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London 2012 Paralympic Games [DVD]

4.6 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009GMHY8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,808 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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.

• Lexi Classification Guide
• Channel 4 Meet the Superhumans promo (TBC)

DVD Content

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

Customer Reviews

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The main reason for buying this DVD was for the sport and not the ceremonies. I watched the games every day and despised C4's coverage due to the constant advert breaks, annoying studio chat and the lack of sports available to watch. I was dissapointed to see that C4 were doing a DVD but I still bought it to relieve the excellent sporting achievements.

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.
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I got this today on the day of release with the BBC Olympic DVD London 2012 Olympic Games [DVD] and this is very fun and well worth purchase.

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.
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After being one of the people who bought tickets the the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic games which I can only describe as the most amazing and inspirational concert/events I have been too. I am sad to say that I am quite disappointed in the quality of the DVD opening ceremony. While I appreciate that nothing beats the real thing and I wanted to get the memories and see parts that weren't easy to understand or see form in the stadium. However it feels grainy to watch like someones recorded of their I-phone or a pirate copy. The pre-recored parts look fine in quality just the live ceremonies both look grainy with the opening looking worse than the closing. The quality of all the live ceremony is just a bit poor for the national broadcaster of the London 2012 Paralympic games.

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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.
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