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Katalina

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  1. For my two experiments, both the audio and video qualities are slightly compromised in the converted outputs but overall, the qualities are not bad, in my opinion. Both converted outputs give me non-fuzzy images. The movements and facial expressions of the dancers are still captured clearly and fluidly - it's just when you compare the originals and the converted copies side-by-side, you'd notice the slight difference. The converted copies do not have the same degree of brightness and sharpness as the originals. For the audio quality, I don't find too much of a discrepancy with the SPBT's G
  2. innopac, although you may have chosen to drop your little project, I thought it might be quite interesting to borrow your idea and carry out a little experiment of my own: Just for the fun of experimenting, I checked out ConvertXtoDVD, a program that has the function to convert PAL to NTSC or NTSC to PAL (depends on what you choose when you first install the program on your PC). To test out the program, I chose one PAL disc and one NTSC disc. To convert from PAL to NTSC, I tried the SPBT's Giselle (Irina Kolesnikova). For NTSC to PAL, I used the Mariinsky's Nutcracker (Irina Golub).
  3. innopac, from what I gather in the Slysoft forum, I don't think you can convert a PAL DVD to a DVD that would be viewable on a TV that is NTSC. All I suggested earlier was to view the DVD on a PC. If you live in North America, an Oppo Universal DVD player may display a PAL video on an NTSC TV. Personally, I haven't purchased anything from Oppo - so I can't comment on the quality. For your information, the Oppo web site is: http://www.oppodigital.com/
  4. There are downloadable programs that help to make DVDs region free and therefore viewable on PCs without using up your region counter. Most programs offer a fully functional trial version with an evaluation period of at least ten days. The program which I know that doesn't come with any spyware or adware is from Slysoft. If your friend wishes to view the DVD and also make a region-free copy for her personal use, she can check out the web site and download the appropriate programs from there.
  5. Thanks, theplayer01. So far, I've watched the Dancer's Dream: Sleeping Beauty. The video has helped me appreciate not only the POB production but also all other Sleeping Beauty performances. It's sometimes easy to forget how much teamwork has been put together in order for us to see a 2-hour performance on stage and I think the Dancer's Dream is definitely a great documentary series.
  6. Great info! Thanks, innopac!
  7. hello garybruce: I purchased my copy at amazon.fr and when I received it, the back of the cover says "This is a region free NTSC DVD, designed for playback on all NTSC and modern PAL compatible system worldwide." I hope this helps to clarify.
  8. As I watch and re-watch the snow scenes in Act 1 from the Sir Peter Wright's productions, I kind of wonder how the dancers were able to keep themselves safe from any type of slippery accidents when the powdery snow landed onto the stage. I bet my questions are: (1) Do dancers treat their shoes with something special to prevent slippage? (2) Would anyone know what could be the material being used to create the powdery snow, please? Since these are questions that I have while watching the DVDs, I thought I'll post them under the same thread. Kindly inform if I need to start a new topic un
  9. I don't know if anyone may be interested in classical music but DG is currently offering full concert video streams of a selection of their artists' performances at the Verbier Festival 2008. http://www2.deutschegrammophon.com/gpp/pop...3p?ID=verbier08 The artists include Measha Brueggergosman, Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, Rafał Blechacz and Hélène Grimaud. The streams will be available until the end of August.
  10. Thanks for the update, Sacto1654. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of the 3-DVD package when I placed my individual order for the Kirov version (Lezhnina, Baranov) last week. The good news is I just received the ABT version (Kirkland, Baryshnikov) and a copy of RB's La Fille Mal Gardee (Nunez, Acosta) today. This will definitely be a nice change after watching 5 Don Quixotes and 3 Cinderellas.
  11. Adrika: Nutcracker Sweetie is a 35-minute performance, jazz-style. There is hardly any story plot. Music is rearranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn; Choreography by David Bintley. Although most female dancers are en pointe, I find it a bit strange to watch scenes where dancers are doing some pointe work when they are actually dancing swing or some other non-ballet styles. From the DVD, the performance consists of the following chapters: Chapter 1: Suite Wrappers (Overture) Chapter 2: Candy Kane (Dance of the Reed Pipes) Chapter 3: The Volga Vouty (Cossack) Chapter 4: Sugar Rum
  12. I haven't watched the Kirov (Terekhova, Ruzimatov) yet, but out of the five DVDs that I watched in the past two weeks: ABT (Harvey, Baryshnikov), POB (Dupont, Legris), Bolshoi (Nadezhda Pavlova, Gordeev), Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet (Ananiashvili, Fadeyetchev), and National Ballet of Cuba (Valdes, Frometa), the National Ballet of Cuba version is the one that I feel I want to immediately re-watch it again. The Cuban performance, like the ABT version, is about 90 minutes long. Personally, I really enjoy watching Valdes playing the role of Kitri - unlike Ananiashvili who hurried through her f
  13. Thanks for all the great feedback! Cubanmiamiboy, thanks for the clarification. I "winked" in my earlier reply because I've always loved the way your passion for ballet shines through in all of your posts. It's such a joy to see people not afraid to represent their passion with honesty in this world and I'm glad to find plenty of great enthusiasts in this forum. While this may seem quite stupid to confess, I started the process to collect nutcrackers because I want to see more of the "Waltz of the Snowflakes" in different productions. I know this scene may seem trivial to many but
  14. Cubanmiamiboy, I read an earlier thread of yours and I notice how much you love productions that are similar to the version of Mme. Alonso. So, I can understand why plots that deviate from Clara being the well-behaved spectator may not be your favorite cup of tea. :foot: Looking at what I've written earlier, I also realize I've missed out a few little things - originally in Act One of the BRB production, Clara has a ballerina doll that looks like the Sugar Plum Fairy. So, when I see her dreaming, dancing and then transforming into the Sugar Plum Fairy in Act Two, I don't find it awkward.
  15. I've finally obtained a copy of the BRB1994 (Yoshida/Mukhamedov) as well as the RB1985 (Collier/Dowell) versions of Nutcracker and after watching them in the weekend, I must say I agree with JMcN that the plot from BRB is better than all of the RB versions that I have. While Act One is very similar in all of the Sir Peter Wright's productions, the BRB's Act Two is about how Clara gradually becomes aspired and transformed into the Sugar Plum Fairy, the ballerina of her dreams. Although the picture quality of both of the older productions aren't as great as the recent Cojocaru's version, I'm
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