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London 2012 Paralympic Games [DVD]

4.5 out of 5 stars 185 customer reviews

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  • 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 (185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009GMHY8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,603 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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.

Extras:
• 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

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This is the way that all channel 4 programmes should be with no adverts! It saved me the bother of editing the version that I copied from the TV. I seem to have mislaid my copy of the 1942 version.
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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 purchased the Blu Ray version of this as I was a Gamesmaker at the Paralympics and didn't get to see any of the ceremonies and very little of the sporting action (although I did hear it all as I was based around the stadium).

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.
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I purchased this blu ray as a souvenir of the wonderful sporting achievements of the paralympians. It is a shame that so little sport is featured on these three discs, with only brief highlights of the action from each day, while the opening and closing ceremonies are featured in full.

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.
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By HilaryC on 20 Dec. 2012
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Bought this as a gift for a friend. Very nice, with opening ceremony and highlights from the Games, plus a whole lot more. Worth watching as it's nice to see things you missed the first time.
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This is a strange one in many ways. C4 have followed the BBC in putting out a record of the Paralympics and the difference in quality is staggering. BBC, in my opinion, are simply without peer and able to provide consistently excellent productions that are a lesson for others. The 5-disc Blu Ray of the Olympics is the bargain of the decade and well worth buying. This showing from C4 pales into comparison.

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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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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