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'Ballet 422'
(Justin Peck / DVD / NR / 2015 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)

Overview: From first rehearsal to world premiere, 'BALLET 422' takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'Ballet 422' is a rather incredible documentary about how New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck, at just 25 years-old, is commissioned to choreograph a new ballet piece; and he has only 2 months to do it! With the premiere scheduled for January 31st, 2013, we watch as the man given the eight week task of delivering the only new ballet piece of the Winter '13 season, brings his blood, sweat and tears to the fore - for the cause.

Entitled 'Ballet 422' for the most fundamental reason that it is the ballet's 422th production overall, the documentary opens with a couple of facts regarding the City Ballet itself before diving head first into the behind-the-scenes madness that Peck is now heavily embroiled within.

Watching Peck go about his craft, his work, his job is invigorating and makes you realize, first and foremost, just how lazy you yourself are! We get to appreciate the hard work that goes into a ballet piece, all the way to the smallest details such at the severe attention to detail that the costume designs are given.

Sadly, and perhaps weirdly, the creation of which is the subject of this film ie: the so-called "Ballet 422" is never shown in full to us; and that's a great shame. I mean, you take this 8 week journey with Peck, you go through all he goes through, you feel for him at every lost turn, and yet you cannot sit back and watch the final product that you have both seen come to fruition, piece by piece, at its very end? I think that should have been added to this DVD, I truly do, but nevertheless, 'Ballet 422' is still one of the most inspiring documentaries I've seen in the past five years. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.