Excellent DVD of Beijing 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony. It captures the grand & spectacular presentation of Chinese culture by the artistic director - Mr. Zhang YiMou. Mr. Zhang is also the renowned director for award winning films, such as Hero, Curse of the Golden Flower, Raise the Red Lantern. The best Olympic Ceremony I have ever seen and it will be difficult to surpass the artistry and talents of Mr. Zhang.
What a huge disappointment this dvd set is. I doubt this really is the complete opening ceremony, because I remember a longer artistic program. Disc 1 has approx. 20 min. of introduction and then 1 hr. of the beautiful program I remember. Disc 2 is mainly the march of the athletes, plus the all to brief lighting of the flame.
Be forewarned: The constant NBC logo is hugely annoying. Located in the top right of the screen, it is designed with a neon gold ripple which completely detracts from the program.
Such a shame - this program was gorgeous, and the production, a mammoth accomplishment. Too bad there isn't an acceptable dvd currently available. I'd really like to own it.