The Rocky Anthology (Ultimate Edition 6 Disc Box Set) (5.1/DTS) [DVD] 
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Own all 5 classic Rocky films in one great value, extras packed, DVD. Starting with the 1976 blockbuster, Rocky Balboa, the "Italian stallion", must struggle against all the odds to defeat heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. After a stunning rematch in the 1979 sequel, Rocky III sees him facing off against the ferocious Clubber Lang (Mr T) and in 1985s Rocky IV he takes on Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). The series ends with 1990s Rocky V in which Rocky must take to the ring for one final time against his would be protégée Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison). With mountains of extras for all five films this is the definitive Rocky collection.
Americans love the underdog. Anytime someone is beating the odds, fighting his or her way to the top, like The Little Engine That Could, it resonates well with U.S. audiences; it's in their nature. Sylvester Stallone knew that in 1976, when Rocky was a monstrous hit and established itself in the American cultural lexicon. His low-budget tale of a young boxer who came from the slums of Philadelphia and worked his way to the championship recalls Capra characters such as Mr. Smith or John Doe as he worked his way to fame and self-respect. Like Capra's films from 30 years before, Rocky pushed emotional buttons with audiences, but in a somewhat less maudlin, obvious way; it's possible to enjoy Rocky without feeling embarrassed about it, even in these cynical times. It ranks respectably among the best boxing pictures, such as The Set-Up or Somebody Up There Likes Me. The story paralleled Stallone's own, from a relative unknown to a star with one breakthrough picture. Rocky II (1979) carries on the story line, playing on the rivalry between Rocky Balboa and nemesis Apollo Creed, while Balboa's wife fights for her life. Mainly, though, the sequel seems like a link between the first film and Rocky III, in which an aging Rocky takes on big, bad Clubber Lang (the near-forgotten Mr. T). While playing on the same emotional capital as the first movie, Rocky III is the high-water mark of the sequels; by the next movie, Stallone had turned into a near-self-parody of the original character. Rocky IV finds the underdog taking on an oversized, blond Russian boxer (Dolph Lundgren) in a cold war scenario (Rocky literally wraps himself in the American flag). The series mercifully played out by 1990, as embarrassingly punch-drunk as the Rocky character himself by that point. Given the way the American pop-culture continuum seems to work, it's probably due time for the later sequels to be plucked from the compost heap of '80s flotsam and revived as high camp; the Reagan-era hyperpatriotism of Rocky IV is as dated as in junk like Red Dawn or the dreadful Invasion U.S.A. Still, the first three films pack a satisfying emotional wallop without giving the viewer the urge to crawl under the couch. The last two... well, use your judgment. They will soon be good for an '80s nostalgia party. --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com
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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.
Rocky: Rocky is a rookie italia-american boxer who is givin a 1 in a million shot at the world heavyweight championship against appollo creed. Rocky accepts and takes the champ all the way...........
Rocky II: After the first fight,appollo demands a rematch and again Rocky accepts and trains harder then ever to create an even bigger upset.......
Rocky III: After 10 succesful title defences,Rocky fights Hulk Hogan in a charity match(u'll enjoy this part alot) and this is where Mickey(his manager) suffers a minor heart attack.Rocky then decides to retire but is stopped by clubber lang who takes Balboa's title and then accepts a rematch and Rocky is trained by appollo creed after his managers death,to take bak what is his.........
Rocky IV: Appollo is killed in the ring by the giant Drago, a russian boxer who is like a robot. Rocky then must travel to Drago's native russia and train in the wilderness to another good soundtrack to face another all the way 15 round fight to almost death..............
Rocky V: Rocky discovers he has brain damamge andretires for good at the same time as going bankurupt, and so he trains a young boxer called tommy gunn who eventually leaves him for money,and this time we dont see Rocky fighting in the ring,but on the street..........
Also check out the 2 best songs from the series:
Eye of the Tiger (Rocky III)
The Measure Of A Man (Rocky V)
For DVD the picture and sound quality is good. Although I prefer Blu-Ray, the cost was 4 times more and I didn't think it was worth it.
This is a great way of watching the progression of Rocky Balboa through his fighting career, the highs and lows and the way his family builds up and falls apart. Some of the films are a bit dated now, but there is still a lot of appeal left in them yet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable series of films,Was missing it's booklet though - sold as complete by seller which was annoyingPublished 18 days ago by Dantee
YO ADRIENNE...WISH ID THOUGHT UP HIS FILMS IMAGINE THE PENSIONPublished 1 month ago by believe it or not
First one is the best Box set doesn't disappoint Hours of happy viewingPublished 2 months ago by Beni14