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Rocky [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Sylvester Stallone , Talia Shire , John G. Avildsen    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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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 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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Nominated* for 10 Academy Awards® and winner for Best Picture, it's the film that inspired a nation! Audiences and critics alike cheered this American success story of an "everyman" triumphing over all odds. Featuring a dynamic musical score, a thrilling fight sequence and four Oscar® - nominated* performances, this rousing crowd-pleaser will send spirits soaring. Fighting for love, glory and self-respect, Rocky® scores an exultant knockout! Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere. But whena stroke of fate puts him in the ring with a world heavyweight champion, Rocky knows that it's his one shot at the big time - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go the distance and come out a winner! *1976: Actor (Stallone), Actress (Talia Shire), Supporting Actor (Burgess Meredith, Burt Young), Director (won), Original Screenplay, Original Song, Editing (won), Sound

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5.1 Soundtrack Disappointing April 26 2001
Format:DVD
This review refers to the DVD version. Although I love Rocky and consider it one of my all tiem favorites, I was disappointed with the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. There is almost no sound in the rear channels. Now I realize Rocky is not a special effects movie, but there were times those channels should have been used such as the fight sequence. Almost the entire soundtrack is through the center channel. To be honest I don't now how they get away with calling it Dolby 5.1. In terms of picture quality there are several glitches throughout the movie, but it is ok for the most part.
Also not all of the movies in the DVD 5 pack are Widescreen anamorphic. It is nice to have Rocky in widescreen DVD, but don't expect the same overall quality as other DVDs. Maybe that's why this DVD is cheaper than most good DVDs.
Movie Rating: 4.5 DVD Rating: 2.0 Overall Rating: 3.0
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
When Stallone wrote ROCKY and released the film in 1976, he could have little idea how this character would catch on with popular imagination, and effectively launching Stallone's career as a movie star.

Why ROCKY really succeeds is it takes an Everyman, the Italian Stallion Rocky Balboa, and gives him the chance of a lifetime - to fight the current heavyweight champion of the world Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers.

Rocky is simply a fighting nobody, living in Philadelphia, trying to scrape his way through life. He has some low level mob involvement as an enforcer, but he's not happy with this role in life and opts for mercy when dealing with the debtors his boss sends him to collect payment. He's obviously looking to get out and fights on the side, but fighting is his real passion.

Apollo Creed is looking to promote a fight, but the angle he is pursuing is he will fight an unknown, in the spirit of America as the land of opportunity. . America was celebrating its bicentennial in 1976, and this fight would be part of those bicentennial celebrations.

Ultimately Apollo's promoters come up with Rocky Balboa, the Italian Stallion, as much for the name as anything else. We all know what happens. Rocky trains, fights Creed, and becomes successful.

If that's all there was to ROCKY, it'd be a pretty fun film, but not really Oscar worthy. Fortunately there is much more to ROCKY than just that rather cliché sports film storyline.

What sets ROCKY apart is the great writing, acting, and production. Actually, they had to go low budge with this film, and this low budget actually paid off wonderfully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time has changed it (or me) July 27 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Seeing this again for the first time since it was in theaters 35 years ago, I realized this is a very odd film. A strange blend of low budget 1970s street grittiness and realism, and low-brow Hollywood fantasy and cliché.

I appreciate the bittersweet ending, much of the writing, and some of the acting (Burgess Meredith), as well as the very well done fight choreography.

But other moments come off as amateurish improvisation, over the top performances, and old-fashioned hokum (e.g. Talia Shire's absurd physical transformation from over-the-top uber-nerdette, to sexy young love interest).

Still, enjoyable and fun, if not quite the great film I remember it as.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic underdog story (4.5/5) Oct. 6 2007
By falcon
Format:DVD
Rocky is by now considered a classic movie,and well it should be.if you
like underdog stories,you will love this movie.i won't go to much into
the plot,except to say this is a story of an unknown boxer who hits the
big time when he gets the chance the fight the current world
champion.Sylvester Stallone wrote the script and starred as rocky.the
underdog theme in the movie mirrors Stallone's life somewhat,as he was
down and out prior to the film.Stallone shot to stardom after
Rocky,becoming a household name.anyway,as for the movie itself,the
story is well developed and the characters are well written.the
dramatic moments are well done as are the action scenes.the movie is
very inspiring,but stops short of being maudlin.you really care about
Rocky and want him to succeed.more than a movie,Rocky has become a part
of pop culture and will likely remain so for a long time to come.a
strong 4.5/5
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By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
INTRO:A Struggling boxer from Philadelphia who doesn`t seem to be going anywhere,Rocky Balboa gets a once in a lifetime shot at the World Heavyweight Championship,when champ Apollo Creed offer him a shot a the title.For Rocky its a chance for a nobody to become someone and he`s going to make the most out of his chance."Rocky" was nominated for ten awards and won the Best Movie Oscar in 1976,its easy to see why,the first Rocky is a true dedicated underdog story.

At the time an unknown actor Sylvester Stallone wrote "Rocky" and wanted to play the lead role at all costs.With "Rocky" in 1976,as the main character of the movie Stallone was catapulted trought succes and nearly everything he did afterwards reached certain succes.It was his "Make-It or Break-It" movie.

STORYLINE:After Rocky gets offered a chance at Appolo Creed`s title he realizes he has to make the most of it as he never did anything in his carreer and his is his big shot at it.and trains real hard with a retired boxer and trainer Mickey that he will meet along the way.Other additions includes Adrian for whom Rocky has feelings and a strong relationship willl grow out of these two and her brother Paulie.Rocky will need all the support and help he can have against Creed in this charming underdog story.

Yet Rocky is not just "some boxing movie" its more than that,its really a story with romance,love and feelings and passion,that after all those years is still enjoyable and great to watch.There aren`t much movies out there who could be compared to this,and those who make movies could take a lesson from "Rocky".

What`s so great about the Rocky series is Rocky`s character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time has changed it (or me)
Seeing this again for the first time since it was in theaters 35 years ago, I realized this is a very odd film. Read more
Published on July 27 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars "Its all about pride,reputation,and not being another bum in the...
INTRO:A Struggling boxer from Philadelphia who doesn`t seem to be going anywhere,Rocky Balboa gets a once in a lifetime shot at the World Heavyweight Championship,when champ Apollo... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2007 by Tommy Sixx Morais
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky Collectors Edition
Even if you own the original this new one just for the extras alone is worth having. Mine did not come with a 24 page collectors book which was odd even though it was stated on the... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2006 by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Sly was stupid
They just don't make 'em like they used to. Sylvester Stallone had to learn that the hard way, after making countless, subpar action movies for twenty years. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by "fastbr3ak_088"
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cut me, Mick. . ."
All of us love to pull for the underdog, especially if the dog's odds are seemingly insurmountable. Of all the thrilling, inspiring, "feel good" underdog movies out... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by D. Mikels
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I sometimes wonder how many people under the age of twenty-five have never taken the time to view this film. I would hope the number is low. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Dan Blankenship
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKY ROCKY ROCKY
One of the best films that will ever be captured on film. It's the no name man, agaist the champ in this great film. Sylvester Stallone gives his best performence ever on film. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Ryan OC
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Classic!
The dialog, the plot, the supurb acting-- simply excellent!
Published on July 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE CROWD PLEASER
AN UNKNOWN PHILADELPHIA CLUB BOXER NAMED ROCKY BALBOA [SYLVESTER STALLONE] GETS A SHOT AT WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION APOLLO CREED [CARL WEATHERS]. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
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