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Perhaps the reason my favourite section of the entire ballet is the pas de trois in the first act between Septimus Smith, his wife, and Evans, is because I know who they are and what the choreography is representing, the Blu Ray captures the moment when Edward Watson jumps out of the window very well too, don't think I saw that in the theatre, and how rough the wood used in the giant frames is.

I found the Vanessa Redgrave DVD of Mrs. Dalloway easy to understand and enjoyable, much easier than the book :)

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Absolutely Beryl - so why are audiences denied a helpful synopsis?

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It doesn't even need to be a synopsis: just a few well-chosen words putting what we're seeing into some sort of context would be a help, especially to those buying the DVD who didn't see a live performance and had no chance to buy a programme, and/or haven't read the works to which references is made, however obliquely.

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MacMillan / Massenet: Manon (The Royal Ballet)

Lamb and Muntagirov's fabulous performance will be coming April 2019 

 

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Great News and released on 12th April. The Bolshoi : Coppelia, with Margarita Shrayner

 

 

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I'm so pleased that Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov's Manon will be released, I saw them the first year they danced it, and then at the cinema, which was a triumphant performance, hope they show all the curtain calls!  Also anything from the Bolshoi is welcome and I liked their production of Coppelia, Margarita Shrainer did get good reviews for her Swanhilda.

 

 

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I'm losing track: is this last year's Manon, or the previous broadcast?

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13 minutes ago, alison said:

I'm losing track: is this last year's Manon, or the previous broadcast?

Appears to be the one filmed on 3rd April 2018.

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1 minute ago, alison said:

I suspected that would be the case.

Is that not good ?

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I didn't particularly like it when I saw it in the cinema - or was it the live one I didn't like?  Either way, I preferred it the time before.

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The best seller on the Amazon charts, in category performing Arts, is now ENB's Giselle, being ahead of RB's Woolf Works and still only pre release orders.

Is this one of the illustrations of just haw far they have progressed under the directorship of Tamara Rojo ? I hope it is well received on the World Tour this year, including the Bolshoi Theatre.

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I was quite surprised to see the new ENB Giselle in the ROH shop last night, according to Amazon it’s not out until 6th March so cancelled my order and bought it there admittedly for £5 more 

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9 minutes ago, Rob S said:

I was quite surprised to see the new ENB Giselle in the ROH shop last night, according to Amazon it’s not out until 6th March so cancelled my order and bought it there admittedly for £5 more 

Amazon release date is listed as 1st March, which is tomorrow. Amazon usually get it to you on release date, depending on postal service. Hope you watch it before tomorrow, otherwise your extra £5 is wasted. I watched it last night to get max financial benefit.

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20 hours ago, alison said:

I didn't particularly like it when I saw it in the cinema - or was it the live one I didn't like?  Either way, I preferred it the time before.

I was surprised when they missed the opportunity to release the Nunez/Bonelli version, it was filmed.

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2 minutes ago, Stevie said:

Amazon release date is listed as 1st March, which is tomorrow. Amazon usually get it to you on release date, depending on postal service. Hope you watch it before tomorrow, otherwise your extra £5 is wasted. I watched it last night to get max financial benefit.

 

6th March was the day they said it would arrive although I do admit that they did get the Vienna State’s Le Corsaire to me earlier than expected. 

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22 minutes ago, Rob S said:

 

6th March was the day they said it would arrive although I do admit that they did get the Vienna State’s Le Corsaire to me earlier than expected. 

That would be the latest guaranteed date, when you look on your orders, they give a range between  earliest to latest date. Only when thing have gone wrong in the post can I remember the delivery being close the late delivery date.

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I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon as soon as they announced the blu-ray version would be available on March 1st and it arrived at 10am yesterday. 

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I'm very pleased to see that a recent RB Manon will be available soon, as having really liked ENB's recent production I'm interested to see how the RB's compares. However a couple of months ago I bought the RB's Nutcracker & Ashton box set & I have found the picture quality disppointing for both, being quite "blocky" when viewed at anything near full screen. Given the majority of the material was filmed in 2016 it's not a case of having to make allowances for older material. I've only viewed them on my laptop (as my DVD recorder gave up the ghost a while ago & I haven't got round to replacing it so can't watch DVDs on my TV) & the picture quality is visibly worse than if I'm watching something on the BBC iPlayer or, for ballet comparisons, when I watched the Bolshoi Bayedere & the Stuttgart Onegin & R&J in January. My laptop screen is only 15.6 inches (resolution 1920 X 1280 pixels) so it's not as if I'm watching on some huge 40 or 50 inch TV screen but I'm wondering if even at that size screen I need to think about starting to buy Blu-rays instead of DVDs (& obviously a blu-ray player too). Does anyone with better techincal knowledge than me know if there would be a difference in picture quality between Blu-rays & DVDs on a screen that size?

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6 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

Does anyone with better techincal knowledge than me know if there would be a difference in picture quality between Blu-rays & DVDs on a screen that size?

 

Yes, having made the mistake of getting a Blu-ray player recently it turns out that it does and I need to replace my DVDs. 

 

You tend to watch a laptop much closer than a big TV, so you’ll see the detail level.

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The trouble with Blu-Rays is precisely that you can't watch them on a computer!

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The trouble with Blu-Rays is precisely that you can't watch them on a computer!

 

But you can! Even on a Mac.  It requires some more financial outlay, like an external Blu-Ray drive and a program capable of reading the disc, but it's completely doable.

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Ah, right.  Perhaps I should have said "as standard"?

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6 hours ago, alison said:

Ah, right.  Perhaps I should have said "as standard"?

 

The electrical shops seem to be full of laptops that don't have optical drives so even a dvd player is not as standard any more

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52 minutes ago, Rob S said:

 

The electrical shops seem to be full of laptops that don't have optical drives so even a dvd player is not as standard any more

 

Given that a computer plug in dvd drive costs less than £20, this may not be a big problem if your pc/laptop doesn’t have an integral drive.

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On 28/02/2019 at 13:15, Stevie said:

I was surprised when they missed the opportunity to release the Nunez/Bonelli version, it was filmed.

 

Ditto.  That was a wonderful cast. 

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14 hours ago, Colman said:

 

Yes, having made the mistake of getting a Blu-ray player recently it turns out that it does and I need to replace my DVDs. 

 

You tend to watch a laptop much closer than a big TV, so you’ll see the detail level.

 

Oh dear, sounds like this is going to be expensive. There are times when I hate the progress of technology.

 

10 hours ago, Mimi said:

 

But you can! Even on a Mac.  It requires some more financial outlay, like an external Blu-Ray drive and a program capable of reading the disc, but it's completely doable.

 

Having examined my laptop's various ports it has an HDMI one so I'd assumed that I'd just be able to plug in a Blu-ray player to that like you'd plug it into an HDMI port on a TV. However I hadn't thought about software. Oh well, I certainly can't afford to shell out £400-500 right now so I've got plenty of time to research it further.

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4 minutes ago, Dawnstar said:

 

Oh dear, sounds like this is going to be expensive. There are times when I hate the progress of technology.

 

 

Having examined my laptop's various ports it has an HDMI one so I'd assumed that I'd just be able to plug in a Blu-ray player to that like you'd plug it into an HDMI port on a TV. However I hadn't thought about software. Oh well, I certainly can't afford to shell out £400-500 right now so I've got plenty of time to research it further.

 

It plugs in to the USB port. A decent player will set you back about £90 on Amazon

 

The player will come with the software needed

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Don't make the same mistake I did and buy  a blu-ray player compatible with windows 7, improved computer speaker's and a 29" monitor for my desktop. It works well, but I find that it never gets used, much preferring to use my large screen TV and surround sound with my Blu-ray player, a far superior experience, the desktop only gets used for such as you-tube streaming's now, but not for playing DVD's or Blu-ray's.

If you have a TV with optical audio link, you can easily play the sound through your existing  Hi-Fi system using a DAC, and Toslink cable, from about £10 upwards. You don't have to replace your DVD collection, because the Blu-ray player plays them with much higher resolution than any DVD player.

So I find that sitting at a computer or with a laptop on my knee when I can sit in a comfortable armchair with large screen HD, with much better sound system and also watch together in company. My friend's wife doesn't like Ballet, so not being allowed to watch it on TV, he is reduced to watching on his desk top. It is a very poor substitute.

I would recommend to every one who has not upgraded to blu-ray already, to do it now, the tech is a great improvement to DVD and it does not create obsolescence of your DVD collection.

I think that this theme is misplaced in the new DVD releases, so if someone can put it where it belongs.

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