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MPAA Rating: PG/PG-13 (Rocky V)
Running Time: 634 Minutes
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith Talia Shire
Written by: Sylvester Stallone
Directed by: John Avildsen/Sylvester Stallone
Retail Price: $99.99
Features: Feeling Strong Now! Game, In The Ring Documentary, Makeup, Music, Directing, Camera Work Featurettes, Three Rounds with Legendary Trainer Lou Duva, The Opponnents, The Ring Of Truth, Burgess Meredith Tribute, James Crabe Tribute, Interview with a Legend: Bert Sugar, Video Commentary with Sylvester Stallone, Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots
Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English PCM 5.1, English Mono, English Dolbu Surround, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles, Scene Selection, 7-Disc Set
Released: November 3rd, 2009
English, French and Spanish subtitles are included on all the tracks. Most of the movies English Dolby Surround tracks, as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in Spanish and French.
First up, "Rocky Balboa" is the same disc as the 2007 Blu-ray release. That means you get Stallone's commentary where he discusses why he chose to properly end the franchise, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, Bloopers, Skill Vs. Will: The Making of Rocky Balboa, Reality In The Ring: Filming Rocky's Final Fight and Virtual Champion: Creating The Computer Fight. It's a solid disc overall, with everything here worth visiting if you liked the last installment.
The bulk of everything else comes in the seventh disc, appropriately titled the "Rocky Bonus Disc." First up is a Blu-ray game entitled Feeling Strong Now! No, it's not boxing with your remote — but a trivia game.
In The Ring is a three-part documentary that runs about 76 minutes. Stallone, most of the main actors and production staff discuss Rocky's place in film history. This is a really solid and engrossing documentary that focuses on the first film's script and the character's origin, the production, the actors in it and ultimately the impact of the series. This is not to be missed.
Featurettes are also included, that focus on cinematographer Garrett Brown, make-up artist Michael Westmore, composer Bill Conti and director John Avildsen — the last of which has some nifty behind-the-scenes footage of the first movie. Also relevant is Three Rounds with Legendary Trainer Lou Duva, where the famed trainer speaks for about 5 minutes about his experiences in the world of boxing.
The Opponents is a great look at all of Rocky's rivalries through the series, and how they were just as crucial to the series as the underdog boxer himself. This piece is peppered with film clips, and interviews with most of the actors. There's also Interview With A Legend: Bert Sugar — which is short but sweet — and The Ring Of Truth, which focuses on the low-budget production design for the first film.
There are also two Tributes, lifted from the original special edition of "Rocky" on DVD: one for actor Burgess Meredith (Stallone and other actors praise him), and cinematographer James Crabe (exclusively eulogized by Avildsen). Also from the original disc is a Video Commentary with Sylvester Stallone. It's really just an interview that runs 28 minutes, where the actor/writer discusses his inspiration for the character, writing the movie and the first film's production. While some of the information may seem to get overlapped from all the bonus features, Stallone is rather insightful here.
Rounding out the disc is Sylvester Stallone on Dinah! where the actor's full segment is shown on the popular talk show, Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots. Phew!