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Sleeping Beauty, The : The National Philharmonic Orchestra
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 54 (Nov 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Vanessa De Ligniere, Gamal Gouda, Gunilla Hammar, George Elkin, Torunn Robstad, Talia Paz, Monica Mengarelli, Yamit Kalef, Eytan Sivak, Josef Tran, Giovanni Bucchieri, Rafi Sadi & Asa Lundvik Gustafson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID9253RADVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1999
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 08/07/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mats Ek
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Visually told through dance and orchestra (with no English subtitles) this is a strange twist on The Sleeping Beauty. Strange referring to the simple stage props and Mats Ek choreography, which some may find bizarre, especially being set to classical Tchaikovsky music. At the same time, many should be thrilled with the different approach to the classic tale performed by the Cullberg Ballet/Swedish National Touring Theatre. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture serves the presentation just fine. Images are sharp, with nicely rendered detail and definition. The simple backgrounds exhibit smooth, solid colors, and the color scheme overall is well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. There is a bit of edge enhancement, but nothing that is too distracting. Occasional shimmering is noticed in the finer details. The visuals and dances truly are strange. (Suzanne Hodges)

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