Slap Shot

Slap Shot

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Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: George Roy Hill, Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Lindsay Crouse

     
 

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Bitingly and bitterly funny, Slap Shot has amassed a fervent cult following since its initial 1977 release and received one of the better early DVD releases. This 25th Anniversary Special Edition improves on that earlier edition with a remastered widescreen transfer and a number of worthy DVD extras. The image quality was already high on the previous release,See more details below

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Overview

Bitingly and bitterly funny, Slap Shot has amassed a fervent cult following since its initial 1977 release and received one of the better early DVD releases. This 25th Anniversary Special Edition improves on that earlier edition with a remastered widescreen transfer and a number of worthy DVD extras. The image quality was already high on the previous release, but the source print has been remastered and cleaned up further without artificially brightening or perverting Victor J. Kemper's muted and dour cinematography. The Dolby Digital audio track has actually been improved upon more than the visual track and now sounds less compressed if played through a stereo system (while the two versions seem identical if played through a TV set). Real-life hockey players the Hanson brothers are fan favorites and they contribute the entertaining and often very funny audio commentary track even if it often deals more with their own experiences in hockey than the making of the movie. While in some ways a precursor to the type of rude, shocking comedies the Farrelly brothers are now famous for, the makers of Slap Shot knew that the reality of hockey and even of life in a dying town can be funnier than wild fiction. The Hanson brothers' commentary track and the disc's other highlights featuring their real life exploits bear this out. Slap Shot is one of the best sports movies ever made because it always aims for the truth rather than the legend. This 25th Anniversary Edition DVD is also being sold in a slip cased edition along with Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice, but that straight-to-video sequel doesn't hold a candle to the original.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Raw and somewhat controversial in terms of its language and violence, the hockey comedy-drama Slap Shot was a departure for director George Roy Hill, whose previous 1970s output included the period adventures The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) and The Sting (1973). Writer Nancy Dowd carefully balances hilarious rowdiness -- both on and off the ice -- with surprisingly effective emotional tension. Despite the change of pace, Hill revisits some of his favorite pet themes, most notably that of a man becoming painfully aware of the end of an era. To this end, the director re-teams with Paul Newman, who perfectly captures the grizzled, nothing-to-lose attitude of Slap Shot's aging hockey-coach hero. Newman would continue to explore this type of character shading in films such as 1986's The Color of Money.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
UPC:
0025192179327
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
16,862

Special Features

Commentary with the Hanson brothers; ESPN broadcast

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Reggie Dunlop
Michael Ontkean Ned Braden
Lindsay Crouse Lily Braden
Jennifer Warren Francine Dunlop
Jerry Houser "Killer" Carson
Strother Martin Joe McGrath
Andrew Duncan Jim Carr
Jeff Carlson Jeff Hanson
Steve Carlson Steve Hanson
David Hanson Jack Hanson
Yvon Barrette Denis Le Mieux
Allan Nicholls Johnny Upton
Brad Sullivan Wanchuk
Stephen Mendillo Jim Ahern
Yvan Ponton Drouin
Matthew Cowles Charlie
Kathryn Walker Anita McCambridge
Melinda Dillon Suzanne Hanrahan
M. Emmet Walsh Dickie Dunn
Paul D'Amato Tim McCracken
Ned Dowd Ogilthorpe
Nancy Dowd Andrea
Swoosie Kurtz Shirley/Helen Upton
Christopher Murney Tommy Hanrahan
Larry Block Peterboro Referee
Paul Dooley Hyannisport Announcer
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
Steve Abrams Makeup
Dede Allen Editor
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Robert L. Crawford Associate Producer
Nancy Dowd Screenwriter
Stephen Friedman Producer
Tom Joyner Asst. Director
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Rick Sharp Makeup
Don Sharpless Sound/Sound Designer
James A. Westman Asst. Director
Robert J. Wunsch Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Hockey Pointers [2:49]
2. Main Titles [4:44]
3. The Fashion Show [4:43]
4. The New Players [1:31]
5. On the Road [5:41]
6. Gears vs. Chiefs [1:13]
7. Winning [1:00]
8. A New Attitude [2:49]
9. Back on the Bus [:19]
10. The Presidents [:44]
11. Free Tickets [:48]
12. The Interview [3:16]
13. A Bounty [:46]
14. Reggie vs. Owner [4:55]
15. The Big Game [8:23]
16. A Show for the Scouts [1:50]
17. A Victory Parade [3:49]
18. End Credits [4:27]

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