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bill rigsby Says, in 1-14-2010 at 19:50:19 from     

if you enjoy the ballet, this is a must for your dvd library.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Anonymous Says, in 1-14-2010 at 19:54:03 from     

This is one of my favorite ballet DVDs. This is a great buy for any ballet fans.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Troy Says, in 1-14-2010 at 20:54:52 from     

This DVD whas not what it makes itself out to be. It says that you get Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty and Paquita…. none of which come in their true form. Many of them do not have the variations or they just have the pas de deux. And when they do have the whole pas de deux, it is quite mediocre. I bought this DVD to see the whole pas de deux, not just bad versions of excerps.

Also, the quality of the dancing is quite out-dated. If you were to buy any other video/dvd from that same time period, then you would see that the Russian ballet [is not good] in many ways. Thay have their good aspects…but they need to clean up and compare themselves to the rest of the world.

So if you are looking for a half of a decent DVD, or you know absolutely nothing about ballet, then this is what you should buy.
Rating: 1 / 5

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arthur chiu Says, in 1-14-2010 at 21:29:25 from     

As I watched this DVD, at first I was impressed by the quality of photography of the Covent Garden segment. As far as the dancing goes, Russians dancers lack ‘soul’. All you see is dazzling techique. When I came to the Red Square segment, I was delighted to see a couple of French artists in their wonderful rendition of Gisselle pas de deux. I did not enjoy Pliesetskaya’s Dying Swan. She was then approaching 70 in her years. She should have retired.

I was really incensed when the credits for the Red Square gala came up. There were these names: Julio Bocca, Eleanora Cassano, Vladimir Derevianko, Rose Gad, Noella Pontois & LLoyd Riggins. The final shots even showed these artists taking their bows, but their dance numbers are totally absent from the DVD. It was very insensitive of the producer of the DVD to have eliminated at least three dances, but showed just a glimpse of the six wonderful artists at curtain time. It’s most annoying!!

Another annoying thing is: the picture on the cover shows a couple in the White Swan Pas de Deux. The female could have been Makhalina, but the male surely is not her partner in this DVD.
Rating: 3 / 5

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Raymond Says, in 1-14-2010 at 23:18:28 from     

Excellent performance from the Russian stars. The only downfall of this DVD is that the sound quality and lighting in Red Square Gala Performance are not good enough. A worth buying.
Rating: 4 / 5

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