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
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
Original Trailer for Rocky and Rocky II, III, IV and V
Special Hidden Feature
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
From the Back Cover
For the first time, these five films--the story of one man's fight for supremacy--are brought together in this, the 25th anniversary collection of a great movie. But despite the brute strength that shines in the white heat of the fight Rocky is also a love story--the man of action, beset by anxiety, yet sustained by love.
A treasure trove for the collector and film aficionado, this unique special edition brings together a compelling array of special features--taking you behind the scenes; into the mind of the director, John Avildsen; and into the world of legendary movie greats, such as Burgess Meredith-- who will long be remembered for a lifetime of achievement.
Rocky a name that will live in movie history.