The Nutcracker

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First seen by many on PBS, this version of The Nutcracker from the American Ballet Theatre was shot in 1977 and features legendary ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. With music by the National Philharmonic, the program was directed by Tony Charmoli and features Gelsey Kirkland as Clara and Alexander Minz as Drosselmeier.
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Overview

First seen by many on PBS, this version of The Nutcracker from the American Ballet Theatre was shot in 1977 and features legendary ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. With music by the National Philharmonic, the program was directed by Tony Charmoli and features Gelsey Kirkland as Clara and Alexander Minz as Drosselmeier.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • UPC: 032031292574
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:18:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 16,212

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best version ever!

    I can only agree with everything above-- this version of the Nutcracker is simply the best. The dancing is perfect, choreography is stunning, and the staging and costuming are beautiful. The filming allows you to really enjoy those aspects, unlike some ballets that are filmed wide to capture the entire stage but lose all the detail. My only complaint is that this production, for some reason, does not include the Arabian Dance. Even still, this is the best version I've ever seen, and I highly recommend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Flawless!

    This beautiful presentation by ABT with legendary dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland is a classic that belongs in every dancers' visual library. Elegant sets, sympathetic characters, and beautifully interpreted choreography all come together to make a performance that is as memorable as the story itself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Of all the "Nutcrackers," this shines brightest... like a star... like the sun...

    by dane youssef Perhaps the best interpretation of "The Nutcracker" ever made. Baryshnikov's finest hour. And as even the most ballet-ignorant know, that bar's set pretty high. I have seen Mikhail Baryshnikov dance in the much-praised chick-flick "The Turning Point." And I have seen him dance his own interpretation of "Don Quixote." Good. Great, even. But not as much as fellow Russkie ballerino Nureyev's stab at "Quixote." And I have seen much more of him dancing. The man defies gravity, as well as many other laws. A ballet dancer, in the country of America, has been treated like a movie star. But this may very well be his best work, artistic-wise. Mikhail Baryshnikov is man who hardly needs an introduction, as he is a man who is synonymous with ballet. The man is a household name, Baryshnikov is at his best here, which is more than difficult, even for him. Celebrated USA ballerina Gelsey Kirkland (who was a regular partner and even girlfriend of dear Misha at the time) actually proves to be a credible match. And even takes it to a higher level than he does in HER solo scenes. This was the first "Nutcracker" I've ever seen. I have seen several interpretations of "The Nutcracker" since then, and this one still stands as the best of the lot. There are no real children in this cast. The children's roles are played by adults in adolescent-looking wigs. The idea to make this a movie rather than a live stage piece kind of works. It allows for more visual effects than a straight live piece would have. There is a moment where Ms. Kirkland dances a solo all by herself, that sequence actually left be breathless. When she shakes her pointed feet like bells, the music jingles in pitch-perfect sync. She doesn't seem to be following the music at all. The music seems to be following her. It's so beautifully and perfectly done, that as someone who takes ballet and has danced on the stage, that it actually hurt to watch. The day that I can move as gracefully and exquisitely (on her worst day, I mean) may never come. Kirkland actually, in that one scene, manages to steal the movie away from Baryshnikov. Baryshnikov's leaps, turns, jumps and pirouettes are as breathtaking as always, and somehow never seem to get old. Misha's striking presence and Peter Pan-like mobility just.. well, makes you want to get up and dance. Or just jump around. He doesn't so much leap as much as soars. Baryshnikov puts some little touches of humor here and there. There's a lovable old man at the Christmas Party who attempts to dance and hurts himself, as well as a toy soldier who stubs his toe. Baryshnikov has always seemingly had the soul of a child and the heart of a clown. The Arabian Coffee Dance has been deleted for running time, I'm sorry to say. As has Mother Gigogne. Not to mention The famed "Waltz Of The Snowflakes" is a powerhouse, the ballet corps sway to the music so beautifully, for the briefest moment, we actually forget about Baryshnikov and Kirkland. Is Baryshnikov trying to give himself more screen time, Clara or the ballet itself? Alexander Minz proves to be invaluable as a supporting player in the role of Drosselmyer. I was reminded of Fred Astaire. He moves around with his long, willowy limbs in a way that seemed almost inhuman. I seriously doubt ever got half the credit he deserved throughout his life. He had an effective, amusing cameo in "The Turning Point." Baryshnikov continues to prove time and time again what we already know--the greatest ballet dancer of any generation will always be a Russian. The choreography is riveting, some of the best I've ever seen. Although, the honor for "World's Greatest" go to "Singin' In The Rain." Maybe the Russian could put dances together now. He's reportedly a great teacher of dance as well. While many of the special-effects look a bit outdated, it remains a riveti

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unforgettable

    This is the best version of the Nutcracker ever - if for no other reason that Baryshnikov is in it and is now immortalized on DVD in this truly stunning holiday performance of a beloved classic. The dancing is incredible by all of the dancers, it is the most 'professional' version of the ballet you can get - the mouse king battle is outstanding. It doesn't get any better than this for those who love ballet and the Nutcracker....even though it was done in '77, it is simply amazing and timeless...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    This has to be one of the best performances of any form of enter

    This has to be one of the best performances of any form of entertainment of all time, and the best ballet ever!
    Thank you for reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wrong Trailer

    The trailer shown on this website does not match the actual product.

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