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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly beautiful Dec 26 2008
By Lilli - Published on
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Having seen Nutcracker in several productions, I can say that this one is incredibly beautiful, from the colors, to the coreography. First act is charming with a party scene with little boys and gilrs. My daughter favorite are Clara's friends, expecially the smaller one with the yellow dress. The snow scene is a classical beauty with great snow and lights effects. The second act starts with a scene that reminds me of Midnight Summer Dreams, flowers and dragonflies and cute small ladybugs dancing with the Sugar Plum Fairy. This scene is best appreciated from a distance as the coreography creates circle of flowers that open and close in delicate shades of yellow and orange. The Russian Dance is also one of my favorite. Madame De Cirque and her buffons are as cute as ever. A well deserved applause to these little dancers.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and spectacular March 9 2009
By K. Stenger - Published on
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I bought this production of the Nutcracker because my three year-old was still begging to go back and see Clara two months after we'd seen a local production at Christmas. She adores it and watches it every day. It is just the right length for little ones and adults can appreciate the quality of the dancing, set, costumes, and choreography. I especially like the touch of San Francisco the director added. I highly recommend it.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful performance Dec 18 2008
By julier - Published on
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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.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good production, marred by busy camerawork Dec 25 2010
By Ludix - Published on
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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!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD of The Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky Jan. 31 2010
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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If you love ballet, you will love the Nutcracker Ballet as performed by San Francisco Ballet. Of course, the music is superb, written well and recorded well. The dancers are totally professional, and the DVD is so enjoyable that our family watches it over and over. It is certainly a holiday favorite, but can be enjoyed any time of the year because it is so delightful.