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Fame | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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This early effort by director Alan Parker is lively but jagged as it follows four students through their years in the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Rather predictably, the kids fall into four clearly defined stereotypes: brazen, gay and hypersensitive, prickly, shy. Fame makes up for a disjointed presentation with a lot of heart and a great soundtrack (for which it won two Academy Awards). The hopes and disappointments, failures and successes of these teens are fodder for emotional scenes and exuberant dancing in the streets. It also turned out to be the first of many imitators and spawned a popular television series. (It was the breakout film for the short-lived feature-film career of Irene Cara, who sang the title song.) --Rochelle O'Gorman
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker | DVD | (22/12/2003)
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One of his earliest pieces of choreography, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker is also one of his most charming and imaginative. Moving the Christmas party from a comfortable middle-class home to a Dickensian orphanage whose proprietors starve their wards to spoil their own children, it then shifts to a wonderland where sweets and sugar are a none-too-subtle metaphor for sexual awakening. In both worlds, Clara (Etta Murfitt) has to struggle to be heroine, or even a participant, in her own story and her struggle for the muscular, sexy Alan Vincent with her bitchy rival Sugar (Soranne Curtin) is not resolved until the last moments of the ballet. Along the way, Bourne finds charming and sexy ways to make all of the well-known genre moments of the score fresh and new--the Chinese dancers are a bunch of daffy marshmallow girls in pink, for example, whose dance is all strutting cuteness. There is a truly stunning transformation scene at the beginning of the waltz, which like much else in the score becomes a complex ensemble in which all the character dancers have their own things to do. Bourne's Nutcracker has become a popular favourite, and deservedly so. On the DVD: Matthew Bourne's Nutcrackercomes to DVD with no additional features. It is presented in a 16:9 anamorphic ratio and has sumptuous sound in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and L-PCM Stereo that does full justice to the Royal Philharmonic's eloquent performance of the score. --Roz Kaveney
The Nutcracker | DVD | (23/02/1998)
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If Christmas is an elusive, childhood state of mind, Peter Wright's 1985 Royal Ballet production of The Nutcracker, recorded at Covent Garden, is just the thing to recapture it. The delicately symmetrical choreography of Wright and Lev Ivanov ensures that the stage is constantly filled with the mesmerising enchantment demanded by Tchaikovsky's perennial favourite. The ballet's success will always lie, in part, in its familiarity and its intrinsic status as Christmas entertainment, but the best productions, like Wright's, give equal weight to the dark forces of Hoffmann's original tale, which must be overcome before good and innocence can prevail. Here, the sadness of Drosselmeyer is a potent thread in the ballet, resolved in a moving, well-judged moment as the curtain falls. There is real magic in the dancing, from Julie Rose's charming, constantly involved Clara to the irresistible images of the divertissements. But rightly, the laurels go to Lesley Collier as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Anthony Dowell as the Prince for a pas de deux that seems to hover above the stage without making contact. And, like Wright's production, the splendid sets of Julia Trevelyan Oman--combining traditional Victorian Christmas images, a delicate filigree flower garden and pre-Raphaelite angels--steer the right side of sentimentality. On the DVD: The Nutcracker has no extras on this DVD, although the booklet provides adequate production notes. The 4:3 format also provides adequate picture quality for a mid-1980s television production, although no amount of colour adjustment improves a slightly washed-out look. The sound, Linear PCM Stereo, makes the orchestra sound robust and solid at the occasional expense of subtlety. --Piers Ford
Nutcracker: the Motion Picture | DVD | (16/11/2015)
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The much-loved ballet for all the family is brought to the screen in this classic and faithful adaptation designed by author and artist Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). Never has this timeless Christmas story looked so magical It is Christmas Eve and guests are arriving at the Stahlbaum home. When Clara's godfather arrives he brings her a gift - an intruiging toy solider nutcracker which she instantly falls in love with. That night, as the house sleeps, she creeps downstairs to take another look at her present. As the cloch strikes midnight she suddenly finds herself transported to an enchanted world.
Michael Flatley's Feet Of Flames | DVD | (04/05/1999)
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An expanded and more polished version of Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames was recorded at an outdoor performance in London's Hyde Park. While much of the material is familiar to Flatley fans, the production is superior in every way. It's better photographed and the editing is less frenetic. The individual segments are sharper, more self-assured, as is Flatley, who also produced and directed this version. (He also demonstrates his talents as a flutist--maybe he should call himself Lord of the Renaissance.) The outdoor setting also makes the show feel less like a Vegas act, though the proceedings have about as much relation to their Celtic folk roots as the Broadway musical Cats has to the TS Eliot children's poems on which it was based. --Richard Natale
The Car Man | DVD | (24/12/2001)
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This latest dance version of Carmen comes courtesy of choreographer Matthew Bourne, who has devised his own scenario of Bizet’s opera set in a garage-diner in the American mid-West, circa 1960. The Car Man toured the UK in 2000 finishing with a four-month run to packed houses at the Old Vic. This film treatment details all the excitement of the occasion. The cinematography assists in capturing the atmosphere of Bourne’s treatment--film noir with allusions to Hitchcock--through employment of chiaroscuro. The use of the split-screen technique also enhances the cinematic feel. The music sounds seductive and full-bodied, befitting the new story line (Bourne calls it an “auto-erotic thriller”) in which an enigmatic stranger, Luca, walks into town seducing both Lana (Carmen) and Angelo (Don Jose). A swarthy individual, Luca looks an unlikely dancer until his first solo galvanises the company. The single stage set adapts into eight different permutations, taking us from diner through nightclub and prison and then out on the road in a cinematic finale where the Chevrolet cars of the period are destroyed in a pile up. The period look is further enhanced with the girls in tight-waisted colourful frocks and the men in Brando-esque T-shirts and jeans. The dance ensembles are an extraordinarily versatile group: classical, jazz, modern and flamenco seem natural expressions of their body movements. Will Kemp deserves a special mention for his sensitivite portrayal of Angelo. On the DVD: the soundtrack comes in a choice of stereo or 5.1. surround sound where the subtle employment of percussion instruments in the orchestration makes a telling effect. A picture gallery of 25 stills from the production and a 14-minute interview with Bourne expressing his initial doubt about doing another version of Carmen are further assets. He needn’t have had a qualm. This Car Man is destined to give much pleasure. --Adrian Edwards
Ballet Class for Beginners | DVD | (07/07/2008)
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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away | DVD | (15/07/2013)
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Far more than circuses featuring impressive acrobatics, Cirque du Soleil's live and filmed shows are powerful presentations that seamlessly combine daring acrobatic feats, intense artistry, and simple, yet emotionally rich stories. Worlds Away is a stunning compilation of acts from seven Las Vegas shows: O, Kà, Mystère, Criss Angel Believe, Zumanity, Viva Elvis, and The Beatles Love. The disparate acts are woven together by a poignantly romantic story of a young woman who falls into an ethereal world searching for a man she's only glimpsed, but is destined to love. The film showcases everything from synchronised water ballet to martial arts-inspired combat, aerial silk acrobatics, contortionism, and the frightening Wheel of Death. Each impeccably choreographed presentation is absolutely breathtaking in its beauty and its seeming defiance of the laws of the human body's capabilities. Viewers will leave the film feeling awed, uplifted, and completely inspired. --Tami Horiuchi
Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games - a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece; a magical adventure of sight and sound that transports its audience to a mythical time and place lifting the spirits and capturing the hearts of all who experience it. Based on Irish folklore this classic tale of Good vs. Evil expressed through the universal language of dance has thrilled audience's worldwide and catapulted Irish dance to a new dimension and unprecedented worldwide acclaim. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging new costumes and choreography and 40 of the world's most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance!
An Evening With The Royal Ballet | DVD | (26/03/2007)
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Filmed on stage in London featuring extracts from Swan Lake Ondine and The Firebird.
Fonteyn And Nureyev - The Perfect Partnership | DVD | (02/07/2001)
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Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn created one of the most memorable partnerships in ballet history. This documentary features clips of the dynamic duo's most popular performances including the pas de deux from ""Le Corsaire"" and ""Swan Lake"" and excerpts from ""Romeo and Juliet"" and ""Les Sylphides"".
How to be a Ballet Dancer | DVD | (25/05/2006)
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Learn how to be a real ballet dancer with this magical video. We follow the basic steps for absolute beginners to those preparing for their first Presentation Class.Twin sisters Grace and Evie are preparing for their first lesson by going shopping for their dance outfit and ballet shoes.We meet their older sister Mia as she excitedly prepares for her first Royal Academy of Dance Presentation Class. We also see 11 year old Polly as she practises for her part of Clara in her ballet school's performance of The Nutcracker and follow her visit to a ballet school for older girls.Featuring dancers of different ages and experience viewers will be enthralled as they learn the basic do's and don't's of ballet from Good Toes - Bad Toes to Demi Plie and Saute.Teacher Sally-Anne Hodge is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Ballet Favourites | DVD | (02/08/2004)
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Ballet Favorites is a spectacular compilation of sequences from some of the world's best loved ballets - La Fille mal Gardee The Nutcracker Giselle The Sleeping Beauty Romeo and Juliet La Bayadere The Prince of Pagodas and Don Quixote. On display are the talents of some of the greateset dancers of recent years with the world's top ballet companies: American Ballet Theatre The Royal Ballet The Kirov Ballet The Paris Opera Ballet.
My First Ballet Lesson | DVD | (18/12/2006)
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'Today I went to Ballet class and made some new friends. Our teacher's name is Terri Williams who writes all her own songs and dances which are great fun and helps us to remember our moves. My first Ballet lesson was great!'
Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux | DVD | (17/03/2008)
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Three of the most enchanting Ballet's brought together for the first time as a specially packaged gift for any aspiring ballet dancer
Delibes: Coppelia -- Royal Ballet | DVD | (20/11/2000)
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Coppélia is Delibes fairy-tale ballet of 1870, here presented in a production based on the Royal Ballet's 1954 version with designs by Osbert Lancaster and choreography by the company's founder Ninette de Valois. In a small European town Dr Coppélius (Luke Heydon) makes life-sized mechanical dolls. The whimsical tale unfolds as Swanilda (Leanne Benjamin) suspects that her fiancée Franz (Carlos Acosta) is falling in love with the enigmatic Coppélia (Leana Palmer). Everything is suitably magical, from the beautiful sets and costumes to the gorgeously melodic score. There is a sense of romantic playfulness throughout, and of course almost two hours of wonderful dancing, making this a treat to place beside Swan Lake and Giselle. Given live on 19 February 2000, this was the first live full-length ballet from Royal Opera House to be broadcast since 1968.On the DVD: Fortunately the DVD proves an object lesson in how to present ballet on the digital format. There is an introduction by Deborah Dull, principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet, a short but interesting profile of designer Osbert Lancaster, and a nine-minute film "Covent Garden Tales--The Ballet Moves" which gives a look behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet's new home. For a live production, the 16:9 anamorphically enhanced widescreen picture is simply superb, with excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. With even the special features delivered with 16:9 anamorphic enhancement this is a high-quality production in every respect. Encoded for regions two and four. --Gary S Dalkin
Ballets Russes | DVD | (21/08/2006)
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Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists (now in their 70s 80s and 90s) who gave birth to modern ballet. Directed with consummate invention and infused with juicy anecdotal interviews from many of the company's glamorous stars Ballets Russes treats modern audiences to a rare glimpse of the singularly remarkable merger of Russian American European and Latin American dancers choreographers composers and designers that transformed the
The Best Of Riverdance | DVD | (14/11/2005)
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Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland in the past decade - in rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. See Riverdance journey from its extraordinary beginnings at the Point Theatre Dublin with original stars Michael Flatley and Jean Butler through its phenomenal success in Radio City Music Hall New York to its latest live recording in Geneva. With an international cast fea
Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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The Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection Includes the Dangerous Games Lord of the Dance Feet of Flames Gold Celtic tiger.
Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (24/11/2004)
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Swan Lake From the Bolshoi Theatre 1989Ballet in Two Acts Four Scenes