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An Olympic film the way it should be. Bud Greenspan, take a lesson!
4 May 1999 | by (Palm Harbor, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the best Olympic documentary I have ever seen, and I have seen most of them. The technology, the artistry and the subject matter are well suited for each other. Having been to 12 Olympic Games ( every one since 1976), this film captures the excitement of the Games as no other.

Bud Greenspan has made a career of such films and he can now retire safe in the knowledge that his legacy is in safe hands. He can take a lesson in using the technology now available to tell the stories he has been telling for decades. His techniques are now outdated and tiring.

The Games are much more dynamic than ever. The IMAX system puts the viewer right in the action and excitement. The ride down the bobsled run is worth the price of admission alone. Having experienced the real thing, this may come too close to that for the faint of heart.

The stories of the athletes that make the Games special are told in nice tight segments. The only criticism I have is that the film is too short. Perhaps that can be corrected next time.


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