Rocky Gift Set Reviewed

The April 20, 2001 issue of Entertainment Weekly gives the “Rocky” Giftset the lead review in the New To DVD section. Marc Bernardin gives the set an overall “B” rating. SZoners will be glad to hear that Mr. Bernardin says of all of the extras that come in the set, “the most interesting bit is a 28-minute interview with STALLONE, who gives something of a “Rocky” oral history from genesis to release. By turns touching, insightful, and self-indulgent, it’s a fascinating look at a star glancing back through time at the role that, for better or worse, defined him.”

Craig Zablo

SZ and Warner Bros. “Driven” Contest Winners





1. SYLVESTER STALLONE plays Champ racer Joe Tanto in Driven. What is the name of the movie that starred SLY as a racer named Joe Viterbo?  DEATH RACE 2000

2. RENNY HARLIN is directing SLY in Driven. What is the name of the movie that first paired SLY and RENNY?  CLIFFHANGER

3. SLY wrote the screenplay for Driven. What was SLY‘s original title for the film?  CHAMPS

4. SLY is an accomplished actor, director, and screenwriter. What movie did SLY write that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture?  ROCKY

5. SLY seems to like 5 letter names for his characters. Name three of his characters that have five letters in their last name and the name ends with an “o.”  RAMBO, TANGO and TANTO

6. Most people think that Rocky was SLY‘s first feature film screenplay that sold. It was his second! What was the name of his first?  PARADISE ALLEY

7. The “tag line” for Driven is “Welcome to the Human Race.” What was the tag line for SLY‘s last film, Get Carter“THE TRUTH HURTS”

8. SLY teams with an international cast in Driven. What actor made his US debut with SLY in Nighthawks?  RUTER HAUER

9. Actors and actresses who work with SLY quite often get noticed and move on to stardom [ANNE ARCHER, ARMAND ASSANTE, TOM SIZEMORE, BENJAMIN BRATT, etc.). Who was the actress who got her big break working with SLY in Demolition Man?  SANDRA BULLOCK

10. What is YOUR favorite SYLVESTER STALLONE movie, and why?  This one had no right/wrong answer and here are the movies that made the list (in alphabetical order): Cliffhanger, Cop Land, Daylight, First Blood, Lock Up, Lords of Flatbush, Over the Top, Rambo II, Rambo III, Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, Tango & Cash.


The Winners!

1. Melissa Knollman 2. Marks Mail 3. Nicholas King 4. Kyle Riley 5. Tony Camm 6. Alan Sears 7. Jillian Decker 8. Troy Barwick 9. Crystal Coger 10. Mike Russo

I would like to thank Ms. Lifrieri and Warner Bros. for their assistance in making this contest possible. Winners can expect their posters in the next few weeks!

– Craig Zablo (April 1, 2001)


Sly Goes X-Treme

Doser [a regular SZ visitor] sent in the pic to the right and the info below:

“It was a very well balanced article. It dealt with the story line for “Driven”, and how it was filmed from the racer’s POV. They really want to put the audience in the driver’s seat. The publication is from a sports supplement company, so naturally there was emphasis on the conditioning that was needed for the actors to be in shape for their roles as race car drivers.”


Doser says: “I saw Rocky in the theater in 1976 at a very impressionable age. It changed my life. I was on the brink of heading in the wrong direction, but thanks to SLY, I didn’t.”

Thanks to Doser for sending us in the cover picture and article summary. Doser is quite often found on the SZ message boards carrying on thoughtful discussions.

– Craig Zablo (April 1, 2001)

Sly in “Total Film’s Top 50 [Twice]

The April 2001 issue of Total Movie, features “Going the Distance: ‘Rocky’ at 25.” The eight page article by Edward Gross [author of Rocky and the Films of Sylvester Stallone] provides an extensive look at “Rocky” [and its sequels] with over 25 photos [including the one to the left]. The article provides quotes from SLY, TALIA SHIRE, JOHN ALVIDESEN, ROBERT CHARTOFF, CARL WEATHERS, and others involved with the films.

The magazine comes with a DVD which provides a trailer for “Rocky” and a snippet of the interview with SLY that will appear on the “Rocky” special edition dvd. All in all, easily worth the cost of the mag!

[Now I’m REALLY psyched for the “ROCKY” Boxed Collector’s Set! Click |HERE| to check it out!]

Craig Zablo

The Real Deal on “ROCKY”

The April 2001 issue of CinemaSavant [an e-magazine] features part one of an article by Alex Ben Block titled “The Real Deal on Rocky.” The opening paragraph states: “On the 25th anniversary of its landmark release, we set aside the many myths, and delve into the little known true history of “Rocky.” We pull back the curtain on the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing which got SYLVESTER STALLONE‘s inspirational boxing drama made, and helped the United Artists release win an Academy Award…”

Want to get the full details? Click |HERE|.

– Craig Zablo

Sly Revives Rocky

The March 13, 2001 issue of The National Enquirer contains an item called “Yo! SLY Brings Back Rocky to Help a Tragic Kid” in the Hollywood Behind the Screens section by Mike Walker.

“In a heartrending revival of his gutsy “Rocky” character, SLY STALLONE played a real-life hero when he suddenly appeared in the hospital room of a badly injured little boy who idolizes him, knelt by his bedside and said gently: “Yo!… Give Rocky a punch!” Sadly, 5-year-old Brandon Zucker, maimed in a Disneyland accident, can’t throw a punch anymore.. or even whisper, “Yo, Rocky!” But STALLONE got a smile from the beautiful kid – and these are rare these days, says mom Victoria, who relives the horror of watching her son fall out of the “Roger Rabbit” ride and get crushed under machinery. SLY’s wife JENNIFER FLAVIN, read in a paper how Brandon used to run through his house wearing oven mitts punching the air like his hero, “Rocky.” JENNIFER showed the story to SLY, who went to the hospital to give the kid a shot of come-from-behind Rocky courage! “His visit did a lot of good for Brandon,” wept Victoria. [Keep punching, kid… and… lookin’ good, Rock!]

– Craig Zablo

Sly in “Total Film’s Top 50 [Twice]

The March 2001 issue of Total Film contains some items of interest to STALLONE fans. In an article titled: “The 50 Greatest Movie Heroes of All Time! As Voted By You,” two of SLY’s portrayals made the list! Rocky Balboa clocked in at #30 and John Rambo followed at #40.

In another section called Best of the Best the following appears: – COP LAND ” An undisputed career best performance for STALLONE.”

Thanks to Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes for the pic and tip! – Craig Zablo

“Rocky” One of the ‘Best of the Best’

The February 23, 2001 issue of Entertainment Weekly has an article titled “The Best of the Best” in which EW ranks the 72 Best Picture Oscar winners. Here’s what they had to say about Rocky:

43 ROCKY 1976

Directed by JOHN G. ALVIDSEN Starring SYLVESTER STALLONE, TALIA SHIRE Nominations 9 Wins 3 Stiffest Competition Taxi Driver, Network

A likable triumph-of-the-underdog tale, but why this boxing fable and not SCORSESE‘s Raging Bull four years later?

Let me begin by pointing out a small error… did you catch it? The listing says that “Rocky” was nominated for 9 Oscars but the right number is 10! I’ve already e-mailed them about the error – so let’s talk about the article…

Articles like these are written to encourage discussion about the subjective rankings of personal favorites. So let me say that, personally, I feel that “Rocky” should be in the Top 10 and without a doubt the Top 20 — I am happy to see that the editors of the piece ranked “Rocky” higher than many past winners [even if they didn’t “get it exactly right.”].

Craig Zablo



The long awaited DVD ROCKY SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET will finally be available on April 24th! The five disc set will list for $89.96 but is available |HERE| at a pre-order price of $59.98 which is a savings of $29.98 (33%)!
* 5-disc set that includes all of the Rocky films
* All of the films will contain new sound mixes
* All of the films will contain anamorphic transfers
* ROCKY will be a SPECIAL EDITION with:
– deleted scenes
– a documentary
– commentary track with SLY,
director John Alvidsen, and cast members
– an extensive still gallery
– a new 5.1 Dolby Digital Soundtrack
– and MORE!

– Craig Zablo (January 22, 2001)

First Look: Rocky Matchbox

Way back on January 15, 2000, we announced that Rocky would be given the star treatment with a special edition Matchbox car accompanied by a “big head” figurine. StalloneZone is happy to provide a preview of some of the figures that will appear in the Matchbox Star Cars series. Along with Rocky Balboa and Camero, collectors will also find The Mask and Squad Car, Gilligan and the S.S. Minnow, Fonzie and his Motorcycle, and more. A firm release date has not been set, so keep your eyes peeled!

Craig Zablo

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