Rocky - Special Edition [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Remastered with 5.1 Audio
Audio Commentary with Director, Producer and Crew
Exclusive Interview with Sylvester Stallone
"Behind The Scenes" Featurette with Director John Avildsen
Tribute to Burgess Meredith
Tribute to James Crabe
3 TV Spots
Original Trailer for Rocky
Original Trailer for Rocky II
Original Trailer for Rocky III
Original Trailer for Rocky IV
Original Trailer for Rocky V
Special Hidden Featurette
8 Page Booklet
Subtitles: English, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Turkish, English for the hard of hearing.
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 NewmanSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Simply put, it is better than the previous release, the speckles and other niggles that plagued the first release are fixed.
Colour wise, there is a teal push, very much like the Terminator and Halloween remaster, and that gives the image a cooler, accurate and more natural look. Grain is intact but less noise than before, and to my eyes it is sharper too.
Overall i am very happy with this release in terms of picture quality.
Audio quality wise i do not think it offers any improvement over previous release.
Master Audio dts 5.1
Audio Commentary by DIRECTOR 'John Avildsen, PRODUCERS Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff. ACTORS Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Burt Young. And steadicam Inventor Garrett Brown
Audio commentary by Sylvester Stallone
Audio Commentary by Boxing Legends, trainer Lou Duva and commentator Bert Sugar.
8mm Home movies of Rocky, narrated by director John Avildsen and production manager Lloyd Kaufman
Three Rounds with legendary trainer Lou Duva
Interview with a legend - Bert Sugar:Author/Commentator and historian
In the ring: Three-part making of documentary
Steadicam: Then and Now with Garrett Brown
The first Rocky film is and remains a masterpiece to this day and has a very sentimental and fond place in my heart. Every time I watch it I find myself getting all chocked up with emotion and cheering at my TV with excitement. I just love it and look forward every year when the time arrives to start the Rocky saga from scratch. Ive just started it all again this week and as I do with some films, find myself totally drawn into it like it's the first time over again and finding something new. I love the fact that the original Rocky is very basic and all the better for it. It's a love story with the boxing sitting in background with both parts of the story crossing over seamlessly.
Sylvester Stallone was made for the part of Rocky Balboa and wrote and played the film perfectly. It's amazing how he went from a real dramatic actor and film maker to the action giant he became. I think the negative vibe merchants who do slag off Sly forget about just how much of a great actor/director/writer Sly actually is.Read more ›
The story revolves around Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a down-on-luck amateur boxer and part time loan shark. He stays in a run down apartment, has virtually no money and his lovelife is luckless. All this however is about to change.
When World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) decides to up his publicity, he offers an unknown 'a shot at the title', with the assumption that America is the land of opportunity. As fate has it, he picks Rocky, a boxer who has virtually no chance of winning.
The story then focuses upon Rocky's preparations to the big fight, with confrontations with his manager Mick (a magnificent Burgess Merideth) and Paulie (Burt Young), the brother to his new girlfriend Adrian (Talia Shire).
I have encountered some finales through the years watching films, but this needs to be my favourite. Everything comes together - Bill Conti's breathtaking soundtrack, the realistic fight scene, and of coarse, above anything else, Rocky's heart to go the distance. It really has to be seen.
Whats the DVD like I hear you screaming. The picture is crisp, and doesn't even compare with the VHS release (which I felt was terrible). I adore the soundtrack in Rocky, and it has never sounded better than it does here. You'll be humming your way through the training montages!
As for the Special Features, you have an in depth interview with Stallone, which is both humourous and interesting.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 11 yr old saw CREED with his Mum and said it was good so...managed.to get me to pay for this so he got to understand the 'back story' and because when we were in Philly 4 years... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Keith Hoult
The ultimate underdog story. A great film for anybody who wants to get in shape for New Years. Truly inspirational and uplifting.Published 7 months ago by Toby Glover