- Actors: David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin, Harrison Page, Bernie Kopell, Deborah Wakeham
- Directors: Bill Bixby, Charles Braverman, Dick Martin, Gary Walkow, Reza Badiyi
- Writers: Alan Spencer, Alicia Marie Schudt
- Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 4
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
- Release Date: April 12 2005
- Run Time: 570 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0007LPSI6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,330 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Sledge Hammer!: Season Two
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It would take more than a nuclear explosion to stop everyone's favorite violence-loving lawman! David Rasche returned-along with co-stars Anne-Marie Martin and Harrison Page-in the surprising second season of the series that Entertainment Weekly calls "absolutely hilarious" These are the infamous final episodes featuring such guest stars as Richard Moll, Ray Walston, Edy Williams, Bud Cort, Bernie Kopell, Adam Ant, Davy Jones and more, in the "sitcom for people who hate sitcoms" that remains one of the most dangerously funny shows in TV history.
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It's a bit dated and if you were a fan of the original series on TV, you will either love this revisit or wonder why you watched it in the first place. If you've never seen the show, it's pretty simple to give you an idea if you will love or hate it.
If you like campy TV or movies, and are a fan of comedy in general, then this is for you. Like a lot of good comedy, the writing is clever but you don't have to get all the references to have a laugh. It works for new viewers and younger audiences as well as someone who gets the references to older TV and movies. It's definitely a parody but can stand on it's own if you don't know what the inside joke is.
Like a lot of others, it's a bit of a mystery to me why the lead actor David Rasche didn't move on to bigger and better things; he still works in film and TV but really he should be much better known today and probably should have at least had good supporting roles if not lead ones in the intervening years. There are a lot of less talented actors that are well known amongst audiences today.
It's definitely in the "cult comedy" category, so if that's a genre you enjoy I say give it a try. The packaging and presentation of this DVD set is very good.
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See him hilariously save the world (or not ) from the criminal element. Very funny!
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My favourite episodes include "Play It Again, Sledge" (where Hammer and Dori are suspended from the police force and they open a private eye business and he's visited by the ghost of Humphrey Bogart giving him "career" counseling); "Sledge, Rattle & Roll") where Sledge and Dori investigate the murder of heavy metal singer Rak Vulture -- Davy Jones of The Monkees playing their manager); "Hammeroid" (where Hammer becomes "Robocop"); and "Death of a Few Salesmen" (where Hammer poses as an Australian car magnate, Crocodile Bruce, to catch whoever has been killing used car dealers). GREAT ENTERTAINMENT.
"The following season of Sledge Hammer! takes place five years before that nuclear explosion. Thank you."
Despite the continuity issues this presents, you will be glad that Doreau still appears this season as Hammer's partner. The season also greatly benefits from the addition of Bill Bixby (The Incredible Hulk) as one of the show's resident directors (starting with "Play it Again, Sledge"). Sledge Hammer! fans will benefit in knowing that these final 19 complete episodes are fully remastered and that the set is armed to the teeth with great extras - all personally supervised by Alan Spencer.
No doubt the great packaging for these Sledge Hammer! season sets has a lot to do with Alan Spencer's level of involvement and relationship with the fans and Anchor Bay Entertainment. Typically, when the original creators get so actively involved in the DVD releases of their shows, the better the finished release e.g. Peter Chung with Aeon Flux and Paul Simms with NewsRadio DVD sets.
Sledge Hammer! - Season Two is a 4-disc (570 min.) set featuring all 19 episodes in Full Frame (1.33:1) video and English Dolby Digital stereo audio. Special Features include: All New Cast & Crew interviews, Audio Commentaries with creator Alan Spencer & actress Anne-Marie Martin, Original Commercials, Trivia Game and more.
1. "A Clockwork Hammer": a demented TV programmer schemes to brainwash witnesses.
2. "Big Nazi On Campus": Hammer & Doreau investigate the murder of a coed.
3. "Play It Again, Sledge": a trench-coated stranger befriends Hammer.
4. "Wild About Hammer": a psychotic new officer sets her sights on Hammer.
5. "Death of a Few Salesmen": Hammer poses as an Aussie car dealer to nab a killer.
6. "Vertical": an acrophobic Hammer guards a gun moll.
7. "Dressed To Call": Hammer vows to collar a crackpot caller.
8. "Hammer Hits the Rock": Hammer is sent to a federal pen, disguised as a hitman.
9. "Hammeroid": A megalomaniac turns Hammer into a half-man, half-machine.
10."The Last of the Red Hot Vampires": a film vampire has returned from the grave.
11. "Sledge in Toyland": a toy magnate and his mistress are murdered.
12. "Icebreaker": Hammer is aced out of an investigation by a British operative.
13. "They Call Me Mr. Trunk": The precinct is quarantined.
14. "Model Dearest": Doreau infiltrates a suspect modelling agency.
15. "Sledge, Rattle, 'n' Roll": a rock star and his band are murdered.
16. "Suppose They Gave A War & Sledge Came?": a murder during a corporate war game.
17. "The Secret of My Excess": Hammer goes on a secret mission for the governor.
18. "It Happened What Night?": Hammer and Doreau pose as newlyweds.
19. "Here's To You, Mrs. Hammer": Hammer learns that an old chum plans to marry the ex-Mrs. Hammer.
Trivia: The ex-Mrs. Hammer is played by David Rasche's real wife Heather Lupton.