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Ski Patrol Blu-ray Review

“Ski Patrol” falls flat. 

In 1990’s “Ski Patrol,” the story concerns a shady land developer (Sam Maris) who wants to build his own resort where the current Snowy Peaks resort resides. He concocts a plan with a ski enthusiast (Lance) to sabotage the resort so that he can take it over. Standing in the way of this plan are the Ski Patrol employees of Snowy Peaks who are on to his nefarious plot. 

After an amusing opening scene involving a rivalry between Lance and Jerry, it’s all downhill for the Richard Correll directed “Ski Patrol” (pun intended). The slapstick comedy presented in the opening feels entirely different from the rest of the movie…mostly because it was funny. The majority of the film is riddled with groan worthy jokes about a short person, a flatulent bulldog, a nerdy guy connecting with a blonde bombshell, gratuitous Rodney Dangerfield impressions, popular music karaoke, and a runaway hot dog food cart. It’s as if the 3 writers took elements of better movies (ala “Police Academy” and “Animal House”) and focused on hip things at the time like snowboarding and just slapped it all together in this weirdly slow and meandering comedy.

Aside from the always reliable Ray Walston, the rather stacked cast would likely rather forget their performances here. Cast members include George Lopez, Paul Feig (yes, the now filmmaker), Yvette Nipar, Martin Mull, T.K. Carter, Tess Foltyn, Roger Rose, Corbin Timbrook, Steve Hytner, and Leslie Jordan (who recently just passed).

The clear MVP of the entire movie is the cinematography by John M. Stephens. Say what you will about the movie itself, but the footage of snowboarders and skiers (along with the stunts on the slope) are quite exciting on screen. It’s just a shame there isn’t a better movie around it. 


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a pristine hi-def transfer on this MVD Rewind Collection disc.

Audio Track: 2.0 LPCM Stereo. How does it sound? This is a lively 2.0 track.

* A fold out mini-poster
* A VHS trailer for “Ski Patrol.”
* Trailers for “Men At Work,” “Canadian Bacon,” “Vampire’s Kiss” and “Dirty Laundry.”


November 2, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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