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Rocky (1976)

Sylvester Stallone , Talia Shire , John G. Avildsen  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Gene Kirkwood, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • 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: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H99
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rocky" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making Of with director John Avildsen
  • Deleted Footage
  • 33 min. video commentary by Sylvester Stallone
  • Tributes to Burgess Meredith and cinematographer James Crabe
  • Advertising materials

Editorial Reviews

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The only remaining evidence that Sylvester Stallone might have had a respectable career, this 1976 Oscar® winner (for Best Picture, Director, and Editing) is still the quintessential ode to an underdog and one of the best boxing movies ever made. After writing the script about a two-bit boxer who gets a "million-to-one shot" against the world heavyweight champion, Stallone insisted that he star in the title role, and his equally unknown status helped to catapult him (and this rousing film) to overnight success. The story is familiar, but it's handled with such vitality and emotional honesty that you can't help but leap and cheer for Rocky Balboa, the chump-turned-champ who stuns the boxing world with the support of his timid girlfriend Adrian (Talia Shire) and grizzled trainer Gus (Burgess Meredith). Oscar nominations went to all the lead actors (including Burt Young as Adrian's hot-tempered brother), but four sequels could never top the universal appeal of this low-budget crowd pleaser. --Jeff Shannon

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Rocky Balboa, club fighter from the mean streets of Philadelphia, gets an unlikely shot at the heavyweight championship of the world by taking on champion Apollo Creed. The irresistible story of the boxer who gives his all to win the championship title won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director and catapulted Sylvester Stallone to superstardom.

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie gets PROPER DVD edition...finally! December 5, 2006
Format:DVD
Hello Folks,
I want to thank MGM for this release....they really got it right!
first off...
all the excellent bonus features from the 25th Anniversary edition..
the 30 minute on camera commentary by Stallone, the tributes to Burgess Meredith, the cinematographer James Crabbe and Bill Conti..ALL made it to this edition...which means you don't have to hold onto older inferior editions to have all the bonus features...and this IS a big deal. Too many recent DVD editions of movies lose old features which make keeping mutliple copies essential and that stinks.
The extra features are really too many to list...multiple commentaries..and the Stallone alone is worth the update...its truly like watching the movie with him in the room...WOW!
all the past trailers...the appearance on the Dinah Shore show..featurettes...this is a NO BRAINER for fans of the movie.

The three part "making of" which runs about an hour and half and features the main players is extraordinary in its revelations about the movie and the craft of making movies and WHY this was a million to one chance and WHY their lack of budget actually helped in many ways. The twenty minute documentary on the Steadicam and its inventor ...who filmed his demo on the art museum steps before heading to Hollywood....its just proof that all the planets lined up for this one!
For those out there bitching about the upgraded releases of DVDs...don't buy em...for those of us who love the movies...these higher quality releases are very welcome. I picked this 2 disc set up for $15 at Target...and there are hours of features...WHAT A DEAL!

If you love the movie...get this version.
if you don't care about bonus features...stick with your old copy.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROCKY - 1080P glory with none of the extras... December 8, 2006
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
One of the only films in my top ten list that seems to get better every time I see it. Rocky Balboa is one of the most charming down on his luck loser's the cinema has ever seen. The film sweeps a range of emotions from hope where it was all but gone to chill you to the bone despair. A film of loneliness, surrender and ultimately redemption. Just re-watched the scene where Mickey comes to ask Rocky if he can manage him. The fear in the sub-text and in Rocky's eyes is so tragic and beautiful. I still get caught up in it after dozens of viewings. Just amazing.

Movie 5.0 out 5.0 stars

Blu-ray details

The picture quality is stellar, grainy and wonderful. There are some inconsistencies in the shadows during the fight and of course a large color shift when they cut to stock footage of the audience, but most if not all of these artifacts are probably from the original release. The sound is tinny here and there and over modulates once in a while, again I think this probably due to the original sound track being 30 years old but it is distracting on occasion.

The biggest disappointment is the lack of extras. MGM simultaneously released a collector's edition 2 disc DVD of ROCKY with commentary from Stallone and hours of behind the scenes and documentaries on the film. Unfortunately none of these are on the Blu-ray edition. The only extra is the original theatrical trailer. Quite a disappointment and although the picture is great, I would have opted for the DVD if I knew ahead of time. A 30 year old film is technically sub-par to what we see today and seeing it on a DVD vs. a Blu-ray Disc is probably not a hugely dramatic difference. I suggest saving a few bucks and getting a lot more with the 2 Disc DVD.

Blu-ray score, due to lack of available extras: 3.0 out of 5.0
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He doesn't know it's a show. He thinks it's a fight." December 9, 2006
Format:DVD
Rocky Balboa is a local guy who is just going through life making ends meet. He boxes at underground clubs for extra cash. He breaks legs for a local bookie on the side. He trains at a gym, but only does so halfheartedly--to the point where the owner of the gym gives his locker away because of his lack of focus. He has a crush on his best friend's sister, a girl named Adrianne who works at a pet shop. All in all, Rocky is just another guy trying to make it in 1975 Philadelphia.

When the heavyweight champion of the world, Apollo Creed, has problems finding someone to fight at a holiday spectacle he's planning on New Year's Day, he decides to give a local guy a shot at the title. He chooses Rocky not for his skill, but because he's known as the Italian Stallion. Apollo thinks beating this hometown boy will let people know that he is the American Dream.

Rocky is the quintessential American hero. This is the greatest underdog sports movie and the one that paved the way for all the ones to follow. This rerelease in a two-disc collector's edition is long overdue. Some have problems because the film has been released so times, but with Rocky Balboa hitting theaters this winter it was pretty much a given that they would rerelease this film.

The extras:

About the best thing in this collector's edition (in my opinion) is the inclusion of three sets of audio commentaries. The one with Sylvester Stallone is, in itself, worth the $20 price tag. Since Stallone wrote the movie as well as starred in it, he has some interesting perspectives and his reflection on the project 30 years later will be a big draw for longtime fans of the film. The "making of" featurette on the second disc is lengthy, so be prepared for all the info it contains.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... our grandson watched it with us this time and liked it
we had watched it when it first came out our grandson watched it with us this time and liked it alot
Published 12 days ago by jimmy phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars ... hesitant to watch this 1970's film but she really enjoyed it and...
My teenage daughter was hesitant to watch this 1970's film but she really enjoyed it and after watching said, "It's older but a classic. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars First and Last
Not bad for a sequel. Better than the others. Watch the first Rocky, then watch this one. It tells the whole story.
Published 17 days ago by jewels2u
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably should be rated PG-13 by today's standards
- so if you remember this movie and are thinking of watching it with your tweens -be reminded - there's quite a bit of swearing, maybe fives uses of the word 'whore', Pauly asks... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome. That's all there is to it. The beginning of a legend and a national hero. I grew up on this stuff and enjoyed watching it again.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel King
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong with Rocky? And now it has commentary by Sly,...
If you're a Rocky fan it is hard to go wrong with this. I love the movie, even though it is not high action the entire time. There is an actual plot and character development. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Spider-guy2
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for a classic, don't miss out on rocky
This movie is inspiring, well shot, and a classic for all ages. I watched it for the first time and I can't believe I've been missing out for so long.
Published 1 month ago by heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent: 2014 remastered Blu-Ray edition of Rocky is the version to...
I'll skip a review of the film, as anyone bothering to read this already knows Rocky is a classic of 1970's cinema, is imminently re-watchable, and a must-own on home video; what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hugo D. Hackenbush
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo! A new generation of fans!
Five-star classic! My tween boy is big into Rocky after seeing this one! I even bought him the soundtrack after he insisted!
Published 2 months ago by E. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky
Purchased for my mentally challanged son who watched it whenever it showed on TV. He can now watch whenever he wishes.
Published 2 months ago by Alice Condodina
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No 24 page collectible-booklet in my copy
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