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Rocky

After his scheduled opponent backs out of a match against the reigning world heavy weight champion (Carl Weathers), the consummate showman decides to stage a fight against a local boxer and give him a Cinderella shot at the coveted belt. That is when an underdog contender named Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) steps into the ring. (And like the hero in the movie, the novice actor and his ensuing film franchise went on to win big at the box office as well.) Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 119
Theater Release: 30 Nov 1976
Video Release: 04 Dec 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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For more sports movies, look at Rudy and Remember the Titans. If it’s the romance you liked, check out While You Were Sleeping, another story about a shy, young employee who falls in love. If you’re a Stallone fan, check out another of his writing, acting efforts in Driven.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Notes: Rocky: 2 Disc Collector’s Edition
DVD Release Date: 5 December 2006

Stepping into the ring for another round is the 1976 Best Picture Academy Awards winner, Rocky. This time the contender comes as a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition—and just in time to give a publicity boost to the upcoming movie Rocky Balboa (opening in theaters 22 December 2006). Besides the feature presentation, this version comes bulked up with deleted scenes and new audio commentaries by Sylvester Stallone, as well as boxing legends trainer Lou Duva and commentator Bert Sugar. There is also a rigorous list of featurettes that include: Three Rounds with Legendary Trainer Lou Duva, Interview with a Legend: Bert Sugar, The Opponents, In the Ring (a making-of documentary), Steadicam: Then & Now, Make Up!: The Art & Form with Michael Westmore, Stacatto: A Composer’s Notebook with Bill Conti and The Ring of Truth.

If that’s not enough to knock you out, a Rocky Anthology is releasing as well. This package offers fervent fans everything in the above-mentioned Collector’s Edition, along with Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV and Rocky V. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround) and French (Dolby Surround), with closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

Home Video Notes: Rocky: The Undisputed Edition

Release Date: 3 November 2009

The complete Rocky anthology is now available on Blu-ray. Along with the six movies in the series, the 7-disc box set includes bonus materials. Click here for a closer look at the product details for Rocky: The Undisputed Edition

Rocky releases as a DVD/Blu-ray Combo on 6 April, 2010.

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