“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

ROCKY SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET

ROCKY SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET

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%)!
FEATURES:
* 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

Sly in FHM

DRIVEN 4/27

A hotshot rookie driver hits a slump and realizes he needs the help of a grizzled old vetern who, incidentally, looks a lot like Rocky Balboa.

With SLYVESTER STALLONE, BURT REYNOLDS, KIP PARDUE and GINA GERSHON

Go speed racer In a feat that never ceases to amaze, screenwriter STALLONE strung together enough words to pen an entire script. At least you can count on director RENNY HARLIN [“CLIFFHANGER’] to make stellar racing scenes.
Get this: While filming, HARLINE was planning the DVD, which will let the viewer watch the races from various angles: high above, on the side or in the driver’s seat.


5 THINGS THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ROCKY

1 SYLVESTER STALLONE wrote his first draft of the script in three frenzied days. That version ended with Rocky throwing the fight.

2 Even though he had only $105 in the bank, STALLONE originally turned down offers of as much as $350,000 for the script from producers who wouldn’t let him play Rocky.

3 To get the green light from the studio, the producers had to agree to keep their budget below $1 million and agree to cover any extra charges out of their own pockets. Both producers ended up mortgaging their house.

4 When production moved from LA to Philadelphia, STALLONE could only afford to travel by train. Accompanying him on the 3-day ride was his dog Butkus, who appears in the film and who had putrid gas throughout the trip. In Arizona, SLY literally picked up the pooch and squeezed him, but the dog refused to empty its bowels until they got to Philadelphia and SLY‘s hotel carpet.

5 The famous shot of Rocky celebrating at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps was originally filmed as a tight shot on Rocky with a zoom out. Later, the director decided he wanted to start wide and zoom in. In the film, the footage is actually playing backward.


Thanks to Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes! – Craig Zablo

Sly Attends Irwin Winkler Ceremony

Actor Sylvester Stallone, right, lands a mock punch on the chin of producer Irwin Winkler during Walk of Fame ceremony for Winkler in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles Friday, April 28, 2000. Winkler produced the film “Rocky,” starring Stallone(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Sylvester Stallone, right, and Carl Weathers, left, pose with producer Irwin Winkler at the Walk of Fame ceremony for Winkler in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles Friday, April 28, 2000. Stallone and Weathers were opponents in the original “Rocky” film,  produced by Winkler
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The Official “Rocky” Scrapbook

The Official Rocky Scrapbook by Sylvester Stallone

Publisher: Grosset and Dunlop

Copyright: 1977

Edition shown: 1st Printing, 1977

Tagline: “In his own words Sylvester Stallone tells the rags-to-riches story of how he wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay ROCKY and fought to play the title role.”

Comments: Hardback and Trade Paperback

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