- Actors: Clare Balding
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 3
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Channel 4 DVD
- DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2012
- Run Time: 420.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B009GMHY8Y
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
London 2012 Paralympic Games [DVD]
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A glorious conclusion to an unforgettable summer of sport, the London 2012 Paralympic Games was 11 days of awe-inspiring, heart-stopping sporting action that transfixed millions. The biggest Paralympic Games ever saw 4,200 athletes from 166 countries come together, including more than 300 British athletes, all of them searching for that elusive precious metal.
Each day of the games brought new, extraordinary stories to the fore, each one showcasing the superhuman capabilities of Paralympians from across the globe. The endeavours of these remarkable athletes brought disability into the mainstream, and made overnight household names of a new generation of sporting heroes.
The action, the emotion, the excitement, the controversy, the passion, the courage, the triumph and tragedy, and the sheer athletic excellence made this one of the great sporting events of British history. Clare Balding presents the most awe-inspiring moments of the 11 unforgettable days of sport that were the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
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Disc 1 - 90-100 minutes of highlights of the Games presented by Clare Balding and running through the best moments on a day-by-day basis with some trackside interviews
Disc 2 - The Opening Ceremony (with edited athletes' entrance)
Disc 3 - The Closing Ceremony
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The discs are presented inside a normal DVD case, with pictures of different GB athletes on the front and back. Disc 1 contains the Opening Ceremony, Disc 2 the highlights, and Disc 3 the Closing Ceremony.
The sporting highlights are presented on a day by day basis, with Clare Balding summing up the day's events at the start. The highlights mainly consist of GB medal winning performances, but there is some coverage of athletes from other nations winning medals such as Oscar Pistorius. Usually most events are not the full length. Athletics events up to 400m and small distance swimming events are usually the full race, but otherwise you only see the last few moments and in the case of silver or bronze medal winners, only a few seconds. The commentary however is very good.
The main problem with the highlights is the fact that, like the TV coverage, you only see a few seconds of some sports. These include archery, boccia, road cycling, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, sailing, shooting and wheelchair fencing. These account for over half of all Paralympic sports and not including them is unacceptable This is why I have given it 3 stars.
Overall, I would say that, for only £9 the DVD is a good buy.
As a whole, the set represents reasonable value for money, but the makers have got their priorities all wrong. The sporting achievements are the most important thing, but feel like an adjunct to the ceremonies. It should be the other way round.
3 DVD's are the game highlights and then the opening and closing ceremony's in full. The ceremony's are very good quality and have been slightly re-edited from the broadcast on Channel 4. they have no options on commentary, you get the Channel 4 Commentary and that's it. There are no options to turn it off or have other commentary, however they don't seem to have as much commentary as the original broadcast so i think that they have removed some of it which is nice. The best thing is there are no breaks unlike the original broadcast! meaning you can watch it in full without missing anything such as some countries were missed and such and have no interruptions, meaning you don't want to jump out of the sofa and punch channel 4 in the face, which is good. Also you have no pre ceremony stuff with john snow which is nice, because of course he knows everything about Paralympic sport and was the best person to chose to lead the team on the ceremony days (groan). So both ceremonies are a good watch. 0f course there are subtitles if needs be.
the games highlights are well covered on disc 1 with subtitles option again. With an intro and outro from Claire Baulding. It has a few events from each day including all of our gold medal wins. However the whole highlights are only 2 hours compared to the 7 hours of highlights on the BBC olympic dvd. However i think considering what you get (the ceremonies as well) the price for the dvd is extremely generous.Read more ›
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However after one of the most amazing and inspirational moments of the ceremony - (the flypast linked in with the story of 4 peoples journeys) was completely missed on broadcast night. As John Snow's studio coverage cut away too late and only barely caught the last few seconds of the countdown. Channel 4 have at least shown the peoples journey was explained and some coverage of the flypast shown although it does appear to look like a rehearsal VT and not the live flypast. Either that or bad channel 4 coverage and editing again as a better live version can be watched on Youtube with paraylmpictv.org.
A few strange things like loud clapping on the DVD menu playing in loop until you press play - I would have rather the C4 Paralympic credits on loop.
Overall the music/mood and the event is captured well but just needed that bit of polishing that you get with a BBC coverage event and some disappoints like I said.
The highlights Dvd is very good with athletes stories/highlights/good commentaries and some of the atmospheres in the venues captured.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sad to say only one dvd in the case of a three dvd set. was upset as this is for my childrens project.Published 23 days ago by Freckles78
Very disappointing. Eleven days of sport crammed into 3 hours. it barely qualifies as highlights. I wish I hadn't bothered buying it.Published 25 days ago by Mike
Bought for myself as a reminder of a great historic event. Very happy with it.Published 10 months ago by Anne Laraman