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Rocky II

review by Zach B.

Rated PG

Studio: MGM

Running Time: 119 Minutes

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith

Written and Directed by Sylvester Stallone

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer

Specs: Rocky II - 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Standard, English Dolby Stereo Surround, French Dolby Mono, Spanish Dolby Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search (32 Chapters)

"Rocky II" literally takes place right where the first left off, starting with the final scene from the first movie. Apollo Creed wants a rematch after the intense battle (though at first he didn't want as we know), but Rocky is a bit reluctant. Rocky gets married to Adrian in this one and Adrian gets pregnant. Of course, Rocky gives in and begins to train again for the ultimate rematch. As far as sequels go, "Rocky II" is one of the few sequels in movie history, that I think, is just as good as the original and even surpasses it in some ways.

"Rocky II" is in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen (nooooooooooo!) and is simply decent. The film looks its age, as there are blemishes, some scratches and the print itself is in terrible shape. It's very soft and fuzzy. If you haven't noticed, this is the same transfer (and same exact disc for that matter) from the previous edition. Night time scenes and detail is decent at best, and there is some shimmering, but the print itself ruins a lot from enjoying the movie. The flip side has a full frame transfer.

"Rocky II" is in English Dolby Stereo Surround, and there's French Mono as well as Spanish Mono for sound. The sound is decent, but the audio could have sounded a little bit more clear. Effects are clearer and subtle sounds are noticable, which is always good. There's not much to say, except I think this movie could have benefited from a 5.1 remix. While I do enjoy the original tracks, I also like remixes. Still, the track is decent, effects are noticable, and some sounds are a little lacking, a lot of them pack a good punch (no pun intended). There's something really interesting to note about the subtitles. There are two English subtitles tracks if you switch through them while watching the movie. Both are different. Check out chapter 3 for example during the fight. One English stream just has the commentators' words, while the other English stream has the words, but puts who is speaking before it. Uhh... weird? I thought so too.

Just the Theatrical Trailer. Pretty decent to watch and a pretty long trailer.

 

There's not much here, honestly. Decent NON-anamorphic transfer and sound, and a theatrical trailer. Your money, you like the movie, go get it...

(4.5 - NOT included in final score)

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