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Beijing 2008: Opening Ceremony (2008)

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ten Mayflower
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This 2-volume set is your opportunity to once again witness the most memorable Opening Ceremony in Olympic history...the complete 4-hour extravaganza from beginning to end. A special index allows you to easily navigate throughout the entire ceremony. Own the celebration that people will be talking about forever!

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127 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars great show but poor DVD production September 25, 2008
very disappointed for this DVD.

1. Poor piture quality. I watched the open ceremony on HD. The DVD's piture is no where near what I saw on TV;
2. The sound is horrible. This DVD only has 2 stereo channels. How could that happen?
3. It's still not a complete open ceremony. It's just a purely copy of the TV version. And the TV version actually cut out several parts. I really hope that this DVD can make up for it. Obviously they didn't.

I would suggest you not buying it. If you are interested in it, simply go and rent it and you can make you own judgement. I would rather wait for the HD and complete version.
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123 of 135 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..... September 14, 2008
By Bri-N
I just received this DVD, and once again NBC disappoints. Even though the product page states that the running time is 240 Minutes, it is not. The first DVD runs 1:19:46 minus the 15 minute introduction from NBC. The second DVD runs 2:06:00. Anyone that watched the international broadcasts knows the opening ceremony ran for 4 hours+. Hopefully next year we'll get a station that will broadcast everything in it's entirety or won't false advertise with it's DVDs.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
I received this DVD set today. Was waiting to see a great transfer from High Definition to NTSC. That's what I got. The video transfer was super crisp and in letterbox format so we got to see the entire frame. The audio, on the other hand, appears to be just 2 channel Dolby stereo, and sounds more like mono. (My DVD player shows it as Dolby 2.0.) Some passages have a tunnel effect like the 5.1 was mixed to one channel. TERRIBLE!!! I was expecting Dolby 5.1, if not DTS. I don't have hi-def at all, but to me, the audio makes the video!

Come on "Ten Mayflower," the company that produced this DVD set, how come it's only 2 channel and sounds like mono for the most of it??????

I gave this review 2 stars because of the great video transfer, otherwise it would have received 1 star.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment in NBC Opening Ceremony DVD September 27, 2008
This DVD is exactly like NBC's US broadcast less commercials. With all those cameras you would think they could have included new footage and changed the perspectives. This is not the full 4-hour Opening Ceremony but portions of this magnificent program. Volume I is of the Opening and Volume II is of the athletes marching and Closing. I personally wanted more from Volume I and was disappointed and I think the at home viewer who wanted to see more than the TV broadcast will not be satisfied. It misses the full aura and the flow of this huge, stylized, one in a lifetime production. Must be nice to have the only licensed product.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once-in-a-lifetime, thrilling event! September 30, 2008
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This is a real treasure -- the once-in-a-lifetime Opening Ceremonies to watch and enjoy over and over again. Other reviewers have been picky about the commentary, etc., but don't let that deter you. This is an absolutely thrilling DVD. It was incredible to see the first time on television; it's just as exhilarating and amazing on DVD. Plus, now you can really take your time to study and re-study the unbelievable imagination, logistics, and expertise that put together this extravaganza. It's pretty safe to say that nothing like this will ever be seen again (what other country could come up with this budget, or these many people?). I found the technical quality of it great, just beautifully done. And it's nice to have easy access to each scene within it, so you can just hop through to see whichever part you want. I've already watched it twice in two days, and am continually amazed! I fully recommend this DVD, you'll be delighted to have it and treasure it for years.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Surf
I had been reading reviews here of this DVD complaining about the poor picture and sound quality, and thought, "it can't be that bad". Well, yes, it IS THAT BAD. My God. It's like a poor VHS Dub. Poor stereo sound that sounds like it could be mono. Another problem: The music that plays under the introduction to China segment and under Tom Brokaw's documentary about China and the torch relay is not the same as it was when it was rebroadcast. They re-scored it! Now, I know they probably didn't pay for the rights to the music they used to be sold on DVD, only for broadcast, but really, NBC, are you telling me you couldn't afford the extra 20 or 30k it would have cost you to secure the rights? It makes a difference! Most people aren't noticing but I DID, because I have the original broadcast from a DVR. The music that was originally used in the broadcast was more dramatic and better! Why NBC didn't release this on Blu-Ray HD disc with Dolby 5.1 surround sound (as it was on television) is beyond me, but this two disc set is a complete disappointment because of what I have mentioned. It's sad because I've seen the Opening Ceremony coverage from Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong and NBC's production had the best direction and camera shots/angles. NBC truly did a professional and top rate job, but this DVD is shoddy! They should never use Ten Mayflower productions again!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good October 8, 2008
By Uzi
In light of the event being probably the single most spectacular
Olympics ceremony one is ever likely to see in this lifetime this
production is tragically bad.

One would have thought they would have the consideration to top
the on air production by providing the extra footage you know they have.
They should have provided alternate sound tracks so we could not have to
suffer with the NBC blathering and annoying commentary.

I'm glad I viewed the original broadcast in Hi Def on my big screen and am extra glad I bothered to record the broadcast with my laptop/MM system.
The DVD presentation falls flat after seeing it in HiDef.
It is a damn pity NBC ruined this production.
Not impressed and you would be better off finding bootleg hi def copy of the original broadcast.

Stupid move nbc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Published 9 days ago by copyleft
5.0 out of 5 stars bought this as a gift
My aunt loved the Beijing opening ceremony as I did, and I thought this would be a great gift for her to relive the spectacular ceremony again
Published 2 months ago by A. Bohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Best beijing opening ceremony dvd
This is the best dvd of the beijing games opening ceremony. Thats why i bought it i researched around and this is one to buy.
Published 3 months ago by mark beuclear
4.0 out of 5 stars Beijing 2008 ..Opening Ceremony
Enjoyed it very much.....
Great can see it over and over with the family
Glad you had it in your library
Published 4 months ago by Lynn A. Queenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony
Loved this. Gave it as a gift to my granddaughter. To me, it is the best Olympic ever...still! I would recommend it as a gift to anyone, whether or not they are interested in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eva G. Thameen
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last!
I'd been looking for this periodically since watching it in 2008. I finally found it. Yes, the ceremony is as breathtaking as I remember is to be. Magnificent!
Published 5 months ago by Judith A. Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Olympic opening ceremonies EVER!!!
What an inspiration this dvd is to remind us of the spectacular 2008 Beijing Opening Ceremonies! The color is vivid, the visual angles are superb and you are able to relive the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Koggle
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
Though i was living in a city that hosted the Olympic Ceremonies...Atlanta, GA i have never seen anything so magical. Beijing was the best so far with the opening cermonies!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Adolphus Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Job!!
This was a very good Opening Ceremony!! I love all the colors and music!! They did a really good job!!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars As Expected
ideo arrived on time. Was in condition I expected. This is why I rated it at 3 stars. It was delivered and was what I expected.
Published 10 months ago by George R. Spayd
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NBC Commentary
I totally agree with M. Miller. I have an HD rip of the broadcast and it's unbelievably annoying. I remember a Winter Games - maybe it was Albertville - with an Opening Ceremonies that was the most amazing public spectacle I'd ever seen. And then CBS(?) ruined it completely by having... Read More
Sep 16, 2008 by Riot Nrrrd™ |  See all 6 posts
Yes, I agree. This is bound to be $10 more bearable in HD.
Sep 17, 2008 by Fitch |  See all 3 posts
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