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lara

03-06-01, 00:41 AM (GMT)
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"Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD"
 
   Well I have to make a comment on the Don Quixote DVD with Nureyev and the Australian Ballet.

Somehow in the translation from film to video thing got weird. The image is stretched vertically - to fit in the television aspect ratio I suppose - stretched instead of letterboxing ... the dancers have these really thin skinny legs - and faces - more so than normal.

Another thing is that the whole thing is too fast! IMPOSSIBLY fast.

Those little flippy changey pointy things done up on toes (pardon my lack of terminology) well, imagine if you will ballet dancers on major speed.

The adagio parts look normal speed, not slow, while the fast parts, well, let us put it this way. I fell off my chair laughing.

But I have to say, Nureyev can do more jumps and leaps than I have ever seen anyone do. Quite amazing. But because of the speed much of the effect is lost.

His dancing is not enough so that I don't want to return the DVD, but still impressive.

So, unless this copy is an anomaly I would say do not waste your money.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD lara 03-06-01 1
     RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD eugene merrett 04-06-01 2
         RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD Bruce Madmin 04-06-01 3
             RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD lara 04-06-01 4
  RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD Netallica 07-06-01 5
     RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD Kate R 07-06-01 6
         RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD eugene merrett 08-06-01 7

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lara

03-06-01, 06:16 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD"
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   Ok, dumb me - I figured out why I was not seeing the letterbox version. But it is still too fast in lots of places - weird.


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eugene merrett

04-06-01, 00:09 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD"
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   I have it on DVD. It has been painstakenly restored from the originals.

See my review of on the home page link to videos.

It is fast because it was filmed in a studio. You can take far more risk because if anything goes wrong you can reshoot. In addition the dancer do not have to worry about clumping of feet.

Its a great DVD and should be the very first one you buy - sadly it is not available in the UK yet.


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Bruce Madmin

04-06-01, 00:26 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD"
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   here is the link to the original review...

http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_98/nov98/video_em_8.htm


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lara

04-06-01, 00:49 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD"
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   I read the review before I bought the DVD - and it was a very well written review. But after watching it several times I still think that something is off with the speed. It is more than just quick little feet and hands. Remember the old time movies that went really fast - that is what parts of this look like..at least on my disc.

The translation from film at 24 frames per second to video at 30 fps might be the cause??

That said it does "look" beautful - other than the speed. And there are some places where the sound becomes scratchy and muffled. I have a new dvd deck so I don't think that is the problem. Amazon is sending a new disc - think I should take a look at that one???

lara


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Netallica

07-06-01, 05:30 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD"
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   >But I have to say, Nureyev
>can do more jumps and
>leaps than I have ever
>seen anyone do. Quite amazing.
>But because of the speed
>much of the effect is
>lost.
>His dancing is not enough so
>that I don't want to
>return the DVD, but still
>impressive.

Yo yo Lara wuss'up?
that's funny, a week ago or so I've got Don Quixote on video tape VHS format, really liked it, though it WAS mysteriously fast...
Anyway, about the leaps, you haven't seen Nijinsky yet... Everyone says he was the king of jumps and that he spent more time on air than on the ground... it's true that Nureyev is a dancer beyond extra-ordinary, though I've always said the poor guy should use a little less make-up... I didn't like his version to Swan Lake, that one with Margot Fonteyn, which was released to the market by the Phillips label. I don't know, the Nureyev style didn't "wake me up"; but Don Q is different. It IS too long and sometimes boring to death but Nureyev's sense of humour and the Gypsy scene are wonderful.


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Kate R

07-06-01, 05:59 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD"
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   and you will be lucky if you do see Nijinsky. As far as i am aware there is no moving film record of him dancing.


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eugene merrett

08-06-01, 12:54 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Nureyev's Don Quixote DVD"
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   It is very common for studio productions to have dancers moving faster and quicker then is feasably possible live. I would have a problem with this if it was unnaturally fast because they speed up the film or used special effects. But if it is dancers simply taking more risks in a studio then I welcome it.

In many musicals there are many dance sequence which can never be realized live - Singing in Rain and Seven Brides for Seven Sisters has many of them. And they are classics!


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