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Blades of Glory (Widescreen Edition) [DVD]

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Bitter figure skating rivals Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElory (Heder) brawl after tying for the gold medal at the world championships. Banned for life from men's competition, these archrivals beat the system thanks to a loophole that allows them to skate again - in pairs competition!


Take two male figure skaters, throw in a preposterous storyline, and you've got Blades of Glory, a surprisingly funny film that almost makes you forgive Will Ferrell for his back-to-back 2005 clunkers Kicking & Screaming and Bewitched. This time around, Ferrell eats the scenery in his role as a sex-addicted, cocky skating champ named Chazz Michael Michaels. When he gets into an on-podium fight with his nemesis and co-gold medallist Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite), both skaters are banned from competing in men's figure-skating events. Forever. Their fall from grace is brutal. Chazz is forced to work for a D-list skating show, while pampered Jimmy is disowned by his wealthy and cold-hearted adoptive father (excellently played by William Fichtner), who only wants to be around winners. When Jimmy points out that he tied for gold, his dad cruelly says, "If I wanted to share, I would've bought you a brother." Flash forward 3-1/2 years and Jimmy's No. 1 stalker Hector (Nick Swardson) says he's found a loophole. Jimmy's been banned from men's singles events, but there's nothing that says he can't compete in pairs skating. After a chance meeting with Chazz, mayhem ensues as the two rivals team up to go against the brother-and-sister team of Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg (played by Will Arnett and his real-life wife, Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live and Mean Girls fame). The Van Waldenbergs will stop at nothing to beat the competition, even if that means literally beating up the competition. They have no qualms manipulating their sweet little sister (Jenna Fischer, The Office) to seduce both men to try to break up the team.

The finale will be no surprise to moviegoers who know that comedies like this aren't set up to make its leading men losers. But there is one brief skating sequence set in North Korea that will surprise (and shock) many viewers because of its brutality. Ferrell and Heder make a great comedy team. Though he has been accused of playing the same role since his breakthrough performance in Napoleon Dynamite and, to a certain extent, plays a similar type of role here, Heder is spot-on as Jimmy. He manages to convey innocence, bitterness, and longing--all within the span of a few seconds and while wearing a peacock unitard (You can understand why Hector is so enthralled with him). Look for guest appearances by real-life skating champs Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, and Sasha Cohen, who gets to sniff Chazz's jockstrap. --Jae-Ha Kim

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Special Features

  • Return to Glory: The Making of "Blades"
  • Celebrities On Thin Ice
  • Cooler Than Ice: The Super-Sexy Costumes of Skating
  • Arnett and Poehler - A Family Affair
  • 20 Questions with Scott Hamilton
  • Hector: Portrait of a Psychofan
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video "Blades of Glory" by Bo Bice
  • Gag Reel
  • Alternate Takes
  • Moviephone unscripted with Will Ferrell, Jon Heder and Will Arnett
  • MTV Interstitials
  • Montage
  • Chazz
  • Stranz & Fairchild
  • Photo Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler
  • Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R7I3XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blades of Glory (Widescreen Edition) [DVD]" on IMDb

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This has got to be one of the funniest movies that I have ever seen. I laughed so hard that I walked out of this movie feeling as if I had done 200 crunches. There were very few low points in which the humor died down. Most of the time I was in tears, laughing hysterically.

The story is about 2 male skaters that are extremely competitive. Their scores were tied and they both shared the Gold medal spot for a brief moment. They began fighting which resulted in their removal from the men's single ice skating competitions for the rest of their lives. After failing to achieve any sort of happiness with odd jobs (Ferrell ends up skating for a children's ice show and Heder ends up working for an ice skating shop)they agree to skate together in the couple's skating competitions.

Ferrell plays a sex addicted, egotistical guy who seems to be very low on the IQ scale. Heder plays a soft, effeminate guy who has lived a very priviledged life (until he gets kicked out of men's skating and his adoptive father disowns him). The two personalities clash to no end.

My husband and I truly enjoyed this show. There are a lot of sexual references made in the movie but it's used in a hilarious way. I wouldn't recommend younger children watching the movie simply because of the references.
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I also find Will Ferrell a bit hit or miss. When he's on, he's on and when he's off it can be painful to watch. With this movie, though, he really hit the mark. It's chock full of silliness and sight gags that make watching it a lot of fun. There is some very crude humor and some gross-out moments but I thought Ferrell was rather more restrained than he sometimes is and that certainly worked to the advantage of this movie. The character in this movie is more or less interchangeable with most Ferrell characters but that's not the point. The point is the sheer silliness of the plot, the over the top events, and the hilarity of watching skating star after skating star make often surprising cameo appearances.

Jon Heder is really wonderful in this movie. Where Ferrell is pure silliness, Heder is good at creating some nuance in his characters. Though his characters tend to be spacey and weird, he does a good job of making them somewhat real. He has a good sense for when understatement can do a great deal more than something very overt and obvious. I think he is a great talent and look forward to seeing more of him.

As far as slapstick comedies go, this one is something of a gem and is worth watching solely for the hilariously silly skating routine at the end of the movie. Ferrell and Heder make a great duo and I'd like to see them do another movie together.
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Movie - 4.5

I've always been a fan of Will Ferrell. His juvenile hijinks, potty-mouth humor, and physical mannerisms are something I've come to enjoy over the course of his career, and not even so much during his SNL stint, but from his work in Anchorman on up. Meanwhile, Jon Heder certainly made his mark in comedy with his portrayal of the socially awkward and quirky Napoleon Dynamite, something of a surprising low-budget oddity that probably caught a lot of other people off guard as well. Put these two together in a movie produced by, you guessed it, Ben Stiller, and you've got a very silly and over-the-top sports comedy. Like a certain other Ben Stiller film about the comedic sports underdog story (Dodgeball), Blades of Glory is another mishmash of elements that is meant to, first and foremost, entertain, but also give some kind of weird, outlandish version of inspiration at the same time. Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) are figure skating's top two stars. Skills-wise, they're the best at what they do, but couldn't be more opposite from one another in terms of personality. Hating each others' guts and being forced to share Olympic gold, they get into a scuffle during the awards ceremony and are banned for life from singles skating. But upon an urging by MacElroy's creepiest and most obsessed fan, Hector (Nick Swardson), a loophole is found in the rules saying MacElroy can still compete in doubles. Predictably, as if you couldn't tell by the cover, MacElroy and Michaels become male doubles skating partners and attempt to achieve gold once again. If you know Will Ferrell's style of comedy and like it, then there's not much else to be said.
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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.Read more ›
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