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On New Year’s Day 2011, two of the National Hockey League’s premier teams – the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals – faced off in the open air of Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for the 4th annual NHL Winter Classic, a once-a-year extravaganza that brings stadium-sized audiences, and millionsof TV viewers, into the fast-and-furious realm of pro hockey. Get the inside scoop on all the pre-game preparations – as well as behind-the-scenes footage from both the Winter Classic and a December 23 regular-season preview between the two teams – on a brand-new, four-part 24/7 exclusive.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005M2A4E8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By AFP on December 19, 2011
Format: DVD
First of all: DO NOT buy from HBO. I pre-ordered this and it still did not get here until the 17th. And I made the mistake of paying extra for faster shipping. Fail.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By disappointed on December 25, 2011
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This dvd was a major disappointment! The sound seems to go up and down with each scene and as a previous reviewer pointed out the music is not the same as the original airing. The quality gave this dvd the feel of a bootleg it didn't seem to be as clear as the HBO version. A major disappointment considering how great this was when it aired on tv, but unfortunately if you really enjoyed this ,as I did, then you are stuck buying it.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By lucysnow on November 17, 2011
Format: DVD
This was an amazing series, the color saturation and mic'ed up game footage was superb. The best part about this is the behind the scenes footage. I learned so much about my team, the Pens. How they are coached, the GM and Coach interactions, the coach and his assistant coaches, how they interact at home, how they interact on the plane, pranks, personalities, all beautifully shot in crystal clear images. One of the most moving moments obviously is Ben Lovejoy's hat trick: the goal, the assist and the puck to the face. He's so proud of his gameplay and winning the player of the game trophy the Pens give out. His first goal is something to tell his kids about, it brought me to tears. At the end of the year Coach Bylsma won the Jack Adams award, you'll see why when you watch this series. Lets Go Pens!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tsugua on December 13, 2011
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Couldn't wait for this to come out ever since it was not available on HBO Demand anymore. Pre-ordered it and received it on the first day it was out, super excited to watch. Truly amazing job by HBO. Fully captured the emotional intensity of the sport and the rivalry between the two teams, as well as everything that goes on behind the scenes. I am a huge Caps fan so of course it made it even better that we won the Winter Classic, but either way a very quality series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RC on December 11, 2011
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Love hockey, love HBO, love 24/7. That being said I am from Minnesota, and I am a Wild fan. I can only hope, wish and cross my fingers that someday we are in the winter classic and we get a 24/7 special!!! I bought this on DVD and the picture quality is very good for a DVD.(watched on ps3, used to blu rays) Please HBO if you read this release in BLU RAY!! I would buy another copy on Blu for sure. Player interviews, behind the scenes footage, music, montages are all done to perfection. The only thing i would want is more episodes!!!! I cant get enough. Cant wait for 12.14 the new 24/7 Rangers Flyers! Bottom line, if you like hockey, 24/7, or sports in general, you need this DVD.

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!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on December 8, 2011
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Michael Rubino, DVD Verdict --The Winter Classic has become the marquee event of the National Hockey League. Sure the Stanley Cup isn't on the line, but the pomp, circumstance, and commercialism surrounding it has grown exponentially since the first outdoor game on New Year's Day in Buffalo back in 2008. It's hockey's Wrestlemania.

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.
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