Matthew Bourne' s Nutcracker details
|Studio:||WARNER MUSIC VISION|
Matthew Bourne' s Nutcracker
|Run time:||1 hour 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Dec 2003|
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Matthew Bournes BestBy Susan Harwood from Hertfordfordshire, England , 05 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This new updated version of the nutcracker has all the best aspects of a story-telling ballet. Using ballet/contemporary moves Bourne has turned the story of the nutcracker into the 21st century. Great for children, as it is clear to understand and i would urge anyone studying ballet (whatever their age) to watch it.
The costumes and set are amazing as the set, moves, giving it a 3D feel to the stage, the costumes are brightly coloured and clever in there design.
The nutcracker is not just to be watched at christmas. The DVD offers a chance of seeing a ballet in the comfort of your own home as a family or individual. I highly recommend this or if you have seen it try Matthew Bournes adaption of Swan Lake.
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faux pas de deux.By John in Cornwall from Callington, Cornwall, England , 11 Sep 2010Oh dear. I wanted to like this, I really did, but the re-imagining left me cold. Placing the opening in a Victorian orphanage where the main colours were black and grey is a big mistake. This can't compete with the colourful middle-class family Christmas get-together of the traditional Nutcracker. The choreography too was disappointing and I felt owed more to the Lee Strasberg school of method acting than classical ballet. Having said that, the dancers were great and at least the wonderful score hadn't been 'reimagined' by the Boston Pops Orchestra! Sorry to be a wet blanket. I guess I'm too much of a traditionalist.
NutcrackerBy dappadog (4 reviews) from Stafford , 22 Mar 2009Wow, having seen Matthew Bourne before, it was up to standard.
Matthew Bourne's NutcrackerBy a customer from Nuneaton , 23 Jan 2009I enjoyed this, but I didn't think it was as good as his Swan Lake.
Characterisation and colourBy a customer from Buckhurst Hill, Essex , 11 May 2008If you see the posters you will know you are not going to get Tchaikowsky's 'Nutcracker' ballet though Matthew Bourne has run a close dance parallel in parts. However, the whole of the production is thoroughly enjoyable with over-the-top characters, simple but effective scenery, colourful costumes and, of course, excellent dancing. The kids will love it. See it on DVD or, better still, watch out for it at your local theatre - it'll be around for years.
Missed opportunityBy russbowes (116 reviews) from London , 13 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]This production seems to be doing the rounds of regional theatres at the moment and is back in the West End this Christmas - but goodness knows why. Bourne does a good job of completely retelling the story in the first act, but what could have been an opportunity to follow this through and really change our perception of 'The Nutcracker', it just runs out of steam and becomes, like the original, an endless parade of rather uninspired divertissments which have very little narrative drive and, essentially, have absolutely nothing to do with the story.
As with most of Bourne's productions, when there is action going on, there is too much of it to follow properly. Certainly in the first act, the stage is filled with movement - but so much of it and in so many different styles that neither your eyes nor the camera can possibly take it all in.