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.
Feature commentary with the Hanson brothers
The Hanson brothers' classics scenes
Puck Talk with the Hansons
Cast and filmmakers
George Roy Hill
Paul NewmanReggie Dunlop
Michael OntkeanNed Braden
Lindsay CrouseLily Braden
Jennifer WarrenFrancine Dunlop
Jerry Houser"Killer" Carson
Strother MartinJoe McGrath
Andrew DuncanJim Carr
Jeff CarlsonJeff Hanson
David HansonJack Hanson
Yvon BarretteDenis Le Mieux
Allan NichollsJohnny Upton
Stephen MendilloJim Ahern
Kathryn WalkerAnita McCambridge
Melinda DillonSuzanne Hanrahan
M. Emmet WalshDickie Dunn
Paul D'AmatoTim McCracken
Swoosie KurtzShirley/Helen Upton
Christopher MurneyTommy Hanrahan
Larry BlockPeterboro Referee
Paul DooleyHyannisport Announcer
Robert J. WunschProducer
Victor J. KemperCinematographer
Elmer BernsteinComposer (Music Score)
Elmer BernsteinMusical Direction/Supervision
Henry BumsteadArt Director
Robert L. CrawfordAssociate Producer
Tom BronsonCostume Designer
Tom JoynerFirst Assistant Director
Ned DowdStunts Coordinator
Ned DowdTechnical Advisor
Year of Release
25th Anniversary Special Edition, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, monaural
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
Slap Shot [25th Anniversary Special Edition] [DVD] 
This was Paul Newman's third collaberation with this director and they make a great team together. Paul Newman is the coach of a semi-pro hockey team that is bad in every way. They start to play rough to get some exposure and it pays off for them. The team is a band of misfits can't seem to get a break until three brothers come along. Then the stakes get more competitive and it makes for a very funny conclusion.
I have always just absolutely adored this film!
With Paul Newman you can never go wrong but this movie is just super fun - particularly if you can remember what hockey games were like back in those days.
If you have enjoyed movies such as The Replacements, Wild Cats, Major League and Semi-Pro but have not yet seen Slap Shot, definitely add this to your queue!
You do not have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this film, but this film may enhance your enjoyment of hockey!