Eras End

"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Sunday, August 21, 2016

NBC Olympics Opening Intro and Closing Ceremony Montages From The Past

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games have come to a close. I love watching the Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Games were no different. The joy of victory and the pride to compete was on full display. Thank you Rio for a wonderful two weeks.

In the United States, the Olympics Games television rights are owned by NBC (starting in 1988 for Summer Games, 2002 for Winter Games), CBS (1990s Winter Games) and ABC (1980s Winter Games). For NBC, their many hours of coverage always begins with a poetic introduction that shows off the host country and ends with their Olympics Ceremony credit montage that summarizes the games in spectacular fashion and while it has the expected focus on the US, it doesn't remain entirely there. As have done in previous Olympics here are the ones I could find. I have also added closing credits from 1980s games which are not that good.

I tried to identify the music where possible besides NBC's traditional use of John Williams's "Olympic Fanfare and Theme", Leo Arnaud's "Bugler’s Dream" and Randy Edelman's "Theme from The Adventures of Brisco County Jr". Some of the videos are crap quality since NBC and the Olympic Committee isn't willing to post their versions online. If you find better copies, missing copies, or identify music gaps, please post in the comments.

As always thank you to the Olympians for bringing two weeks of joy, peace and the competitive spirit. Looking forward to the next Olympics.

Olympic Closing Credit Montages

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wonder Woman Trailer #1

Here is the first real look at next year's Wonder Woman. I have to admit to be very surprised at how good this looks and Gal Godot looks amazing as Diana Prince. Having seen some of her previous work not entirely sold on her acting but off to a great start as just nailing the look is a massive challenge and they nailed it.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

R.I.P. Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

Boxing greatest and the sport's world most famous champion, Muhammad Ali, died Friday night at the age of 74. He died in Phoenix, AZ due to respiratory issues and likely complications from his long fight with Parkinson's Disease.

"Words can't explain what Muhammad Ali (has) done for the sport of boxing," Floyd Mayweather told ESPN. "He's one of the guys that paved the way for me to be where I am today. We lost a legend, a hero and a great man."

Said Cavaliers star LeBron James: "The reason why he's the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] is not because of what he did in the ring, which was unbelievable. It's what he did outside of the ring, what he believed in, what he stood for -- along with Jim Brown and Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor, obviously who became Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], Bill Russell, Jackie Robinson. Those guys stood for something. He's part of the reason why African-Americans today can do what we do in the sports world. We're free. They allow us to have access to anything we want. It's because of what they stood for, and Muhammad Ali was definitely the pioneer for that."