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Product Review: Don Cherry’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Hockey 24!!

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

If you’re still looking for Christmas gifts for the hockey fan on your list, or are just generally hockey starved during the current NHL lockout, the 24th installment of Don Cherry’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Hockey series is sure to satisfy.

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em 24 features a pile of fantastic video montages from the 2011/12 NHL season, the ever hilarious “piano desk”, the year’s best saves (feature on Martin Brodeur) and goals (feature on Steve Stamkos), plenty of regular speed and slow-motion hits, Don mentioning “trolley tracks”, bloopers, some vintage Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em techno and Cherry rapping, Don mentioning how many NHLers he saw play as kids (Tavares, Stamkos), Don mentioning players from Kingston, Ontario (Mike Smith), Don wearing a top hat and supporting fighting in hockey, Coach’s Corner commentaries (featuring classic opinion pieces like, “Kids, if you ever really want to get benched…”, and “Why do they never run Tim Thomas?”), and all the best highlights from every round of last year’s playoffs.

It’s really a fantastic highlight tape, and everything you’ve come to expect from Don Cherry. In the words of Don himself, it’s a beauty. This is a no brainer! Pick up a copy today. cbcshop.ca and other retailers will hook you up.

Below is the official press release:


No Lockout For Rock’em Sock’em!

rock em sock emCanada’s most controversial and outspoken hockey personality, Don Cherry, brings his brash brand of hockey to his 24th DVD with the release of Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey 24 from Video Services Corp (VSC). This year’s release features the first “Blue”-ray in the Don Cherry catalogue, endorsed by Don’s ever-present terrier companion, Blue.

“I’m glad to be working with a good Canadian studio in VSC,” said Executive Producer
Tim Cherry, “we’re not pulling any punches this year!”

The release includes Coach’s Corner segments and all the best goals, saves and hits from the 2011-2012 season, right up to (spoiler alert!) the Los Angeles Kings’ historic Stanley Cup win. Bonus features will include extra footage from the Kings’ win on the Blu-ray, and vintage Rock’em Sock’em techno with Chris Sheppard on both formats.

Even Don himself is looking forward to the release, “I love doing Rock’em Sock’em. Players come up to me and tell me how they got Rock’em Sock’em as a gift every Christmas. They’ve grown up with it. It’s become a Christmas tradition in a lot of homes,” said Cherry, “This year’s is great, and we have lots of highlights from one of the best playoffs in years.”

The Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em series is Canada’s longest-running and best-selling DVD property. “We’re all huge hockey fans at VSC and we’re so excited to add Don Cherry to our catalogue – it’s a new chapter in VSC’s hockey history,” says VSC President Jonathan Gross, “Tim and Don create an exciting summary of the season and it’s time for an HD version to be available – that’s the only way to watch a hockey game these days!”

SRP: $19.98 | TRT: 70 min
Street Date: 13 November, 2012
UPC: 7-78854-19199-0 | Catalog: CHE1919
Genre: Sports

SRP: $24.98 | TRT: 70 min
Street Date: 13 November, 2012
UPC: 7-78854-19209-6 | Catalog: CHE1920
Genre: Sports

DVD Extras: Vintage Rock’em Sock’em techno with Chris Sheppard
Blu-ray Extras: Bonus footage from Kings’ win, vintage Rock’em Sock’em techno with Chris Sheppard


About Video Services Corp.
VSCFounded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent DVD distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. With a vast catalogue strong in television, sports and comedy, some of VSC’s releases include Corner Gas, The WHA Chronicles, Comedy Now! Starring Russell Peters and Canada Cup ’87. Other 2012 releases from VSC include the second season of the hit series Portlandia and the theatrical film Union Square starring Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino. VSC also owns the e-commerce websites
sportonvideo.com, laffstock.com and jewishflicks.com.

Video Services Corp.
5145 Steeles Ave W, Suite A201, Toronto, ON, M9L 1R5
P: 416-597-8325 / 877-341-7577 F: 416-597-9142
www.videoservicecorp.com vidserv@globalserve.net facebook.com/videoservicecorp twitter.com/vidserv

This blog review was mentioned by blomeley.com: https://www.blomeley.com/archives/portfolio-item/don-cherrys-rockem-sockem-24-in-stores-november-13th

  1. December 23, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Always a fave at this time of year. Used to get it in my stocking as a kid. Huge hockey fan here. Played and still watch. Can’t wait for the damn lockout to end.

    • SDC
      December 23, 2012 at 2:09 am

      ya I love the old tapes too. A hockey school staple. This is the best we can do while the lockout rolls on.

  2. December 23, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Love watching vids of the ’87 Canada Cup. I’ll never forget Coffey breaking up the 2 on 1 and then Lemieux and Gretzky breaking down the ice for the winning goal. Good times!

    • SDC
      December 23, 2012 at 2:15 am

      That’s still one of, if not for sure, my all-time favorite goals.

  3. January 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Hey Dave, I just discovered your blog. I look forward to reading more.

    Thanks for the great review of RS 24. My company has been producing the Rockem Sockem DVDs for TPC Productions for the past several years and we think RS24 is, as you and Don said, “Its a beauty”.

    BTW like yourself, my daughter was in Korea for a year teaching English and we went to visit her during play-off time. We went to the Rocky Mountain Tavern to get our fix of hockey and Canadian beer and met other Canucks. It was fantastic. I have produced hockey at the Olympics but the brief Korea experience helped me appreciate how a hockey DVD like Don Cherry’s Rockem Sockem is important to an ex pat hockey player like yourself.

    Thanks for your efforts,

    • SDC
      January 4, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Hi Ed,

      Thanks for your kind comments, and for the link to this post on your site. Would you mind changing my name from “Cunnings” to “Cunning” though? 🙂

      That’s cool your daughter was here too. What part of Korea was she in? I’m guessing the Seoul area if you went by the Rocky Mountain Tavern. I’ve never been myself, but I’ve heard legends of its existence. Hoping to find and see it for myself one day! You’re right, hockey starved Canadian expats like myself and others really appreciate outlets like that place or the DVD to make us feel a little more at home in a far away place.

      If there’s anything else I can review for you in the future please let me know, perhaps we can work together in some capacity. My email is davecunning09@shaw.ca if you feel like dropping a line.

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