Blades of Glory (2007) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Sports
Paramount || PG13 - 93 minutes - $29.99 || June 3, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-05-28


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Writer(s): Jeff Cox & Craig Cox and John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky (screenplay), Craig Cox & Jeff Cox & Busy Philipps (story)
Cast: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, William Fichtner, Craig T. Nelson


Theatrical Release Date: March 30, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Return to Glory: The Making of Blades
  • Celebrities on Thin Ice
  • Cooler Than Ice: The Super-Sexy Costumes of Skating
  • Arnett and Poehler: A Family Affair
  • 20 Questions with Scott Hamilton
  • Hector: Portrait of a Psychofan
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Takes
  • Moviefone Unscripted
  • Music Video
  • Gag Reel
  • MTV Interstitials
  • Photo Galleries


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Synopsis (back cover): Bitter figure skating rivals Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy brawl after tying for the gold medal at the world championships. Banned for life from men's competition, these arch rivals beat the system thanks to a loophole that allows them to skate again - in pairs competition!

Blades of Glory is an entertaining comedy film starring Will Ferrell (“SNL”, Anchorman) and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as Olympic Ice-Skaters competing together to win the gold.

The film stars Will Ferrell as Chazz Michael Michaels an Ice Skater who is more rugged and tough then his direct competition Jimmy MacElroy who appears to be a bit more feminine and softer. After they tie a skating competition, a fight erupts between the two and both are banned from Men's figure skating for life. After a few years, Hector (Nick Swardson) who is Jimmy's stalker, lets him know of a loophole that will allow him to skate once again in teams. The only problem is finding someone who can skate just as good as Jimmy....and there enters his enemy Chazz. Soon both are practicing together with the help of Jimmy's Coach (Craig T. Nelson) to win the gold. The only thing standing in their way of winning is the Team of van Waldenberg's, a brother-sister team (Played by real life married couple Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) that appear to be a little too close for comfort and their younger sister Katie (Jenna Fischer).

The film joins some of the more recent Will Ferrell Sport-type comedy films like Dodgeball, Hot Rod, Semi Pro and Talladega Nights. While many compared this film to Talladega Nights, I don't see much in common except for it being a sport/buddy comedy. While I hated Talladega Nights and found it incredibly boring, Blades brings the laugh many times over. Ferrell and Heder show a great chemistry together and Heder really breaks out of the Napoleon Dynamite-like effect he has been receiving. Jenna Fischer is a dream to watch and looks spectacular in the hotel scene.

As much flak as the film received I really enjoyed Blades of Glory on my now third viewing of it. Of course I also enjoyed other sport-comedy flops like Hot Rod and Dodgeball so maybe that's why. It’s definitely a film that grows on you as I enjoyed it more the third time watching it then first two. While some of the special effects look extremely cheesy (on purpose I'm sure), the film is still a great 93 minutes.

This Blu-ray release is very interesting due to the fact it was pulled just 8 days before its release. On Monday, August 20th 2007, Paramount announced they would be backing HD DVD exclusively and would no longer release any movies on the Blu-ray format. This title (as well as Face/Off) was apparently pulled before it reached retail shelves (albeit a few were rumored to sneak out) and put in storage until Paramount came back to the Blu-ray format. I'll save you all the drama that happened in between, but this release is identical to the HD DVD release with the exception of having a TrueHD track instead of Dolby Digital+. After comparing both my HD DVD copy and this Blu-ray release I could tell no difference between the two. I watched (and re-watched) several scenes and both sounded identical. I'm sure the 'peaks' are higher on this Blu-ray release, but your ears will not be able to tell the difference. If you already have the HD DVD copy of Blades and plan on keeping you're HD DVD player, keep the disc.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Return to Glory: The Making of Blades (14:45; HD) - A fun look at the making of Blades. Recommended Watch!

Celebrities of Thin Ice (6:00; HD) - A look at the people who showed out stars how to skate.

Cooler Than Ice: The Super-Sexy Costumes of Skating (4:36; HD) - This shows an in-depth, yet short look at the making of the costumes and the things that inspired them.

Arnett and Poehler - A Family Affair (5:45; HD) - A pretty funny discussion with real life married couple Arnett and Poehler. Recommended Watch!

20 Questions with Scott Hamilton (5:00; HD) - The DVD producer sits down with Scott Hamilton to ask him, well, 20 questions.

Hector - Portrait of a Psychofan (3:20; HD) - This is...very disturbing. I'm a fan of Nick Swardson so this feature was pretty neat. Recommended Watch!

Moviephone Unscripted with Will Farrell, Jon Heder and Will Arnett (9:50; SD) - As the title suggests, this is an unscripted feature that has the 3 cast members just chatting.

Deleted Scenes (14:45; HD) - This feature includes 4 deleted scenes all of which were cut for time. While they were funny, they would have made the film a bit too long. Recommended Watch!

Alternate Takes (8:38; HD) - This is pretty much Will Ferrell improvising his line.

A Gag Reel (2:07; HD), Photo Gallery, horrific Bo Bice Music Video (4:40; SD) and something called MTV Interstitials (1:30; SD) round things out.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Blades of Glory is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) 1080p on a 50GB Disc. This Blu-ray release is identical to the HD DVD release in Picture quality. I found blacks to be fairly impressive and only a few instances of grain. The colors on both Michaels and MacElroy's various suits looked great and any scene that involved the fake "news" made this movie look like a feature on ESPN HD.

Paramount has changed it around a bit for this Blu-ray release and included a Dolby Digital 5.1 TrueHD track as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in English, French and Spanish. As I noted above in my brief comparison between the formats, the TrueHD track sounds identical to the DD+ track on the previous HD DVD release. Granted, I'm just an average reviewer with average sound setup, but I couldn't tell with one sounded better after doing several A/B tests. Regardless, the TrueHD track is very impressive as we are greeted several times with rock music and other neat effects. I really enjoyed the last routine where both Michaels and MacElroy were clinging each other’s skates together.



.::OVERALL::.

Blades of Glory runs like a “SNL” jokes that has been stretched out to a motion picture. While "SNL" has failed several times doing this (The Ladies Man, Superstar) they have also succeeded (Wayne’s World, Night at the Roxbury). If this were a SNL film, I would have been right up there in the ranks with Wayne’s World as it’s a hysterical film that will keep you laughing for all of its 93 minutes. Couple that with a terrific selection of special features makes this a great purchase on Blu-ray.