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Slap Shot Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Universal Studios | 1977 | 123 min | Rated R | Oct 15, 2013

Slap Shot (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (31.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: DTS 2.0
French: DTS 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
UV digital copy
Digital copy (as download)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

Price
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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
Based on 1 user review

Movie appeal

 
Sport100%
Comedy61%
Drama-
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Slap Shot

 (1977)

Slap Shot Blu-ray delivers stunning video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Paul Newman stars as (Reggie 'Reg' Dunlop) the coach of the Chiefs, a struggling minor-league hockey team. To build up attendance at their games, management signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.

For more about Slap Shot and the Slap Shot Blu-ray release, see Slap Shot Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse, Jerry Houser
Director: George Roy Hill

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Slap Shot Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Director George Roy Hill has long gotten the unfair rap of having no visual style, probably because he had the bad luck to make films in the era when visionaries like Scorsese, Spielberg, Ashby and Coppola were redefining the look of cinema. Still, with the help of Victor Kemper, one of the essential cinematographers of the Seventies (Dog Day Afternoon, Coma, . . .And Justice for All, to name just a few), Hill created a distinctive and appropriate visual vocabulary for Slap Shot. The urban and interior scenes have the dull, subdued, naturalistic look that instantly marks the film as a product of the Seventies. (So do the fashions worn by Newman and the other players, which were tacky even by standards of the era.) Colors are generally bland, and the image typically lacks depth. On the ice, by contrast, or in any activity directly related to the game, the image brightens with higher contrast and more saturated primary colors enter the picture, whether on team uniforms, or red-white-and-blue bunting or just the yellow of a booster bus. The image gains greater depth, and there's never any question what makes these players feel most alive.

Universal's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray represents a welcome departure from the studio's frequent tendency to make its catalog titles look more like video than film. Working from well-maintained (or well-restored) source material, the studio has produced a sharply detailed transfer with a fine-grained, film-like texture that doesn't suffer from the artificial sharpening that has unnecessarily polished so many previous Universal catalog releases. Black levels and contrast look correct, and color saturation varies from the drabness of downtown Charlestown to the saturation of the Chiefs' best uniforms. You can see the film's grain pattern if you look for it, and it doesn't appear to have been stripped or reduced, just captured and gently reproduced in pixels. At an average bitrate of 31.99 Mbps, there's plenty of bandwidth to handle the players whizzing around the ice, bashing each other with everything they've got.


Slap Shot Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Slap Shot's original mono sound mix is presented in lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0, with identical left and right front channels. As mono mixes from the era go, it's one of the better ones, with good fidelity, decent dynamic range and an energetic presence, especially during the hockey sequences, where the body blows, stick hits, punches, stomps, scrapes and other sounds of violence register with appropriate impact. The dialogue is generally clear, although some of the non-professionals tend to slur their words.

No original musical scoring was created; the music is all source-derived and consists of contemporary pop tunes that have been expertly chosen for their sound and thematic content. Many of these were replaced in earlier video versions, but as far as I can tell, the original selections are all here. (If anyone notices a replacement, please contact me directly so that I can add it to the review.) Some of the notable songs are: Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"; Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"; and Maxine Nightingale's "Right Back Where We Started From".



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