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The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 [Blu-ray]
(Adrian Wood, 1924-2017)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: International Olympic Committee
Video: Criterion Collection (Part of Spine #900)
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 47,749,254,251 bytes
Feature Size: 47,566,718,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 33.30 Mbps
Case: Custom Blu-ray case (see below)
Release date: December 5th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
• The package contains a 216-page hardcover book, featuring notes on the films by cinema historian Peter Cowie; a foreword by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee; a short history of the restoration project by restoration producer Adrian Wood; and hundreds of photographs from a century of Olympic Games.
Description: Newly restored and assembled by the International Olympic Committee, The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (Stockholm 1912) is the earliest comprehensive moving-image record of the modern Olympic Games that survives today.
The 1912 Summer Olympics (Swedish: Olympiska sommarspelen 1912), officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Stockholm, Sweden, between 5 May and 22 July 1912. Twenty-eight nations and 2,408 competitors, including 48 women, competed in 102 events in 14 sports. With the exception of tennis (starting on 5 May) and football and shooting (both starting on 29 June), the games were held within a month with an official opening on 6 July. It was the last Olympics to issue solid gold medals and, with Japan's debut, the first time an Asian nation participated. Stockholm was the only bid for the games, and was selected in 1909.Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE
In May 1912, the exclusive rights to film the Stockholm Olympic Game
were awarded by the Organising Committee to the Swedish joint venture
Svensk-Amerikanska Film Kompaniet.
In 1915 the original elements were
re-edited into a shortened version for a 3rd anniversary celebration of
the Games in Sweden.
Duplication in the 1960s has enabled the
producers to understand what survived at that time.
What follows is a chronological assembly of the events in Stockholm in 1912 from the inaugurations of the Olympic Stadium on June 1st to the closing events on July 22nd, arranged in four discrete chapters.
Preface to the Blu-ray presentation
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 looks magnificent on Blu-ray from Criterion. The image is as fresh and clean as a well-maintained old photograph. Contrast and detail are at hallmark levels for Silent Era film. The events shown included Modern pentathlon (riding), Diving, Rowing, Swimming, Equestrian, Modern pentathlon (shooting), Cycling, Equestrian, Cycling, Sailing, Tennis, Football (soccer), Shooting, Athletics, Gymnastics, Modern pentathlon (running), Tug of war and Wrestling. The restoration is incredibly impressive reproducing an amazing 1080P presentation. I was blown away by the HD appearance. It can, predictably, be a bit jerky in-motion and contrast levels have minor flickering but the 100-year+ visuals are almost hard to believe with their high level of detail. Absolutely outstanding as the screen captures can attest.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Criterion use a linear PCM 2,0 channel track at 2304 (24-bit) - and the score presented here, was composed and recorded in 2017 by Donald Sosin. It includes many national songs and Swedish music of the period. The re-created intertitles are in English (see sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc.
Criterion add no digital extras to this Blu-ray disc but the package has a lavishly illustrated, 216-page hardcover book, featuring notes on the films by cinema historian Peter Cowie, along with a letter from Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, a short history of the project by restoration producer Adrian Wood, and hundreds of photographs from a century of Olympic Games.
September 30th, 2017