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29 minutes ago, LatinXTC said:

I liked how they used the projections to depict the floor buildings rising. It really set them apart from the projections Sochi and Vancouver had. But after that the wall climbing I found ridiculous and reminded me of the stupid climbing segment Turin had right before their Olympic rings reveal.

And for me that's where it downhill. What a mistake to give a segment that highlighted the millennials. And the dancing segment right before the global warming segment was just a complete mess and bore. I think those boxes were really a waste and they should have found a more creative way to instill such a segment. They really could have used the extra income from those seat tickets lol

Other things I didn't like was the beginning leading up to the national anthem. What a lack of creation right there. The mini carnaval was also pretty weak. The costumes were lackluster and there were no beautiful floats that we see in a real carnaval.

On the plus, their fireworks were amazing. Without the fireworks the olympic rings reveal would have been pretty pathetic. I loved the indigenous people and immigrants part. And despite the design of the cauldron not being original, I think it's beautiful. I did find it humerous that the BBC commentator mentioned that the cauldron itself was small because they wanted to conserve energy and reduce the amount of emissions, yet I don't believe that sun mobile is powered by solar energy. Plus they just released a buttload of bad crap from the fireworks after the cauldron was lit lol

Overall though for an Olympic opening ceremony, it was weak. In my book it's in the bottom, right there with London and Athens. Yes I know some of you will be shocked at my bottom ranking of London. As brilliant as the Pandemonium segment was, as well as that tribute sequence, everything else about the London OC sucked so bad it couldn't save either of those two segments.

the people made the ceremony are the same company that did turin

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I have to be honest that I thought the beginning was too projector based and, even with the budget in mind, too concentrated in certain parts of the stadium. The one thing I didn't like about the parade is how the athletes were sprawled about in the back. The samba section was great. My favorite part is that, however hard we tried to figure out the cauldron exactly, we never got it right and I was still surprised.

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8 minutes ago, nobase2010 said:

I still remember someone posted this days ago.  

 

I saw this months ago...it was in a montage of cool ****. I knew the sun looked familiar AF.

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Well, I just finished watching NBC's coverage of the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony.  I thought the ceremony was nice - the projection system was interesting and the flavor of Brazil's culture was on display.  The cauldron for once actually looked like a cauldron - a witch's cauldron! (lol)  I really liked the rendition of the Olympic Hymn - although I was surprised it was sung in English - and it seemed to be performed at a slightly faster arrangement than usual.

As far as NBC goes, I give it the following ratings:

Thumbs up

They actually showed every single nation in the parade.

The announcers (Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, and Hoda Kotb) actually talked much less than NBC announcers at past ceremonies.

They did not talk at all during the Olympic Hymn

They did not talk during IOC President Bach's speech - and they showed the entire speech including the tribute to Kip Keino.

Thumbs down

They did not show the President of the Organizing Committee's Speech

They did not show any of the oaths (yet again)

They signed off rather abruptly after the flame was lit, even though the fireworks were still going off

Seriously, the broadcast was five hours long and they couldn't find time these things?  I'm not surprised, given their past behavior.

One blooper though, NBC showed the USA entrance and stayed with team USA as they walked around the stadium.  In the background you could hear the next 3 or 4 teams introduced.  NBC then went to commercial, and when they came back they picked up with the next team after the USA - complete with the same PA introduction heard earlier! (Oops!) (lol)

In conclusion, I'll say that NBC is getting better, and learning from past mistakes, but still has a way to go.

 

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3 hours ago, Olympic Fan Darcy said:

No offense but Sochi was far better than this and that was winter...

Well, Sochi was/is the most expensive Olympic Games EVER. And as you said, that was just for a Winter Games.

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3 hours ago, Olympic Fan Darcy said:

Not surprised to be honest

Considering it was almost one in the morning there, I wasn't surprised either.

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3 hours ago, Olympic Fan Darcy said:

What's the budget looking like for Rio? I guess money talks cause Sochi's was pretty damn good but that was a bit of a let down so you'd want to hope they're spending far less..

Based on the numbers alone, Rio cut A LOT for the opening ceremonies. They spent only a 1/10th of what London did, & 1/20th of what Beijing did. And considering that Sochi was the most expensive Olympics ever, summer or winter, their ceremonies weren't that great, relatively speaking.

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3 hours ago, Sir Rols said:

Where;s Katy Perry?

Was she suppose to perform? What an odd pick, if so. If anything, why not someone like Nelly Furtado. I know she's not Brazilian, but she's of Portuguese decent. Would've make more sense than Perry anyway.

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6 hours ago, kevzz said:

Shorts with blazer and sneakers are never a good look. 

Trench coats, not even bothering to button them for some.

 

41 minutes ago, FYI said:

Based on the numbers alone, Rio cut A LOT for the opening ceremonies. They spent only a 1/10th of what London did, & 1/20th of what Beijing did. And considering that Sochi was the most expensive Olympics ever, summer or winter, their ceremonies weren't that great, relatively speaking.

What can we do for one million? Oh I really want that climate change segment, guess I'll have to pay for that...

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4 minutes ago, Lord David said:

What can we do for one million? Oh I really want that climate change segment, guess I'll have to pay for that...

clean up the toxic water? sorry, we spent every penny we had on that five minute climate change lecture.

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No, not one million. Reportedly, Rio spent $57 million on their OC. London spent $672 million. & Beijing spent a whopping $1.1 Billion just on the ceremonies alone!!

I mean seriously, at a time when a lot of people are scrutinizing the Olympics & it's graft, & the getting outta hand spending, & in effect a lot of cities are starting to runaway bcuz of it, Brazil, I must say did a wonderful job of trying to keep thing in check, & did a great job with the fraction of the budget compared to their recent, over budget predecessors.

I'll have to say at first, I was starting to get a bit disappointed as it got going, but when putting  things into perspective, it was starting to make sense. Many say that Olympics should go back to the basics & be just about the athletes & sport again. And not the grand horse & pony show that they have become as of late. Maybe now some can say, look, we don't have to go overboard or "prove" anything to put on a good Games.

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Always love to read the various comments on here about the OC. But I have to smile because they always amount to pretty much the same thing: some folk liked it, some didn't. Some liked this or that but didn't like those other bits. It was pretty much the same for London's OC, 4 years ago.

I guess I just don't get overly excited about OCs. I'm far from being a purist about them or anywhere near as knowledgeable about them as some of you guys. For me, its the sport that counts. OCs are just a pleasant little intro to the main action as far as I'm concerned. I could never bring myself to get worked up about any of them. Sorry if that sounds like heresy to you guys!

I thought Rio's OC was pleasant with some beautiful sequences at the start eg. Amazon rainforest and had some nice singing and dancing much in the style we would expect from a Brazilian ceremony. It set the right tone for what will undoubtedly come to be known as the Carnival Games. I thought the kinetic sun sculpture at the cauldron lighting was breathtaking and beautiful even if the cauldron was a little on the basic side.

Had to laugh at the acting President guy hurriedly get to his feet, mumble a few lines and then quickly sit down again before the cascade of boos were accompanied by a hail of missiles. I'm guessing that was the bit where the Games of the XXX1 Olympiad were formally opened...lol!  Also had a schoolboy snigger at the name of the former Brazilian athlete who took the oath on behalf of the athletes, 'Robert Scheidt'...lol. As a big tennis fan I thought Guga Kuerten should have lit the flame in the absence of Pele and why was Maria Bueno not featured in any of the ceremonies (flag carrying or torch carrying)? I saw her being interviewed recently and she looked fit and well.

All in all, very nice! Now........ON WITH THE GAMES!!!! :D

 

 

 

 

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I wanted to enjoy it. I tried to enjoy it but no I couldn't. NBC no! OC organizers I get it you had a slashed budget but it was just lacking. The only emotional moment for me was actually the Olympic rings being formed from the seeds into the trees. I liked that touch.

 

The Cauldron NO! How could they create that beautiful sun for PANAM in 2007 and then do a literal witch's cauldron for the Olympics? The art piece could not distract from what to me was a throw away of what was supposed to be the biggest moment of the night.

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46 minutes ago, FYI said:

No, not one million. Reportedly, Rio spent $57 million on their OC. London spent $672 million. & Beijing spent a whopping $1.1 Billion just on the ceremonies alone!!

 

Nope.  Highly inflated,  All of Beijing's ceremonies cost $145 million.  London's total was $128 million.  (I think Rio's, when all is said and down, was cut down from the original $125 million budget to probably $85 mil.  Hey, those tricycles (unless they were donated) which NBC cameras cut out mostly, cost quite a bit.  

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37 minutes ago, Mainad said:

Always love to read the various comments on here about the OC. But I have to smile because they always amount to pretty much the same thing: some folk liked it, some didn't. Some liked this or that but didn't like those other bits. It was pretty much the same for London's OC, 4 years ago.

I guess I just don't get overly excited about OCs. I'm far from being a purist about them or anywhere near as knowledgeable about them as some of you guys. For me, its the sport that counts. OCs are just a pleasant little intro to the main action as far as I'm concerned. I could never bring myself to get worked up about any of them. Sorry if that sounds like heresy to you guys!

I thought Rio's OC was pleasant with some beautiful sequences at the start eg. Amazon rainforest and had some nice singing and dancing much in the style we would expect from a Brazilian ceremony. It set the right tone for what will undoubtedly come to be known as the Carnival Games. I thought the kinetic sun sculpture at the cauldron lighting was breathtaking and beautiful even if the cauldron was a little on the basic side.

Had to laugh at the acting President guy hurriedly get to his feet, mumble a few lines and then quickly sit down again before the cascade of boos were accompanied by a hail of missiles. I'm guessing that was the bit where the Games of the XXX1 Olympiad were formally opened...lol!  Also had a schoolboy snigger at the name of the former Brazilian athlete who took the oath on behalf of the athletes, 'Robert Scheidt'...lol. As a big tennis fan I thought Guga Kuerten should have lit the flame in the absence of Pele and why was Maria Bueno not featured in any of the ceremonies (flag carrying or torch carrying)? I saw her being interviewed recently and she looked fit and well.

All in all, very nice! Now........ON WITH THE GAMES!!!! :D

 

 

 

 

I've only caught a couple of clips this morning due to the need for sleep following a very early start to go to Edgbaston yesterday, but I thought the choice of De Lima to light the flame was absolutely spot on. The flame arrangement looked very nice and all that, but I'm like you in not being that bothered about the ceremonies. We're there for sport. Let's get on with it.

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1 hour ago, baron-pierreIV said:

All of Beijing's ceremonies cost $145 million.

Does that include paying the thousands of performers during the long and apparently more-or-less full-time rehearsals?

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5 hours ago, FYI said:

Well, Sochi was/is the most expensive Olympic Games EVER. And as you said, that was just for a Winter Games.

In another post I did say

8 hours ago, Olympic Fan Darcy said:

I guess money talks cause Sochi's was pretty damn good but that was a bit of a let down so you'd want to hope they're spending far less..

 

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3 hours ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

Does that include paying the thousands of performers during the long and apparently more-or-less full-time rehearsals?

I think the army cadets (who did the Printing blocks) sequence and the 58 or so acrobats who traversed the giant globe, were all given extra compensation -- but according to Communist Party standards. 

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56 minutes ago, baron-pierreIV said:

I think the army cadets (who did the Printing blocks) sequence and the 58 or so acrobats who traversed the giant globe, were all given extra compensation -- but according to Communist Party standards. 

- but if they were rehearsing during "work time" rather than in their spare time / annual leave like London's nurses etc., then their basic pay should also be factored into the cost.

 

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28 minutes ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

- but if they were rehearsing during "work time" rather than in their spare time / annual leave like London's nurses etc., then their basic pay should also be factored into the cost.

 

 

Mark, I am not privy to their Non-disclosure contracts; so I really don't know the exact details.  But I do know that one of the acrobats had a serious fall; and was paralyzed.  So the State would supposedly take care of him/her for life.  In other words, yeah, in a Chinese nursing home for the rest of his/her life -- just like the other Chinese gymnast who befell a similar fate in her accident at the 1998 Goodwill Games in NYC.  I mean, it's a parallel universe there.  

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