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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 origins to the casting of each part. This feature combines nicely with the impressive feature-length commentary from director John Avildsen, producers Irwin ...
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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 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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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
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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: 4/24/2001
  • UPC: 027616860361
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD

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 Jr. 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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Menu

Side #1 -- ROCKY
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Audio commentary with Director, Producers and Cast
         Audio commentary with Director, Producers and Cast ON
         Audio commentary with Director, Producers and Cast OFF
      Video Commentary with Sylvester Stallone
      Rocky Featurettes
         Behind the Scenes with Director John Avildsen
         Tribute to Burgess Meredith
         Tribute to James Crabe
      Original Trailers
         Rocky Teaser Trailer
         Rocky
         Rocky II
         Rocky III
         Rocky IV
         Rocky V
      Original Rocky TV Spots
         "Critical Acclaim"
         "Introducing Sylvester Stallone"
         "Critical Acclaim"
   Languages
      SPOKEN LANGUAGES English 5.1
      SPOKEN LANGUAGES Original English Mono
      SPOKEN LANGUAGES Francais
      SPOKEN LANGUAGES Espanol
      SUBTITLES Francais
      SUBTITLES Espanol
      SUBTITLES None
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    A great story written by Sylvester Stallone. The writing, the a

    A great story written by Sylvester Stallone. The writing, the acting, and the music is outstanding. It's a love story and a sports movie. It is terrific!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best boxing movies!

    Rocky is a great movie from 1976 Sylvester Stallone does a wonderful job as Rocky Babloa he meets Adrin the girl who's sorta shy but they end up together i love Rocky!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than a story about boxing

    "Rocky" is a movie for anyone brave enough to dream. Dreaming takes risks. Rocky Balboa is a man trying to take full advantage of one of the few real shots Life gives us. Rocky risks love, loss and courage to see who is really is. Find out what a gem this too often overlooked movie is really about. Slyvester Stallone's career is one worthy of study. Here is a man capable of penning "Rocky" and yet he falls in to the trap of Hollywood and, almost, throws away an entire career. Stallone's writing is brilliant. Stallone's ability to tell a full story, with imperfect characters, is rare. His honesty with the audience should be copied. "Rocky" brings a level of realism too often shied away from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    for those who loves the rocky series i tell you this is the best of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thanks Sylvester!!

    A great appreciation for the emotions & thoughts you gifted to us in our still lasting teenage years, through your talent in perfoming "a not only American hero" as Rocky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a "must-have" edition

    For the Rocky fan, this edition is pure gold. There are tons of features included. One of my favorites was the feature-length audio commentary by Stallone. It's inspiring to hear him reflect back on the film that changed his life forever. And last but certainly not least, it's also a wonderful movie that gets better and better with time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yo Adrian !!!

    Rocky is my favorite movie! I think Appalo Creed is my favoirite charactor.This movie inspired me to go for my dreams.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Modern Day Classic

    An American classic. The characters have such depth in this first Rocky. Inspirational, exciting, sentimental. It really gets better everytime you see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT IS A GREAT MOVIE

    ROCKY IS A GREAT MOVIE. IT HAS GREAT CHOREOGRAPHY, IT IS FUNNY AT TIMES, AND THIS MOVIE TEACHES YOU A LOT OF THINGS SUCH AS YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO. I THOUGHT THE BEGINNING WAS PRETTY GOOD. THE FIGHT CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME WHEN ROCKY FOUGHT APOLLO. ONE OF MY FAVORITE SCENES IN THE MOVIE WAS WHEN ROCKY WAS PUNCHING ON THE CHICKEN. IF YOU WANT TO WATCH SOMETHING INSPARATIONAL ROCKY IS THE MOVIE FOR YOU.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ITALIAN STALLION

    ANYONE WHO BAD MOUTHS ROCKY IS A TOTAL MORON! THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE PLAYED AT EVERY PORT COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY...THIS MOVIE IS AMERICA!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Drama of Dramas

    The great thing about Rocky, is that it appeals to everybody. Anyone who enjoys romance will be captivated by the relationship between Rocky and his girlfriend Adrian. Anyone who enjoys action will be awestruck by the beautifully choreographed fights. And anyone who would enjoy the drama of one man and his one in a million shot at glory, will enjoy ROCKY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Legendary, Motivational, Inspiring...

    Rocky is one of those movies that you can watch over and over again, and it is like watching it for the first time. This movie is timeless. Rocky is a movie about achieving your dreams, sticking to your goals, and Rocky lets everyone know that if you put your mind to it that you can accomplish anything. One of my favorite of all time. - Chad Castorina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie Should Have An Exception Of 50,000,000 Stars! s

    No wonder this movie won Best Picture and Best Director! I think this movie should have won every Oscar Award. If anybody dislikes this movie by an inch their brain is full of lunicy. This movie is filled with humor,drama and fun from start to end. The story of a man who doubted his dream and got more than anybody could dream for will have you out of your seat cheering and maybe a few tears of happieness out of your eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bet Film Ever!

    This is the best work stallone has ever done. It will make you laugh, cry and not want to look away. It's a classic and you don't mind seeing it over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie Ever!!!

    In the movie, it starts off slow.I loved every single second of it. From the first fight until last punch. The only bad part is that Rocy lost.

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