VHS Special Feature:
"Behind-The-Scenes" Featurette with Director John Avildsen
The 1976 Oscar winner for Best Picture, John G Avildsen's Rocky is the story of a down-and-out club fighter who gets his million-to-one shot at a world championship title. In the title role, Sylvester Stallone (who also penned the screenplay) draws a carefully etched portrait of a loser who, in Brando-esque fashion, "coulda been a contender". Rocky then actually becomes one thanks to a publicity stunt engineered by current champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), while finding love, courtesy of timid wallflower Adrian (Talia Shire), along the way. Burgess Meredith revives the spirit of 1940's genre pictures through his scenery-chewing performance as Rocky's trainer. An enormous entertainment, Rocky is irresistible in its depiction of an underachiever who has the courage to start all over again--a description that could have been applied to Stallone's own life at the time. --Kevin Mulhall --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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.
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