|Format||Standard Play CAV|
|Running Time||123 minutes|
There are at least 3 known masters of Slap Shot. Frame counts vary slightly on all sides, but they contain the same information. All transfers appear the same - with varying degrees of 'blue' in the dark scenes - but all appear to be struck from the same release print. On the video side, the image is outstanding. The colors are bright and vivid, only occasionally does it appear over-saturated. The audio transfer is equally well done, giving rich fidelity to the music. The normal missing high-ends are absent to a certain degree here too, but it isn't overly obvious.
Some copies of side one contain blank frames from 28029 to 28049. It's not that there are 20 blank frames, it's that frame 28029 has a picture, the next frame is blank and is frame number 28039. Next is 28043, 28044 & 28045 on up to where the image returns on 28050. The blank frames should actually contain picture because there are several frames missing when the image is restored. Some masterings of side 2 have been known to exhibit 20 Frame Skip. Other masters of side five contain an audio mastering error in the right channel. There is a drop in volume at frame 6,736 which continues for the duration of the film. Since the film is mono, shutting off the right channel makes it more listenable without losing anything. Neither copy used as a basis for this page exhibited this audio problem.
Several transfers also have abrupt side edits, with no fade-in or fade-out. Other masterings contain fade-ins and fade-outs at the side breaks. It is not uncommon to find some sides with fades mixed with sides which do not. As new sides were needed, DiscoVision simply re-mastered the side needed. The way things worked, it could be possible for only a few masterings of side 1, but have as many as 20 masterings of side 4.
And speaking of side 4, keep a close eye out. There are 2 "mike in frame" shots between frames 1750 and 1825, and another between 21600 and 21650. There are 2 more occurrences between frames 27500 and 27750. With 1.85:1 framing, all visual errors would be masked by the aperture plate in the projector. Some players will also mistakenly report chapter stops on this side, but there aren't any.
The CAV version of Slap Shot was listed for the last time in the July 1981 catalog. The jacket contains the disclaimer "Certain language may be too strong for children." Since the film is rated R, by the MPAA (presumably for the language), doesn't that seem redundant? What did you expect from an R rating? Bambi?
Universal Studios issued the title in widescreen on DVD in January 1999. This new 1.85:1 transfer features all the original music, not seen since the DiscoVision edition, restored to the film. In March 2002, Universal issued a 25th Anniversary edition of Slap Shot on DVD, which is the same transfer as the previous version, but now includes a commentary by the Hanson Brothers.