DVD Release: Going for Gold – The ’48 Games

DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
Price: DVD $19.97
Studio: BBC Home Entertainment/Warner Home Video

Going for GoldWith the Olympics in London, BBC looks at the last time the Summer Games were in the British city, the historical Olympics in 1948 in the sports movie Going for Gold – The ’48 Games.

The 1948 London Games was the first Olympics held after World War II and the first Games in 12 years because they were cancelled due to the war. Host London was still struggling with the effects of WWII, but it was a team of British rowers who embodied the battling spirit of the Games.

From very different backgrounds, the two rowers were an unlikely team. Bert Bushnell (Matt Smith, TV’s Doctor Who) was a boatbuilder’s son and Richard “Dickie” Burnell (Sam Hoare, Captain America: The First Avenger) was the Oxford-educated son of an Olympic gold-medal winning champion rower. Bert was a single sculler, not used to rowing as a team, and Dickie was living in his father’s shadow. And they were thrown together just weeks before the final of the 1948 London Games.

With the help of legendary sculler Jack Beresford (James Frain, TV’s True Blood), Bert and Dickie triumphed against the odds and captured Olympic gold.

The 90-minute Going for Gold – The ’48 Games is BBC’s first DVD to include a copy of the movie on UltraViolet, where viewers can download or stream the film.

Going for Gold – The ’48 Games airs on BBC America in July.


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Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.