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George Balanchine's The nutcracker / Elektra Entertainment and Regency Enterprises present a Krasnow/Milchan/Hurwitz production of an Emile Ardonlio film ; music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky ; choreography by George Balanchine ; adapted from the stage production by Peter Martins ; executive producer, Arnon Milchan ; narration written by Susan Cooper ; produced by Robert A. Krasnow and Robert Hurwitz ; directed by Emile Ardolino

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Material Type
DVD
Uniform Title
George Balanchine's The nutcracker (Motion picture)
Publication Info.
New York, NY : Elektra Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2008]
Publication Info.
©2008

Details

Edition
[Standard and widescreen versions].
Description
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details
DVD; region 1; Dolby digital stereo, Dolby digital mono.; standard presentation formatted to fit standard televisions, and widescreen presentation preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition; enhanced for 16x9 televisions.
Note
Based on the story by E. T. A. Hoffmann.
Cast
New York City Ballet; Darci Kistler (the Sugarplum Fairy), Damian Woetzel (Cavalier), Kyra Nichols (Dewdrop), Bart Robinson Cook (Drosselmeier), Heather Watts (Frau Stahlbaum), Robert LaFosse (Dr. Stahlbaum), Jessica Lynn Cohen (Marie), Macaulay Culkin (Drosselmeier's nephew/the Nutcracker), Wendy Whelan (Coffee), Margaret Tracey (Marzipan), Gen Horiuchi (Tea), Tom Gold (Candy Cane), Lourdes Lopez and Nilas Martins (Hot Chocolate), William Otto (Mother Ginger), Peter Reznick (Fritz), Edward Bigelow and Karin von Aroldingen (Grandparents); narrated by Kevin Kline.
Credits
Production design and scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian ; music performed by New York City Ballet Orchestra ; conducted by David Zinman ; editor, Girish Bhargava ; director of photography, Ralf Bode ; costumes, Karinska.
Note
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1993.
Double-sided disc includes widescreen feature presentation (Side A) and screen feature presentation (Side B).
Audience
MPAA Rating: G.
Summary
Despite its elegant gorgeous stage set, and costumes of awesome beauty and richness of detail, some of the fairy-tale magic of "George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' " has been lost in its translation from a staged ballet into a film. However, the dancing is breathtaking, the narration keeps the story moving, and it is as well acted as it is danced. This is a full corps de ballet version, sumptuous with classic ballet sequences in their full glory. The story is simple: Herr Drosselmeier presents Marie with the Nutcracker, who battles and defeats the Mouse King, and as the Nutcracker Prince he escorts Marie to the land of the Sugarplum Fairy. With its parents, guests, and children sharing a 19th-century Christmas Eve of games and folk dances, the film has all the right storybook inflections.
Note
Special features: Text features: Cast and crew; A history of the story; The dream team; Choreographing the camera; Special effects; Recommendations; Theatrical trailer.
Language
In English, dubbed French or Spanish with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish; closed-captioned in English.
Note
GMD: videorecording.
Subject
Ballets.
Nutcrackers (Implements) -- Drama.
Children's dreams -- Drama.
Ballets -- Film adaptations.
Ballets
Genre/Form
Christmas films.
Children's films.
Fantasy films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Shchelkunchik.
Balanchine, George.
Martins, Peter, 1946-
Milchan, Arnon.
Cooper, Susan, 1935-
Krasnow, Robert A.
Hurwitz, Robert.
Ardolino, Emile.
Kistler, Darci, 1964-
Woetzel, Damian.
Nichols, Kyra.
Cook, Bart.
Watts, Heather.
La Fosse, Robert.
Cohen, Jessica Lynn.
Culkin, Macaulay, 1980-
Kline, Kevin.
Hoffmann, E. T. A. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus), 1776-1822. Nussknacker und Mausekönig. English.
New York City Ballet.
New York City Ballet. Orchestra.
Elektra Entertainment (Firm)
Regency Enterprises.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Added Title
Nutcracker
Nutcracker (Choreographic work : Balanchine, after Ivanov)
ISBN
141987165X
9781419871658
Standard No.
883929030828
883929042999
Music No.
1000040757 Warner Home Video
3000018200 Warner Home Video
1000044610 Warner Home Video