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  • Actors: David Albritton, Arvo Askola, Jack Beresford, Erwin Blask, Sulo Bärlund
  • Directors: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Writers: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Producers: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Format: Black & White, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full length, Limited Edition, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: German, English, Spanish, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Aug. 1 2006
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FQJA2S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,086 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

This limited edition 2-disc set features the complete original version of OLYMPIA presented for the first time on DVD.Part 1: (Festival of the Nations) -Disc 1Riefenstahl shot a documentary that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Includes Jesse Owen's sprint races at the 1936 Olympic games and Adolf Hitler looking on in amazement as Owens wins an unprecedented four Gold Medals.Part 2: (Festival of Beauty) -Disc 2Riefenstahl captures the grace of the athletes during field hockey soccer bicycling equestrian aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon which was won by American Glenn Morris; it ends with the triumphant conclusion of the games.Special Features:Two disc limited edition containing over 5 hours of material including JUGEND DER WELT ( Youth of The World ) Official Documentary of the 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen DIE KAMERA FAHRT MIT ( The Camera Goes Along ) 1936 Documentary by Bavaria-Filmkunst featuring footage from Leni Rifenstahl s films OLYMPIA and TRIUMPH OF THE WILL. Deleted Scenes Biography Still Gallery German and English languages with ON/OFF English subtitles Dolby 2.0 audio Essay.System Requirements:Running Time: 204 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 825307915990 Manufacturer No: PH-91599

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 15 2010
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Part I
The film opens up with a film tribute to the history of Greece and the games. We get to see the names of the nations at the time that the torch passes through as it reached Berlin. A much more realistic torch than today's is ran into the stadium with a few pauses to let everyone see just before the final dash to the Olympic torch at the stadium. It would be great to recapture this in the present day. Some of the tribute leads me to believe that our athletes are overly clothed for the sports.

Part II
By now watching Part I, "Festival of the nation" spoiled you. Again this film starts out with the ideal and surrounded by Leni's signature clouds. List is leading you to "field hockey, soccer bicycling, equestrian, aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon." Remember that some countries were still using horses in the military.

It may be unique reasons that brought you to this point such as Leni or photography, or interest in history, or, or, or. But once the action starts you feel that you are there and get lost in the "who will win what and how." Even being aware of the outcome does not prepare you to "not bite your nails" as you watch each athlete barley besting the next until it is over too soon. I noticed that instead of placing medals over the winners, they used laurel wreaths.
Any way you cut it, this movie is worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 30 2013
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Part I
The film opens up with a film tribute to the history of Greece and the games. We get to see the names of the nations at the time that the torch passes through as it reached Berlin. A much more realistic torch than today's is ran into the stadium with a few pauses to let everyone see just before the final dash to the Olympic torch at the stadium. It would be great to recapture this in the present day. Some of the tribute leads me to believe that our athletes are overly clothed for the sports.

Part II
By now watching Part I, "Festival of the nation" spoiled you. Again this film starts out with the ideal and surrounded by Leni's signature clouds. List is leading you to "field hockey, soccer bicycling, equestrian, aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon." Remember that some countries were still using horses in the military.

It may be unique reasons that brought you to this point such as Leni or photography, or interest in history, or, or, or. But once the action starts you feel that you are there and get lost in the "who will win what and how." Even being aware of the outcome does not prepare you to "not bite your nails" as you watch each athlete barley besting the next until it is over too soon. I noticed that instead of placing medals over the winners, they used laurel wreaths.
Any way you cut it, this movie is worth watching.
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Undoubtedly one of the greatest and most important films of the 20C. It allows the historian to note the evolution in technical styles in a range of sporting activities. It allows the communications specialist to analyse the clever use of sport and sporting personality to enhance the message.
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By linda on Feb. 5 2014
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Outstanding, so great to see the 1936 events, well done, we have seen it with our Granddaughter and she was impressed.
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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
The Wonderful (cinematography) Horrible (transfer) of Olympia July 2 2006
By D. C. Hociota - Published on Amazon.com
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Olympia is a piece of sport history coated in a magnificent art form. The superlatives aren't enough to describe this documentary; a veritable time machine traveling to an amazing and Orwellian future Valhalla called Nazi Germany.

1936 Olympiad was also well renown for the first to be broadcast on a form of television. This DVD sadly has an image quality comparable to what the citizens of Berlin saw on those twenty five large screens scattered along the City's main boulevards 70 years ago. Having seen some excerpts from "Olympia" in the documentary `The Wonderful Horrible life of Leni Riefenstahl" on DVD, I had great expectations concerning the image quality of this new release. What a disappointment! No one bothered to digitally remove the annoying scratches not mentioning the total absence of any timid tentative of restoration of a decent audio sound. Everything seems like a low resolution transfer from a cheap VHS . Let's hope that some day Criterion Collection will do this film the justice it deserves.
108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
Be Honest Dec 1 2006
By Baron von Munchhausen - Published on Amazon.com
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The original, as I viewed it on public television perhaps twenty years ago, was spectacular.

But the problems in this version are not just superficial and are not simply ones that some hyper-purist would notice. They include tiling, caused by extreme compression; scratches and blips galore; grey tonal quality converging on nil, and sometimes making it seem like one is looking through a duststorm; ridiculous cropping of the image, often even cutting off the heads of the subjects. The audio's flaky, too, especially noticeable in the sometimes lurching, but always tinny rendition of the orchestral scoring.

Weirdly, the package seems to have been conceived well, with nice features included. How is it possible, then, to have messed up the technical execution so badly?
132 of 142 people found the following review helpful
Classic Film / Horrible transfer July 6 2006
By Orson Swelles - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been waiting for Criterion to release this for 4 years now. With the technology of restoration of older films vastly improving I must say this is the worst transfer that I have seen of an older film released in the last two years. Don't spend your money on this edition and hope that Criterion will release this in our lifetime!
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The photography lures you, action holds you. Nov. 14 2009
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Part I
The film opens up with a film tribute to the history of Greece and the games. We get to see the names of the nations at the time that the torch passes through as it reached Berlin. A much more realistic torch than today's is ran into the stadium with a few pauses to let everyone see just before the final dash to the Olympic torch at the stadium. It would be great to recapture this in the present day. Some of the tribute leads me to believe that our athletes are overly clothed for the sports.

Part II
By now watching Part I, "Festival of the nation" spoiled you. Again this film starts out with the ideal and surrounded by Leni's signature clouds. List is leading you to "field hockey, soccer bicycling, equestrian, aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon." Remember that some countries were still using horses in the military.

It may be unique reasons that brought you to this point such as Leni or photography, or interest in history, or, or, or. But once the action starts you feel that you are there and get lost in the "who will win what and how." Even being aware of the outcome does not prepare you to "not bite your nails" as you watch each athlete barley besting the next until it is over too soon. I noticed that instead of placing medals over the winners, they used laurel wreaths.
Any way you cut it, this movie is worth watching.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Just another Horrible transfer! Aug. 8 2009
By Bruce Ferrell - Published on Amazon.com
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When I found this dvd on Amazon, I was delighted to see Riefenstahl's classic had been updated with this 2009 digital transfer. I quickly ordered it from Amazon.com. When I viewed this dvd, I could have cried. The digital transfer was just horrible. Also, this dvd's running time is listed as 300 min. The correct running time should be 204 min Please be wise and don't waste your money on this dvd.


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