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Rocky [Blu-ray] [1976]

Sylvester Stallone , Talia Shire , George Memmozi    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
  • Directors: George Memmozi
  • Producers: Bill Conti
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDFN2E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,457 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The 1976 Best Picture Award-winner Rocky has the look of a contemporary on-the-streets movie like Taxi Driver, but the heart of a fairytale. For the Bicentennial Year, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), a Muhammad Ali-like stars-and-stripes blowhard, cynically offers a title shot to an unknown over-the-hill Philadelphia club fighter, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Unlike the sequels, Rocky is a rare American sports movie to realise there's more drama and emotional resonance in losing than winning. The unique finale suggests that going the distance against the odds is more of a triumph than a conventional victory. Stallone, then an unknown as actor and writer, crafts the script to his own strengths--mumbling, Brando-like sincerity combined with explosive physicality expressed in his use of a side of beef as a punch-bag or wintery jogs around Philly. Surprisingly little of the film is taken up with ring action, as we follow Rocky's awkward courtship of pet-store minion Adrian (Talia Shire) and uneasy relationship with her slobbish brother (Burt Young), while Burgess Meredith provides the old pro licks as the curmudgeonly trainer. Though it led to a slick, steroid-fuelled franchise, it has a pleasing roughness, exemplified by the memorable funk/brass band score and the array of fidgety, credible method acting tics.

On the DVD: 1.85:1 16x9 print, which represents the sometimes-slick, sometimes rough look of the cinematography; feature commentary with supporting cast and crew (Burt Young admits to rubbing vermouth into his neck to make himself repulsive), video interview with Stallone, a retrospective featurette (which includes news footage of the Ali fight that inspired the story), 8mm test fight footage with a flabbier Stallone, tributes to Burgess Meredith and cameraman James Crabe, trailers for Rocky and all the sequels (which makes a solid précis of the whole series). All this and a "special hidden feature" (a comic sketch with Sly meeting Rocky).--Kim Newman

Product Description

Sylvester Stallone's rags-to-riches boxing drama won the Oscar for Best Film of 1976. Club fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has hit rock bottom. Having turned thirty, his boxing career is virtually over and he now makes a living collecting payments for a loan shark. Things start to look up when he begins dating Adrian (Talia Shire), sister of his friend Paulie (Burt Young). However, when world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) decides to take on a 'nobody' in his title fight, Rocky finds himself chosen. Encouraged by his coach, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), he begins training for the big fight - much to Adrian's disapproval.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rocky goes down in the 1st! 2 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Firstly I must confess that I'm a huge Rocky fan and have watched the films many many times, Rocky, along with Rocky 3 being my favourites. You must have been living in the deepest darkest sewers of Philadelphia if you haven't ever seen this movie, and there's not many people I know that don't love these movies. However, the transfer on this one is punching well below the belt, ok the movie is old and the restoration issues seem to be caused from the source material, but there's much older films with far superior transfers than this.

The colours in the movie don't pop or shine and a fine grain is present throughout the movie, presenting a grimy feel to the full film. I don't mind some picture grain as it adds to the overall 'feel' of a movie, and life itself isn't 'sanitised and sparkly', but for a film of this importance, I think it deserves a lot more effort. I appreciate that the 70's scenes in Philly are probably replicated in a true to life fashion, but still the picture quality disappoints, if your expecting to see The Italian Stallone in crystal clear glory, with fine details present, then you may be dealt a sucker punch with this one.

Likewise the audio quality is merely average, implying to me that maybe Fox Studios expected the blu ray version to sell on its name alone.

If I was judging the movie it would get a Knockout 5 stars without a doubt, but I'm rating this on the blu ray version alone.

Additionally, I'm led to believe that the remainder of the franchise improves, and the transfer quality is given more due care and attention then the first average effort, so it may be worth looking for a bargain on the boxset.

Yo Adrian! We didn't do it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE FINEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME 3 Aug 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Rocky is a film that was a shock success when released in 1976,stallone wrote the script after being inspired by a fight that he watched between muhammad ali and a club fighter,the film was shot on a shoestring with unknown actors more or less but went on to win the academy award for best picture and stallone recieved an award for best performance.

Rocky is essentially a rags to riches story and a true underdog story that carries the moral of never give up on your dreams,but there is alot more scope to the movie than that.Stallone plays rocky balboa who is a club fighter and money collector for a loan shark in philadelphia.He is considered a bum in the area but is still regarded as a likeable character,his trainer also thinks that he is a has been so life isnt perfect for rocky.

Along the way the world champion apollo creed has ran out of oppenents to fight,his fans are saying he is a fraud and his critics are having a field day against him,he needs something to bring his credibility back so he decides to fight an unknown boxer to bring the idea of an once in lifetime opportunity to one lucky boxer.

Events as a result change for rocky and along the way he finds a renewed hunger and his training is inspiring and the soundtrack rocks along and adds to the brilliance of it all,you cant help but cheer rocky balboa on as he is the underdog and we can all identify with his struggle to gain some sort of pride in himself/

The film is moving,exhilarating and the fight scenes are choreographed brilliantly and while some of the punches may seem like they could kill ,rocky just brings mans desire to become better brilliantly to the story.World class cinema that leaves you wanting more.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the original... 10 Dec 2002
Format:DVD
This film was Sylvester Stallones breakthrough and he knew it before he'd finished writing the script. Most people know the story of Rocky so I'll not go into the details too much (except to point out the deliberate mistake in another customers review- he actually loses in the end). But the DVD has some really great extras which are worth mentioning.
Sylvester Stallone does something on this DVD which is very brave and very uncommon for a 'hollywood star', nevermind directors/ producers etc. He sets up a camera in front of himself in a quiet dull room and simply talks to it like it was someone grilling him about the film. But he doesn't just talk- he relives the processes he went through to take the film from an idea in the back of his head, right up until walking down to the lobby after the films premier. Its seldom if ever you will have such a full account of the creative processes of a film as old as this. Stallone lived and breathed this story and here, its written all over his face.
Theres also some footage they shot for the boxing in the final fight which is little more than a curiosity really, the commentary is good and the 'hidden extra' is Stallone meeting 'Rocky' after all this time for a quick stroll down memory lane ('Why'd you make me eat all those eggs?')

All round a great film and excellent DVD.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film with poor picture quality 29 Oct 2008
By Film Buff VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Rocky is iconic - it's up there with the Star Wars' and Indiana Jones of this world so why have MGM chosen to release this poor Blu-ray? The film is magnificant and deserves five stars no doubt! But the transfer is all over the place. The beginning five minutes are shoddy 1.5/5 for picture quality with far too much grain. Then things improve and at times I actually believed I was watching a HD film. Rocky is 32 years old but that's no excuse. Superman is 30 years old and that looks great on Blu-ray. The darkest scenes are full of grain and deserve 2.5/5 for picture quality. It's in the daylight that this film comes alive and earns between 3 and 3.5 for picture. The sound is fine if a tad underwhelming for a DTS 5.1 track. I don't regret buying it because it's Rocky and I bought it 3 for 2. If you can find that deal then it's probably worth the upgrade from DVD. Overall 2.5/5 not good enough
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Published 7 months ago by Trajan
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection to have
takes a long time to receive from uk to the usa.
I does play on us region 1 psp's. so it is probably region free code.
so yes! I would recommend this movie to everybody
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