As in most versions, this one is just a little different from the others. The costumes and sets looked beautiful but couldn't tell. The video was dark and it wasn't quite black & white or color. It was drab & dingy and didn't do the story credit. Don't know if the tape was worn or if it was how it was taped. Surprised to see Macaulay Culkin as the Nutcracker/Prince but he was ok. The only part we were disappointed in was the swan. Overall, it's still the wonderful Tchaikovsky story.