This review is for the Slap Shot blu-ray.
A classic film, still fresh and funny to this day, as well as very realistic. Evokes a lot of sadness, too, re: small industrial towns with their industries going out of business (sound familiar lately?), and the ripple effects on interdependent people and businesses.
[PLOT SPOILER ALERT]
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.
One of the best 1970s films, which is saying a lot. Great cast-- Paul Newman (in one of his best roles), Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean (also in one of his best performances), Lindsey Crouse, Jerry Houser, and M. Emmett Walsh, among others. Stays fresh and relevant with every viewing.
The blu-ray picture is excellent for this time period. As is the sound. The extras are the same as on the 25th Anniversary edition DVD.
Highly-recommended blu-ray on all fronts!