Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Don Quixote / Baryshnikov Harvey American Ballet Theatre|
Actors: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Cynthia Harvey, Richard Schafer, Brian Adams, Melissa Allen
Director: Brian Large
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
The adventures of an idealistic country gentleman and his shrewd squire who set out, like knights of old, to search for adventure and right wrongs.
Duped by the 5 star reviews
Scott Robinson | New York, NY USA | 02/24/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Call me Gullible. I read all the 5 star reviews of this DVD and bought it. I was unprepared for the result. Let me get to the chase. This one of the worst videos I have ever seen. Let's start with the best thing I can say, the sound is decent. 'Nuff said. Getting to the video is painful. First the colors are washed out. Second, this is a copy of a VHS tape, a bad VHS tape. I wouldn't doubt it if this was a multi-generation transfer. There are processing lines and halos around all the dancers. The resolution is abominable. Everything is obscured and blurred out of existence from costume details to the dancers faces. The roses in a bouquet shown up close are smears of red in smears of green. In fact when the camera shot is pulled back to review the whole stage you won't be able to tell the dancers even have any faces or heads. Trying to enjoy or rate any performance through this gauze is virtually impossible. How anyone can review this DVD as anything above one star is beyond me. I'd rather watch the worst performance of this ballet in a clear transfer than this crap. And don't be fooled by the nice photo on the cover. The video is nothing like it. Needless to say I rate this AVOID AT ALL COSTS."
Cynthia Harvey is the STAR of this ballet
No Name | los angeles,, california United States | 08/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen many other versions of this ballet, but Ms. Harvey is superb. She outshown Mikail Baryshnikov. She is wonderful. I fully enjoyed the ballet, but most especially her excellent performance!"
Make it Fifteen
David M. Goldberg | Toronto, ON, Canada | 06/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At the time of writing, 14 viewers have rated this 5 stars and one lone sceptic a single star. Include me in with the former. I was anxious about buying a VHS version instead of a DVD ( money is short in the post-Christmas period ) but I need not have worried. The quality of this tape is excellent: bright vivid images and lovely colour tones. The orchestra sounds a little scrawny, but the music is so pedictable that it hardly matters, and I have heard worse on highly-rated DVDs. The entire cast dances with grace, panache, and remarkable technical skill. Baryshnikov's choreography as well as his personal performance bring our all the excitement that a top class ballet experience can provide. In addition to classical dancing of the highest order, there is much side play and tomfoolery that might otherwise prove irritating were it not for the infectious humour and enthusiasm of the participants. In two words, highly recommendable."
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 12/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cynthia Harvey and Mikhail Baryshnikov became a brilliant and historical artistic couple. In what concerns to their memorable and exciting role in Don Quixote, the result was simply glamorous and overwhelming. Grace and technique were bounded with steeled commitment, additionally the musical support, choreography, make-up and custom design contributed notably to make one of the most legendary and successful versions ever seen on screen.
For all the lovers of this artistic discipline, this album is a must-have.