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Criterion to release MASSIVE Olympic box set!

Post by class316 » September 4th, 2017, 5:10 pm

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THIRTY-TWO BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTOR S SET FEATURES
- 53 newly restored films from 41 editions of the Olympic Games, presented together for the first time
- Landmark 4K restorations of Olympia, Tokyo Olympiad, and Visions of Eight, among other titles
- New scores for the silent films, composed by Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Frido ter Beek
- A lavishly illustrated, 216-page hardcover book, featuring notes on the films by cinema historian Peter Cowie; a foreword by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee; a short history of the restoration project by restoration producer Adrian Wood; and hundreds of photographs from a century of Olympic Games
Films included:

Stockholm 1912
The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (dir. Adrian Wood)

Chamonix 1924
The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (dir. Jean de Rovera)

Paris 1924
The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (dir. Jean de Rovera)
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924 (dir. Jean de Rovera)

St. Moritz 1928
The White Stadium (dirs. Arnold Fanck, Othmar Gurtner)

Amsterdam 1928
The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam (dir. unknown)
The Olympic Games, Amsterdam 1928 (dir. Wilhelm Prager; supervisor Jules Perel)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936
Youth of the World (dir. Carl Junghans)

Berlin 1936
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)
Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)

St. Moritz 1948
Fight Without Hate (dir. André Michel)

London 1948
XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport (dir. Castleton Knight)

Oslo 1952
The VI Olympic Winter Games, Oslo 1952 (dir. Tancred Ibsen)

Helsinki 1952
Where the World Meets (dir. Hannu Leminen)
Gold and Glory (dir. Hannu Leminen)
Memories of the Olympic Summer of 1952 (dir. unknown)

Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956
White Vertigo (dir. Giorgio Ferroni)

Melbourne/Stockholm 1956
Olympic Games, 1956 (dir. Peter Whitchurch)
The Melbourne Rendez-vous (dir. René Lucot)
Alain Mimoun (dir. Louis Gueguen)
The Horse in Focus (dir. unknown)

Squaw Valley 1960
People, Hopes, Medals (dir. Heribert Meisel)

Rome 1960
The Grand Olympics (dir. Romolo Marcellini)

Innsbruck 1964
IX Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck 1964 (dir. Theo Hörmann)

Tokyo 1964
Tokyo Olympiad (dir. Kon Ichikawa)
Sensation of the Century (prod. Taguchi Suketaro, supervisor Nobumasa Kawamoto)

Grenoble 1968
13 Days in France (dirs. Claude Lelouch, François Reichenbach)
Snows of Grenoble (dirs. Jacques Ertaud, Jean-Jacques Languepin)

Mexico City 1968
The Olympics in Mexico (dir. Alberto Isaac)

Sapporo 1972
Sapporo Winter Olympics (dir. Masahiro Shinoda)

Munich 1972
Visions of Eight (dirs. Miloš Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Yuri Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Mai Zetterling)

Innsbruck 1976
White Rock (dir. Tony Maylam)

Montreal 1976
Games of the XXI Olympiad (dirs. Jean-Claude Labrecque, Jean Beaudin, Marcel Carrière, Georges Dufaux)

Lake Placid 1980
Olympic Spirit (dirs. Drummond Challis, Tony Maylam)

Moscow 1980
O Sport, You Are Peace! (dir. Yuri Ozerov)

Sarajevo 1984
A Turning Point (dir. Kim Takal)

Los Angeles 1984
16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Calgary 1988
Calgary ’88: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Seoul 1988
Seoul 1988 (dir. Lee Kwang-soo)
Hand in Hand (dir. Im Kwon-taek)
Beyond All Barriers (dir. Lee Ji-won)

Albertville 1992
One Light, One World (dirs. Joe Jay Jalbert, R. Douglas Copsey)

Barcelona 1992
Marathon (dir. Carlos Saura)

Lillehammer 1994
Lillehammer ’94: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Atlanta 1996
Atlanta’s Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Nagano 1998
Nagano ’98 Olympics: Stories of Honor and Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)
Olympic Glory (dir. Kieth Merrill)

Sydney 2000
Sydney 2000: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Salt Lake City 2002
Salt Lake City 2002: Bud Greenspan’s Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Athens 2004
Bud Greenspan’s Athens 2004: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Turin 2006
Bud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Beijing 2008
The Everlasting Flame (dir. Gu Jun)

Vancouver 2010
Bud Greenspan Presents Vancouver 2010: Stories of Olympic Glory (prods. Bud Greenspan, Nancy Beffa)

London 2012
First (dir. Caroline Rowland)
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While the price of this too rich for my blood, what I find mind blowing about this is Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia I and II, both landmarks in film making, are FINALLY getting the blu ray treatment! Not only that, but a 4K restoration! The good thing about Criterion, like many such "boutique" labels, they won't butcher the work for content they will release things in the most valid form possible. In fact, back when Leni was alive they even worked with her to release Olympia I and II on laserdisc (some have even suggested Disney should licence Song of the South to Criterion).

Other notable things in this set are blu ray releases for the Tokyo Olympiad (another breakthrough film making it's blu ray debut) and the 1936 Berlin Winter Olympics film.

Of course equally awesome is the restored silent era footage. Sadly they couldn't accurately reproduce the score of those (due to the fact that they are lost) so they had to improvise and make modern day scores, but the good thing about that if you don't like the fact that it's not original you can just mute sound completely (though I'm guessing there will be an option to turn the score on and off)

I hope they make single releases of Olympia so I can afford it.
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Re: Criterion to release MASSIVE Olympic box set!

Post by class316 » October 1st, 2017, 6:01 am

DVDbeaver put up reviews of some of them

First ever Olympic film, Stockholm 1912: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film6/blu-ray_ ... lu-ray.htm

Tokyo Olympiad: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film6/blu-ray_ ... lu-ray.htm

And of course Olympia I and II

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film6/blu-ray_ ... lu-ray.htm

I must say that 4K scan is orgasmic! The same disc also includes the official Winter Olympics film of that year. Click the link to view screenshots from the blu ray!

You have the original German language track with English subs. My only gripe with it, would have been cool to have the English language track there as well (which would have been valid).

An excerpt of the DVD beaver write up showcasing how Criterion seems to have kept everything as originally made, and I quote
Olympia is one of the films from the Special Edition that is transferred in a 4K restoration. The title is in the Public Domain and hence many DVDs exist of the film - most truncated from their full-length, cropped, are either the French or English versions of the film and most do not have the tasteful nudity of the beginning of Riefenstahl's Opus, SEE HERE. The Shout! Factory / Timeless Media DVD from 2011 has a disc with Triumph of the Will and a second DVD with Olympia. Both parts run about 1/4 hour each shorter than the Criterion 1080P. The image quality of the SD is fraught with chroma and dramatically hindered by its puny resolution, damage, prevalent artifacts and weak, video-paced, source. It has no subtitle translation the German audio. It's vertically compressed in the 1.48:1 aspect ratio. It borders on being unwatchable. The 4K-restored Blu-ray image is magnificent, filled with grain, impressively layered contrast and degrees of sharpness that most would not have thought possible for this film after almost 80-years. Even saying the new 1080P image is a revelation seems an understatement. Capture samples are below - the rich visuals are hypnotic in-motion.
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