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    Closing ceremonies?

    Is it just me or is anyone else (Stateside) finding the sound of the closing ceremonies really "off"? The opening should have been dramatic, Ms. Sande should have been melodic, the cars driving round, the people walking.....all just felt like, "yeah, so....? It's the sound!! NBC's equipment isn't picking it up well at all! I can only imagine how wonderful it must sound within the coliseum!

    Disappointing so far,

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    Jan, I am with you on this one. The closing ceremonies aren't doing it for me at all!
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    That sculpted face of John Lennon in the center of the floor.....one had to really be quick to see that's what it was. The cameras gave it almost no play at all. It's hard to feel like you are seeing stadium performances. I'm not usually so critical!! But I've been waiting 2 weeks with great anticipation to see this and I'm frustrated, LOL!

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    I feelthe same way
    Lennons face ...a fourtue to mke only a secnd on thescreen.
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    The sound seems off to me, too, Jan. Guess it's just not going to be like being there.

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    It was good sound here in Canada!
    I thought they did a great job of showing us the whole production.

    Keep in mind, it's a massive venue ... and without a dress rehearsal.
    Similarly, the TV cameras wouldn't have had that preview to figure out how to cover it.

    Plus ... it has been a quick paced program, so in all fairness, they really don't have much of a chance to capture things, and then they're gone!

    The live show was immediately followed by a re-play!! It'd kind of nice to catch parts of it again!!

    The show is outstanding ... JIMHO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
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    A slightly over-simplified explaination of the movement but I think enough to get the gist . Since I moved here I have wondered how it translated here on Long Island, if at all. I've done a little research but not enough to satisfy. One day when all of my UFOs are done I may have to take it up more seriously.

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    I truly loved the closing as much as the opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins View Post
    Jan, I am with you on this one. The closing ceremonies aren't doing it for me at all!
    Ditto. I'm watching the rerun of it (evidently) & this far... huh? The "Stomp" thing was cool but other than that... maybe they're saving the "wow" till later...
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    At least they featured his best song in the world IMHO "Imagine". Great place to play it with all the countries there.
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    I was irritated by NBC...the coverage was OK...content was good...enjoyed the Monty Python bit very very much. But, I can't believe that NBC stopped the tape of the show to put on a second rate sitcom, Animal Hospital (?) and then the news and THEN put on the end of the closing ceremonies...which included The Who.
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    I usually enjoy wathcing both the opening ceramony and the closing ceramony, but I didn't like the ceramonies at all this! They seemed so disjointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    It was good sound here in Canada!
    I thought they did a great job of showing us the whole production.

    Keep in mind, it's a massive venue ... and without a dress rehearsal.
    Similarly, the TV cameras wouldn't have had that preview to figure out how to cover it.

    Plus ... it has been a quick paced program, so in all fairness, they really don't have much of a chance to capture things, and then they're gone!

    The live show was immediately followed by a re-play!! It'd kind of nice to catch parts of it again!!

    The show is outstanding ... JIMHO!
    I can only wonder if you Canadians had your own TV stations doing your reporting there, then. Our complaint was not with the show itself, I think it must have been fabulous. NBC's reporting in the States....not so much!! They have had a lot of bad press over the Olympics this time; the complaint isn't just mine.

    I finally ended up watching some PBS show on Helen of Troy.

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    I liked some bits like stomp, and Eric Idle, and the goth ship. Not sure about Jessie J's outfits (good voice though). I think the sound of the rush hour was meant to be disjointed to evoke the emotion of the rushing city. Could have done without that and I could DEFINITELY have done without the spice girls. Didn't anyone realize that spice has an expiration date? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I can only wonder if you Canadians had your own TV stations doing your reporting there, then.
    Yes we have our own Canadian TV stations.
    CTV had the Olympic rights this time, as well as the Vancouver Winter Olympics two yrs ago.

    The IOC announced early in these Olympics that CBC would be allowed the coverage for the next winter and summer Olympics.

    The same will happen in the USA.
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    I thought the closing was just a big old rock concert. I loved the Beatles, and the Lennon video, bits here and there, but it didn't keep my interest as those ceremonies usual do. I enjoy watching the competitors all partying together, having a good time. QuiltE, my guess is your TV did a better job of broadcasting. I agree NBC cut thing up too much, and spent WAAYYY too much time gushing about the American winners, and such. I love the stories of athletes from around the world, but wish they didn't stop in the middle of an event to show really schmaltzy bits.
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    I didn't watch the whole thing, I didn't get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom View Post
    I was irritated by NBC...the coverage was OK...content was good...enjoyed the Monty Python bit very very much. But, I can't believe that NBC stopped the tape of the show to put on a second rate sitcom, Animal Hospital (?) and then the news and THEN put on the end of the closing ceremonies...which included The Who.
    What??? There was MORE??? I missed The Who!!!!!!! DRAT!! I went to bed!!

    I am totally disappointed in the way NBC handled the entire broadcast from start to finish. Never cared for Costas before and like him less every two years he attempts to ruin one of the only sporting events I watch. I miss McKay!!!

    I'll have to see if I can find the remainder of the closing ceremony (which I DID enjoy) on demand - like I had to do so I could see ANY of the equestrian events that NBC completely ignored.

    Loved the Monty Python bit ... would have preferred Eric Idle sing the Universe song though - and they missed a great opportunity to have knights with coconuts!! But I loved the roller skating nuns with Union jack knickers!!
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    Personally I did not care for the closing ceremonies, maybe it was the sound that was so irrating. I kept asking hubby, do we need to turn it up or what? I ended up finding something else to watch. I did enjoy Lennon at the beginning and like someone else mentioned I barely had time to figure out that was his face. Not overly pleased with the entire coverage from NBC, but I guess it was better than not having any.
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    Disappointing at best. The sound was awful and most of it was boring. Sorry, but I was expecting spectacular and it wasn't. JMHO
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    I thought it was won derful

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    Admittedly biased because my husband worked for ABC Sports and had some connection with several Olympics broadcasts, we both felt the announcers weren't prepared - didn't name a lot of the athletes etc. - and the coverage was only okay. I was able to go to two Olympics with him and it's a thrill you can't explain to actually be there. Standing for a national anthem of the winner, even if it isn't the USA, is a privilege and a special moment.

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    seemed like a too long half-time show to me.

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    I too had trouble not only with the closing but opening ceremony. Seemed disjointed without continuity. I'm spoiled living in Calif. with the Hollywood influence. The music sounded warbly. I don't think it was NBC's fault, but the producers of the program. Just seemed off a bit to me. Didn't impress.
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