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Rocky Balboa [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NOKLTI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sixth installment in the popular Rocky franchise - a full 30 years after the first introduction of the young back street brawler from Philly. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is now a 50-something widower after the death of his beloved Adrian. His relationship with his son (Milo Ventimiglia) has also deteriorated and Rocky finds his only solace in the stories he recounts to the customers who visit his deli. However, everything is about to change as a 'what if' debate emerges as to whether current champion Mason 'The Line' Dixon (Antonio Tarver) would have beaten Rocky in his prime. Nobody ever suspects that the match might actually happen, given the 30-year age difference. However, when Dixon's management sets up an exhibition fight, the gauntlet is well and truly thrown down and an enthusiastic Rocky grasps it with both hands. The 'Italian Stallion' re-applies for his license, rounds up the old gang and sets off on the arduous journey to regain his long-lost fitness and ability.

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The sixth installment of the Rocky series picks up the story of the Italian Stallion 16 years after the morose Rocky V. And sure, at his advanced age, Sylvester Stallone now looks like one of those sides of beef his character used to pound on. No matter. Somehow you buy the premise after all these years, even if it takes forever for Rocky Balboa to stop wallowing in self-pity (Adrian is dead, his old haunts are demolished) and get down to the business of drinking raw eggs and running up staircases. The business at hand is an unlikely exhibition fight with champeen Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver), which the near-sexagenarian Mr. Balboa has no business accepting. Of course, just as sure as the horns of Bill Conti's theme music are even now trumpeting through your head, the ol' Rock might have a punch or two left in him. Stallone wrote and directed, and there isn't much to say except that the movie steps in its pre-determined paces with a canny sense of what has come before (it's practically an homage to all the previous Rocky pictures, complete with fleeting flashbacks). Burt Young is around again, and Geraldine Hughes makes an appealing, rather chaste female companion for Rocky. Stallone's Rocky has gotten suspiciously articulate over the years, but he still knows how to slouch. If Stallone never forgets that, he can probably keep the franchise rolling. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vas Bordnor on 31 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
You know I am actaully begining to enjoy writing reviews and to be honest I feel that this movie just needs as many reviews as it can get because it is an excellent finisher to the series after number 5.

It's funny but I knew what was going to happen in this movie before they wrote it as it's the final (clue here not called Rocky 6 but Rocky Balboa). Its a story of a guy who has long since hung up his gloves and is running a restaurant telling old boxing stories from the good old days and generaly leading a normal relaxed life. He still follows the game so to speak but he feels that he needs to finish off a part of his life which is not quite done. You see him doing an annual pilgramage to all theplaces where he took his wife when they met and he is more or less estranged from his son who is in his shadow.

I love the way that the press and promoters think they are goading him into the exhibition fight (he already decided, you know it I know it). I actually really started to smile when he is meeting his trainer and they go through the speel of "this kid is fast, you do't have that, he has hand speed, you dont have that" etc I just smiled and thought this guy has written a story where he is deliberatley and intentionaly making a point of the fact that he is old and past it, but he is going to give it his heart and soul.
When the rocky training entourage kicked in that was it I was almost in tears I thought "rocky, rocky, rocky". When the fight starts I loved it and although you knew what the outcome was going to be the way that nobody cares at this point and the entire audience is shouting "Rocky, Rocky"etc you just know when Rocky turns around and waves/smiles he has put that part of his life to rest.

Enjoy this movie and please don't think that it is just about boxing, it isn't it never was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 29 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
I have to confess, I could not be more surprised by the quality of this movie. After a very disappointing Rocky V, I decided that I was just going to watch this final film for the sake of completeness, but I expected it to be a bad, or at best a neutral, experience. To my surprise, the end of the saga is really good, with a nicely built story, and a movie which provides the whole journey with an elegant symmetry.

Adrian has died, victim to cancer, and Rocky owns a restaurant that is successful only by virtue of the fame of its owner. Patrons visit the establishment looking for a first-hand story, or a picture, or an autograph. Meanwhile, Rocky's son is trying to make it in the corporate world, but is having a tough time dealing with being a celebrity's son. This in turn puts a strain in the relationship with his father that takes a big toll on Rocky. When a computer simulated fight between the current heavyweight champion and the old hero takes place on Sportscenter, with a controversial result, the door opens for the return of the people's champion.

I am extremely glad I was wrong about this film, since this provides a classy ending to one of the best collection of sports movies of all time. Stallone delivers a much better performance than I expected after watching him being a guest in Monday Night Football. He has some restrictions in terms of facial expressions, but this does works well with the character, and he provides the needed level of passion and energy. Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Robert Jr., also adds to the quality of this movie, since he is right on target with his performance, portraying the inner conflicts of his character masterfully. The final fight might not be the best we have seen in this series of movies, but it is definitely adequate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 July 2007
Format: DVD
I thought this was going to be a sickly awful film which was there just to sell off the back of a popular series of films (well the first 3 anyway)...

...But what a nice surprise.

There was a decent plot, good acting, and the whole film felt balanced.

The film was very much in the style of the first two. Slow edited with a steady pace that allowed the mood to build, and the story to progress. This gives it that lifelike feel rather than a glossy Hollywood feel.

Sylvester Stallone had obviously had facial plastic surgery which drew attention to his Cruella DaVille style eyebrows for a little while. This sort of compromises the character of Rocky - someone who would never have plastic surgery just for vanity. This is soon forgotten however, and you come to see him ease himself naturally into a role which he manages so well.

The film ties in perfectly with the start of the film franchise so much that you remember all your favourite moments as soon as you hear the soundtrack and see the glum suburbs of his home.

This isn't a film about boxing, it's a film about a man who was the greatest the world ever saw, a man who lost his wife and now lives in the shadow of his former self. The actual big fight at the end isn't the main part of the film, it's simply a bonus and a nod the the previous films. This is where the film could have gone badly wrong - if he'd have won the fight it would have been disastrously unbelievable, but his moral victory makes the film.

Throughout the film you see his son, resentful at the same shadow his dad lives his life in. The film starts to get a bit too pretentious and preachy, but it backs off before becoming cheesy and the overall thing works very well.
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