New Release: Visions of Eight DVD

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The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich are documented in Visions of Eight.

On Sept. 20, 2011, Olive Films released the 1973 documentary film Visions of Eight, another vintage goodie Olive has mined from the Paramount Pictures vault. This release marks the film’s debut on in any digital format, though it was once released on VHS years back. The DVD carries a list price of $24.95.

The documentary is about the 1972 Munich Olympics from eight of the world’s then-leading directors: Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Kon Ichikawa (The Makioka Sisters), Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde), John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy), Claude Lelouch, Mai Zetterling, Juri Ozerov and Michael Pfleghar.

Visions of Eight strives to get as close to the Olympics and its participants as it possibly can. And it does that job quite well as it captures the pain, joy, triumph and struggle to reach the pinnacle in mankind’s most exacting competition.

The film features original music by Henry Mancini (Breakfast at Tiffany’s).


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.