. review)

I thought that you might like to know that before I buy a recording I now look through all the reviews to see if you have posted one. Your assessments and opinions are invaluable. Thank you. (US review)

I particularly like your format of review. They give the prospective purchaser an idea of the style of the playing and relevant comparisons. They are succinct. Keep up the good work! (UK review)

I'm sure there are many other serious collectors, besides myself, who wait for your synopsis and opinion before spending their hard-earned money on new releases...
Keep up the good work!
Thank you (UK review)

............................................
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for All Ages Jan. 17 2010
By J2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I had the good fortune to see this film when it first came out: when I was five years old. Mum and Dad had already read many of the Beatrix Potter tales to me: this film made me only a stronger fan. This film also inspired me to dance, at first as a five-year-old prancing round the living room and later as a student of dance, and all along it made me a huge fan of ballet. May I humbly recommend parents, grandparents, or aunts and uncles give the gift of this film, the soundtrack, the books, and lots of space in the living room to the children in your lives?

And then, after you have shown the kids how nifty the ballet is in the film, won't you please take the little ones to a real ballet? It's in 3-D!

Thankfully, everything except the ballet tickets can be found here on Amazon.com.
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy memories July 31 2013
By Alan Stark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Excellent adaptation by Ashton of the famous stories. Brings back memories of childhood and visits to the Royal Ballet from the time that the company occupied the reopened Covent Garden
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