I did not wake up in the middle of the night to catch the opening live. Instead, I watched the prime time rebroadcast which is cut to just two hours. That’s definitely more interesting to see how each broadcaster from different country decided which section is “chop-able”.
The performance is incredibly stunning. I particularly love the ancient drums and tai chi. It was amazing team work which required a long time of practice. This is way better than any high tech shows.
NBC(American): watched for ~ 1 hours. really funny to see how hard it tried to teach the American the different countries around the world. As each country’s athlete entered, it show with a tiny map on the lower right hand counter.
CBC(Canadian): I watched the full show from start to end for two hours. I like the presenter did not constantly talk. That allowed the audience to enjoy the show on their own. Unlike the American, there was a lot less effort in teaching geography during the parade of nations.
TVB(Hong Kong): finally I can see the full version unlike the trimmed version from CBC and NBC. However, I really think the presenters could shut up a bit more… I really don’t need you to be constantly yapping…
After seeing this impressive opening, I cannot help but think how hard it will be for Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic to have a comparable opening. We cannot afford that kind of budget and there is no way there is such a huge overwhelming public support for the game.