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XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport (London) / The V Olympic Winter Games Saint Moritz, 1948 aka "Fight Without Hate" [Blu-ray]
(Castleton Knight, 1948)
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)
XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport (London) Runtime: 2:18:25.255
The V Olympic Winter Games Saint Moritz, 1948 Runtime: 1:31:15.178
Disc Size: 45,420,870,594 bytes
XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport (London) Feature Size: 26,693,947,392 bytes
The V Olympic Winter Games Saint Moritz, 1948 Feature Size: 18,493,790,208 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.16 Mbps / 23.47 Mbps
Chapters: 39 / 22
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 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio French 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Description: Fanny Blankers-Koen, “the Flying Housewife” from the Netherlands, galvanizes the Games at the age of thirty with her gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 80-meter hurdles, and 4 x 100–meter relay.
Put on "hold" during the war years, the annual Olympic Games were revived in Switzerland and Greece in 1948. Less than three weeks after the conclusion of the Winter Games in St. Moritz, XIVth Olympiad-The Glory of Sport was shipped to thousands of movie theaters in America and Great Britain. Filmed in color, this 130-minute documentary captures all the pomp and splendor of the athletic event, even without the benefit of satellite technology and the instant replay. Commenting upon the action are American sportcasters Ted Husing and Bill Stern, not to mention a host of BBC personalities. Sixteen different versions of XIVth Olympiad were prepared in as many languages for simultaneous release in September of 1948.Excerpt from AllMovie located HERE
The Manchester Guardian review of "The Fourteenth Olympiad, the Glory
of Sport" - which was rushed out less than four weeks after the end
of the Games - is less than flattering, saying that 'this British film,
for all its Technicolor, is no more than a utility model.'
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This 7th Blu-ray of Criterion's Thirty-Two Blu-ray Special Edition 100 Years of Olympic Films contains XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport and The V Olympic Winter Games Saint Moritz, 1948 aka "Fight Without Hate", both made in 1948. The Glory of Sport looks impressive - colors are very bright and the image quality appealing. There are a couple of less crisp scenes but this appears to be the camera work of the era - catching certain athletic endeavors often serendipitously. The shorter, black and white Saint Moritz documentary, also known as Fight Without Hate, doesn't fare quite as well being less consistent in terms of video quality - although sometimes the contrast and black levels, from an obvious source with fluctuating density, can look very strong at times. As far as 'in-motion' both looked more than acceptable and, frequently, extremely impressive.
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Criterion use a linear PCM mono tracks at 1152 kbps (24-bit) for both in their original languages (English for The Glory of Sport and French for Fight Without Hate.) The narration is consistent and easily audible while the music is very pleasantly supportive in both documentaries. It includes many national songs/anthems and some standard fare orchestral music. Both offer optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified the disc as being region 'A' -locked.
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.
December 2nd, 2017