If you are going to buy an Olympic History DVD, my first choice is Bud Greenspan.
My second choice is the official documentary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics – Tokyo Olympiad – Criterion Collection by Kon Ichikawa.
Because there are no interviews and practically no dialog in this documentary. It’s about capturing the emotions and heartbreaks of the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
For the camera person or aspiring firm director, it’s about proper use of lighting, angles, and zoom.
The DVD is over 2.5 hours long, but if you are a cheap bastard and look hard enough, you can find all the parts on YouTube.
HD Quality Video on YouTube
From the DVD, you can find them on YouTube videos in Japanese with Spanish sub-titles.
The men’s 10,000 meter (an upset victory by the American runner Billy Mills) and the marathon (Abebe Bikila’s 2nd Gold medal with shoes) are followed right to the end showing the last finishers. The 1968 Marathon finish would have its fair share of heroics.
Of course, we have Bob Hayes individual 100m victory over Harry Jerome and the famous 8.5 second relay leg in the 4x100m.
Jocelyn Delecour, France’s anchor leg runner, famously said to Paul Drayton before the relay final, “You can’t win, all you have is Bob Hayes”.
Afterwards, Drayton replied, “All you need is Bob Hayes”.
Here is the 4x100m Relay video on YouTube.
Here is the individual race on YouTube. Note the cinder tracks and hammering in the short starting blocks.
UPDATE: Sorry, the video is no longer on YouTube.