Wednesday, March 19, 2008

DVD Review: Olympic Figure Skating, Volume 1

This 60-minute Olympic Figure Skating, Volume 1 DVD contains Olympic performances from:

  • Brian Boitano
  • Dick Button
  • Katarina Witt
  • Dorothy Hamill
  • Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov
  • Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean
  • Oksana Baiul (what's up with that hat?)
  • John Curry (OMG--what long, long legs!)
  • Barbara Scott
  • Midori Ito (great costume)

The performances, of course, are fabulous. What's not terrific is that this DVD has no menu and no way to skip from one performance to the next. Really, it's like having a video tape in your DVD player.

Some of the performances are just snippets: Debi Thomas appears briefly, but not long enough to compare her Carmen to Katerina Witt's Carmen. That left me pretty grumpy, especially since the announcer built up the two Carmens business. Nancy Kerrigan appears briefly.

Overall rating: 2 stars out of four. If you're looking for a great DVD, this isn't it. However, if you're looking for a collection of Olympic performances, it's good. I know I'm a hypocrite, but I've already ordered volume 2 from Amazon. It's for the DVD library I'm starting. Really.

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