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The Olympic Series: Golden Moments 1920-2002 (2004)

Jesse Owens , Mark Spitz  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jesse Owens, Mark Spitz, Bruce Jenner, The Dream Team, Carl Lewis
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: St Clair Vision
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTW9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great September 12, 2004
By T. Kidd
As far as price goes, this DVD collection is a good deal--3 discs for about $20.

But you do get what you pay for--the documentary itself lacks coherence, it feels rushed. They pack in many highlights, perhaps too many. Performances are not shown in their entirety, which is important when it comes to more artistic sports like figure skating and gymnastics.

There is one glaring ommission from this collection--the 1996 Women's Gymnastics Team (aka the "Magnificent Seven") is not included, nor is Shannon Miller (the most decorated US gymnast who finally won her golds in 1996) or Kerri Strug. It's a shame, really.

I do recommend this DVD, but more of an introduction or overview. It is not a definitive Olympic collection by any stretch.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympic Highlights of Excellence October 7, 2007
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I am mostly a track enthusiast, so can hardly comment on the ice Olympic events. This DVD is over 6 hours long, containing many of the outstanding performances, including Jesse Owens, Bob Beamon's magnificent world record breaking by nearly 2 feet in the long jump at in 1968 in Mexico (Beamon broke down into a seizure, not believing what he had just done...the delay in the result was because the length of his leap was beyond the measure of the equipment), Boxing's Teofilo Stevens of Cuba, winning gold 3 times consecutively at the superheavyweight, Uganda's John Akii-Bua (RIP) becoming the first to run under 48 seconds at the 400 meter hurdles, Lee Evans in 1968 becoming the first man under 44 seconds in the 400 meters (the black power salutes by Tommy Smith and John Carlos are not left out), Cuba's Alberto Juantorena becoming the first Cuban track gold medallist when he won in (and first man ever with golds at both Olympic events)both the 400 and 800 meters run. The list goes on and on. These are brief defining and emotional moments that include many other gold performances by such greats as Kip Keino at 1500, Abebe Bikila in the marathon, Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Herb Elliot, Sebastian Coe, Edwin Moses, Haile Gebresellasie, Al Oerter (RIP) winning 4 consecutive golds at the discus, etc. This DVD is constructed to display significant wins of the games, and any viewer will likely wonder why some of the highlights are ommitted. Yet, the DVD captures many amazing moments of the Olympics, well worth more than the approximately $10 i bought the DVD. Notably, Michael Johnson who holds both the 400 and 200 meter records is missing in the highlights (though images of him are displayed in the openings). Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically Insightful March 27, 2007
Two key elements make this collection pertinent for goal-setters, the storyline and the challenge of overcoming obstacles. Well-edited and written, this 3 DVD set covers nearly a century of Olympic competition. The various achievements are put into a context in such a way that if you are not familiar with the event and competitors involved, you can figure out what is happening because the narrator explains to you the background before telling you the outcome.

Both individual athletes and teams are highlighted in this collection of human accomplishment. Oksana Baiul's story was one of the most touching. To hear of the odds she had to overcome to reach her goal causes one to realize others have encountered terrific challenges and made it. In that sense, the story is about more than sports. Sports is an analogy with implications for other arenas.

Going back to 1920, this documentary set captures the flavor of the various modern games. Not only eras and locations, but a wide range of Olympic events are included. Many inspiring stories are found in this 3 set collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yikes! Ugh! Don't get this set! December 19, 2009
By GrantV
This is a slapped together collection of event footage that has no accompanying coherent or interesting or informative narrative along with it. Really sloppy and uncaring assembly here. You could care less about what is on the screen.

I cut my teeth on the truly excellent Bud Greenspan tv series back in the seventies that made me an Olympic fan ever since. Bud carefully & lovingly crafted his stories about one competitor for each show and wove together the human story of background, desire, striving and excellence in the pursuit of victory. His series are masterworks. Watch them if you can find them.

But avoid The Olympic Series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympic Greats March 27, 2007
If you love sport then you will love this history run of the greatest moments in Olympic history. This 3 disc with over 6 hours of highlights is full of champions and heroes of the Olympic Games. Watching this DVD makes

you feel and see what the human spirit can achieve when it needs too. I love sport and competition and found this DVD inspiring. Certainly worth the price and quality and quantity were not spared. What more can I say I loved it and feel sport lovers will also.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bud Greenspan This Isn't December 18, 2010
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These DVDs were just a waste of money. I'm a big fan of filmmaker Bud Greenspan and his documentaries on the Olympic Games. When I purchased this product, I believed I was getting DVDs of Greenspan's work. In fact, I found these DVDs on Amazon by typing in Bud Greenspan's name on the search line. Clearly, he had absolutely nothing to do with this product. I feel like I was duped and wasted by money. I'm very disappointed with Amazon for leading me to believe Bud Greenspan had anything to do with this product. Shame on Amazon for its quality control. Come on, guys. Stop spending so much time and effort hawking the Kindle and focus a little more on providing other product information your loyal customers can rely on.
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The fisrt time the USA entered the olympics.
Hey Soccer Dad. I just came up here looking for the same flick. I remember a few key points, but can't remember the name either. If some one can come up with it and post it here I would appreciate it.

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