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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Loved this show the first time on TV and again with my kids on DVDPublished 29 days ago by MIchelle
I loved watching this show as a kid, and I was pretty stoked to find it on video.
Everyone that saw this show back in the 80s remembers it weather they loved it ( like 10 year... Read more
This series is so bad that it's good but not good enough to play episodes marathon style. The discs are of adequate quality.Published 1 month ago by charlesm
Just as good now as first aired. Lots of fun. Disk printing and packaging was good too.Published 1 month ago by Paul Garvin