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Rocky: The Complete Saga (Blu-ray)

Featuring: Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith & Carl Weathers

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Man I won.............but I didn't beat him!

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Rocky I and II are clearly the best of the bunch, which is typical of any movie franchise, but audiences kept coming back for more no matter how ridiculous, cliched or hackneyed the plot and characters became. Yes they descend into true cheesy fanboyism but so what, it's wonderful nostalgia with Rocky "Forrest Gump" Balboa at the helm.

It's true guilty pleasure time, bring on the fist pumping and you've gotta love the training montages. I and II aside, this set is wonderfully terrible!

The transfers..........

Rocky I - Don't get me wrong, this is by far the best that Rocky has ever looked but we witness some real sharpness inconsistencies throughout. Colours for the most part are muted apart from reds which appear over saturated. Skin tones also take on a reddish tint. Film grain is plentiful especially in the darker moments. Sharpness is lacking although we do have much better clarity than standard def versions. Blacks are prone to crush from time to time but we are free of any compression artefacts. As for the print, it's in pretty good shape although we do get some speckles here and there. 3/5

Rocky II - Much the same as the first, although the reds are thankfully more true and natural in appearance. Skin tones are also more accurate. The grain is back but this is finer than before and has a more filmic look. Blacks are slightly more robust but some crush is still apparent. Again we do not suffer any compression issues. We do have an abundance of white speckles popping up especially in the first hour. 3.5/5

Rocky III - Some images look razor sharp and have a real clarity and depth while others appear soft and flat. Colours are vibrant and skin tones remain accurate. Film grain is fine to non-existent with the occasional dark scene baring witness to swells of noise all over the image. At times the picture is truly stunning. Print wise we are OK, the speckles are still there but these are in no way as distracting as the second movie. Free of compression artefacts. 3.5/5

Rocky IV - First of the batch to really impress. Sharpness is consistently good with defined edges and no digital enhancements. Film grain is purely filmic and never obtrusive. The print is in fine condition with no scratches or debris evident. Colours are rich and vibrant and the contrast is spot on. Skin tones are warm and natural. The darks are robust and we finally lose the crushing issues. Free of compression artefacts too. 4/5

Rocky V - I was surprised that this was a step down from part IV, sharpness is good but only rarely does it appear as good as the last. Colours are more washed out too. The contrast is nicely balanced. Skin tones are accurate too. Darks are rich and inky with no crushing issues. The print is pristine with no scratches, speckles or debris. Far superior to standard def but I was expecting a sharper image overall. Again we are free of any compression issues. 3.5/5

Rocky Balboa - This transfer is truly epic. Razor sharp imagery with extremely detailed fabrics and textures. Sly shot this with a high-contrast stock and then colour timed it in post production and the results are staggering. Blacks are wonderfully inky and vibrant with excellent delineation. The colours are vibrant and natural with warm, accurate skin tones. The final fight sees the images switch to a high definition video look like you would see if watching a real fight on Sky Sports. Reference quality, this is faultless. 5/5

Overall this is a solid looking box set, it's the best you will have ever seen them look, but I will insist that with a full remastering these could look even better. They are superior than the DVD versions.

Highly recommended.

  Man I won.............but I didn't beat him!

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Rocky I and II are clearly the best of the bunch, which is typical of any movie franchise, but audiences kept coming back for more no matter how ridiculous, cliched or hackneyed the plot and characters became. Yes they descend into true cheesy fanboyism but so what, it's wonderful nostalgia with Rocky "Forrest Gump" Balboa at the helm.

It's true guilty pleasure time, bring on the fist pumping and you've gotta love the training montages. I and II aside, this set is wonderfully terrible!

The transfers..........

Rocky I - Don't get me wrong, this is by far the best that Rocky has ever looked but we witness some real sharpness inconsistencies throughout. Colours for the most part are muted apart from reds which appear over saturated. Skin tones also take on a reddish tint. Film grain is plentiful especially in the darker moments. Sharpness is lacking although we do have much better clarity than standard def versions. Blacks are prone to crush from time to time but we are free of any compression artefacts. As for the print, it's in pretty good shape although we do get some speckles here and there. 3/5

Rocky II - Much the same as the first, although the reds are thankfully more true and natural in appearance. Skin tones are also more accurate. The grain is back but this is finer than before and has a more filmic look. Blacks are slightly more robust but some crush is still apparent. Again we do not suffer any compression issues. We do have an abundance of white speckles popping up especially in the first hour. 3.5/5

Rocky III - Some images look razor sharp and have a real clarity and depth while others appear soft and flat. Colours are vibrant and skin tones remain accurate. Film grain is fine to non-existent with the occasional dark scene baring witness to swells of noise all over the image. At times the picture is truly stunning. Print wise we are OK, the speckles are still there but these are in no way as distracting as the second movie. Free of compression artefacts. 3.5/5

Rocky IV - First of the batch to really impress. Sharpness is consistently good with defined edges and no digital enhancements. Film grain is purely filmic and never obtrusive. The print is in fine condition with no scratches or debris evident. Colours are rich and vibrant and the contrast is spot on. Skin tones are warm and natural. The darks are robust and we finally lose the crushing issues. Free of compression artefacts too. 4/5

Rocky V - I was surprised that this was a step down from part IV, sharpness is good but only rarely does it appear as good as the last. Colours are more washed out too. The contrast is nicely balanced. Skin tones are accurate too. Darks are rich and inky with no crushing issues. The print is pristine with no scratches, speckles or debris. Far superior to standard def but I was expecting a sharper image overall. Again we are free of any compression issues. 3.5/5

Rocky Balboa - This transfer is truly epic. Razor sharp imagery with extremely detailed fabrics and textures. Sly shot this with a high-contrast stock and then colour timed it in post production and the results are staggering. Blacks are wonderfully inky and vibrant with excellent delineation. The colours are vibrant and natural with warm, accurate skin tones. The final fight sees the images switch to a high definition video look like you would see if watching a real fight on Sky Sports. Reference quality, this is faultless. 5/5

Overall this is a solid looking box set, it's the best you will have ever seen them look, but I will insist that with a full remastering these could look even better. They are superior than the DVD versions.

Highly recommended.

  they were made in the 70's and 80's

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Ok so what you've got to think of here is that these films were made in the 70's and 80's and on pretty much low budget so obviously the picture quality isn't going to be top notch. so if your into blu-rays just for better picture quality then don't waste your money your better off just sticking with the DVDs! however if your a rocky fan then its worth considering!

  amazing

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Dvd or blu ray, you cant moan about these films. There all amazing no matter what quality. A very decent tranfer i say. I can't think of a reason why anyone can compare a blu ray tranfer like "TROY" made in, i don't know, the last 5 years? to a film what was made in the last 30 years say "ROCKY" obviousley, these people are not true Balboa fans. Buy this set, you will not be dissapointed!

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  poor quality!!

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from reading lots of reviews on other sites about this blu ray boxset i wasnt expecting a great deal.
i was kinda hoping that they were being a bit too fussy.
unfortunately most are correct.
only rocky balboa benefits from blu ray.but hey i grew up on rocky and had to have this blu ray boxset.
dont expect fantastic quality for the first 5 movies.

  A SUPERB CLASSIC!!!

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I totally disagree with a couple of the reviews above as this rocky boxset is superb on blu-ray! i did have have some concerns because of the age of the films but when i got them i put them on and was very surprised, so all i can say to those who are writing these films off, have a look at the grade of your blu-ray player, because if you have one of the older ones most blu-rays will seem very grainy and of very poor quality! last word- SUPERB!

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  GUTTED AS THE TRANSFER IS POOR

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As like many fans i had waited a long time for this Boxset to be released on Blu-Ray.
The Rocky saga is one of my all time favourites and i have had all the DVD boxsets they have issued so when i got my Blu-Ray player and i saw this set had been released i bought it despite some bad reviews.
I really wish i had listened to the reviews now as mty DVD set is better than these issues. As most Blu-Ray players are able to upgrade your DVD collection now you might as well save your money and stick with your DVD set as it is better than this Blu-Ray issue.
The sound is very poor, the picture is dark and fussy on the first 5 films only Rocky Balboa is worth having on Blu-Ray so my advise to all fans is stick with your DVD set and just get Balboa on Blu-Ray and wait until they decide to do a good job of this set.
Old films can be done to a good standard it has been done with older titles than these so lets hope MGM go back to the drawing board and do the justice these films deserve on a Blu-Ray transfer.

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  very poor

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waited forever for this, gutted now have it. Picture has no improvement till you get to 4, the sound is awfull, have a 1k panasonic system and sounds rubbish, much better on dvd. no easy way out in a tin can. picture fantastic on balboa. dont waste your money just buy balboa on blu ray and keep the rest for dvd. Gutted gutted betrayed and dissapointed. ........

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  Terrible transfer

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just rented rocky on blu ray and as for many " old films" the transfer is just not blu ray standard!! there are some old titles that are stunning like Dr No ! , so It can be done , check out Star Trek (new) or Troy to see what blu rays are supposted to look like.

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  2009 is the year of the best blue ray saga

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From my teens till now ROCKY has got to be the best saga of films on the market everyone know,s the story a man from down town, making it to champion of the world, and winning everyone's heart's
along the way, and now on blue ray, it's a must have collection remember everyone ( EYE OF THE TIGER )

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