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The Olympic Series: Golden Moments 1920-2002

3.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • 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 (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTW9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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What a waste! I am a fan of Olympic Moments and found this series very disappointing. The music is like riding in an elevator for 6 hours! Also, there is very little to no background information on the athletes. The narrator will put you to sleep. Not very well done. I would not waste money on this series.
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Lots of obscure figures. If you want to watch for the sheer sport, buy it used. Better if accompanied by a reference dictionary or inspiring book.It is not the type I can watch regularly. Maybe once or twice a year.
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I love this dvd. It was better than what I had expected. This is the best Olympic dvd that I have ordered thus far. I recommend this 3 set of dvd's for anyone that loves track and field, etc. It's nice to see the men and women that were before us enjoying themselves in what they do best. I felt good for them when they were happy, and i don't even know them. It didn't matter who they were. It must be a beautiful feeling to be on that podium. Especially when you win the gold. I can't imagine. Worth buying!)
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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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