Rocky Heavyweight Collection
Blu Ray Review
By Jessica Dwyer
Rocky is perhaps one of the best known underdog stories of the last few decades. Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in the film as the lead character, catapulting himself in to super stardom and inspiring generations of film goers.
The original film is a classic and this collection showcases it better than any release I think I’ve ever seen. And included with it are the five sequels that span the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. That’s one of the coolest parts of the Rock franchise and something that Stallone actually did with the character. Within each movie we see this man living through these decades and having to change with them. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it….how many other film series can boast that set in a current day and age and still be taken seriously?
Stallone’s career these days is focused on action films, but a lot of people seem to forget he can write more than just big blow em ups. Rocky won best picture for 1977 and it wasn’t an accident. It was also nominated for multiple best acting awards and screenplay. If you haven’t seen the original Rocky, you need to fix this right now.
This set is pretty amazing for the MSRP of $59.99 which averages out at 10 bucks a Blu Ray. The films look spectacular like this, especially after years of only seeing these on VHS or on standard DVD. Kudos to the transfer people.
The extras in this set are just as great as the films themselves and total over 3 hours:
8mm Home Movies of Rocky (1975) — Narrated by Director John G. Avildsen and Production Manager Lloyd Kaufman
In the Ring: Three-Part Making-of Documentary
Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes: Makeup, Music, Directing and Camera Work
Boxing Featurettes: Three Rounds with Legendary Trainer Lou Duva, The Opponents and The Ring of Truth
Tributes: Burgess Meredith, James Crabe
Interview with a Legend: Bert Sugar
Video Commentary with Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone on Dinah! (1976)
Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots and More!
The tribute to Burgess Meredith is one of my favorite bits. It will take you a while to get through everything in this collection and its a nice bit of history.
If you’re a movie buff you owe it to yourself to pick this up. It’s still awesome to see The Italian Stallion come back strong against the bad guys be it Mr. T or the evil Ivan Drago. And to see it this crystal clear just makes it even better.
You still cheer him on and that little kid in all of us always will.