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24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic

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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.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005M2A4E8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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As a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, I really enjoyed this film. However, if I were a Capitals fan, I'd be a little offended that they're shown in such a terrible fashion. Granted if a team is on a losing streak, there's not much you can do to make them look great, but it seems like HBO made the Caps look even worse.

I did enjoy getting to see the locker room and off-ice scenes of both teams' players. It was an interesting insight to how the players live, as most people only get to see them in the 60 minutes they play. It'd be nice to see more films like this, going behind the scenes of different teams.
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I never saw the original HBO showing, so I can't say how many changes there have been, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this DVD.

The cinematography is still excellent, as is the narration, and getting to see into the lives and minds of these coaches and players is worth it. Especially since I, for one, can't find the full series anywhere else.
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wow. an absolute stunning dvd that takes you behind the scenes, on and off the ice. if either one of these teams are you favorite team and you want to feel like your getting to know your players and coaches a little more than this is the dvd for you. even if your just a hockey i would recomend checking this one out. HBO did a phenomenal job with the filming of this show. a def must have for any penguins or capital fan.
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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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The production quality of this series is great. The interviews, behind the scenes footage and game footage are also well done and balanced. I gives a nice behind the scenes look at the game, players, and teams.
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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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