Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker (1989) / Natalya Arkhipova, Irek Mukhamedov, Yuri Vetrov, Andrei Sitnikov, Ilze Liepa, Alexander Kopilov, Bolshoi

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Natalya Arkhipova, Irek Mukhamedov, Yuri Vetrov, Andrei Sinikov, and Ilze Liepa star in this Bolshoi production of the Tchaikovsky ballet, directed by Alexandr Kopliov.

Product Details

  • Actors: Irek Mukhamedov, Natalya Arkhipova, Yuri Vetrov, Alexander Kopilov, Bolshoi Opera Ballet
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, Japanese, English, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • ASIN: B000B6N5VY
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Customer Reviews

An excellent DVD

53 people found this helpful.
 on December 22, 2006
By Peter N. Breitman
I am sorry to disagree with one of the reviewers, but I have a completely different view of this DVD. In the first place, the DVD box says the ballet lasts 101 minutes and the DVD actually does run for 101 minutes. If Amazon’s review says it lasts 112 minues, then Amazon has made an error. This is no reason to blame the producers of the DVD.

Words are inadequate to describe this masterpiece

One person found this helpful.
 on December 21, 2011
I have never been a fan of ballet until I saw this masterpiece. I never tire of watching it over and over again, it is so stunningly beautiful in the music, the dancing, the choreography, simply everything that points to the genius of this performance which is as near to perfection as it gets. A true fan of music does not want to see such a magnificent performance end, and it won’t for those who appreciate the efforts of all concerned with this Bolshoi production, and who will never forget it.

Terrific version of the Nutcracker

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 5, 2011
By Travelin' Mamma
My 4 year-old is OBSESSED with the Nutcracker. This was her favorite gift under the Xmas tree this past Xmas. We have have seen almost every production available on DVD — I kid you not — that this has to be one of our favorites. My daughter is most interested in Clara and Arkhipova is a phenomenal Clara. My daughter’s one complaint is that the nutcracker Clara dances with is a stuffed doll instead of a wooden nutcracker. We’re willing to overlook this minor detail given the quality of the dancing. It is now August and we are still watching it.

Of all the Nutcracker’s – this is my favorite

 on February 16, 2013
By Amazon Customer
This dancing is truly great and the performers are fun to watch! The crowd doesn’t wait for end of scenes to cheer for these dancers but you can hear them praise them while they are dancing and you might even start thinking, “Yeah, you’re right..that is pretty impressive!” 🙂 There are lots of versions of the Nutcracker out there but after watching the “battle” between them all at Christmas – this is my favorite.

A Breathtaking Nutcracker

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 4, 2011
By Bookcat
What makes a perfect Nutcracker? In any ballet you should be able to see not only the dancers’ entire bodies, but enough of the stage to appreciate the choreography and production design. The story should be a version that you enjoy, or with enough variation and updating to pique the senses without spoiling the story. Most important, the dancing should carry you away. This production earns high marks in all categories. The camera work, with occasional exceptions, loves the dancers and choreography. You can fully appreciate design and execution in relation to the entire stage. The sets are gorgeous, and the choreography allows the dancers to perform truly dazzling feats with superb elegance and grace.

Arkhipova is pure magic!!

15 people found this helpful.
 on December 20, 2008
By Male Aesthetic Conservative
This is the most romantic Nutcracker I have seen. The choreography is more adult than the “spoiled little princess on world tour” version one sees from the Royal Ballet and at regional ballets in the U.S. at Christmas time. Arkhipova and Mukhamedov seem to be enjoying themselves throughout the performance, with little of the artsy self consciousness you often see from older prima ballerinas (Arkhipova was 26 at the time this performance was filmed). Her dances with Mukhamedov are things of transcendent beauty.

Five Stars

 on March 11, 2017
By Beverly
Beautifully done!!

A better production than I’ve seen from PBS

 on April 22, 2015
By Imagine Reason
The 1987 production was probably the best, even if this is slightly more overtly romantic. The camera work was completely adequate, but I thought the end was a tad too cheery.


5 people found this helpful.
 on December 22, 2010
By A. Lopez
If you appreciate dancing at it’s very best you must see this production of The Nutcracker. You will never see a greater ballerina than Natalya Arkhipova. She simply elevates the ballet to it’s highest level. As a long time(60 years)lover of the ballet I have never seen any other ballerina to equal her. She is everything that the ballet has come to mean. Not only is she technically perfect but she is the embodiment of precision, grace and beauty. Her dancing will mesmerize you. This is how the Nutcracker is meant to be seen. While there have been numerous and wonderful adaptations of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, this is the traditional version we have all come to love. Of course, this is the Bolshoi and features some of the finest dancers in the world. So sit back with your favorite libation, turn up the sound and enjoy a wonderful treat for the eyes and ears.

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