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First - The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games [DVD]

Laura Trott , Katie Taylor    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
Price: £2.97 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
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Product details

  • Actors: Laura Trott, Katie Taylor, Missy Franklin, James Ellington
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009T44K68
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


This must-have London 2012 keepsake takes viewers on a gripping journey starting in each of the 12 athletes' home countries as they stand on the brink of adulthood and prepare to take their place as superheroes at the London 2012 Olympic games. Capturing and reflecting their personal experiences, unearthing their great sacrifices and detailing their adventures; FIRST brings to screen the dreams of these incredible athletes.

Granted unprecedented behind the scenes access, director Caroline Rowland highlights the stories and challenges faced by David Rushida-Kenya's gold medal winner in the men's 800m who broke his own record in what was described as the greatest 800m race of all time, the incredible track cyclist Laura Trott-a double gold medallist who is now Britain's most famous cyclist, boxer Katie Taylor - Ireland's only gold medallist at London 2012 who won the Women's Lightweight boxing and US swimmer Missy Franklin - who won an incredible four gold medals at the age of 17.

With a striking contemporary soundtrack that perfectly captures the spirit of the summer of 2012, FIRST captures the London Olympic Games as you've need seen it before, evoking the emotion and magic of the greatest Olympic Games ever.

Soundtrack features tracks by Ellie Goulding, Underworld, Michael Kiwanuka, Seye, Jess Mills, Delphic, Olly Murs, Two Door Cinema Club, Jack Bugg, Beach House, Chase & Status, Jack Penate, Snow Patrol and Brandon Flowers.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By AndreLB
I saw this film at a preview screening, and wasn't too sure what to expect. If anything, I expected to relive excerpts of the Olympic games, nicely edited with an appropriate soundtrack. But...
From the first scene I was gripped. Prepare yourself to discover the real story of 12 young athletes competing for the first time. This is not just about winning; it's also about losing, about their personal lives, family, hardship, self belief and extreme motivation. I felt connected to each and every one of the starring athletes as we follow them from their hometowns and accompany them through the Olympic journey. It is extremely inspiring and motivational, it very much spoke to me. The score was also perfect, it couldn't have been picked any better.

After having experienced such an important summer of sport, all of a sudden I felt like there wasn't so much to look forward to in that respect. This film allowed me to relive fantastic moments of the Olympic games and put me right back in the mood!

It's a feel good, emotion triggering count of 12 very inspiring athletes competing at the 2012 Olympics. I will buy the DVD not only for myself but also for a lot of friends/family who I know would be touched by the film.

I strongly recommend this film. To everyone.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and really worth a watch 2 Nov 2012
By alieg
I too was lucky enough to see this at a preview screening, it really gives a unique view of one of the greatest moments in recent British history. I felt it captured what it was like to be there as a fascinated fan in the stands
I was moved by the personal stories from the athletes and their families and I liked the fact it's not all about the medal winners, it really does capture the joy, elation and heartbreak as families and athletes work towards their 2012 Olympic dreams.
I loved the fact I could relive 2012 but in a new way!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Documentary On Twelve Amazing Athletes 27 Nov 2012
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This documentary film grips you from the start, with excellent camera work and an engaging storyline. It features twelve amazingly talented athletes and follows their journeys to the London 2012 Olympics; the storyline gives you a real feel of the emotions and challenges faced by the athletes, thanks to superb director of this film. This story gives everyone something to remember about London 2012 and is a credit to everyone who organised the games, competed. Overall, a excellent documentary with a gripping storyline and brilliant camera work. A must watch for anyone interested in sports or the Olympics.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Olympics 7 Nov 2012
By Chris
Wonderful stories told to bring alive the human side of the first time Olympians. Beautiful for the eye and the soul. A unique way to remember the wonderful Summer Games of 2012.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First - an olympics highlights dvd it isn't 15 Nov 2012
By MattS67
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If you want a Olympics highlights DVD this isn't it. If you want to re-feel the raw emotion of the games, understand what drives people to achieve greatness, First is for you. Caroline Rowland is a story teller with the fantastic ability to produce the most incredible emotional responses from her audience - she was part of the UK Olympic bid winning team and produced the video the arguably helped the UK win. First, gives you a taste of that Olympic winning spirit, directed by someone who knows how to win.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving London 2012 from a new perspective 4 Jan 2013
By Enigma
I received the DVD of this film as a Christmas present and I love it.

The film follows the stories and olympic fortunes of 14 first time olympians (not 12). The 14 athletes are:
James Ellington (British sprinter)
Laura Trott (British track cyclist)
Katie Taylor (Irish boxer)
Christophe Lemaitre (French sprinter)
Majlinda Kelmendi (Albanian judo player)
Missy Franklin (American swimmer)
John Orozco (American gymnast)
Queen Underwood (American boxer)
Bruno Fratus (Brazilian swimmer)
David Rudisha (Kenyan runner)
Chad Le Clos (South African swimmer)
Heena Sidhu (Indian shooter)
Qiu Bo (Chinese diver)
Caroline Buchanan (Australian BMX cyclist)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet film 18 July 2013
By MummyB
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought on an olympic high as 2012 was such a great year. Film was a sweet reminder of the spirit of London 2012.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region-free 27 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It's an amazing movie. And it does not say in the product description, but the Blu-ray disc is *region-free* - that's important for the ones who live in South America!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the box.
Very pleased to have this memento of a great British year Am not best pleased to be required to say more than I want to about the product.
Published 4 months ago by Chalky
3.0 out of 5 stars First, but not among equals
The official film of the London Olympics follows 12 gold-medal hopefuls on their journey from their homes through qualifying and build-up all the way to their moment on the biggest... Read more
Published 5 months ago by AglishWD
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Franklin
I loved the film but I didn't like how it mostly revolved around Missy Franklin - I bought the film to see Chad le Clos and was pretty disappointed tbh
Published 10 months ago by M.Kether
5.0 out of 5 stars blood sweat and tears
This DVD is a brillant insight into what the athletes go through to get to the games. I also have the other DVD's about the games and this is an excellent addition and reminds you... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TONI SKEET
4.0 out of 5 stars For Me
This one was for me and I have watched it with excitement. We where glued to the Olympics and Paralympics as we have both retired so it was a great reminder.
Published 10 months ago by rygar
5.0 out of 5 stars A Games you will always remember
I have watched it a number of times already,and see different things of interest each time,a must for your collection
Published 12 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Fantastic coverage of an event we all have so many memories of. Very enjoyable and brings back memories of a wonderful summer.
Published 13 months ago by Will2905
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully filmed & emotional !
Just a quick review to say that this dvd is a wonderful documentary-based look at the inspiring 2012 Olympics. Read more
Published 14 months ago by rosh99
2.0 out of 5 stars bit dissapointed
I bought this as an extra film to go with the BBC official coverage of the olympics, but I was a bit dissapointed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by bev
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Movie about athlete motivation and inner feelings participation in the Olympic Games.
Very good movie. Interesting stories, good music. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kristiana
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