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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - featuring the San Francisco Ballet [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Powell, Damian Smith, Davit Karapetyan, David Arce, Yuan Yuan Tan
  • Directors: Matthew Diamond
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Bbc / Opus
  • Release Date: Nov. 17 2009
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B002NUYK9M
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Schiaccianoci (Lo) / Nutcracker

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it's a great idea to set it in San Francisco and it was good!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a12ff60) out of 5 stars 91 reviews
67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99cacd08) out of 5 stars A beautiful version Dec 17 2008
By Emily Kissner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
We purchased this to prepare our two sons to see a local live production of the Nutcracker. We love it! The quality of the production is just beautiful, especially in HD. It makes explaining the story to children much easier. (There is also a synopsis on the DVD, which is very helpful) This production includes the applause of the audience, which helps to make it feel like a real performance and not a silent stage set. It is a bright, lively performance.

The DVD is organized in chapters, which makes it easy to navigate from scene to scene. Our four year old has asked to watch it again three nights in a row, and we can easily skip from one favorite part to another. (Right now, he likes the Children's March and the battle scene the best.) My favorite is the Snow scene, which is absolutely gorgeous.

The storyline doesn't stray too far from the familiar tale, but there are some interesting twists. Drosselmeyer is mysterious, but not scary, and we enjoyed watching the opening bit in his clock shop. The stage magic is entertaining and fun. The young Clara transforms into an older version of herself in Act 2. There are some fun surprises in Act 2, with little twists on the usual dances. Even the Arabian dance, usually my least favorite, is fun to watch.

Whether you are looking for a first Nutcracker, or you want to add to a collection, this is a great performance to buy. (Parents and teachers: The San Francisco Ballet has a wonderful teaching guide on their website, with additional background and activities.)
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c7b0d8) out of 5 stars Magical Nutcracker Dec 15 2008
By Randy Buck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This new SF Ballet production of the Tchaikovsky warhorse is a real treat for dance fans and novices alike. The physical mounting's sumptuous, witty, and the San Francisco references seem playful, not forced. There are moments of such stunning beauty in this performance, the music, design, dance and storytelling combine to transport the viewer instantly to a happy, marvelling state of childhood. Would serve as an ideal introduction to the NUTCRACKER for young viewers, and there's plenty for their parents to enjoy, too. Highly, highly recommended.
68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c7b048) out of 5 stars Disappointing March 6 2009
By Izzet Gokhan Erten - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Frankly speaking, this DVD is a disaster. Sorry to say, but film director Matthew Diamond and his cameramen explicitly ruin the show.
You can see the whole stage for only a few seconds in every scene. You see the whole stage, and say "wow, what a wonderful decoration, oops..", then the camera zooms in, you see the smiling faces of dancers. Not their feet, not their body, but their faces. I can say that, Chinese snow queen is a beautiful woman, but I could not appreciate her dance. I'm not exaggerating, camera does not stand still more than 3 seconds. When 3 seconds pass, camera moves, or zooms in, after an additional 2 seconds, then another camera is in action. What a technology!?
I saw many choreograhies of Nutcracker, I think this was a very good one, good dancers, good orchestra, but extremely disappointing film. Not worth buying.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c7e1bc) out of 5 stars A wonderful performance Dec 18 2008
By julier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a spectacular performance of the Nutcracker with lots of little twists on the traditional dances. My parents who are classical music, ballet and opera lovers said it's the best Nutcracker they've ever seen. The dancing is marvelous, and the costumes are elegant and beautiful, set in the period during the San Francisco 1915 world's fair. If this is not the best Nutcracker, then it's got to be in the top two or three. You won't be disappointed if you purchase this DVD.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c78960) out of 5 stars Very good production, marred by busy camerawork Dec 25 2010
By Ludix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This staging by the San Francisco Ballet has a lot going for it. The turn-of-the-century setting is perfectly executed. Dancing and mime are top-notch throughout. The costumes are exquisite; check out the range of antique pastels used during the party scene.

The Christmas tree transition is really magical. Unlike many productions, this staging makes it clear that it's not the tree that is growing, but Clara who is shrinking down to a few inches high. The Mouse King is deliciously nasty-looking and melodramatic.

The "Dance of the Snowflakes" is particularly lovely, especially near the end, when the stage crew creates a near-blizzard of paper snow, dazzling to watch in high definition.

Unfortunately, the camera work is quite obtrusive. The credits list nine camera operators, and the video director was apparently determined to employ every one of them as often as possible. The result is a frantic sequence of closeups, pans, zooms and cross-cuts, with a new angle appearing every few seconds. In some numbers, the cuts actually occur on each bar of music, a cheesy effect that quickly becomes wearisome. The entire stage is rarely shown, and then only for a few moments. During the Act 1 party scene, the editing is so fast and furious, I never got a complete sense of what the set looked like. Things calm down a bit for Act 2, perhaps because the poor camerapeople were exhausted.

The set in Act 2 is disappointingly bland. I think it's supposed to represent the dome of the Palace of Fine Arts, but it seems rather dreary and industrial.

The score is well-played and recorded, although the percussion section sounds a bit distant compared to the rest of the orchestra.

A good disc overall, despite the caffeinated cameras. I would love to see this production performed live!


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