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Sledge Hammer! The Complete Series (1988)

David Rasche , Harrison Page , Bill Bixby , Charles Braverman  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Rasche, Harrison Page, Anne-Marie Martin
  • Directors: Bill Bixby, Charles Braverman, Jackie Cooper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 1025 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NKIPUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sledge Hammer! The Complete Series" on IMDb

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If this is law enforcement, God help us all! Rebel cop, Sledge Hammer (David Rasche) is everyone’s favorite trigger-happy lawman and a one-man crusade against crime. His extreme, unorthodox methods which include, firing warning shots at jaywalkers, dragging suspects around parking lots by his rear bumper until they confess, blasting a building-demolishing bazooka shot at a sniper, and talking to his .44 Magnum have gotten him suspended from the force more times than he can remember… but he gets results! Harrison Page and Anne-Marie Martin co-star in this hilariously deranged lampoon of Dirty Harry. This special collection includes both seasons from Sledge Hammer!, one of the funniest, most notorious series in television history whose rabid cult of fans grows to this day.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
For two glorious seasons from 1986-1988, television had a hero you could really count on and his name was Sledge Hammer. The sexist and clueless exploits of Sledge were unlike anything else in the sitcom landscape at the time and the network was never quite sure what to make of the show. Facing cancellation after its first year, the creators quite literally decided to go out with a bang. The conclusion was so dramatic and devastating that when the show was unexpectedly picked up for Season Two, it came back with an anachronistic disclaimer (saying that the show was now set 5 years prior to the Season One finale) and acted like everything was business as usual. It was daffy and made absolutely no sense, and yet it was strangely perfect. But that's the way things are in the world of "Sledge Hammer!" The only thing that could keep him down was his time slot rival, television's number one comedy "The Cosby Show."

DVD Details: This is the first time that the two seasons (41 episodes over 5 discs) of "Sledge Hammer!" will be available as the Complete Collection. Sadly, though, this Image reissue is what you'd call bare. None of the bonus extras that were included on the individual seasons released by Anchor Bay are being included. I'm not sure why such a decision was made, but if you own the previously released versions--this is not an upgrade! If you are new to "Sledge Hammer!" however, this is an opportunity to pick up all the episodes at a lower price point if you can't get the other version or if you don't particularly care about special features. Also, no subtitles or closed captions.

"Sledge Hammer!" is essentially a riotous parody of the Dirty Harry movies in particular and pop culture's fascination with gratuitous violence in general.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star show, less than perfect presentation December 21, 2011
By KISSfan
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I was thrilled when I saw the entire Sledge Hammer series was going to be available in one set. This was one of my favorite shows at the time and I haven't seen the majority of the episodes since they first aired. When I got the set and opened it, the first thing I noticed was the lack of an insert paper. No episode list. No idea how many episodes per disc. Nothing. What if I wanted to watch a couple episodes I remembered enjoying first? Oh well, not really a huge deal. I just started off with the first disc and watched them in order. That's when the picture quality hit me. Most episodes are like watching a VHS transfer.

The show itself? It's a great mix of Dirty Harry and Police Squad with David Rasche as Inspector Sledge Hammer and Anne-Marie Martin as his partner Detective Dori Doreau. She is the intelligent, sensitive and competent half of this duo. Sledge Hammers idea of taking out a gunman on the roof involves blowing it up with a bazooka. Harrison Page plays Hammer's eternally angry supervisor, Captain Trunks. Other guest appearances throughout the series include Adam Ant, Sid Haig, Norman Fell, Richard Moll, Armin Shimmerman and Ray Walston.

I give the series itself five stars, but unfortunately have to knock a couple off for video quality, lack of inserts and no real special features to speak of.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Trust Me. I Know What I'm Doing." January 4, 2012
By Barry
"Sledge Hammer" is one of those great, lost TV shows with a wonderful cult following. A show that was so inspired, so ahead of it's time, so great, that it was bound to struggle in the ratings and have a short life on television. It's truly one of the great "Cut before their time" shows. Thankfully, the show's rabid fans and cult base have never given up on the show, and it was released on DVD a few years ago. Now, you get this one stop shopping collection right here with the entire 2 seasons and 41 episodes all in one package.

Premiering in 1986, "Sledge Hammer" was a half hour cop show that was obviously a spoof on Dirty Harry. It starred Inspector Sledge Hammer (David rasche), a hard boiled San Francisco cop who loves violence, his gun, getting the chance to shoot or blow up something, and is quite insensitive, rude, and sexist. Oddly enough, he is very llikeable. Go figure. In the premiere episode, he is partnered up with Dori Doreau (Anne-Marie Martin). The series followed the two from one crime to the other, with their captain, Capt. Trunk (Harrison Page) trying to hold his temper and blood pressure from the always dangerous, clueless, and destruction causing Hammer.

Featuring a kick butt theme song by Danny Elfman, this collection is a laugh riot from start to finish. There is a lot of fun in watching Rasche brilliantly bring the gun loving, mayhem causing Hammer to life. You can tell he relishes the role and delivers it all straight, which makes it all the funnier. The premiere episode is titled "Under The Gun", although on the disc it's listed as just "Sledge Hammer!". The debut episode sets it up nicely. We instantly get a sense of who Sledge is, and is quickly partnered with Doreau.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sledge Hammer is one of my all time favorites! September 3, 2013
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My Dad and I loved the Sledge Hammer series! We would talk about the last episode we saw, and would laugh & laugh. My Dad passed away in 2001. When I discovered that Sledge Hammer was available on DVD, I was absolutely thrilled! As I watch the different episodes, I recall certain things in each episode that my Dad and I laughed over and it brings back great memories! The actors chosen for their characters were so perfect! I know they show they are from the 1980's with the cars, the phones, the hair styles etc, but I loved it then and they don't bother me at all, I love to laugh!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!
Great fun! Refreshing. Happy endings, genuine chuckles in every episode, Highly recomended
Published 2 hours ago by April Helmuth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 4 days ago by Henry Abell
5.0 out of 5 stars "Trust me.. I know what I'm doing!
"Trust me.. I know what I'm doing!"
Published 6 days ago by dutchhome
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 27 days ago by Starfleetguy
3.0 out of 5 stars Bring the Hammer!
Great 80's cheese. I've shown it to friends that missed it back in the day and everyone has laughed. This is not Oscar winning stuff but it wasn't supposed to be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Show Ever
I could not believe I was able to find this show on Amazon at such a convinient price. For folks who like 80's satiric shows, look no further.
Published 1 month ago by Edward J Galllagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Cop show ever!!
A true gem of classic 80's T.V. that should have gone on longer. If you love slap stick comedy and outrageous situations then this show delivers them in spades!!
Published 3 months ago by B. Saulsgiver
4.0 out of 5 stars trust me.. i know what iam doing
Sledge Hammer the man only knows how to handle situations one way ...am i talking to my gun .... Bang ! talk about it later... only two seasons ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nikki W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD Purchase
I received the dvd set and wanted to start by watching the first episode or two...instead I watched the first five episodes without taking a break. Entertaining! Read more
Published 4 months ago by noyuppie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic show
I would love to see a reboot of this show but do not think audiences or modern brainless tv watchers would get it even today. Great satire and great humor.
Published 5 months ago by Christopher
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