I lived abroad during these Olympics so didn't get to see them at the time, and wanted to catch up on all the big names and stories before Sochi. Bought this a while ago (unfortunately at full price) and just watched it. Overall a really lame assortment of events and so much wasted time. I realize there's only so much space on one DVD, but... there was too much of the opening and closing ceremonies (did we really need to see every single second of Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams at the expense of actual sporting events?), way too much of some boring woman sitting in front of a fireplace talking, way too many fancy graphics to introduce segments, and very little actual content. Each day's coverage begins with a hyper-fast jumble of the day's big stories. (Big stories, by the way, pretty much mean "Americans you've heard of winning numerous medals" except for a few special interest items.) If one of those stories was deemed worthy, then they show the winning run of the actual event. First of all, that means redundancy, which, again, so much wasted time. Second of all, it means, hello, spoilers. If you've just told me Lindsey Vonn or whoever wins a gold and shown her crossing the finish line, that takes all the excitement out of watching it again, duh. And third, the segments they chose... just... what were they thinking? Example: I know this was a big Olympics for Apolo Ohno, but do we need to see every. single. one. of his short track races? Especially at the cost of NO figure skating? Seriously, none. Not so much as one short program. Not even Evan Lysacek's program, which beat out Evgeni Plushenko against all odds. Talk about a big story. Take out the 6 slow-motion replays of Ohno pushing a competitor on the short track and you could've squeezed in Evan's medal-winning skate. There's even a chapter specifically called "Figure Skating Highlights" (all the other chapters are by day) and all it is is 3-second shots strung together with dramatic music and a voiceover. That's just mean. After sitting through the entire rest of the DVD going "where is the figure skating?!", then seeing that chapter and feeling relief, then to watch that useless 4 minutes, just made me mad. And there was less and less extended coverage as it wore on. Day 2 they show 3 or 4 full runs, by day 10, nothing. Honestly, it's like this thing was put together by an intern who got halfway through and went "oh crap, I'm running out of space. Eh, no one cares about figure skating or luge or biathlon or skeleton or ice dancing or ski jump anyway, right?"
The only reason I give this 2 instead of 1 stars is because in the end I did learn just enough about what happened there to now recognize some of the names I'm seeing on TV as coverage gears up for Sochi. But it would have been awfully nice to actually get to see them compete and perform instead of hearing their names as a blip of them zips by and then cuts to Bode Miller for the fourth time.
NBC, if you're going to buy ALLLLL the rights to Olympic coverage, at least don't be so incredibly stingy and incompetent with the content. Lame, lame, lame.