Slap Shot [25th Anniversary Special Edition] [DVD] [1977]

  • SKU: 4490508
  • Release Date: 03/26/2002
  • Rating: R
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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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (240 out of 245)

Special Features


  • Feature commentary with the Hanson brothers
  • The Hanson brothers' classics scenes
  • Puck Talk with the Hansons
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers

Synopsis


Slap Shot
Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach of a pathetic minor-league American hockey team. His career at a standstill and his marriage in tatters, Dunlop has nothing to lose by taking on a new group of players who are one evolutionary step above Neanderthals. Only when the team begins winning does he decide to get behind these players, and to encourage the rest of the team to play as down-and-dirty as the newcomers. Straight-arrow team member Ned Braden (Michael Ontkean) resents this influx of gonzo talent, preferring to play clean. As the film's multitude of subplots play themselves out, Dunlop does his best to keep the outraged Braden on the team. Slap Shot is the sort of film for which the "R" rating was invented: Its nonstop barrage of profanity and its raunchy action sequences are of such intensity that the film will probably never be shown intact on commercial television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Paul Newman
    Paul Newman - Reggie Dunlop
  • Michael Ontkean
    Michael Ontkean - Ned Braden
  • Lindsay Crouse
    Lindsay Crouse - Lily Braden
  • Jennifer Warren
    Jennifer Warren - Francine Dunlop
  • Jerry Houser
    Jerry Houser - "Killer" Carson



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 245 reviews

98%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Hockey Movie

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    Luscan
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    Truly a poignant film throughout, a quality which, for some reason, is generally not discussed-- as this movie revolves around an aging hockey player-coach with a dead marriage, the failing marriage of his young best player, that player's overall philosophic unhappiness with life (same for his alcoholic wife), the "we're going nowhere" feelings of basically all the players on the team (if not the league), false hopes of a new beginning for the team in another town under financially viable new owners, and more. This movie is about way more than just the funny (and violent) deeds of the Hanson brothers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Hockey Movie Ever!

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    NJSammy
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    If you have never seen Slapshot, you really should. It perfectly captures having a dream but not making it to the top of the profession, and just continuing to chuck away in the minor leagues. Many funny scenes, and a lot of fun. It also really captures the 1970s well - a much freer time than today. This blu-ray is the nicest I've seen the movie and well worth buying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Slapshot, A sports classic

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    bigdave67
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    Slapshot is a classic as far as sports related movies go, Paul Newman does a great job as the player/coach of the team. When he hears of an impending sale of the local mill and that the team is going to be shutdown, he decides he is going to try and see if he can get the team sold somehow. To show that the team isn't going to just roll over and die, he is able to get them to play together and play tough.. sometimes to tough, mostly in part thanks to the Hanson Brothers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Went to the 'fights' and a 'hockey game' broke out

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    moviefanatic
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    A truly funny look at a failing, minor league, hockey club and their management's efforts to build their fan base so they could survive in one of the toughest venues in the world of sport. Really funny sport movie with a bunch of lovable characters headed by Paul Newman in a novel role, which he handles with humorous perfection, as the coach of a bunch of singleminded, rowdy bunch of guys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    In Honor of Don Rickles...

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    GCrazyBoutMovies
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    I had to honor the man who made "hockey puck" a comedy term. This movie ALSO made hockey puck comedy but more for the sport. Face it, you're watching this for the hockey morons and the Hanson Bros (who may or may not be morons according to your definition BUT they're loveable!). Very, very good value for the buck. An absolute steal at $5.99... Get this -- or you really ARE a hockey puck!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Slap Shot

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    Hoppy
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    After viewing this flick I remembered that the flick wasn't great when it was originally released, and therefore it's not going to get better with age. I picked this up becasue I vaguely remeber the Hansen brothers bringing some life to this movie... unfortunately not enough!!! Ok to have if you're building the movie library with some bargin movies but it does look dated from the story telling aspect.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Funny to a younger me

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    Schooter
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    I remember watching this movie when I was younger and thinking it was hysterical. Now that I'm older, it's just kinda, okay. My humor has evolved from this level to something more substantial, so no, not so great. Of course, it was in the $3.99 bin, so what was I expecting?

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic movie

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    Laronvas
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    The actors are great, story is great. This just reminds me of so many classic movies from the 70's and 80's that only show their age in the clothes and world. The story, dialogue, and actors make this a timeless classic to be. You don't have to love hockey to appreciate the movie but it definitely adds to the overall film.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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