The 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony was indeed a spectacle of British culture, and soon, you'll be able to watch it over and over again at home. Director Danny Boyle, who orchestrated the massive opening to this summer's games, told The Guardian that there are plans to bring the opening ceremonies to DVD.
Boyle, who also directed Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, and Slumdog Millionaire, noted that the DVD release of the ceremonies would make many aspects clearer. Television cameras weren't able to pick up all the nuances and snippets of British culture when broadcasting the ceremony, so Boyle is cutting the home video release so that such details aren't overlooked. "It will make more sense in this version," he said.
In fact, the only thing that will be edited down is the entrance of the athletes. That will be included, though in a much more condensed form.
The opening ceremonies featured appearances by James Bond (Daniel Craig), Queen Elizabeth II, Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson, pictured), Lord Voldemort, Mary Poppins, Paul McCartney, David Beckham, and many others. A celebration of British culture, the ceremonies included a recreation of the industrial revolution and a tribute to the victims of the 7-7 bombing victims, the latter of which was controversially excluded from NBC's broadcast of the series.
No release date has been set for the DVD, and no Blu-ray release has been confirmed (though to watch it in anything less than high-definition is a travesty).
The Olympics end today with the closing ceremonies, which will feature musical performances by Muse, The Spice Girls, and The Who. The ceremony will be broadcast by NBC tonight, hosted by Bob Costas.
What do you think? Would you buy a DVD of the opening ceremonies?