Blades of Glory (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy / Sports
Paramount || PG13 - 93 minutes - $29.99 || August 28, 2007
Reviewer: Elyusha Vafaeisefat || Posted On: 2007-08-27


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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

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: 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 Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Blades of Glory is the latest addition to what has become a new genre of slapstick comedy filmmaking. That is, take an obscure sport or activity and then make a comedy around it and chances are either Ben Stiller or Will Ferrell will be involved. Movies like Dodgeball, Nacho Libre, Hot Rod, The Ringer and the upcoming Balls of Fury all fall in this category of comedy filmmaking. Going into the film I knew exactly what to expect, tons of jokes that either be really funny or fall flat on their faces, at least one joke involving male organs and finally Will Ferrell with his shirt off in some way.

As it is with all these types of films, the story really does not make any sense and only works as a way to give the film some kind of focus and an excuse to make endless jokes. The story of the film involves two pro male figure skaters who are banned from competing in professional skating and are stripped of their gold medals because of their outrageous antics. However, they soon figure out that they are banned from singles competitions but not from pairs competitions so they agree to become a team despite the dislike for one another. Will Ferrell is once again Will Ferrell in the movie and brings exactly what we expect of him after so many of these types of films. Jon Heder on the other hand is once again still in Napoleon Dynamite mode and it seems he will be there as long as people get sick of him.

The film is no doubt entertaining despite the outrageous storyline and does have some good supporting performances from Will Arnett and Amy Poehler who play the main competition against Ferrell and Heder. Rounding out the cast are funny performances from Craig T. Nelson (who pretty much is Rip Torn from Dodgeball), Jenna Fischer (who most people know from "The Office") and William Fichtner, who is one of my personal favorite character actors working in Hollywood right now. Co-directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon do a solid job with directing their fist feature film although it doesn't seem very difficult to direct a film of this nature because of the experienced cast.

People who enjoy Will Ferrell type of humor or like this type of slapstick humor will no doubt have fun watching Blades of Glory.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Return to Glory: The Making of "Blades" is a 15 minute look at the making of the film. Topics such as how the cast and crew got involved in making the film as well as the cast having fun with naming their top 20 skaters of all time are covered.

Celebrities on Thin Ice is a 6 minute look at how the cast had to train for the skating scenes as well as some of the choreography involved in the larger sequences.

Next is Cooler than Ice: The Super-Sexy Costumes of Skating which runs 4 minutes. Costume designer Julie Weiss talks about how they had fun with the various costumes used in the film.

Arnett and Poehler: A Family Affair is a 6 minute interview with the real life married comedians. The interview seems as if it is all improvised as several absurd topics are discussed.

20 Questions with Scott Hamilton is a 5 minute interview with the real legendary figure skater. The interview begins as a normal one and then gradually gets more and more absurd. Topics like does blood bounce on ice, skated and ninja swords as well as dragons ice skating are covered in this interview.

Hector: Portrait of a Psychofan is a continuation of the character of Hector from the film and his obsession with Jimmy, the Jon Heder character.

The DVD also includes 4 deleted scenes which run about 9 minutes total. The scenes are actually quite funny but it is obvious to see why they cut them from the film because it would have slowed down the pacing greatly. These types of scenes are perfect for DVD's because it still allows the filmmakers to let fans of the film see more footage of the film.

The DVD also has about 8 minutes of Alternate Takes which is just more Will Ferrell improvising as well as the rest of the cast having fun with some of the dialogue.

Moviefone Unscripted with Will Ferrell, Jon Heder and Will Arnett is a 10 minute interview with the three actors about the film. As the title suggests, the interview is unscripted and is fun to watch if you enjoy the style of humor from the three actors.

Rounding out the extras is a Bo Bice music video, a 2 minute gag reel, 3 MTV interstitials, photo galleries and previews for Bee Movie, Transformers and Shrek the Third.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

As one would expect for these types of films, the video and audio transfers are nothing special and good enough. There weren't any noticeable problems with either the audio or video transfers for the film. The film is shown in an 1.85 aspect ratio and the audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 surround with options for the same in French and Spanish.



.::OVERALL::.

The DVD producers did a solid job with putting the DVD together for the film. It would have been nice to hear a commentary from the cast and crew but for the most part, the extras are funny and put together fairly well.

The film itself is entertaining for the most part and the 93 minute runtime goes by fairly quickly which is always nice for films of this nature. As mentioned earlier, if you enjoy Will Ferrell's comedy style or were a fan of films like Dodgeball, Nacho Libre or even Napoleon Dynamite, this film is most definitely up your alley.