24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic
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Secondly: the DVD is different from the original airing on HBO. All of the bands whose music was featured in 24/7 have been cut out and replaced with generic instrumentation. I realize that for some, it probably won't make a difference but it really bothered me. The music of bands like The xx and Band of Horses coupled with the beautifully shot montages was what really elevated this documentary to another level and separated it from everything else we've seen about hockey. Anyway, like I said, some won't be bothered by this but I felt it significantly changed the feel from cinematic to average. Really disappointed with that.
No extras, either. Clearly that would've been nice, as fans.
Bottom line: If you are a Caps or a Pens fan you will probably still want to own this. But just be warned: no blu-ray, all the good music has been removed and replaced, no extras to speak of.
DVD case is nothing special. The package does not live up to HBO's typical boxes that are always top notch. But this is not to take away from the product at all. Just saying.
PS HBO please release on BLU RAY would love to watch this in HD!
PPS HBO please release all seasons of Hard Knocks on BLU RAY and all 24/7 boxing on BLU RAY!
Last year's Winter Classic, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, was the perfect subject for HBO Sports's award-winning documentary series. 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic is an exhaustive, thrilling, and beautiful look into both the makings of an outdoor spectacle and the human element behind one of the league's biggest rivalries. Calmly narrated by Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the four-part series only covers a few weeks of a lengthy season, but it captures the essence of professional hockey perfectly.
It helps that the Pens and Caps provide a narrative that doesn't need embellishment. The two teams couldn't be more different: at the start of the series, the Penguins are on the top of their conference, and in the middle of a lengthy winning streak. The team's captain and face of the NHL, Sidney Crosby (Sidney Crosby: On The Ice And Beyond), is having a career-high point streak. These flightless birds, led by the steady coaching of Dan Bylsma, are soaring in the first half of their season. The Capitals, however, are tanking. After a stretch of losses, morale is at an all-time low. Alex Ovechkin, the Russian superstar and captain, can't seem to motivate his team to victory. Not helping matters is the oft frazzled and foul-mouthed coach, Bruce Boudreau, whose coaching style isn't quite as inspirational as Kurt Russell in Miracle.Read more ›
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Awesome series. Strengthens my love for the sport and motivates me to fine tune my game and work ethic.Published 15 months ago by AG
It's a great way to get to know the team, and it's a pretty good story. Well made video that was enjoyable.Published 23 months ago by Josie
What an amazing Doc. I love 24/7 I just wish they released more Dvds like this for the boxing etc. A great look into the lives of some of the worlds greatest athletes on the ice.Published 23 months ago by MarkusMaximus
They shipped the movie ground rate when I paid for overnight. The worst part was they tried to make an excuse about weather and then realized it was how they shipped it was the... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Steve