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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.
I was very impressed with the coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies; I was also glad that the decision was taken to 'highlight' the athletes parade as this went on for ever on the night!
Like others, I would have liked it if there was some more coverage of non stadium based events such as the boccia but overall I think it's a good souvenir of the occasion and well worth purchasing in my opinion.
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.
The package itself is largely given to the opening and closing ceremonies with little space allocated to the actual sporting events. My main reason for purchase though was the closing ceremony as I wanted the almost full Coldplay set. Again, compared to the BBC Olympics set C4 failed to deliver. Where is the 5.1 lossless sound that you would expect for such a set? Just plain stereo available. Very limited options on the pop-up menu too with just 3-4 songs of the Coldplay set to choose from. Ultimately this looks like it was done on a very limited budget.
Others have commented on the sporting events (or lack of) covered by this set, I wanted to at least let the Coldplay fans out there know that you will see the set but, sadly, C4 missed the chance to make this the record of an event that it should have been.
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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 8 months 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 8 months ago by Mike