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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 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 has been handled with such vitality and emotional honesty that you can't help but leap and cheer for Rocky Balboa, the chump turned champ (despite his valiant defeat in the ring) who stuns the boxing world with the support of his timid girlfriend, Adrian (Talia Shire), and grizzled trainer, Mickey (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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Blu Ray review (1 disc)
This is the definitive blu ray version of the film, jam-packed with a ton of content.
‘Three Rounds with Legendary Trainer Lou Duva’ (5min) - Brief interview with trainer Lou Duva.
‘Interview with a Legend’ (7min) - Sports historian Bert Sugar talks about the impact of the Rocky franchise.
‘The Opponents’ (16min) - A focus piece on three of Rocky’s biggest opponents, featuring cast interviews.
‘In the Ring’ (75min) - A great making of documentary, split into three parts.
‘Steadicam: Then and Now with Garrett Brown (17min) - Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam talks about his invention. He also runs us through some of the iconic shots in the film and how they were put together with an anatomical breakdown of a modern Steadicam.
‘Make Up! (15min) - The make-up artist gives us a breakdown of the baking process, his thoughts on the-making and shows us some of the moulds used in the film.
‘Staccato’ (12min) - Composer Bill Conti shares his memories and thoughts on both the film and the score.
‘The Ring of Truth’ (10min) - Art director James Spencer talks about how he created the look of the film
‘Behind the Scenes’ (12min) - The director shares some sparring footage.
‘Tribute to Burgess Meredith’ (8min) - The cast talks about the actor and his contribution to the franchise.
‘Tribute to James Crabe’ (4min) - A tribute piece for cinematographer James Crabe.
‘Sylvester Stallone on Dinah! (1976)’ (17min) - An interview from talk show Dinah!
‘Stallone Meets Rocky’ (3min) - A fun skit of the actor meeting Rocky Balboa at an art museum.
Audio commentary with Sylvester Stallone
Audio commentary with legends Lou Duva and Bert Sugar
Audio commentary with director, cast members, producers and cameraman
Also Includes trailers and tv spots.
Are you kidding me?.. I remember watching this as a kid (In the eighties), and I remember how integral of a role the music played during the last ten
minutes of the movie. And I remember hearing that music so prominently in the overall audio. Now it's like background music being drowned out by all the voices. Apparently hearing the grunts of the two actors is WAY more important than hearing the BRILLIANT Bill Conti score.
No plot spoilers from me: Stallone plays Rocky Balboa, "The Italian Stallion", a talented but unfocused club boxer\"leg beaker". His circle of "friends" include a two-bit loan shark, a grouchy washed up boxer turned trainer, a scamming friend with serious social issues, and a repressed girlfriend. Rocky gets his big chance when the current Heavy Weight Champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) needs a stand-in fighter on short notice.
Have been raised near Philadelphia (I proposed to my wife on the steps of Independence Hall), working downtown for 10 years, and taking my kids to places like the Art Museum, seeing the familiar sights was an extra bonus for me!
This is a great movie that I was happy to share with my kids!