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on August 24, 2012
I recently purchased the Blu-ray version of "Blades of Glory" that was released in the United Kingdom and although it is described as a Region B (Europe), the disc and all of the extra features, are apparently Region-free, because it played flawlessly on my Region-A-only Blu-ray player. Amazon lumps all of these reviews together, but the Blu-rays released in Europe have slightly thicker blu-ray cases and usually include the European rating as a number that is diplayed on the lower left hand corner, in this case, a "12", which is roughly equivalent to our PG-13.

The Blu-ray video and audio are fantastic, and of course, the movie itself is a hoot. If you are a figure skating fan (or even if you are not), you will enjoy all of the fun and silliness that only Will Ferrell can provide. Thank God the movie is NOT rated R. The humor is a little on the edge, but it still quite clean, no F-bomb, etc.

There are two Blu-ray listings for this movie on Amazon. The original, Region-A (U.S. & Canada) is quite expensive (it must be out of production, for some reason, the movie is not that old, 2006), and the Region-free U.K. version that I am describing here(which will play on the U.S. players) is a much cheaper alternative--same movie, same extras.
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on February 23, 2016
Fire and Ice
Genius casting, original plot, perfectly compatible soundtrack, and a wonderfully comedic script all contribute to make Blades of Glory a timeless, “never gets old” type of movie. Chazz Michael Michaels, “an ice devouring sex tornado”, and Jimmy MacElroy, “skating’s little orphan awesome”, pair up to create the biggest scandal in figure skating yet.
After years of quarreling build up to a physical altercation that leads to the two being stripped of their gold medals and banned from figure skating for life, they find a loophole in the rule book and register together in pairs figure skating. Despite butting heads regularly, Jimmy and Chazz begin to form a bond over Jimmy’s crush on Katie Van Waldenburg, sister of their competitors Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenburg. Jimmy and Chazz have clashing personalities in every aspect, but manage to form an unbreakable friendship and build their skills as they attempt the most dangerous feat in skating history, the Iron Lotus all while refuting the sabotage attempts being laid out by the Van Waldenburg’s. The only question is, will they execute the move and not each other?
Will Ferrell plays sex addicted Chazz Michael Michaels, and makes every scene so believable that you forget he’s also played characters like Buddy the Elf and Ricky Bobby. He absorbs the role with facial expressions and grunts of exhaustion that take his acting to a whole new level, particularly the strain heard in his voice when he breaks his ankle. Jon Heder plays Jimmy MacElroy, a role not so different than that of Napoleon Dynamite. Heder suits his role perfectly with his natural awkwardness and innocence, easily seen in his line, “I got my face painted at the blueberry festival one year”. Also recognizable is Amy Poehler as Fairchild Van Waldenburg. Poehler portrays her character’s personality with perfect facial expressions that radiate with jealousy and bring the character to life. Each actor/actress delivers their lines with purpose and direction, emphasizing their character’s individual mannerisms and personality.
A good soundtrack can grant significant improvement to any movie. George Drakoulias, music supervisor for Blades of Glory, carefully assigns each scene with a song to convey the mood that he wants the audience to feel. In particular, the various skating scenes in the movie are matched up with music that fits not only the routine but also the respective personalities of the characters performing the routine.
Along with great actors and an awesome soundtrack, Blades of Glory was given a well-written and comedic script. The script was crafted so well that you’ll find yourself quoting line after line, which gives the movie a fun, timeless quality. The movie is so quotable that Kanye West and Jay-Z inserted sound bits from the movie into one of their songs, they used a conversation between Chazz and Jimmy, “I don’t even know what that means… No one knows what it means, but it's provocative… No, it's not, it's gross...It gets the people going!” This can be accredited to the brilliant screenwriters Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler, who have worked together in the past writing scripts for things like Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill.
From the sex jokes delivered by Will Ferrell, the innocence portrayed by Jon Heder, and the antics carried out by Amy Poehler, the film is truly one of Fire and Ice, which coincides with the theme for Chazz and Jimmy’s first pairs skating routine. Blades of Glory is 93 minutes of comedy, figure skating, and friendship that you’ll be quoting for years to come.
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I loved Jon Heder in "Napoleon Dynamite" and have found Will Ferrell funny for years. I didn't expect this to be groundbreaking cinema, and it's not, but it is mindlessly entertaining and frequently hilarious, if a bit predictable and formulaic.

Will Ferrell plays Chazz Michael Michaels, a tough, dumb skater from the streets of Detroit who is apt to say ridiculous things (my title is one of his quotes; likewise he thinks Louis Armstrong went to the moon). Jon Heder plays Jimmy MacElroy, an effeminate rich pretty-boy who has always led a pampered lifestyle. They get into a fight at an awards ceremony and are banned from men's skating for life...or are they? Of course the plot requires that there be a loophole in the rules, and the loophole is that they aren't barred from skating in pairs' competition.

The two former enemies learn to get along through a cavalcade of entirely predictable, yet amusing, confrontations and situations and eventually become pairs' champions despite the nefarious tactics used by their evil opponents. There are many entertaining lines in the film, more than a few of which come from the color commentators (who include Scott Hamilton; "These guys put the 'bone' in 'Zamboni!'"), and Craig T. Nelson, who is hysterical as their coach.

Parts of the film are simply stupid (the "flying skates" segment at the end comes foremost to mind), but parts are inspired comedy (Nelson's journey into the dark world of North Korean figure skating was inspired). While the movie isn't exactly "Citizen Kane," it does deliver consistent laughs.
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on March 5, 2017
Brilliant, hilarious, dare I say it -- heartwarming! Works on many levels. Fabulous costumes and skating scenes too. My favorite comedy, deserves classic/genius status. Said to be jock humor, which a lot of it is, but not objectionable. (For me, that's saying a lot!) In watching the outtakes, I agreed 100% with the decision to leave out those scenes; they would have spoiled it. Only quibble is that they should have had SOMETHING with Darren at the end. (There was, in the outtake. They could have used it but left out Hector.) My eternal gratitude to everyone concerned with the creation of this masterpiece.
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on September 18, 2013
This film does give us that stereotypical plotline about the underdog team coming together, overcoming all obstacles and nefairious opponents, and winning the championships (sorry if I spoiled it for you there...the sport is the film is ice skating, by the way.) But with Will Ferrell starring, this film is anything but "average" or "ordinary"...just watch the scene where he's drunk at the kiddie ice show...if you're not busting a gut, you may need to have your head examined. As a sidenote, I will say that this film doesn't measure up to Taladegia Knights, a film of Will Ferrell's that was so amazing that I will be comparing all his past, present, and future works to it from now on. This film definetely holds it's own in that catagory. Playing opposite Mr. Ferrell is Jon Heder as the "leading lady" (watch the film to get the joke there.) As another sidenote, I was highly impressed when I found out that Mr. Heder actually speaks Japanese fluently and didn't just learn enough for that scene...I just like when an actor brings something extra like that to a production. Oh, and sorry about your ankle, Mr. Heder. Anyway, these two were the highlight of the movie (shocking since they were it's stars, but those titles were well-earned.) Playing opposite them were Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, a real-life married couple who played siblings for the film (can't quite wrap my head around that one...they did come off creepy, which I guess was the point.) Playing this dasderly duo's younger sister is Jenna Fischer. While I have no doubt that Miss Fischer has talent as an actress, I didn't really buy into the innocence and timidness that she was trying to portray...I think it worked better for Jon Heder's character. But in my book, none of these characters could surpass the performance given by Craig T. Nelson, the coach for the underdog skating team. As a former athlete, I have seen my fair share of coaches and how they behave. Mr. Nelson aserts himself as an authoritative presence as any coach should while adding just enough comedic characteristics to make me wanna keep watching him...if there's ever a sequel to this film, it should just be him coaching. Overall, this film is better than the stereotypical underdog film because of it's comedy and the cast bringing that comedy to us. If ever there was a film to buy and keep in this catagory, Blades of Glory is it.
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on February 15, 2016
This was a really funny movie that moves fast and keeps you entertained the whole way. It kind of reminds me of like a spoof on the whole Tanya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan scandle, but with guys. Also, they find a way to come back and it's quite different. The moves they use, the tricks, the dances, are hilarious because they are either so cheesy or meant for a guy ad girl or so ridiculous that you'll cringe and then die laughing. It's got a good story line and definite good guys and bad guys and heart felt moments and really good actors. A lot of them. And I'm not sure but there might even be a Nancy Kerrigan cameo in front of the board for ice skating...not 100% sure on that but she looked like her a lot and it would be cool and funny if she did.
Anyways I definitely recommend it. Happy watching!
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on March 29, 2016
This is probably my favorite movie of Will Ferrell. My wife use to figure skate competitively which is why she was turned on to the movie in the first place but quickly has become one of my top 10 favorites, no kidding. Granted I've seen it about 50 times, and almost know the entire movie by hart, but still, the one liners fit into almost any situation in life and its one of those movies you can watch over and over again. Some friends of mine agree with me, some don't, that's fine, but I will maintain that this is a movie for anyone who memorizes movie lines, or enjoyed really brainless movies that are awesome.
"God bless you Jimmy, God bless your heart. Boom!"
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on June 19, 2015
Fiery Blades of Amazingness. A classic and brilliant movie. Do yourself a favor and watch it with an ice skating fan....there are a ton of great cameos and nods to this incredible sport. Did I just say that? Whatever. It's seriously a wicked killer movie. Stop reading this and go love it all over the place....again and again.
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on September 26, 2015
I wasn't sure about this movie for my twelve year old son, but I wound up laughing as much as he did. Will Ferrell is awesome as always, and Jon Heder is terrific as well.

Ok, it's not going to win an Oscar, but so what? We all need a good laugh once in a while!
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on September 27, 2017
This is such a funny movie. A good laugh for sure....
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