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Poster: "Rocky IV: Director's Cut"

 

While a lot of filmmakers have been going back and reevaluating their own work with new Director's Cuts, the more shocking announcement awhile back was Sylvester Stallone announcing he was working on a new cut of his 1985 film Rocky IV. The director's cut edition was set for release on November 27 of last year to celebrate the film's 35th anniversary, but missed that as Stallone was still working on the film. The director's cut will feature new footage of the Apollo vs. Drago match and notably Stallone confirmed he was omitting completely footage of Paulie's robot who was often a target of criticism for the film back when it originally came out. "The robot is going to the junkyard forever, no more robot," Stallone commented last year. Today, Stallone has revealed that the film's premiere will be taking place in Philadelphia (Rocky Balboa’s home city) along with a new poster that confirms the cut will be titled Rocky vs. Drago – The Ultimate Director’s Cut. Check the poster out below:

Despite it's often derided status in the Rocky franchise, the original film is still the most successful of the entire franchise (including the Creed films), making $300 million on a $28 million budget and, at one point, was the highest-grossing sports film of all time, until 2009's The Blind Side beat it by a narrow margin with $309 million (though this doesn't account for inflation). In addition, it is one of few sport movies (including among all the Rocky installments) that applied genuine sound effects from actual punches, bona fide training methods created by boxing consultants, and a bevy of other new special effects. In fact, the film is recognized as being ahead of its time in its demonstration of groundbreaking high-tech sporting equipment, some of which was experimental and 20 years from public use. So much so that, in 2012, Olympians Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte noted that the training sequences in Rocky IV inspired them to use a cabin similar to what the resourceful Balboa utilized in the film.


So, whatever the intention for making this Director's Cut (though the removal of the robot seems to imply Stallone hopes to re-tone the film as a more serious boxing drama instead of a relic of 1980's popcorn cinema), Rocky IV remains a treasure to many people for many different reasons. Hopefully, the Director's Cut only adds to this though no official release date for audiences has been announced yet. Stay tuned!

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Rambo
Rambo
01 thg 6, 2021

Wrath of Man - 6/10


Pretty standard crime vengeance flick. the first and third act were decent but the second one was quite slow and boring. Jason Statham didn't have that much screen time and while he was in it, he didn't do much but making a pissed face and shooting his gun. where's the martial arts stuff from the transporter series? anyway, a watchable movie but quite forgettable.

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Rambo
Rambo
31 thg 5, 2021

Breaking Bad - 6/10 Overrated. It was basically a very long and slow remake of 'scarface'. Acting was almost perfect, though, from every single actor. Gus overall was my fav character, a different kind of villain that I don't remember seeing before in other TV shows. I felt sympathy for Walt in the first 3-4 seasons but then he crossed the line with the kid poisoning and I couldn't stand him after. The Pinkman character felt very forced at times but Aaron Paul did an amazing acting job. Overall I'd pick season 4 as my fav while season 2 comes at 2nd place. Season 5 went too far into the dark side to my taste.

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jafinbham
jafinbham
02 thg 6, 2021
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The Gus part of Better Call Saul is the best part of the show. I've watched it. It's not as good as Breaking Bad but it's worth a watch. Check out season 1 and see what you think about it.

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jafinbham
jafinbham
30 thg 5, 2021


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jafinbham
30 thg 5, 2021


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Rambo
Rambo
30 thg 5, 2021

I saw it in cinema when I was 8 years old. Good Times 😊

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Nicholas E. Lauer
Nicholas E. Lauer
31 thg 5, 2021
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The first one is often described as “lightning in a bottle”. A perfect film in a lot of ways. The sequels add simply to what became the biggest appeal for people which was his unlimited perseverance and strength of will. But each always get you pumped.

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