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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Gene Kirkwood, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCST
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,883 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features
Remastered with 5.1 Audio
Audio Commentary with Director, Producer and Cast
Exclusive interview with Sylvester Stallone
"Behind the Scenes" Featurette with Director John Avidsen
Tribute to Burgess Meredith
Tribute to James Crabe
3 TV Spots
Teaser Trailer
Original Trailer for Rocky and Rocky II, III, IV and V
Special Hidden Feature
Collectable Booklet

Rocky Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Greek, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Hebrew, Danish, Turkish

Rocky II, III, IV, V Subtitles: English, Norwegian, German, Danish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Hungarian, Dutch, Greek, Swedish, Turkish, Finnish, Hebrew

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The story of Rocky Balboa, as presented in this five-movie Rocky anthology, looks suspiciously like a barely fictional parallel to Sylvester Stallone's own career. Such a strong vein of autobiography is hardly surprising, really, since Stallone wrote all five movies and directed II, III and IV. The original was a feel-good patriotic update on the American Dream, mirroring Stallone's own journey as a lucky break drags a man from the gutter into stardom; Rocky II was the story of a man who is subsequently plagued by the need to prove that his first success wasn't a fluke, and represented Stallone's attempt to keep his career afloat amidst a sudden explosion of blockbuster movies and superstar actors; the third featured a rival to his position echoing the friendly battle kept up with Schwarzenegger for box-office dominance; Rocky IV appeared at the same time as Rambo: First Blood Part II and was a veritable shower of self-glorification; and the fifth entered old age as gracefully as it could with younger blood ready to pounce from all directions. Balboa may have been "a little punchy", but Stallone was clearly the brains behind the Rockymovies' success.

On the DVD: For picture and sound, it's to the first disc connoisseurs should turn. Transfer and 5.1 soundtrack are a notch above instalments III and IV. Inexplicably, II and V are only in three-channel surround. Disc 1 is also the place for the extras. Although the others feature their own trailer and a half-heartedly animated menu, the first has a montage menu that matches the excellent packaging and links rather easily to a hidden feature ("Rocky Meets Stallone"). There's a fascinating 12-minute "behind the scenes" short with director John Avildsen showing fight test footage and two short tributes to the late Burgess Meredith and cinematographer James Crabe. The commentary might seem a little crowded, featuring Avildsen, producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Carl Weathers. The best feature is a 30-minute interview with Stallone, who remembers writing from an 8x9 room in Philadelphia and being inspired by an Ali fight. There are confessions about injuries, casting and his dog Butkus! As a 25th Anniversary special edition, the first disc alone is excellent value. --Paul Tonks

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew R. Meyrick on 31 May 2007
Format: DVD
Despite being 26 (nearly 27!), i only actually watched all the ROCKY films for the first time around the beginning of 2006. I was never that bothered when i was younger. Here are my individual opinions: ROCKY (1976)- A classic. Stallone is totally convincing as a down-on-his-luck boxer who gets a once in a life time shot at challenging the heavyweight champion of the world, brilliantly potrayed by Carl Weathers. Stallone wrote the story to and was rewarded with best screenplay oscar, as the film also won best film of 1976.***** ROCKY 2 (1978)- Largely a re-tread of the first film as the re-match between ROCKY and APOLLO CREED looms. Stallone took over as director as well as writer and star for this film and although it retains alot of the originals magic and is still a good film, something just seems to be lacking. Not sure what, though.**** ROCKY 3 (1982)- 4 years on and ROCKY is now the firmly established heavyweight champion of the world. He has it all, 10 successful title defences, a loving wife and son, money, fame and considering retirement. That is until rough, tough, hard-hitting and hard-talking fighter CLUBBER LANG (played gloriously OTT by MR.T) publicly insults and humiliates him and ROCKY is pursuaded back into the ring....... A hugely entaining way to continue the series. **** ROCKY 4 (1985)- After personal disaster for ROCKY, he is again pursuaded back into the ring to fight the huge and ultra tough russian IVAN DRAGO. This for me is the worst of the franchise. Its basically nothing more than a propaganda film about America's efforts against russia in the cold war. Stallone spends most of the film draped (literaly!Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "satans_son" on 25 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
JUST GREAT!!!If you are the kind of fan that just love plain old punching, this is the film for you! If you are the kind that loves a great love story this one's for U2.If you like to see a man's effort to achieve what's impossible to achieve, this one's for you! I spent big bucks in this box, but I still say that it was worth every penny. In fact, it was quite a bargain. The five Rocky are simply fantastic. I always end up Rocky IV almost with tears in my eyes. Great fighting, great acting (Talia Shire is the no. 1!!!) and most of all, considering that Sly isn't exactly a great actor, you can guess that Rocky's will is capable of even taking down the walls of a city. My favourites: Rocky I and IV. The fight with Drago is superb!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manda-Jane Warner on 25 April 2007
Format: DVD
As a[...]female, up until about a month ago i didnt understand what all the fuss was about, so what sylvester stallone was going back in the ring as "rocky" as a [...], what the hell was the big deal that surrounded "ROCKY". That was until my best friend and i one hungover sunday decided to watch her dads copy of the rocky trilogy,never fully intending to watch more than the 1st one, and even then just on the premise that sly was only 30 in this one and would supposedly be reasonably fit, and we could drool our way thru an hour or so of mindless viewing and meet sober on the other side, but the story of ROCKY BALBOA is one that everyone loves, and the characters are lovingly brought to life,suffice to say that we ended up not only watching all 5 that sunday afternoon, but embarking on a misson to find a boot leg copy of BALBOA to view also.
I now am firmly a avid sly fan, and owner of not only the rocky trilogy, but rambo 1-3, tango and cash, day light, demolition man, the specialist, and a personal favourite OSCAR.
You dont have to be a boxing fan to appreciate the intense spirit of rocky, watch it once and it will stay in your heart forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec. 2004
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I don't like Rocky V as much as the other four - I mean, I did NOT like seeing Rocky broke again - bad idea!!! I love all the others - Rocky is absolutely addictive. Forget all the cracks at Stallone, he was absolutely fantastic throughout this series. For me, it was absolutely his best work. The soundtrack is great, the storylines and cinematography is excellent. I don't much like boxing (I'm a girlie kinda girl), but the painstaking choreography of the boxing scenes is something to watch. The acting is pretty good too, and it's all pretty realistic, apart from Rocky V, which again, I REALLY did not like! These films were the first of their kind...and the best! Forget everything you've heard, and get this collection - you'll be hooked. Even if you saw them in the 80s, you'll be amazed, seeing them again; at how tight the moviemaking process was.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By no1filmaddict on 6 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
I first saw Rocky on TV when i was 13, and from then on i was hooked. Weeks later i went out and bought this wonderful DVD collection which sees all five of the films restored and banged onto five discs with a whole load of extras to add to the fun.
Rocky - is a Philedelphia boxer who is given a shot at the big time.
Rocky 2 - After he decides to retire, Rocky is taunted by Apollo who wants a rematch to prove that the first fight was a fluke.
Rocky 3 - Now the heavyweight champion of the world, Rocky faces the ruthless, Clubber Lang in his hardest fight so far.
Rocky 4 - When his best friend Apollo Creed is killed in the ring by a new Russian boxer, Rocky takes revenge.
Rocky 5 - Having lost all his money, Rocky goes back to living in Philedelphia where he trains Tommy Gunn, a new and upcoming fighter.
This collection is an absolute must for and film fans. Buy it, and i garuntee that it will bring the same enjoyment to you as it did for me.
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