WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ML107091
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1976
(LD Release Date): 11/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John G. Avildsen
(Screenplay/Written By): Sylvester Stallone
(Music): Bill Conti
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James H. Spencer
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Richard Halsey, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Gene Kirkwood
(Producers): Irwin Winkler & Robert Chartoff

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.88:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Rocky is the story that inspired a nation—and won the Oscar® for Best Picture. As boxer Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone comes out swinging with heart, humor and power. Rocky is an unknown Philadelphia club fighter until world heavyweight champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) chooses him as his next opponent. For Creed, the match is little more than an exhibition, but for the “Italian Stallion,” it’s a shot at the big time.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.88:1 LaserDisc, when compared to the non-anamorphic DVD reviewed in Issue 26, is problematic, exhibiting similar poor image quality throughout. The picture is dated with poor contrast and shadow delineation. There is a slightly dark appearance throughout, but sometimes colors appear quite natural in fleshtone rendering. Sharpness and detail is wanting, with even less fine detail and texture in comparison to the DVD. Minor noise, grain and video artifacts are apparent for a picture that is mediocre at best.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.0 discrete soundtrack delivers the same mediocre sonic character as the DVD. Virtually the entire movie is produced in undistinguished monaural, with the exception of the limited music segments and boxing match at the film’s conclusion.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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