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Rocky IV

review by Zach B.

Rated PG

Studio: MGM

Running Time: 91 Minutes

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Written and Directed by Sylvester Stallone

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer

Specs: Rocky IV - 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Standard, English 5.1 Surround, French Mono, Spanish Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search (32 Chapters)

Ah, "Rocky IV". I have mixed feelings about "Rocky IV", but it's enjoyable and it gets the job done well. In it (spoiler here) Apollo Creed is killed (NOOOOOO!) by the cold, harsh Drago from Russia. Rocky seeks vengenance of sorts and decides that he'll fight Drago, who's, pretty much, a giant monster. It seems tough... but can you guess what happens? My problems with "Rocky IV" are that it sort of seems forced. I mean, I think the story is pretty decent and it is executed well, but you can easily predict it. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but it was an obvious attempt to make more off of "Rocky". Still, it's a sequel I really can't resist, it's entertaining and I do like it. I just felt there was something new there, but something missing. Still, it started to mark the fall of the franchise. Basically, "Rocky IV" is more of the same. A tired and true formula with some new aspects to make it worthwhile in the end.

"Rocky IV" is in non-anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen, and a full frame transfer on the other side. Even though it's not anamorphic, it's as good as non-anamorphic presentations gets. Detail is very, very good, colors are well saturated and there's not that much grain or dirt to be found. If it was anamorphic, perhaps, it'd be near reference. Shimmering is also kept to a mininum. Despite the lack of anamorphic enhancment, it's really sharp with a lot of clarity.

With an English 5.1, Spanish and French Mono; plus English, French and Spanish subtitles, "Rocky IV" has very good 5.1. The music sounds particularly good through the channels with good surround use to really capture the essence of the movie. The fight scenes as well as the crowd cheers are a lot more lively, and there's really a lot more to experience in this track. Dialogue is clear and hiss-free, and it's a very good mix with good surround use, it fits it perfectly.

The enjoyable Theatrical Trailer.

 

Nice 5.1, very good non-anamorphic transfer and a trailer... the choice is yours. Own this sequel or pass.

(3.5 - NOT included in final score)

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