Criterion's "100 Years of Olympic Films"

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by The Hud, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. The Hud

    The Hud MINDCRIME!!! Thread Starter

  2. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    Easy pass, for me. I like some Olympic sports (mostly the winter ones), but athletics isn't my thing at all. This set looks lovely, and comprehensive, I just have no desire to own it.
  3. The Hud

    The Hud MINDCRIME!!! Thread Starter

    Pre-order is live on Amazon. I went ahead and purchased because I have a feeling this won't be around forever, but I am hoping for a big price drop.
  4. EC3970

    EC3970 Well-Known Member

    This seems dumb to me.

    It may become a good investment, but I'm not buying the set.
  5. Claus LH

    Claus LH Well-Known Member

    A beautiful "statement set" for Criterion, but how much has gone into this vs. releasing more crucial (and money-making) films for them?

    I love the idea of it, but in 2017, with the niche companies having to pick carefully to maintain their output and standards, it seems a bit over the top.
    One suspects a number of the buyers will be from the "keep it in cellophane" crowd who will want to offer it on Ebay for $1500 after it's out of print.

  6. The Hud

    The Hud MINDCRIME!!! Thread Starter

    I am going to open it and watch it. I love the Olympics!
  7. Standoffish

    Standoffish Forum Resident

    Looks awesome and comprehensive. I love Olympic history. It is pricey, though...still seems like a good buy, since I trust Criterion.
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  8. supermd

    supermd Forum Resident

    Campbell, CA
    I'd buy it if it was $50 haha.
  9. Bryan

    Bryan Starman Jr.

    Berkeley, CA
    I love the Olympics, but this is still a bit much even for me.
  10. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    I would enjoy the 1996 Atlanta Olympics film. I was visiting the area when the Olympics were going on. I wish they could release a huge NFL Films box set straight from the original camera negatives...
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  11. jkauff

    jkauff Forum Resident

    Doylestown, PA
    Libraries will be all over this release. Not so much your regular Criterion fan, I'd guess.
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  12. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    now there's a title probably not on Barnes and Noble twice a year, 50% off Sale!

    That's one huge box!!
  13. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    image from Criterion
  14. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Resident

    Jersey Shore
    I've always been a fan of Bud Greenspan-I think his docs are the best sports films ever made. This set looks incredible, and I could see myself getting seriously lost for several days, but it's just too pricey (although it's $10/bluray, which is pretty cheap).
  15. Rocker

    Rocker Forum Resident

    Ontario, Canada
    Some of the films are by directors whose work I enjoy, but my absolute hatred of sports will likely prevent me from ever picking up this set. Especially considering the epic running time of the combined films... it would just too much to endure. (Anyone know what the actual total length of this set is?)
  16. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    Sorry, no Kurt Russell in "The World's Greatest Athlete?" Pass.

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