Rocky (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this 1976 Best Picture Winner inspired a nation. A struggling Philadelphia club fighter (Sylvester Stallone) gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight for love, glory and self-respect. Featuring a legendary musical score and thrilling fight sequences, this rousing crowd-pleaser scores a knockout!

Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 220542806
UPC 883904228004
UPC 14 00883904228004
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/10/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Boxers
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Personal Triumph
Rags To Riches
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director John G. Avildsen's ROCKY is the stand-up-and-cheer saga of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), an underdog boxer who gets his million-to-one shot at love, self-respect, and the world heavyweight title. Rocky is a down-on-his-luck Philadelphia southpaw who works at a meat-packing factory while fighting at a local club. He's given the chance of a lifetime when the world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), chooses him as an unlikely opponent in his championship bicentennial fight. What was originally planned as a publicity stunt becomes a chance for Rocky to prove himself as a prizefighter while training with his cantankerous manager, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), to rise to the challenge. Thrilling scenes of Rocky's arduous training, including his unforgettable run up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, are interspersed with a sweet and touching love story between the fighter and his best friend's shy sister, Adrian (Talia Shire). With the love of Adrian on his side, Rocky struggles to overcome the odds, fighting with all his heart in the glorious and brutal finale. Shot with gritty realism on the mean streets of Philadelphia, ROCKY introduced a new American cinematic hero, spurred on by rollicking action sequences and a rousing soundtrack. A triumph for star and screenwriter Stallone, who himself came from nowhere to reach the top, ROCKY is crowd-pleasing entertainment at its finest.
Plot Summary
Summary In ROCKY, a young boxer from Philadelphia rises from obscurity to get a shot at the world boxing championship.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Your nose is broken."--Mickey (Burgess Meredith)|"How does it look?"--Rocky (Sylvester Stallone)|"Ah, it's an improvement."--Mickey
Quote "Why do you wanna fight?"--Adrian (Talia Shire)|"Because I can't sing or dance."--Rocky
Quote "I can't beat him. But that don't bother me. The only thing I want to do is to go the distance, that's all. Because if that bell rings and I'm still standing, then I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I wasn't just another bum from the neighborhood."--Rocky
Quote "Yo, Adrian!"--Rocky
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...Writer-star Sylvester Stallone's parable of redemption remains not only the sports-film paragon but one of the most successful low-budget movies ever..." 01/11/2002 p.36
Total Film "...A pure pugilistic fairytale..." 11/01/2003 p.129
Premiere "[S]triking a blow for underdogs with more heart than smarts, and bringing apple-pie values and feel-good endings back into vogue." 12/01/2003 p.12
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "A fine, scuffed, sweaty slab of romantic pulp sentimentalism." 03/01/2007 p.122
Directors
John G. Avildsen
Actors
Talia Shire
Sylvester Stallone
Cast & Crew
Burt Young - Star
Aldo Silvani - Star
Bill Baldwin - Star
Burgess Meredith - Star
Thayer David - Star
Talia Shire - Star
Carl Weathers - Star
Frank Stallone - Star
Jimmy Gambina - Star
Sylvester Stallone - Star
Joe Frazier - Star
Joe Spinell - Star
Sylvester Stallone - Screenwriter
Richard Halsey - Editor
Irwin Winkler - Producer
William Cassidy - Production Designer
Richard Chartoff - Producer
Robert Cambel - Costume Designer
Joanne Hutchinson - Costume Designer
James Crabe - Director of Photography
Scott Conrad - Editor
Bill Conti - Composer
John G. Avildsen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1976
UPC 00883904228004
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1976) Irwin Winkler, Winner, Best Picture,John G. Avildsen, Winner, Best Director,Sylvester Stallone, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Talia Shire, Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1976) Rocky, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review There are essentially three kinds of boxing movies: those that offer a grim, tell-it-as-it-is perspective of life in the ring, those that focus (often in an exaggerated fashion) on the business aspects of things, and those that seek to uplift through a rags-to-riches story. Rocky, the 1977 Best Picture Oscar winner, belongs unabashedly in the third category. Although the movie contains realistic elements and is set in a believable arena, it is essentially a fairy tale about a down-and-out pugilist who gets a chance at the fight of a lifetime, and, at the same time, wins the girl. Rocky certainly didn't invent all the sports movie cliches - they were around long before the mid-'70s - but it applied them in a way that captivated audiences and didn't seem over-the-top. Since 1976, nearly every film featuring a big sports comeback and triumph has been inspired by and/or compared to Rocky, regardless of whether it involves boxing or not.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review His name is Sylvester Stallone, and, yes, in 1976 he did remind me of the young Marlon Brando. How many actors have come and gone and been forgotten who were supposed to be the "dvd Brando," while Brando endured? And yet in "Rocky" he provides shivers of recognition reaching back to "A Streetcar Named Desire." He's tough, he's tender, he talks in a growl, and hides behind cruelty and is a champion at heart. "I coulda been a contender," Brando says in "On the Waterfront." This movie takes up from there...And then there's Talia Shire, as the girl (she was the hapless sister of the Corleone boys in "The Godfather"). When she hesitates before kissing Rocky for the first time, it's a moment so poignant it's like no other.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
Limited Edition, Pan and Scan (TV Format)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice ...Stallone's performace is sheer magic...
Gerry Shamray, Sun dvdspapers of Cleveland Stallone is perfect in the ultimate boxing flick.
Luke Y. Thompson, dvd Times Ay, yo! This movie, like, rocks, yo!!
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