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Throw me for a body slam!
on April 27, 2011
I was so happy to see that Body Slam finally got a DVD release. Technically, this is not a regular release, it's a DVD-R recording from MGM, but still, the disc plays well. No chapter selection, but you can skip around. The DVD extras are at the bare minimum because of its DVD-R format, there is a trailer, which I would assume was from VHS releases since the picture quality and trailer is quite horrendous. As for the movie, picture is pretty crisp for a DVD-R, absolutely no complaints.
And for the film itself, I love it. It's one of those films that gets better the more you watch it. It's definitely very 80's! The story revolves around Dirk Benedict's character, Harry M. Smilac, a sleazy but likable music promoter. Smilac ends up getting into the wrestling business when he mistakes Roddy Piper's character, Quick Rick Roberts, as a musician. Now Smilac is the wrestling's newest manager. This doesn't sit well with Roberts' manager, Captain Lou Morano (ahem, Captain Lou Albano). I'll stop giving away the plot there. Anyway, the movie is just fun to watch. If you're a wrestling fan, there are a TON of cameos - Ric Flair, Classy Freddie Blassie, Sika, Bruno Sammartino, etc...
There's actually a strong supporting cast - John Astin, Barry Gordon (voice of Donatello from TMNT), Tanya Roberts, Charles Nelson Reilly, Kellie Martin, and Billy Barty.
Body Slam also brings in the Rock 'n' Wrestling element with the band "Kick", whom I have never heard of beyond this film. The music isn't bad (again, it's very 80's). Although it may not be saying much, it's the best wrestling movie I've ever seen. I highly recommend Body Slam, especially if you're an old school WWF or NWA fan.