Criterion's "100 Years of Olympic Films"

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

  1. The Hud

    The Hud No More Mr. Nice Guy 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 No More Mr. Nice Guy 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 Forum Resident

    This seems dumb to me.

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

    Claus LH Forum Resident

    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 No More Mr. Nice Guy Thread Starter

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

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

    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 Putin-funded Forum Troll

    Akron, OH
    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 Rezidentura

    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.
  17. The Hud

    The Hud No More Mr. Nice Guy Thread Starter

    Credit card charged from Amazon. Price down to $221.42.
  18. budwhite

    budwhite Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

    Götaland, Sverige
    Is anyone going to watch this is my question? It feels like something you buy and put on the shelf
  19. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    I'd be very interested to know if it includes any footage of the Krautrock Band: Agitation Free who played at the Munich Olympics in 1972.
  20. Jim B.

    Jim B. Forum Resident

    It's out of my price range sadly but I would love to have this set. I think these types of things are amazing to watch, just from a historic perspective but also as pure enjoyment. To see the footage of Nadia Comăneci for example on the bars....breathtaking. Or the 'Hitler' Olympics with Owens sticking two fingers up to white supremacy.

    I know a set like this isn't for everyone but I am baffled by some of the negative opinions up thread.
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  21. peacekeeper

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  23. The Hud

    The Hud No More Mr. Nice Guy Thread Starter

    I received mine today, and I am happy to report that the box was not damaged during shipping. I am looking forward to opening it later tonight.
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  24. The Hud

    The Hud No More Mr. Nice Guy Thread Starter

    Just finished watching "Tokyo Olympiad". I enjoyed it very much! It was interesting to watch an Olympics from a non-USA perspective.

    I have not seen the original DVD, but this BD looks amazing. Not much different than watching Olympics nowadays.

    Sadly, this set is without bonus features, just like the Kurosawa box set. If Criterion releases Tokyo Olympiad separately with the bonus features of the original DVD, I am going to have to double dip.
  25. inaptitude

    inaptitude Forum Resident

    Tokyo Olympiad is an amazing piece of art. I had the original Criterion DVD but sold it after it went OOP for a crazy amount of money. Kind of wish I hadn't.
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