George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (DVD) ~ Macaulay Culkin (actor) Cover Art

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (DVD)

Macaulay Culkin, Darci Kistler, Bart Robinson Cook, Kyra Nichols, Jessica Lynn Cohen


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Review

Tchaikovsky's timeless Yuletide ballet is presented in an all-new movie version with as much eloquence as one would find in a live stage production. Replete with gorgeous costumes and scenery, George Balanchine's production, adapted by Peter Martins, features the New York City Ballet with narration by Kevin Kline. From the moment the Nutcracker prince winds toymaker Drosselmeier's life-sized dolls, viewers are ushered into the captivating story of a little girl's Christmas Eve fantasy of beauty, magic, and sugarplums. While several versions of this beloved tale are available in video, this one is distinguished for the magnificent performances of a large cast of young ballet dancers from the School of American Ballet. While Culkin lends his star-studded name, that is all he lends in what is mostly a wooden performance (he often appears on the sidelines looking quite blasé and detached). More deserving accolades go to Jessica Lynn Cohen as Marie, whose genuineness never wanes and dance steps never falter. Bart Robinson Cook is wonderful as the playful Herr Drosselmeier, and Darci Kistler is the graceful Sugarplum Fairy. Mostly this film belongs to children--both on the stage and in the audience. What is lacking in spontaneous energy of live theater is made up for in a perfectly polished performance. The only thing missing is the well-earned applause. --Lynn Gibson

Release Note

Angels and sugarplums a magic prince a dreamy young girl a mysterious old man and a Christmas tree that grows sky high. Enter the world of this enchanting new version of the timeless fantasy featuring the New York City ballet and narrated by Academy Award winner Kevin Kline. Other Information: Starring: Darci Kistler Damian Woetzel Kyra Nichols Macaulay Culkin and Jessica Lynn CohenDirector: Emile ArdolinoInteractive MenusProduction NotesScene AccessTheatrical TrailerLanguages & Subtitles: English French & SpanishDolby DigitalEnglish & French: Dolby Surround StereoSpanish: MonoStandard version formatted from its original version to fit your screen.Widescreen version presented in a "matted" widescreen format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition enhanced for widescreen TVs. Additional InformationProduced by Robert A. Krasnow; written by Narration written by Susan Coo; running time of 93 minutes; Closed Captioned. Copyright: 1993 Warner BrothersFormat: DVD VIDEO



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