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I have the Athens 2004 DVD set from Victory Music (Greece) and I love it. I love the fact that the Opneing and Closinbg Ceremonies are in tact and all the segments are there, especially those left out by NBC :angry: . I also love the Greek highlight DVD, just watching Fani Halkia's victory and the emotional farewell of Pyrros Dimas gave me chills, but then again, so did the reception of all Greek athletes before and after their competitions.

I also have the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony DVD set, and now that I have a PAL-capable player, I'm able to watch it. I played it a few weeks ago, and I loved watching the segments that NBC left out (Swing City, the first part of Awakening, the 2nd half of Tin Symphony, all of Nature, the first part of Arrivals, parts of Eternity and the Marching band performance, parts of Samaranch's speech and Tina Arena). The break dancing sheep were a nice touch <LOL>.

Anybody else have these? If so, share your opions of these. As far as I'm concerned these are great, great, DVDs.

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OK, this is NOT Olympic-related; but it is DVD-related.

Just bought the cheapest DVD ever in my life, on-line!!  Bought "A Sondheim Celebration at Carnegie Hall" DVD for US$2.39 (that's w/ a 20% discount) AND FREE SHIPPING!!  My co-worker decided to go for one, too.  

Steal of a lifetime!!  Now, if only the Olympic DVDs were similarly priced.

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Haven't got a chance to buy the Athens 2004 4-DVD set from Victory Music yet. But I will. On eBay, it comes in both NTSC and PAL versions. When NBC showed it, it omitted the Athletes' and Judges' Oaths, among many things, which was criminal. In my view, what NBC omitted in Athens was worse than Sydney :angry: My kid sister has a PAL-capable DVD player from CyberHome since her birthday, and I've been able to play my DVDs on it.

Played my Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony DVD. Loved it! Best Opening Ceremony ever! Seeing it from the Channel Seven feed is rather different than the NBC version. This is the way how an Opening Ceremony should be broadcast--commercial free. The broadcast is very much a cinematic affair to give it a film-like look starting from the aerial shot of Stadium Australia (now Telstra Stadium). But you don't get to see Bruce McAverney, Sandy Roberts (you do see him though in that promo for the Olympic Series videos and DVDs from Warner Vision Australia preceeding the feature), Ernie Dingo, or Gary Wilkinson introducing themselves as you hear them. Perhaps becuase of wanting to focus on what's going on the stadium. Like the intro stuff leading up to the broadcast dealing with the preparations to the start as you see the Aussie athletes like Kieran Perkins, Andrew Gaze, Cathy Freeman, and Luc Longley. You hear and see Juan Antonio Samaranch and Michael Knight. Love the graphics that opened up to Olympic coverage. I think with Seven they got more intimate into what's going on with the artistsic presentation than what NBC did. There WERE some different camera angle and shots compared to what NBC did. I think NBC did omit, if I can recall, the first part of the Awakening with group of full-blooded Aboriginal women from central Australia clustered together greeting the world in their traditional Aboriginal chanting, perhaps due to the fact they were topless save for the paint. NBC didn't show the entire Aussie team make its way into the stadium (notably the basketball players like Longley, Andrew Vlahov, and Ricky Grace and swimming coach Laurie Lawrence) as Andrew Gaze parted ways with the Australian flag and some shots of Aussie Olympians like Michelle Timms--it cut to commercial break. It went to a local news break before the Sydney 2000 Marching Band came on. Also, as LinkinParkFan noted, parts of JAS' speech, James Morisson's Swing City's Waltzing Mathilda, Eternity, all of Nature, parts of Arrival and Tin Symphony, and Tina Arena were omitted from NBC's telecast.  It didn't even go to the straight end with PA announcers addressing the conclusion of it after the torch was lit. Just a minor quibble, one thing NBC did do what Seven should've was ID the flag bearers and some of the notable athletes with graphics in the Parade of Nations.

Played 16 Days In September. Enjoyed it a great deal but wished there were more comprehensive stuff with Australia partcipating in everything as hosts.

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I have the Athens 2004 DVD set from Victory Music (Greece) and I love it. I love the fact that the Opneing and Closinbg Ceremonies are in tact and all the segments are there, especially those left out by NBC :angry: . I also love the Greek highlight DVD, just watching Fani Halkia's victory and the emotional farewell of Pyrros Dimas gave me chills, but then again, so did the reception of all Greek athletes before and after their competitions.

I also have the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony DVD set, and now that I have a PAL-capable player, I'm able to watch it. I played it a few weeks ago, and I loved watching the segments that NBC left out (Swing City, the first part of Awakening, the 2nd half of Tin Symphony, all of Nature, the first part of Arrivals, parts of Eternity and the Marching band performance, parts of Samaranch's speech and Tina Arena). The break dancing sheep were a nice touch <LOL>.

Anybody else have these? If so, share your opions of these. As far as I'm concerned these are great, great, DVDs.

There's a reason why NBC didn't air Tina Arena during the 2000 Opening Ceremony

Then again, half of this board wouldn't be able to figure it out...mostly because they don't look there on a female.

I.E. The nipple is CLEARLY showing....she was lighting my torch a lil early that nigh..

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I think that BBC made the best broadcast. They showed all the ceremony without commercial breaks, and most important the commentator was talking where there was a need to talk (for example to explain what people watch during the Clepsythra part).

The Greek TV had the worst coverage, there were 3 commentators, talking and talking and talking. I couldn't even hear the music!

That's why they showed again the ceremony without comments, with the preshow and a small prologue of Dimitris Papaioannou saying 'Let's taste the food without knowing the recipe'.

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Hi Pyrros2004

May i ask wat r the pics about underneath ur posting? Its such a cool artwork of Athens 2004. I really love the look of Athens 2004 and I haven seen that b4. Is that a ticket stub for the opening ceremony? Its real nice.!!! :laugh:

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I recently bought the DVD set of the Athens Olympics.  I think it's the victory one - not sure - it has 4 discs (opening, closing, highlights, greek highlights).

Well, after watching both consecutively, I don't know how anyone can say that the Sydney Opening Ceremony was better, let alone compare the two. Completely different ballparks, although Athens brought a significant amount of class and grace back to the opening ceremony. Imagine being able to fuse concepts of maternity, our galaxy and DNA in the same segment. Or even ancient statues, pythogorean intellect, and modern thinking.

I was also very glad to have the Greek commentary which I can assure you was explained much better than the Australian commentary.  Although I must admist, Australian commentary was quite good, although it did tend to focus on the technical aspects rather than the symbolic aspects.  Also, I am a little upset that the closing ceremony disc did not show the epilogue of the singers - I really wanted to see Sakis Rouvas fall over again! And Anna Vissi and Hatzigianni.

Interesting thought - of late, the Olympic cauldron and it's lighting has been a good representation of the opening ceremony:

Athens: Simplistic although full of grace and class

Sydney: Innovative and spectacular yet slightly sensational

Atlanta: Cheap, Tacky and Com'M'ercialised

Barcelona: Breathtaking and novel for the Olympic movement

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I agree. Athens opening ceremony is timeless. I remembered seeing the whole stadium setting for the first time on telly. I practically couldnt hold my excitement to see the pond in the middle of the stadium. I knew this is going to be a spectacular ceremony from that very first second.

Athens ceremony is so simple yet beautiful in every way. Sydney one is good, but sometimes I felt its a way too over the top. Thousands of ppl dancing and it still feels like a history lesson of the country.

Athens finally broke out of the cliche and have a ceremony that does not involved thousands of ppl dancing in colorful costumes. Its very innovative.

At first I was appalled by the simplicity of the cauldron ceremony. I really expected it to be more 'WOW'. But after repeat watching, I just cant help but impressed by how it really ties in to the whole dynamic and concept of the ceremony. The way the giant, clean and flawless looking cauldron swing down to reach the torch bearer somehow symbolize to me the image of the ancient greek god. And its like we are presenting to him the gift of our humanity and him gladly accepted it. In a way the whole lighting procedure felt very space age (esp the shape and white and silver body of the cauldron, very rocket-like) too. So yeah, ancient and space age at the same time. Amazing.

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I recently bought the DVD set of the Athens Olympics.  I think it's the victory one - not sure - it has 4 discs (opening, closing, highlights, greek highlights).

Well, after watching both consecutively, I don't know how anyone can say that the Sydney Opening Ceremony was better, let alone compare the two. Completely different ballparks, although Athens brought a significant amount of class and grace back to the opening ceremony. Imagine being able to fuse concepts of maternity, our galaxy and DNA in the same segment. Or even ancient statues, pythogorean intellect, and modern thinking.

I was also very glad to have the Greek commentary which I can assure you was explained much better than the Australian commentary.  Although I must admist, Australian commentary was quite good, although it did tend to focus on the technical aspects rather than the symbolic aspects.  Also, I am a little upset that the closing ceremony disc did not show the epilogue of the singers - I really wanted to see Sakis Rouvas fall over again! And Anna Vissi and Hatzigianni.

Interesting thought - of late, the Olympic cauldron and it's lighting has been a good representation of the opening ceremony:

Athens: Simplistic although full of grace and class

Sydney: Innovative and spectacular yet slightly sensational

Atlanta: Cheap, Tacky and Com'M'ercialised

Barcelona: Breathtaking and novel for the Olympic movement

Ahem....

The Opening Ceremony in Athens HAD nothing on Sydney..

One word: Bjork ?$%#@%

Also...The Parade of Greek History was VERY TACKY....

Sydney's Ceremony seemed to have a point....The Athens Ceremony was all over the place. From the DNA to DJ Testo, to the International Space Station.

It didn't help that the Athens flame lighting was killed by scandal, and that it looked like a gigantic bong.

My final analysis was pretty simple...I expected a lot from the Athens Opening Ceremony...and they had so much going for them. In the end..it was a gigantic let down. People rag on the Atlanta Ceremony..but what did they have to work with exactly? Martin Luther King, Hick Life, Peaches......In the end..you only tend to take a few lasting images from it anyways..And I think Ali lighting the cauldron was a moment which stands out as a great one. Much like Cathy Freeman in Sydney.

Unlike the Opening...I found the Closing fantastic.....I found Atlanta's pathetic....Enjoyed Sydney's....but the quality of the Closing Ceremony has drastically improved over the years.

Look on the bright side though..if New York gets the Games...it will be far and away the WORST set of Ceremonies in the history of the Olympic Movement....Everything that City does has to involve a bunch of Broadway fairies singing and dancing.

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In just 40 minutes we've 3000 years of human history.

Athens was superior from everything we've seen so far (only Barcelona is close to Athens). It wasn't a madness of thousands colourful people dancing and jumping around with no meaning. It was an artistic performance, and I'm afraid no one can beat that.

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Tis true. I was very moved by the ceremony, I still get very emotional when I watch what I believe was the greatest opening for an Olympics ever. I still cannot believe how those performers dressed as korous statues could have tolerated being in one position for a while, and they pulled it off. I wonder what they were told before the show, "Alright, we're about to go live with the show. I just want you all to remember that since this is being shown before 4.5 billion viewers the world over, I remind you that you will not touch certain areas of your body, while you're out there in the ceremony, because if people see you scratching who knows what they'll tune us out so don't do that. I will now pass the flyer around, that says you will not touch certain areas of your body, while you're out there in the ceremony. Got that?" Sorry about that, I had to let it out. Anyways, I will gladly take the class and emotion of Athens' ceremony ahead of the crass of Atlanta's opening (sorry to those who loved Atlanta's opening).  I have to wonder though: what was the reception like for the team from Barbados, since their flag bears the trident, a symbol of Poseidon, mythical God of the sea (I hope I'm right on this, but I doubt it, so someone correct me.)
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My final analysis was pretty simple...I expected a lot from the Athens Opening Ceremony...

Lets be honest JD, you didn't really - did you? I certainly remember some of the sentiments that you delivered leading up to games - you certainly didn't write like someone who expected a lot.

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