Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

DVD Rating: ***1/2

Reviewed by: Keith Dudhnath

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Rocky Balboa looks stunning, with crisp, bright colours, that showcase the main fight as well as one could hope. There are no noticeable flaws. The audio quality is top notch too, with immersive crowd noise adding to the atmosphere. Subtitling is all present and correct.

Sylvester Stallone's commentary starts off slowly and lacks any major interest or insight. Once the training and fight begin, he has more to share, but the commentary is crying out for someone else to talk about the film.

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The Making Of featurettes suffer from the same problem. The first one, about the first part of the film, is very bland. It's made up of the same tepid interviews that go on every DVD. "It was a strong script." "X is a wonderful young actor." "Y was a pleasure to work with." The second featurette, about the fight, as well as Stallone and Tarver's training, is markedly better because it has something worth saying.

The deleted scenes and alternative ending are a good solid addition to the package. They're all better out of the film than in, but they give an indication of the creative process, and the choices that were made. Some characters (particularly Steps) are more fleshed out in the deleted scenes, but in a rather clich├ęd way.

The bloopers are short and unfunny.

Rocky Balboa could easily have had a better DVD package, and it has to be considered a missed opportunity, but the presentation of the film itself is as good as anyone could want.

Reviewed on: 17 May 2007
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Sylvester Stallone's prize fighter returns to the ring.
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Product Code: 3539901000

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.78:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

Extras: Commentary from Sylvester Stallone, 2 Making Of featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers, alternative ending.

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