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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie gets PROPER DVD edition...finally!
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...
Published on December 5, 2006 by Richardson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure about this release
I don't know why they did what they did with this version of the film. The transfer is great. The booklet is great. What happened to extras? NO extras AT ALL. I didn't realize it until I got it home. I love the booklet stuff they do, especially Warner because they don't do it cheap (300, Shawshank, Dr. Zhivago) but these 20th Century Fox/MGM are a bit on the cheap (Quite...
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie gets PROPER DVD edition...finally!, December 5, 2006
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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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROCKY - 1080P glory with none of the extras..., December 8, 2006
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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

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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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31 of 34 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
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. It comes in three parts and I watched them separately since they contain over an hour's worth of extra info. Finally, the booklet that comes with this set is an excerpt from an upcoming book called Rocky: The Ultimate Guide.

I would definitely recommend this DVD set for fans of the movie, and anyone who loves underdog sports movies. Rocky's whole life was a million-to-one shot and watching this movie will be uplifting and inspirational for anyone who has ever been down on their luck.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring as Rocky Tries to Go the Distance, December 23, 2006
Rocky Balboa, now an icon of American culture, began his story here. Apollo Creed, a fighter with the class and style of Muhammad Ali, needs a boxer in the heavyweight championships when his opponent breaks his hand. He chooses Rocky, an unknown fighter with a marketable nickname, "The Italian Stallion."

Rocky is just a decent boxer from Philly who could have achieved something if he had more drive. He lives a futile life of discouragement, surviving on hard work and honor. He's a collection agent for a loan shark, and tries, even then, to treat his clients right, giving them the chance to pay up.

When Creed makes his offer to Rocky, Rocky realizes this is his door to freedom, to all he has dreamed of reaching. Creed, though, is the best, and Rocky knows it. He trains hard, but can't forget how good Creed is. His goal isn't to win; that seems unachievable. It is to go the distance, to last through every round. No one ever lasted that long with Creed.

Subplots that help provide depth are his love interest with Adrian, perfectly played by Talia Shire, and Paulie's (Adrian's brother) temper and sense of feeling disenfranchised. Burgess Meredith as Rocky's trainer, Mickey, is a stereotypically sour old man who talks in rough phrases from one side of his mouth who sees Rocky as the embodiment of his own failed dreams.

Rocky's relationship with Adrian is classy. He is a gentleman, albeit simple, and even slept on the couch when Adrian stayed at his place. That kind of class is refreshing to see.

Meredith, perhaps best known until this as the Penguin on the 1960s' Batman TV series, is a great compliment to Sylvester Stallone's Rocky, bringing a father-like wisdom and care to their relationship.

Stallone's own comment on Rocky says it is, "All about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood." I saw it as an American dream. He worked hard, had a dose of luck, and when it mattered, was all heart.

The music is as strong as the movie. High school bands played the "Rocky Theme" by Bill Conti for many years. Watching Rocky's workouts, especially the running and pushup scenes, is inspiring. Mixed with the music, you might catch yourself suiting up and hitting the streets for a few miles after the final credits roll.

I fully recommend "Rocky."

Anthony Trendl

editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Time Stallone Had A Heart, September 26, 2004
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This review is from: Rocky (DVD)
I was a kid growing up in Philly when this film came out in 1976. To say the least this movie was an event in my hometown. Philadelphians being stuck between New York and Washington have a strong sense of pride but also have something of an inferiority complex. When this film about the ultimate underdog getting a shot at the heavyweight title won best picture at the Oscars the city went nuts. Back then they used to platform movies and they would play for months. First they played at upscale theatres(downtown Philly) and after that they came into the neighborhoods(there were few multiplexes). The film came out around Christmas and didn't come to our neighborhood until May, 1977. We waited months for it and when it came to our neighborhood the lines were around the block. Naturally, I saw this film about 3 or 4 times and would unquestionably love it. Subsequent sequels and lousy Stallone films(Cobra, Judge Dredd, etc.) cooled me to this film. I did not revisit this film until it's DVD release and was pleasantly surprised. This is a gritty little film with a lot of heart unlike it's sequels which are slick and soulless. This is not the best directed or acted film in the world and the dialogue is corny at times, but that is part of the film's charm. I get nostalgic when I see Philadelphia as it was in the Bicentennial year, some that still exists and some things that aren't here anymore. Unlike Rocky Balboa, this film triumphed at the Oscars over formidable competition("Network","Taxi Driver","All the President's Men","Bound for Glory")and may not have been the "best" picture, but it's the one that audiences most responded to.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent: 2014 remastered Blu-Ray edition of Rocky is the version to beat on home video ... and it hasn't been teal-ified!, June 10, 2014
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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 you're here for is a review of the latest home video release of Rocky, the 2014 Blu-Ray 4K-remastered edition. So, for those who have double (and triple) dipped on home video, how does it stack up against earlier releases of Rocky?

PQ: The new 4k remastering (meaning that this 2014 release is in 1080p, scanned from a 4K source; it is NOT an actual 4K Blu-Ray release) is pretty darn good-looking, overall. It's sharp with good detail and colors are subtle but strong (the red push visible in the 2006 Rocky Blu-Ray is gone). Rocky is a low-budget, gritty, dark-looking film, with much of it taking place either at night or in environments with lots of shadows; blacks are deep and true to the look of the film (if a bit crushing at times). Surprisingly, the average bit rate of the 2014 Rocky Blu-Ray release is totally comparable to the 2006 bare-bones Blu-Ray release, in spite of all the copious extras found on the 2014 disc. In all, this is a decent step-up from the original 2006 Blu-Ray release, and certainly the best Rocky has ever looked on home video. Best of all, the original color scheme is largely left intact; no teal and orange color scheme update for this remaster. Bravo ... at last, 20th Century Fox gets it right! I hope future Blu-Ray catalog releases will follow suit, thus ending this sucky recent trend of altering the original color timing schemes of catalog titles in order to modernize their look.

AUDIO: This new version of Rocky sports a 5.1 DTS-HD track that, to my ears, sounds an awful lot like the old 2006 Blu-Ray, which is to say it sounds like a mono audio remixed to give it an artificial-sounding surround effect. It gets the job done, but it doesn't stand out the way the video does, for sure.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Back in 2006, Rocky was released both in a fantastic two-disc DVD set with tons of extras, and a bare-bones Blu-Ray release, forcing fans to choose between picking special features or the best A/V available (or, like me, get both releases). In 2009, the same 2006 bare-bones Blu-Ray release of Rocky was included in the "Rocky: The Undisputed Collection " box set, and many of the special features from the Rocky 2006 DVD set were included on a separate special features disc; however, missing were the three audio commentaries found on the 2006 DVD set. Rocky was released yet again in 2011 as a Blu-Ray digibook, sporting the same old bare-bones 2006 Blu-Ray. Well, at last, all of the major special features from the 2006 Rocky Two-Disc Special Edition DVD are here in their entirety on the 2014 Blu-Ray release. Congrats, 20th Century Fox/MGM ... it only took you three recycled Blu-Ray releases spread out over seven years! Anyways, if you have already owned the 2006 special edition DVD, you know what to expect here; we're talking about hours and hours of special features ... everything from several documentaries, to the original film trailers, to three audio commentaries; there are even a couple of new (albeit inconsequential) features put together specifically for this release; in all, both fans and casual viewers should find something to enjoy here.

So, to sum up, for its current asking price of $13, the 2014 remastered Rocky is the one to pick up if you're in the market for that film alone (e.g., those who may already own the 2009 "Rocky: Undisputed Collection", and wish to swap out the older 2006 Rocky Blu-Ray; or those who hate the sequels). That being said, for only $20 here on Amazon.com, you can pick up the 2013 "Rocky: Heavyweight Collection" Blu-Ray box set, which has the latest remastered edition of Rocky and the exact same Blu-Ray releases of Rocky II-VI as the 2009 box set (sans trailers for all of the Rocky sequels that were included in the 2009 collection). Either way, fans of Rocky can't lose, IMO. Highly recommended!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky Is The Champ, February 1, 2001
This review is from: Rocky (1976) (DVD)
Rocky is a classic Hollywood story. A two-bit loser boxer gets his chance, against all odds, for fame and fortune by fighting the champion of the world. The story symbolizes Sylvester Stallone's own rise to fame. At the time, Mr. Stallone was a basically unknown actor who had done nothing to show he was capable of making such an all-time great film. Not only did he give the performance of lifetime as Rocky Balboa, he also wrote the screenplay. He plays Rocky as a likeable slub. A washed up boxer who earns a living as an enforcer for a loan shark, Rocky isn't all that bright, but he cares. He loves animals and falls for the douty Adrian who works at the local pet store. Talia Shire is excellent as the shy and frumpy girl with thick glasses who eventually comes out her shell. Burt Young is her lush of a brother Paulie who works in a meat locker and is always scheming for a buck. Rocky gets his chance at a title when the challenger to the champion of the world Apollo Creed goes down with an injury. As the fight is taking on the first day of America's Bicentennial Year (1976) in Philadelphia, Creed comes up with the idea that since America is the land of opportunity, he is going to give a local, unknown Philadelphia boxer the chance at the title. He picks Rocky because he loves his nickname The Italian Stallion. Rocky reluctantly agrees to fight Creed and despite everyone else looking at the fight as a joke, Rocky trains hard just to go the distance. In one of the more poignant scenes in the movie, Rocky's former trainer Mickey (played with crusty charm by Burgess Meredith), who had give his locker away at the gym because he declared Rocky a bum, comes to Rocky's decrepit apartment begging for forgiveness and chance to train him. Mr. Stallone and Mr. Meredith play the scene with alternating anger and forgiveness and it is quite powerful. The fight scene is compelling and the music still sends chills up your spine. It's difficult keep a dry eye at the end of the fight as Rocky does go the distance. Rocky defied all odds by becoming a big hit and upsetting such other films like Network, All The President's Men and Taxi Driver to win the 1976 Best Picture Oscar. The movie even made it's inspiring and thrilling theme song "Gonna Fly Now" a number one hit for it's composer Bill Conti. Rocky catapulted Mr. Stallone from unknown to superstar and he parlayed the film's success into a wildly successful career (albeit in movies that don't even close to the power and glory of Rocky).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time classic, December 23, 2006
Fantastic packaging for one of the best films ever made. Worth it for the Stallone commentary alone, but it's loaded with quality extras.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of the American Dream., February 11, 2005
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This Oscar-Winning movie of 1976, "Rocky" is by far one of the greatest movies ever made to date. Sylvester Stallone made his acting debut in 1976 when he wrote the story of Rocky Balboa, an underdog Philadelphia club fighter with a heart of gold who has very little money, works for a mobster loanshark and falls in love with a shy girl named Adrian.This movie has a tremendous plot, wonderful character development and a very strong sense of power and novelty.

The movie takes place in the fighting city of Philadelphia and here we meet Rocky Balboa in a club fight against a bum, Spider Rico. We see Rocky's everyday life in this movie. Rocky goes home to his pigsty apartment to two turtles named Cuff and Link and a Goldfish named Mobey Dick. Rocky romances and flirts with a shy, lonely and ignored pet shoped employee named Adrian (great job by Talia Shire). Rocky tries to open her up by telling her bad jokes, and tries to ask her out. Then Rocky goes to work as a muscle-man collector for a his loanshark boss, Tony Gazzo. Then Rocky goes to work out at his boxing gym across the street from Adrian, called Mickey's Gym. The owner of the gym is Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith) who knows that Rocky has the heart and talent to become a good fighter. Then after workout, Rocky goes to the neighborhood bar and has a few beers with his Paulie (Burt Young), Adrian's rude and inconsiderate brother.

Everything is the same in Rocky's life and nothing changes. Rocky continues to fight bums and doesn't get anywhere. Then one day, a shot of freak-luck changes his life forever. Rocky is given a shot at the World Heavyweight Title by the Champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) on New Years Eve at the Philadelpia Spectrum. Apollo decided to give a local Philadelphia underdog fighter a shot at the title and he picked Rocky. Reluctant at first, Rocky doesn't want to fight Apollo because he is convinced that he is nowhere near as good as Apollo. The promoter of the fight tests Rocky's patriotism and cons Rocky into accepting the challenge. Now with the help of Mickey, Rocky begins to train for a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Rocky's goal is to do what no fighter has ever done before: Go the distance with Apollo Creed.

Now with Mickey as his expert trainer, Paulie and Adrian, his new girlfriend by his side in support of him, Rocky is ready to fight the greatest fighter of the world. This movie is the story of the American dream: From rags to riches.

This movie is timeless, it's a masterpiece and is one of the greatest films of all time. Sylvester Stallone not only made his debut as an actor here but also did a phenomenal job writing this movie. It's a wondeful movie all the way for anyone to enjoy. The DVD features Audio Commentary throughout the movie from the cast and crew such as: Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young, and Director John G. Avildsen. This DVD has tons of special features such as: Theatrical Trailers from all 5 "Rocky" movies, Tribute to Burgess Meredith, Sylvester Stallone commentary and many, many more. Buy this DVD and you will never look back.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sequels Needed!, April 27, 2000
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This review is from: Rocky [VHS] (VHS Tape)
...Rocky won best picture at the 1976 Academy Awards anddeservedly so. The film is a study of a lonely man trapped in anunforgiven city who doesn't pretend who he is not. The film is brilliantly directed by John Avildsen and backed by an emotionally charged soundtrack written by Bill Conti. Rocky is an inspiring film rooted in one man's goals and limitations. Balboa's character traits dominate the film. We are uninterested if he has any siblings, parents, or friends; the focus is on Balboa's struggle for acceptance and identity within society. The fight premise is based on former heavyweight unknown Chuck Wepner (The Bayonne Bleeder) and his bout with then heavyweight champ Muhammed Ali. The Ali- Wepner bout lasted a suprising 15 rounds, highlighted by Wepner's dramatic knockdown of Ali in the 8th round. Ali rose and went on to win via a decision as did Apollo Creed, but in both instances the decisions were anti-climatic. Unknown white heavyweights are not supposed to last 15 rounds against the greatest heavyweight champs real or imagined. Rocky's struggle to reveal Adrian's fear of living brings about his own insecurities and failures. When Balboa gets his title shot he knows that he cannot win, but reconciles that his mere courage and manhood will transcend the outcome of the fight. The film contains poignant and introspective scenes that open up Balboa's screen presence without annoying voice-overs or histrionic flashbacks. When Balboa picks up a picture of himself as a boy, we need not know about boyhood stories, the story is parlayed in Rocky's adult face.The scene where the cantankerous Micky humbly comes to Rocky's apartment asking for redemption is emotionally draining. When Balboa explodes and Micky exits, we have an inclination of what might happen next. The brief reconciliation between the thick necked loser and father time is shot from a distance without any audible dialogue. This distant shot on a cold, dark, Philadelphia street needs no dialogue; it is one of the most engrossing frames in the film. Even the turtle pets in Balboa's apartment reveal his hardened surface and nonthreatening underside. Balboa may look intimidating as a collector with his black leather coat, black hat, and black cut out gloves; but his reluctance to break an overdue bettor's thumb reveals more about the man than his attire. Balboa's revelations with Paulie, Adrian, Gazzo, and Micky are the essence of the movie. The fight between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed serves as the canvas for Rocky's emotional, physical, and psychological emergence. I had the pleasure of meeting Chuck Wepner some years ago, he is a successful liquor salesman. Why couldn't Rocky Balboa be as lucky? END
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