George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

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Overview

Director Emile Ardolino's final film brings to the screen George Balanchine's famed ballet of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Balanchine's choreography has been restaged by the New York City Ballet under the direction of Peter Martins and features dancers Darci Kistler and Damian Woetzel as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier. Unfortunately, it also features a smirking and incongruous Macauley Culkin as The Nutcracker. The familiar tale concerns Marie Jessica Lynn Cohen, a young girl who, at Christmas time, is ...
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Overview

Director Emile Ardolino's final film brings to the screen George Balanchine's famed ballet of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Balanchine's choreography has been restaged by the New York City Ballet under the direction of Peter Martins and features dancers Darci Kistler and Damian Woetzel as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier. Unfortunately, it also features a smirking and incongruous Macauley Culkin as The Nutcracker. The familiar tale concerns Marie Jessica Lynn Cohen, a young girl who, at Christmas time, is given a gift of a nutcracker by her godfather, a magician. She also meets his nephew played by Culkin. When she falls asleep, in her peaceful Christmas Eve dreams, the Nutcracker is transformed into a prince who rescues Marie from a multi-headed Mouse King and takes her on a trip to the Land of Sweets. The film is narrated in hushed tones by Kevin Kline.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 883929030828
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,985

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Darci Kistler Sugar Plum Fairy
Damian Woetzel Her Cavalier
Kyra Nichols Dewdrop
Bart Robinson Cook Drosselmeier
Macaulay Culkin Nutcracker Prince
Jessica Lynn Cohen Marie
Kevin Kline Voice Only
Heather Watts Frau Stahlbaum
New York City Ballet
Technical Credits
Emile Ardolino Director
George Balanchine Choreography
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Robert Hurwitz Producer
Barbara Karinska Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert A. Krasnow Producer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Nutcracker [FS]
1. Overture/Credits [2:01]
2. The Tree Unveiled [3:31]
3. Family Dancing [3:14]
4. Gifts Are Given [1:30]
5. Herr Drosselmeier [1:53]
6. Dancing Dolls [3:13]
7. Horse/Nutcracker [2:06]
8. Broken [2:18]
9. Grandfather Dance [2:33]
10. Festivities End [1:44]
11. Marie's Dream [5:52]
12. Menacing Mice [1:53]
13. Troops in Battle [5:57]
14. To the Pine Forest [3:12]
15. Snowflakes Waltz [6:13]
16. The Land of Sweets [1:52]
17. Sugarplum Fairy [3:46]
18. Confection Display [1:02]
19. Prince Tells Story [3:17]
20. Hot Chocolate [1:24]
21. Coffee and Tea [3:40]
22. Candy Cane [1:12]
23. Marzipan [2:17]
24. Mother Ginger [2:36]
25. Waltz of Flowers [5:56]
26. Sugarplum/Cavalier [5:26]
27. Coda [1:20]
28. Finale [4:44]
29. The Company [1:12]
30. End Credits [5:15]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Nutcracker [WS]
1. Overture/Credits [2:01]
2. The Tree Unveiled [3:31]
3. Family Dancing [3:14]
4. Gifts Are Given [1:30]
5. Herr Drosselmeier [1:53]
6. Dancing Dolls [3:13]
7. Horse/Nutcracker [2:06]
8. Broken [2:18]
9. Grandfather Dance [2:33]
10. Festivities End [1:44]
11. Marie's Dream [5:52]
12. Menacing Mice [1:53]
13. Troops in Battle [5:57]
14. To the Pine Forest [3:12]
15. Snowflakes Waltz [6:13]
16. The Land of Sweets [1:52]
17. Sugarplum Fairy [3:46]
18. Confection Display [1:02]
19. Prince Tells Story [3:17]
20. Hot Chocolate [1:24]
21. Coffee and Tea [3:40]
22. Candy Cane [1:12]
23. Marzipan [2:17]
24. Mother Ginger [2:36]
25. Waltz of Flowers [5:56]
26. Sugarplum/Cavalier [5:26]
27. Coda [1:20]
28. Finale [4:44]
29. The Company [1:12]
30. End Credits [5:15]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- The Nutcracker [FS]
   Jump to a Scene
      Start Movie
      1-6
      7-12
      13-18
      19-24
      25-29
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Darci Kistler - The Sugarplum Fairy
         Damian Woetzel - Her Cavalier
         Kyra Nichols - Dewdrop
         Bart Robinson Cook - Herr Drosselmeier
         Macaukay Culkin - The Nephew/Prince
         Jessica Lynn Cohen - Marie
         Narrated by Kevin Kline
         Adapted From the Stage Production by Peter Martins
         Music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
         Choreography by George Balanchine
         Directed by Emile Ardolino
      A History of the Story
      The Dream Team
      Choreographing the Camera
      Special Effects
      Theatrical Trailer
   Recommendations
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Off
Disc #1, Side B -- The Nutcracker [WS]
   Jump to a Scene
      Start Movie
      1-6
      7-12
      13-18
      19-24
      25-29
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Darci Kistler - The Sugarplum Fairy
         Damian Woetzel - Her Cavalier
         Kyra Nichols - Dewdrop
         Bart Robinson Cook - Herr Drosselmeier
         Macaukay Culkin - The Nephew/Prince
         Jessica Lynn Cohen - Marie
         Narrated by Kevin Kline
         Adapted From the Stage Production by Peter Martins
         Music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
         Choreography by George Balanchine
         Directed by Emile Ardolino
      A History of the Story
      The Dream Team
      Choreographing the Camera
      Special Effects
      Theatrical Trailer
   Recommendations
   Select Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best Nutcracker Ballet movies!

    I love this movie! It is one of my all-time favorites ballet classics. One of the best that I have seen. Macualay Culkin puts on a great perfomance and Darcie Kistler is gorgeous and very graceful as the Sugar Plum Fairy. A must see for anyone who is a Nutcracker or ballet fan. I definitely highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Nutcracker for Children

    I rented this version to show my grandson (age 4) when I went to visit him during the holidays. He was riveted from the beginning and watched the entire ballet three times, as did his 2-year-old brother. This version is especially good for children because of Kevin Kline's quiet and only-occasional narration, just enough to inform children of the story lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Original Nutcracker

    This Nutcracker from the New York City Ballet is the best Nutcracker in the world! I have seen Darci Kistler along with Damian Woetzel dance in various ballets a number of times and they do a wonderful job! With Peter Martins as the director and Balanchine's dancers, Darci Kistler and Damian Woetzel,this will be the best gift or treat you will have bought!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful version of the famous ballet!

    In watching this movie, it is easy to see why New York City Ballet is the best ballet company in the world. Balanchine's choreography is flawless. Darci Kistler and Kyra Nichols are certainly two of the greatest dancers of all time and their performances as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dewdrop Fairy are exquisite! The costumes and the scenery are beautiful. Seeing the snowflakes dance in the Land of Snow will definitely put you in the holiday spirit! Recommended for people of all ages (especially if there is no Nutcracker performance in your hometown!)

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