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100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920
100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920

Spanning fifty-three movies and forty-one editions of the Olympic Games, 100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912–2012 Blu-ray Box Set from The Criterion Collection is the culmination of a monumental, award-winning archival project encompassing dozens of new restorations by the International Olympic Committee.

The documentaries collected here cast a cinematic eye on some of the most iconic moments in the history of modern sports, spotlighting athletes who embody the Olympic motto of "Faster, Higher, Stronger": Jesse Owens shattering world records on the track in 1936 Berlin, Jean-Claude Killy dominating the Grenoble slopes in 1968, Joan Benoit breaking away to win the Games’ first women’s marathon in Los Angeles in 1984.

In addition to the impressive ten-feature contribution of Bud Greenspan, this stirring collective chronicle of triumph and defeat includes such documentary landmarks as Leni Riefenstahl’s OLYMPIA and Kon Ichikawa’s TOKYO OLYMPIAD, along with captivating lesser-known works by major directors like Claude Lelouch, Carlos Saura, and Miloš Forman.


100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920


100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920


100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920


100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920


100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920


100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920


100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920

It also offers a fascinating glimpse of the development of film itself, and of the technological progress that has brought viewers ever closer to the action. Included is a lavishly illustrated, 216-page hardcover book, featuring notes on the films by cinema historian Peter Cowie. Enjoy new scores for the silent films, composed by Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Frido ter Beek.

Traversing continents and decades, reflecting the social, cultural, and political changes that have shaped our recent history, this remarkable movie marathon showcases a hundred years of human endeavor!

100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920

The Films

  • 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. Andre 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. Rene 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 Hormann)
  • 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. Milo 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)

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1, 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
Japanese: LPCM Restored Mono
Spanish: LPCM Mono
Russian: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Thirty two-disc set (32 BD-50)

Packaging
Slipbox
Custom, Inner print

Playback
Region A

100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912-1920

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1, 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: LPCM Mono
Japanese: LPCM Restored Mono
Spanish: LPCM Mono
Russian: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Thirty two-disc set (32 BD-50)

Packaging
Slipbox
Custom, Inner print

Playback
Region A