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London 2012 Olympic Games [DVD]
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'We lit the flame, and we lit up the world' Lord Coe
It was the Olympic Games we will never forget; an extraordinary event in Britain’s history with intense drama, sporting brilliance and heart-wrenching emotion. Capturing the key moments of the Games, including a specially-edited version of the entire Opening Ceremony from Director Danny Boyle, over seven hours of sporting highlights and the full Closing Ceremony, these day-by-day highlights relive the triumphs, moving stories and memories that will live on forever.
Experience once again the magnificent performances from outstanding athletes such as Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Chris Hoy and Jessica Ennis. Marvel at the many amazing achievements, including Mo Farah’s double gold, Oscar Pistorius’ Olympic Games debut and Nicola Adams’ gold in the boxing ring. Relive Team GB’s 29 gold medal triumphs and recapture the moments which made these Olympic Games so special; from the electrifying atmosphere in the stadium on ‘Super Saturday’ to judo’s Gemma Gibbons’ tearful dedication and the pure emotion of swimmer Chad le Clos’ father.
5 DISC BOX SET INCLUDES:
The Opening Ceremony: Part One
The Opening Ceremony: Part Two
Sporting Highlights (Days 1 – 6)
- Team GB’s first medal from Lizzie Armitstead
- The first gold from rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
- The imperious time trial by Bradley Wiggins
- Michael Phelps’ record 19th Olympic medal
- Clare Balding’s emotional interview with Bert le Clos
Important Note: There is some very brief picture break-up in a few scenes on this disc, caused during the recording of the live events. The scenes were not able to be fixed and it was felt that to remove the shots would have impaired the coverage more than by retaining them.
Sporting Highlights (Days 7 – 10)
- Katherine Grainger’s long awaited gold
- Victoria Pendleton wins stunning gold
- Andy Murray’s emotional victory
- Ben Ainslie wins historic 4th gold
- Beth Tweddle wins bronze on the bars
- Usain Bolt successfully defends his 100m Olympic title
- The electric atmosphere in the stadium on ‘Super Saturday’ when Ennis, Farah and Rutherford all win gold
Sporting Highlights (Days 11 – 16)
- The Brownlee brothers’ triathlon glory
- Usain Bolt completes his historic Olympic treble
- Hoy’s record 6th gold medal
- Nicola Adams punches her way to the first women’s boxing gold
- The incredible tension at Greenwich Park for Team GB’s dressage victory
- The world record-breaking US sprint relay
- Tom Daley celebrates a sensational bronze
- Sam Murray secures the 65th and final medal for Team GB.
Exclusive Opening Ceremony Extras:
Isles of Wonder Deconstructed
The Thames is “liquid history”. Discover how the visual effects team created a thrilling animated journey up the river from its source, to the Olympic stadium itself - passing sights real and imaginary.
The sound of the shipping forecast and billowing blue sheets transform our meadow into “an isle of wonder”, to the stirring sound of Elgar’s Nimrod, as played by the London Symphony Orchestra’s On Track project.
Frank Turner in the Green and Pleasant Land
Frank Turner’s acoustic songs performed in the stadium perfectly captured the atmosphere of a long summer evening.
Thanks Tim Projection House
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The London 2012 Olympic Games ended in style with a celebration of music and sporting achievement, created by Kim Gavin. It marked the end of an amazing chapter in London’s life and featured an array of British artists from the last 50 years including Eric Idle, The Kinks, The Spice Girls and Jessie J.
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The extras such as nimrod and isle of wonder deconstructed are interesting but they aren't that long, (2-3 mins each) and two out of the 4 opening ceremony special features are just pre-cereomony stuff.
the closing ceremony is well done and edited. you can only watch it with BBC commentary though. you can't turn it off, which may be annoying for those of you who want to strangle the commentators when they speak over stuff you want to hear. Of course there are subtitles for highlights and both ceremony's for all options.
The only down side for me is the DVD Menu title screen looks like it's been made from something like iDVD. which makes the finished product look slightly lazy. which is a shame because the content is fantastic.
All in all this is a amazing buy for any olympic fanatic, sport fan, or for the person who just wants to treasure the memory of our olympic games in 2012. and i'm sure this dvd will be shown to the generations to come to relive the memory. Must buy DVD!!!!!!
They managed to edit all the games footage into a pretty decent product here, and I really enjoyed reliving the summer.
My only criticism is that they showed Oscar Pistorius's historic first round 400m, but failed to show the semi final where Kirani James swapped bib numbers with him. For me, this was an emotional and meaningful moment that attracted a lot of attention and respect. Shame they didn't include it. However I know I can see that on Youtube still!
The footage of the Opening Ceremony came out better than when I watched it live. You could see more of the pixels with better aerial shots and continuity.
So why was I disappointed? Basically, some sports received the lion's share at the expense of many that were left out completely. For example, in the athletics there are almost no field events. I enjoy all of the athletics disciplines but, as usual, the BBC seems to equate "athletics" with "running". I realise that this is a highlights set and that tough decisions had to be made. I understand the need to showcase Team GB's amazing performance. But 50% of the content is devoid of sport. We have the awesome opening ceremony, and the FULL walkthrough of the athletes, but only 2.5 discs with actual sport content.
This set is called "London 2012 Olympic Games" but would be better named "London 2012 Olympic Games - Team GB and Selected Highlights". Please, BBC, release a disc set with decent coverage of all sports. The opening ceremony was great and watching the athletes enter the arena was fun, but please remember to cater for those who watch the Olympics for the sports.
It's great to have the option of no BBC commentary (Huw Edwards + co got on my nerves on the original). Also, it does seem to be a slightly different edit, with some of the bits we missed being shown. e.g. On TV we didn't see Brunel's photograph properly, the "photos" of the servicemen, etc. - or the re-enactment of the Suffragettes at the 1913 Derby, or the miners working underground that we didn't see. Some of these can just be seen in the corners of the original BBC broadcast if you squinted hard enough.
In other words, it's the same ceremony, but with some of the rough bits fixed - understandable, perhaps, with the live nature of the original massive event.
As far as I can tell, it's pretty much all of the opening and closing ceremonies, with some sporting highlights across the other three discs. This may take some time to watch.
Wonderful stuff. Pity the sport had to get in the way. :)
[And I can't upload a photo yet to prove this is real - must be because it's before release date!]
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Great looking back at this year and reminiscing. Well produced DVD with all key moments included and more.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is brilliant! I got the chance to go to this I went to the Archery event at Lords Cricket Ground Thank you.Published 1 month ago by AJ