Obviously, blockbuster.com put up the wrong dvd cover for this disc. The Scala performance is a modern-take of Romeo and Juliet. The choreography is very interesting and quite different from the traditional version we used to see. I think the dvd cover they put here is for Royal Ballet's version.
A perfect merge of music, choreography, setting, and performance. Kenneth MacMillan's choreography is passionate. It includes amorous pas-de-deux, zesty swordplay, & telling mime. Alessandra Ferri is amazing. Her slight build is perfect for the very young Juliet Her 3 pas de deux with her excellent Romeo, Angel Corrella, are each different as befits young love, experience, and heartbreak. Both dancers have expressive faces that register genuine feeling in closeup.
If you have never heard the Prokofiev score, you will be swept away. Who knew one could capture Shakespeare without words?
The sets & costumes are sumptuous.
I rented this movie as part of a project to introduce my middle-schooler to Shakespeare. We read an abridged version of R&J, then rented the 1968 Zeferelli film, West Side Story, & this disc. He really got involved in the story. I would highly recommend renting these 3 discs together.