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LDS Olympic experience on DVD

The Salt Lake Olympic experience and related Church events can be relived through a new digital video disc are now available at Church distribution centers. The two-disc set, entitled "Friends to All Nations," comes with English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles, accommodating the languages of nearly 90 percent of Church membership.

"Everyone knows how successful the 2002 Winter Games were, but equally successful were the Church and its Olympic activities," said Dale Jones, a project manager/producer in the Church's Audiovisual Department which produced the DVD set for the Public Affairs Department. "It has been an absolute thrill to be involved with this project and re-live those successes."

The "Friends to All Nations" DVD set includes 18 program segments. The first disc features the "Light of the World" production, the multimedia extravaganza staged in the Conference Center that drew more than 300,000 for its 16 live performances. The second disc features highlights of the four concerts by the Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square which were part of the Cultural Olympiad of the 2002 Olympic Games. Guest artists include composer John Williams, opera star Frederica von Stade, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the renowned a capella group king'singers, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

A special feature of the DVD set are highlights of the NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw's interview with President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Brother Jones called this production a "monstrous project" with cooperation and scrutiny from NBC (which aired the Olympic Games), KSL (the local NBC affiliate) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Speaking of the "beauty of the DVD technology," he said users can easily navigate through the 18 segments with menu options. In addition, he added, this is the first time the Church has used subtitles on a DVD product. This state-of-the-art technology reaches "as many members as possible with one hand-held product. It's remarkable."

Brother Jones described the "Friends to All Nations" DVD set, which is $10 at distribution centers, as a "keepsake and a souvenir."

This is the third product released by the Church relating to the 2002 Winter Games. Also available at Church distribution centers are the video of "Light of the World," which is $6; and the sound track on compact disc for $5.75.

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