Giselle [Blu-ray]

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This is one of The Royal Ballet's most loved and admired productions, faithful to the spirit of the 1841 original yet always fresh at each revival. This performance features former Bolshoi star and now Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova in a breath-taking interpretation of the title role. Debut leading role with The Royal Ballet for Natalia Osipova in one for the most demanding principal roles in the ballet repertoire. Features Royal Ballet principal guest artists Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. Extra features: The Romance of Giselle, The Corps de ballet in Giselle and a cast gallery.

Product Details

  • Actors: Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta, Thomas Whitehead, Deidre Chapman, Hikaru Kobayashi
  • Directors: Ross MacGibbon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2014
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • ASIN: B00M428E4G

Customer Reviews

Giselle stops here!

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 6, 2011
By Giles Bernard J. Hall
Giselle would have to be my favourite ballet of all time. It was the second ballet I was involved in back in the 60’s.


7 people found this helpful.
 on April 5, 2009
By James A. Pantano
i can not think of any phrase that would sound impressive enough to describe how great this production is. not only is the dancing of all the performers superb, but the acting skill is equally on par.the sets and costumes mesh perfectly with the “feel” of this production. technically, the lighting is perfect. the picture is crisp and sharp. the editing is as close, i think to perfect as you can get. when a particular scene utilizes numerous personnel miming/dancing different things the camera will pan away to allow you to see the scene as a whole rather than just focusing on the main character(s). i have seen other productions of giselle but this one is special because it gave me a whole new appreciation for the story. i have heard it said that the devil is in the details and that is surely the case here. the attention to detail in everything is what pushes this production way ahead of just about every ballet i have on video. the character portrayal has a richness and depth that is among the best i have ever seen in any production, recorded or live. alina cojocoru is phenomenal as giselle. i’d heard much of her but have only seen her in the royal ballets the nutcracker which i liked but i knew was not the perfect vehicle to showcase her talents. from the moment she stepped out of the cottage in giselle i was mesmerized. she has such a fluid movement, a “way” about her that reminded me of baryshnikov. ( i know its a strange comparison but for some reason as i was watching her baryshnikov kept poping into my brain.) she translates so much emotion but in such a subtle way. as another reviewer said “she lingers long in the mind.” johan kobborg as loys/albrecht was very, very impressive, cleary setting the bench mark for this role. the regal caddishness, the moment of romantic clarity, the remorse, the sorrow and repentance all portrayed just perfect. neither over or under acted. and i would have to say the same applies to martin harvey as hillarion. i liked that rugged macho attitude he brought to the role. his portrayal brought more attention to the role of hillarion then any other i’d ever seen. the second act had at moments, a genuine ghostlyness to it, even creepy in a way. marianela nunez as myrtha was perfect. she had that blank, see thru you stare down pat. and for what its worth this production has some of the best looking dancers ever assembled on a stage. the royal orchestra conducted by boris gruzin was perfectly in sync with the action on stage. the sound for this production is also excellent. in conclusion; this giselle gave me a renewed appreciation for this ballet. it is certainly one i will watch again and again. this is truly five stars without reservation.


One person found this helpful.
 on July 30, 2009
By Ali Hassan AYACHE
Giselle is one of the most popular ballets of all time, gets a new DVD version recorded in 2006 with the London theater production of Covent Garden.

Incredible dancing!

One person found this helpful.
 on January 3, 2014
By Kim
The principal dancer is absolutely breathtaking! Will never tire of watching her! She is completely immersed in her role and just gorgeous! My new favorite ballet!

Royal Ballet version of Giselle.

One person found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2013
By Jeanette
Excellent production of Giselle which just happens to be my favourite ballet. I understand ballets are quite difficult to film but this is an exception to therule. It’s stunning!

A common man’s point of view.

6 people found this helpful.
 on December 27, 2008
By Richard Rawls
Giselle is one of my favorite “Romantic” ballets. You probably already know that this version stars the perpetually young and very accomplished ballerina Alina Cojocaru as the beautiful Maiden/Wili “Giselle”. Even the title of this ballet is beautiful, when pronounced the French way (zhee-zel).

A Mesmerizing Ballet Production

 on December 28, 2016
By CE Estes
Bewitching Ballet in which the choreography is both powerful and intriguing. Certainly the best work Mr. Khan has ever created!

Five Stars

 on September 2, 2017
By mark hollingsworth
As advertised

Buy it.

One person found this helpful.
 on May 20, 2013
By Marj Niebauer
Our older ballet dance group is working on dancing part of Giselle. Our instructor suggested that we buy the whole ballet so we could see what it really looks like. So I bought this one and the next one so that we could compare. The dancers are all soooo good. We are not going to look like them.

Very Worth Having

7 people found this helpful.
 on November 7, 2008
I also love Giselle and have waited for a Royal Ballet production. This is worth waiting for.

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