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Format: HD DVD
Sku: 204735302
UPC: 097361309408
UPC 14: 00097361309408
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Kick Some Ice.
Blades of Glory is pure hilarity, a gold medal comedy winner staring comic superstar Will Ferrell (Talladega Nights) and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite). Bitter figure skating rivals Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) brawl after tying for the gold medal at the world championships. Banned for life from men's competition, these archrivals beat the system thanks to a loophole that allows them skate again--in pairs competition!

"Blissfully silly, triumphantly tasteless and improbably hilarious.  Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"...the triple axel of comedy.  John Anderson, Variety
"...puts a goofy smile on your face with the premise alone -- and keeps it planted there right until its wacky finale.  Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

Editor's Note
Two comedic heavy hitters, Will Ferrell (ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY) and Jon Heder (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE), join forces to push the boundaries of slapstick with their ice-skating farce, BLADES OF GLORY. Rival skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) begrudgingly set out to attempt a historical comeback in the pair-skating program after being banned in the men's figure skating category after an unsportsmanlike scuffle. MacElroy's former coach (Craig T. Nelson) provides them with the tough-love coaching they so desperately need. Despite their absurdity, the duo aren't previous award winners for nothing, and their combined talent threatens the position of fellow American skating champions--brother and sister pair-skating team Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg, who are played by real-life husband and wife Will Arnett (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) and Amy Poehler (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE). But while Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg may turn on the charm for their adoring public, they reveal their true colors as they connive to sabotage Michaels and MacElroy in their efforts to regain the championship.

Ferrell's turn as the loud-talking, ego-swelling, hard-partying sex-addict skater is an abrasive and shrilling contrast to Heder's innocent, cherub-faced prodigal son. Poehler and Arnett are splendid as the biting antagonists, and demonstrate a masterful understanding of how to portray characters full of spite and self-indulgence. BLADES OF GLORY is full of gut-busting wisecracks and painfully funny imagery, and will undoubtedly leave fans hoping that Ferrell and Heder will team up again for more hilarity and outlandish entertainment.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/28/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 130940
Video UPC UPC: 00097361309408
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Blades of Glory - DVD Review
By: David Thomas filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/17/2007 6:00 PM
No one in the film, in fact, is really trying out anything new. Screenwriters Jeff and Craig Cox have the Dodgeball formula down while directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck cultivate the silly atmosphere that make any number of Ferrell's vehicles click. It may seem like faint praise to deem Blades of Glory par for the course, but when the par is that funny, it's no mean feat...read the full review
Expert Review Blades of Glory - DVD Review
By: Franck Tabouring Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/31/2007 8:23 PM
I have to admit, when I first heard about the premise of the movie, all I expected was yet another embarrassing slapstick comedy stuffed with tasteless humor and homophobic jokes. Surprisingly, such is not the case, and the concept of two men pairing up to skate has quite a different intention than, let's say, Kevin James and Adam Sandler's fake marriage in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. ...read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Amy Poehler
Video Cast Info Andy Richter
Video Cast Info Craig T. Nelson
Video Cast Info Jenna Fischer
Video Cast Info Jon Heder
Video Cast Info Romany Malco
Video Cast Info Will Arnett
Video Cast Info Will Ferrell
Video Cast Info Ben Stiller - Producer
Video Cast Info Craig Cox, et. al. - Based On Story By
Video Cast Info Jeff Cox, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Josh Gordon - Director
Video Cast Info Marty P. Ewing - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Melissa Ritter - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Richard Pearson - Editor
Video Cast Info Seth Reed - Art Director
Video Cast Info Stefan Czapsky - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Theodore Shapiro - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Will Speck - Director

Awards


Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Blades of Glory, Best Movie
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Will Ferrell, Best Comedic Performance
   Video Award Name MTV Award, Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Best Fight

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"Mr. Ferrell and Mr. Heder strike an early claim to being the comedy couple of the year..." 03/30/3007 p.E12

Entertainment Weekly
"[Arnett] gives his evil skating dandy a touch of antic depravity....BLADES OF GLORY has funny moves..." 04/06/2007 p.54-55

Box Office
"Paired with Jon Heder as the first male-male figure skating team, Will Ferrell cuts a funny figure..." 06/01/2007 p.90

Sight and Sound
"[A]n enjoyably silly send-up of the preening Lycra-clad antics of the ice-skating world." 06/01/2007 p.48

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "The skating sequences are hilarious, and the two leads play off each other beautifully....This is a gem of a comedy that you'll want to watch over and over." 08/01/2007 p.94

FilmCritic.com 7 of 10
Somewhere along the line, it was theorized that Will Ferrell as an athlete is inherently funny. Fortunately for Blades of Glory, which continues the sports farce oeuvre he began with Kicking and Screaming and Talladega Nights (and will extend with the upcoming Semi-Pro), that assumption appears to be correct...For his part, Ferrell is pretty much on autopilot, which is no obstacle to the funny. Ferrell's phoned in performances pack more laughs than most comedians' labored efforts...No one in the film, in fact, is really trying out anything new. Screenwriters Jeff and Craig Cox have the Dodgeball formula down while directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck cultivate the silly atmosphere that make any number of Ferrell's vehicles click. It may seem like faint praise to deem Blades of Glory par for the course, but when the par is that funny, it's no mean feat. - David Thomas

Reel.com 9 of 10
Who would have thought that The Cutting Edge, the 1992 romantic drama starring Moira Kelly and D.B. Sweeney as bickering would-be Olympic figure skaters could ever provide a template for a Will Ferrell comedy? And yet it is all there in the spectacularly silly laugh riot Blades of Glory...Talk about your miracles on ice. Somehow the screenwriters have taken a drippy love story and utterly transformed it...[Ferrell and Heder] are superb physical comedians who don't mind looking foolish. That lack of self-consciousness is an ace in the hole, building laugh upon laugh...Sure, no one is going to remember Blades of Glory come Oscar time, but it's not that type of movie. But as a piece of popcorn entertainment, it really is cutting edge. If there was an Olympics for purely fun movies, this would skate away with one of those pretty medals. - Pam Grady

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