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Rocky II (1979)

Sylvester Stallone , Carl Weathers , Sylvester Stallone  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young
  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GAOG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rocky II" on IMDb

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It's the rematch of the century as Rocky Balboa takes on Apollo Creed in this powerful follow-up toone of the most acclaimed movies in film history. Writer-director-star Sylvester Stallone succeeds in creating a powerful feel-good movie hailed as "a stunning effort in every way" (New York Post). After club fighter Rocky Balboa (Stallone) goes the distance with the world heavyweight champion, boxing fans clamor for a rematch. But Rocky, having sustained massive injuries in the bout, announces his retirement. Though he tries to make a new life for himself, Rocky realizes that he can't escape his true calling. The ring beckons once more, and the "Italian Stallion" must prepare for the fight of his life.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rematch Of The Century November 17, 1999
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Format:DVD
This movie had just as much heart as the original. It was just as realistic, just as heartset, and just as expected. A true hero, Rocky follows his true calling, and defends his honor as initiative for this fight, as opposed to winning the title. The film was incredibly emotional through Rocky's eyes, because we see him try to support his family other ways, try to be a good worker, but he knows that his true calling belongs in the ring. The result is what I think to be the most realistic, greatest fight of the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stallone's Signature Performance December 19, 2012
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Although the original was a major hit, and won the Oscar for Best Picture, I have always felt that THIS is the one that caused the public to fall in love with the character. It was undeniably the one that cemented Stallone's status as a major motion picture star, and even as a writer and director.

In parts 3 and 4, he placed more emphasis upon the character's athletic prowess and courage. Later, with parts 5 and 6, he endeavored to bring Rocky back down to Earth a bit, with more pedestrian outings, emphasizing the character's humanity.

But it was with Rocky 2 that Stallone got it absolutely right.

I honestly don't believe that there has ever been a depiction of a cinematic hero quite like this one. He embodies characteristics that are often overlooked, both in the world of fiction as well as non-fiction. Balboa is honest, and good-hearted, sometimes to a fault. As both writer and actor, Stallone imbues the character with a simple grace and dignity that I find immensely appealing.

What I mean by that is.......his is not the humility that we so often see in real-life athletes. You know the sort........the kind of guy who will spend 30 minutes regaling you with a speech about how humble he is. The way I see it, if you spend lots of time bragging about how humble you are, well, then, chances are you are not really all that humble.(are you listening, Evander Holyfield?)

If you believe that you cannot craft a film around a noble protagonist, that everything must be drenched in moral ambiguity........well, you won't get much out of this. He is, at his core, a kind man. A nice man. And his virtues are presented unapologetically.

But, then again, if being sweet, in and of itself, made you a great hero, Mr.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done sequel delivers the goods November 3, 2006
Format:DVD
"Rocky II" is a worthy sequel, more in line with the subtlety and realistic drama of the first film than the super-heroics of the later sequels (which nevertheless were fun in their own way). Here are a few things I liked about the movie (beware spoilers):

Character-based consequences and outcomes lent credibility to the proceedings. Character and heart helped Rocky "go the distance" in the first film, and kept him on his feet here, too. But, in an intelligent move on the part of the filmmakers, it's made clear that Apollo is still the superior, more skillful fighter and would have won again this time. Apollo's downfall here is that he ignores his trainer's advice to just stay out of Rocky's way in the later rounds and win again on a decision. But, no, Apollo's temper and ego make him get in close and try to go for a knock-out, which of course gives Rocky the opportunity to try for the same thing.

I liked how the movie wasn't afraid to be low key and maybe even a little boring in the earlier going, as we see Rocky struggle with finding employment and living a quiet domestic life following the big fight at the end of the first film. As both the audience and Rocky's wife Adrian eventually comes to realize, however, maybe a quiet, normal life isn't for everyone.

While Apollo plays to the cameras and resorts to some unsavory publicity tricks to lure Rocky back into the ring, he's never reduced to the role of a one-note villain. You can understand why he's frustrated and wants closure after the unfinished business of the first fight. All along, though, an unspoken rapport with Rocky, a level of respect for him, is evident.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky II review. March 31, 2012
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Rocky II picks up where the first movie left off. Rocky first tells the media at the hospital he is retiring from boxing despite the champ Apollo Creed's demands he wants a rematch. Rocky then cannot find a good paying job since he does not have the skills for a high paying job. He gets a job at the brother in law meat packing factory but is laid off. His wife is expecting a son. Rocky goes to back to his trainer's gym to work as a janitor. The champ starts a negative campaign to get a rematch with Rocky. Rocky's wife does not her husband back in boxing. Then his wife falls into a coma when her brother gets into an argument with her telling his sister to give Rocky permission to fight again. After Rocky and his trainer pray for her recovery she gives birth to his son and gives her husband the blessing to fight again. Rocky trains for the fight and he steps into the ring with the champ in an epic battle for the ages. It is will be remembered for the line "Yo Adrian I did it."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky II (1979)-You're going down. No way! July 13, 2009
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Rocky II (1979)-Rocky does it again in this great five star sequel. Made with many of the production values of the original and as entertaining as humanly possible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Yooo Adrian, watch me!"
I was really pleased with the quality of the movie. Talking about the 70s and it looked good. No interruption and I have a normal modem. Rocky is a great movie must see.
Published 1 month ago by damailman
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky 2
I forgot a lot of the Rocky movies and I just wanted to see them again I really enjoy watching him climb the ladder of success and how he changed a long the way
Published 1 month ago by Mary Speicher
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice sequel
I felt this was a good sequel to the original. There wasn't any need for this movie, but what was done I felt was surprisingly right on par with the first. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great doing business with you!
The movie was in perfect condition, the only negative was that it took a very long time to get to me.
Published 3 months ago by Brittney Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars still a great story
i have watched this movie more times than I want to admit but I still love watching after all these years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Albert Golbasarians
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Its a great classic movie the picture quality was awesome and it is also one of my all time favorite movies
Published 4 months ago by frank dejesus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Movie
Great classic and a great, safe family movie (which is hard to find these days). My kids loved it too :)
Published 5 months ago by Harrell C. Gibbs Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars ROCKY II great, Blu-Ray? Keep your DVD 2013
ROCKY II is one of my favorite sequels ever. But there is a serious problem with the ROCKY series on Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Weinstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is a classic, I forgot how good it was. I showed it to my boys and they had never seen it and loved it too.
Published 5 months ago by R. Buttram
5.0 out of 5 stars omG <3 rock
sly's a legend. wrote the rocky triology himself. its heartfelt. he busted his butt to bulk up big. story of a poor kid from the streets done big.
Published 6 months ago by M. demichele
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Changing the cover art for DVD release
I know this is old, but I agree with you. Although I never cared for the original poster or VHS box art for Rocky II. Rocky III I could take or leave, though it is better than the newer covers for sure. Rocky V's 1st DVD kept the original art and while that is gone now, the menu screen still has... Read more
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BEWARE FAKE REVIEWS!
"Is the quality as bad as an antena reception with wavy lines and snow? No? ok then"

Huh? What does this mean? Are you arguing about the quality? Have you ever seen a digital transfer? Wow.

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