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Director: John G. Avildsen

Cast: John G. Avildsen, Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young


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This special edition of Rocky includes an excellent collection of supplements that provides plenty of insight into the production. The highlight is a 28-minute video commentary from Sylvester Stallone, which contains very straightforward, honest information from the star. Combined with shots from the film, he discusses elements ranging from the story's originsSee more details below


This special edition of Rocky includes an excellent collection of supplements that provides plenty of insight into the production. The highlight is a 28-minute video commentary from Sylvester Stallone, which contains very straightforward, honest information from the star. Combined with shots from the film, he discusses elements ranging from the story's origins to the casting of each part. This feature combines nicely with the impressive feature-length commentary from director John Avildsen, producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Burt Young, and others. There also are two brief tributes on this release to legendary actor Burgess Meredith and cinematographer James Crabe. Stallone and a few actors provide thoughts on the first one, and Avildsen speaks on the second feature. He also introduces some home video footage used to improve the technique for the fight sequences. This 12-minute, behind-the-scenes supplement offers a small view at the tremendous preparation needed to create the realistic battles. The remaining bonus materials on this disc include three television spots, one teaser, and theatrical trailers for all five Rocky films. Rocky is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that contains a decent amount of grain, especially in the night scenes. However, this is not too distracting considering the time period of its creation. The 5.1-channel Dolby Digital audio track nicely presents Bill Conti's rousing score and utilizes considerable power. It is not the most complex transfer on the market, but it does soundly convey the necessary emotions. An adequate 2.0-channel Dolby Surround track also is offered.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In 1976, undistinguished bit player Sylvester Stallone became an overnight sensation with the release of Rocky, a modestly produced drama that brought cheering audiences to their feet, won that year's Best Picture Oscar, and ultimately spawned four sequels. The film's surprise success vindicated both Stallone, who had written the script as a starring vehicle for himself, and little-known director John G. Avildsen, who cleverly retooled old B-movie characters and plot devices for '70s moviegoers. Stallone's protagonist, would-be prizefighter Rocky Balboa, inspired viewers with the courage and dedication he exhibited while preparing for his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a title fight with current champ Apollo Creed (played memorably by Carl Weathers). Veteran character actor Burgess Meredith was dazzling as Rocky's grizzled, feisty trainer, and Talia Shire contributed a sensitive performance as the challenger's shy girlfriend. Working with limited resources, Avildsen, who won the Best Director Oscar for his effort, turned in a finished product not unlike its eponymous hero: gritty and rough-edged, with plenty of heart and raw energy to spare. A quarter century later, firmly entrenched in American pop culture and undiminished by innumerable, witless parodies and cheesy knockoffs, Rocky is one ringside opus that still packs a wallop. The 25th Anniversary DVD edition sports a newly filmed, 33-minute interview with Stallone, along with an audio commentary by Avildsen, a behind-the-scenes featurette including cast and crew, a tribute to Burgess Meredith, and a potpourri of advertising and promotional material.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Rocky is an unashamed feel-good movie. It is essentially a reworking of Paddy Chayefsky's Marty, only instead of a shy butcher in a grocery, the protagonist is a shy butcher for a local loan shark. The real-life tale is now legendary -- how the struggling young writer Sylvester Stallone was in the audience for Muhammad Ali's boxing match with (reputed) mob enforcer and all-around tough guy Chuck Wepner, only to wonder if it wouldn't make a better story if the underdog weren't beaten into a senseless pulp by the mercurial champion. Later, Stallone, still unsuccessful and very broke, would refuse an offer for his screenplay, insisting that the deal include his playing the title role. Much like the character in his screenplay, Stallone would get his unlikely chance at success and prevail in Rocky-like fashion. At the heart of the film is Rocky's reluctant romance with the similarly shy Adrian (Talia Shire). Director John G. Avildsen expertly stretched his meager budget with skillfully selected Philadelphia location shots, most notably Rocky's training montage, which ends at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. With Network and Taxi Driver as the primary competition, the Academy opted for the upbeat Rocky, giving it three Oscars, including Best Picture.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, monaural]

Special Features

Audio commentary by director John G. Avildsen, producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Talia Shire, and Burt Young; Video commentary by Sylvester Stallone; Three Rocky featurettes: "Behind-the-Scenes," "A Tribute to Burgess Meredith," and "A Tribute to James Crabe"; Collectible booklet featuring the making of the film; Original theatrical trailers; Original advertising materials; And more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire Adrian
Burt Young Paulie
Carl Weathers Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith Mickey
Thayer David Jergens
Joe Spinell Gazzo
Jodi Letizia Marie
Bill Baldwin Fight Announcer
James Gambina Mike
Al Silvani Cut Man
Frank Stallone A Street Corner Singer
Kathleen Parker Paulie's Date
George Memmoli Ice Rink Attendant
Diana Lewis TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon TV Commentator
Larry Carroll TV Interviewer
Stan Shaw Dipper
Don Sherman Bartender
Billy Sands Club Fight Announcer
DeForest Covan Apollo's Corner
Simmy Bow Club Cornerman
Tony Burton Apollo's Trainer
Hank Rolike Apollo Cornerman
Shirley O'Hara Krims Jergens' Secretary
Lloyd Kaufman Drunk
Jane Marla Robbins Gloria, Pet Shop Owner
Jack Hollander Fats
Frankie Van Club Fight Referee
Lou Filippo Championship Fight Announcer
Joe Frazier Himself

Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director
Lyle J. Burbridge Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Cambell Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Cassidy Production Designer
Robert Chartoff Producer
Carol Connors Songwriter
Scott Conrad Editor
Bill Conti Score Composer,Songwriter
James A. Crabe Cinematographer
Fred T. Gallo Asst. Director
James Gambina Consultant/advisor
Richard Halsey Editor
Joanne Hutchinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Caro Jones Casting
Gene Kirkwood Executive Producer
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Molyneaux Set Decoration/Design
Jim Nickerson Stunts
Ayn Robbins Songwriter
James Spencer Art Director
Frank Stallone Score Composer
Sylvester Stallone Screenwriter
Frank Stollone Songwriter
Ted Adams Swanson Production Manager
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Westmore Makeup
Irwin Winkler Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- ROCKY
0. Scene Selections
1. Opening Credits; Fight [:02]
2. Turtle Food [7:09]
3. Break His Thumb [:57]
4. "Ain't Your Locker No More" [3:30]
5. "Giving Me The Shoulder" [4:34]
6. Advice [5:48]
7. The Italian Stallion [1:58]
8. "She's Very Excited" [1:46]
9. Ice Skating [4:15]
10. "I Want To Kiss You" [2:39]
11. The Proposition [1:02]
12. The Stuff On TV [2:20]
13. "You Wanna Help Me Out?" [3:52]
14. Morning Run [3:04]
15. "He's Awful Pushy" [4:18]
16. Women Weaken Legs [2:43]
17. Exposure [4:38]
18. Christmastime [2:26]
19. In Training [5:14]
20. "I Can't Beat Him" [1:29]
21. The Main Event [6:34]
22. Round 1 [2:31]
23. The Battles [4:22]
24. The Final Round [1:39]
25. End Credits [2:48]


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