Picks and Pans Review: 1984 Summer Olympics Highlights

UPDATED 11/05/1984 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/05/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

Squeezing more than 180 hours of Olympic TV into a 90-minute cassette means that a lot will have to be left out: about 10,710 minutes' worth. All in all, ABC picked the right moments in its recap of the Summer Games in LA. There is a bit too much of the sportscasters' prose ("Only from space can you see what a small thing this planet is"), and during the gymnastics and a few other events the crowds' cheers are replaced with disco music, which reduces the drama. Sometimes too it's frustrating to see only part of an event—the end of a swimming race, not the swimmer's dramatic surge from behind; one flip on the floor instead of an entire gymnastic exercise. But Olympics Highlights is not a documentary. It's more a video scrapbook that refreshes your pleasant memories of the Olympics' best moments: balloons filling the sky during the opening ceremonies, Mary Lou Retton's grinning triumph, wrestler Jeff Blatnick's tearful victory, Mary Decker's tearful defeat. (ABC Video, $29.95)

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