George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Director: Emile Ardolino Cast: Darci Kistler, Damian Woetzel, Kyra Nichols
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Overview

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
UPC: 0883929030828
Original Release: 1993
Rating: G
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:33:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

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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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.