Discs Are Rated
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young,
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
"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)
(2.5/5, NOT an average)