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Romeo & Juliet
Romeo Juliet
Actors: Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta
Director: Carlos Acosta
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2009     2hr 0min

Following his awesome Spartacus DVD on Decca, ballet superstar Carlos Acosta dances as one of the two `starcrossed lovers' in Shakespeare's timeless tragedy-- presented in the classic Kenneth MacMillan choreography and bea...  more »


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Actors: Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta
Director: Carlos Acosta
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: DTS, Dance, Ballet & Dance
Studio: Decca
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 09/29/2009
Original Release Date: 09/29/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 09/29/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
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Movie Reviews

A Brilliant Romeo and Juliet
Zarathustra | Sacramento, CA USA | 10/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Romeo & Juliet [Blu-ray]I first saw Romeo and Juliet at the Sacramento Ballet several years ago. The performance was fine, but the score by Sergey Prokofiev just blew me away. Recently I bought the DVD performed at the Teatro alla Scala from 2000. I liked the performance but wanted to see another.
I first saw Carlos Acosta on blu-ray in Khachaturian's Spartacus by the Bolshoi Ballet. Acosta's athleticism was like nothing I had seen in ballet. Then I bought the blu-ray of Acosta in the Royal Ballet's La fille mal gardee. His acting skills in a comic ballet convinced me to get all his performances.
When I saw that Romeo and Juliet had been released with Acosta as the lead, I couldn't wait to buy it. The dancing is outstanding and so is the Prokofiev score. The entire production by Kenneth Macmillan and with Tamara Rojo was flawless, much more satifying than the one from la Scala. This is the one to get."
A superb production - a "must have" for any collection
Mr. John A. Coulson | Australia | 09/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being familiar with the music for many years, seeing it in its original dancing context was a revelation. It gives much more meaning to the subtle nuances in the composition and reveals a story of deep pathos and emotion. This emotional message is helped in this superb production by the excellent music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Boris Gruzin - it is BD audio at its best. There is less focus on athletic showmanship than on translating emotion through dance and mime and the lovely Tamara Rojo portrays a Juliet with such sadness as to bring tears to the eyes. I classify this as one of the best of the new Blu Ray productions and one which excels in all areas. Recommended without reservation."
SixContinentsClub | San Francisco, California | 11/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My partner and I have been ballet fans for several decades and, over those years, we have seen many, many Romeo and Juliet performances, both live and recorded. Without question, the one depicted on this DVD is the very best we have seen. In our humble opition, Tamara Rojo has impeccable technique and is without question the best dramatic ballerina in the world. Her Juliet performance on this DVD will serve as a primer for all future ballerinas who dare to tackle Kenneth MacMillan's magnificent choreography. Carlos Acosta matches Tamara's artistic brilliance, and their R&J is pure magic!! By the way, anyone who enjoyed this DVD and has the time and means to visit London may want to know that Tamara and Carlos will be dancing Romeo and Juliet live at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in January 2010. See you there!!!"
A brilliant performance
John Chandler | Melbourne, Australia | 02/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most of my Romeos were old Russian recordings that now look very dated with really poor picture quality. The Nureyev choreographed recording from Paris is vastly better and will soon be released on Blu ray, however it is is done with strong emphasis on male sexualism and will not be to everyone's taste. This recording is just superb. The two leads are magnificent dancers and the rest of the cast leave nothing to be desired. The picture quality is very good but perhaps just a little on the dark side and the sound is excellent. There is no competition at the moment and you are unlikely to see much better for a long time anyway. The whole performance is a wonderful blend of brilliant dancing, magical music and all presented in a very traditional way. Do not hesitate."