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That was a nice surprise - dorsetgirl
July 27th, 2013
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That was a nice surprise
Middle son and I have been rewatching last year's Olympics Opening Ceremony on BBC3 - until the sound and picture both completely fell apart at 8:35, that is. It's still completely unwatchable 30 minutes later, which is really making me angry. What the hell is the point of all this "progress" if all it means is that the television takes pre-War amounts of time to actually start showing a picture, and half the time it's shit quality anyway?

Anyway, before it all fell apart we got to watch some of the athletes' parade, and we saw Serbia coming in with Novak Djokovic as flag-bearer. The commentator said something about him not having won an Olympic medal yet and that he would be hoping to remedy that. I opened my mouth to say "but it didn't work out like that" and before I'd got the first word out they'd cut to Juan Martín del Potro (who beat Djokovic in the Bronze Medal play-off).

Quite a nice surprise - because I do think he's quite the handsome brute - and now I'm wondering whether it really was unwitting irony at the time or whether the decision was made by someone working on the edit for tonight's showing (the athletes' parade has been significantly cut down).

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Date:July 28th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
A nice surprise indeed *g* I think the tennis players got a lot of screen time one way or another in the parade because, as they're often the most internationally recognisable representatives of a given country, they often got to be flag-bearers and/or picked out by the camera.

I have the Olympics DVD, all 8 hours of sport plus unedited opening ceremony and have watched it far too often - it's addictively colourful and cheerful *g*
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Date:July 28th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
the Olympics DVD ... unedited opening ceremony

That's interesting, because the one I was looking at on Amazon says it has the Director's Cut, which is what they were showing last night. I'd be quite interested in hearing his commentary - the BBC3 showing had the original TV commentary, banal as some of it was - but I'd quite like the full opening ceremony. So I don't know what to do now!

Eight hours of sport doesn't seem very much? Is it totally Brit-centric?
Date:July 28th, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
I think 'Director's Cut' actually means different things, because the DVD version is basically the whole thing, whereas I know from the length looking at it in the listings that the one they showed on BBC3 was less than that. There are some extra commentaries on the DVD but I don't know exactly what - I've not explored the extras yet actually!

Basically Brit-centric yes, though better than the Paralympic one which is essentially a list of medals. This has every British medal winner and the 'big name' other ones (Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, a great deal of athletics especially world-record breaking attempts). Some medals get more footage time than others and there's quite a lot of football despite us not winning anything. I'd watch twice as much if they'd release it. It's decently edited though and gives a nice flavour of the two weeks.
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