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MGM Preparing Rocky Collection on Blu-ray

Posted May 18, 2009 08:08 AM by Juan Calonge

MGMEric Doctorow, General Manager of MGM Worldwide, revealed in an interview for Home Media Magazine that the studio is currently preparing “the entire Rocky collection” for Blu-ray in time for the holidays. So far only the first and the last Rocky films ('Rocky' and 'Rocky Balboa') have been released on Blu-ray.

Doctorow also mentioned that the studio will release other “cool releases,” such as a 40th anniversary edition of 'Hair,' and a 30th anniversary edition of 'Mad Max,' and “a couple of 'Stargate' surprises.” Hopefully all those releases will street on Blu-ray as well as DVD.

The MGM exec also said he was “very confident” that Blu-ray would triumph, and he stated, “Blu-ray is a wonderful format and plays right into our culture's obsession with quality and all things high def.”


Source: Home Media Magazine | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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Irrob
  May 18, 2009
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Good news. All I ask is that MGM takes their time and do these classics justice.

Mr. Cinema
  May 18, 2009
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Love the Rocky series. I hope the first one is a new disc with all the dvd extras included.

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jtwise
  May 18, 2009
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finally, I held of on getting Rocky to wait for a collection

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wnicholas76
  May 18, 2009
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Excellent! I'm eagerly awaying the Rocky collection! I'm glad I haven't bought Rocky or Rocky Balboa on Blu-ray yet! I'm definitely looking forward to the holidays!

dmarvin
  May 18, 2009
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I waited on Rocky because it was bare bones. If they are total idiots, the one in this collection will be bare bones too. But I think they've learned their lesson and will be taking the high road this time. This is a collection I will probably eventually pick up but I do hope a deluxe edition of just the first film is made available separately someday.

I will also take a Mad Max SE in a New York minute!

RIKANA
  May 18, 2009
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Stargate is a deffenate! But why rocky...why not rocky horror? Sorry but I'll be passing on this.

RI

EvolutionCherry
  May 18, 2009
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"Blu-ray is a wonderful format and plays right into our culture's obsession with quality and all things high def."

That MGM exec scored a TKO with that(no pun intended...well maybe some pun. lol).

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Lucy Diamond
  May 18, 2009
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"Dragooooooooooooooooooooooo"


"Dragooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"


(Deep inhale)


"Dragoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!"


(falls over and dies of oxygen deprivation.)

TheManInBlu
  May 18, 2009
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YAY!! I can't wait to get my Rocky set on Blu

Guydowood
  May 18, 2009
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Hopefully MGM is going to due the Rocky series some justice with Stallone commentary's on each film as well as the rest of the main cast that's still with us. Plus Stallone once mentioned he wanted to release a Director's Cut of Rocky VI. Funny how the Rambo series got some great respect from Lionsgate, Rocky is an American Classic, so this series is due it's rightful place on Blu. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.

Frozenpinky
  May 18, 2009
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will they be available seperately, or only as a 6-pack set, because I already have ROCKY and ROCKY BALBOA?

online365daysayear
  May 18, 2009
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I think 1-5 will be in a box set and Rocky Balboa will be seperate. We will have to wait and see.

MCT
  May 18, 2009
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Hell yeah! Rocky IV on Blu Ray, finally.

JRS03
  May 18, 2009
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What they need to do is remaster the first Rocky!

doctorD
  May 18, 2009
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Bring on Rocky 2 and 3...Clubber Lane is finally mine!!!

unclejay73
  May 18, 2009
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Yeah, I'm all over this one! Glad I didn't buy any of the one's that were released.
Titanicfave
  May 18, 2009
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Nice! Day 1 purchase on Rocky collection for me!

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fettastic
  May 18, 2009
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I hope they redo the first one. It doesn't look very good and it is ridiculous that it hit shelves the same day as a 2-disc DVD special edition, yet has no features!
TTC1984
  May 18, 2009
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Yeah, here's hoping they redo the transfer on the first one, and include all the bonus features from earlier issues/box sets/etc. of the films.

Still, i held off on buying the two available on Blu becuase I thought they'd do a box set - looks like I was right to do so.

fdm
  May 18, 2009
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Like the Hair and Mad Max info. See what happens with the Rocky set.
Russell22
  May 18, 2009
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Rocky for me definatley. I hope though that Rocky 1 transfer gets an uphaul coz it was quite weak. lETS HOPE THEY GIVE THE FILMS THE QUALITY TREATMENT..WELL EXCEPT ROCKY 5 THAT IS !

Stargate releases are just rumoured to be odd episodes ona disc so nothing to get too excited about.
Prophet X
  May 18, 2009
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FINALLY!

It's quite ridiculous that it took this long.

And please...give us some bonus materials for Rocky 2-5? I know Rocky 5 was the unwanted redheaded bastard stepchild of the series, but it would be nice to get some comments from the cast and crew. Rocky 5 also has a TON of deleted scenes, it would be nice for an extended cut. Also Rocky 6 had multiple endings that have never been released yet.

I was just watching Rocky 2 on DVD, the transfer is pretty grainy, it definitely needs a hi-definition remaster. Rocky 3-5 were filmed on much better quality film so they should also transfer nicely.

Hopefully Best of the Best and Bloodsport are also announced for Blu Ray soon.

Blu-ray Fanatic
  May 18, 2009
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And of course, I'll be picking up the Rocky collection as well.

Paul.R.S
  May 18, 2009
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Here's hoping that: 1) the supps found on the CE DVD released at the same time as the movie-only BD will now appear on BD; and 2) the movies will be available separately a reasonable amount of time after the box set streets.

stubiedoo
  May 18, 2009
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Just the forth instalment for me so hope they do them seperate.

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Diesel
  May 18, 2009
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yes!

nuf said

AaronSCH
  May 18, 2009
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I'm actually more excited by the "Hair" and "Mad Max" announcements. Many of MGMs best catalog titles like "Hair," have never been given anamorphic treatment on DVD. I hope both films get the repect they deserve.
ZEBRA3
  May 18, 2009
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If they really want to do the Rocky saga right for blu-ray, they will give Rocky 2-4 an overhaul in terms of picture (and sound). They look terrible, extremely grainy dirty prints (and I don't mean in a good "film like" way). Just watch them next to the original on DVD. There's no comparison and yet they're newer films. They have also NEVER had any bonus features. Nada. Even though the ENTIRE series has been successful and made kazillions of dollars, the sequels have never been given anywhere close the treatment as the first Rocky (and now Rocky Balboa). If they ignore the sequels again (especially now in high definition!), I won't bite.
reanimator
  May 18, 2009
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Aha! I knew it! That's why I didn't buy the current ones. Hurray for patience!

vanscottie
  May 18, 2009
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"Hair" is NOT 40 years old. The musical is 40 years old, the movie version (which is both terrible and wonderful in equal amounts) is 30 years old having come out in 1979

fredbalsodn
  May 18, 2009
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Yesss day one buy cant wait.

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blokhed
  May 18, 2009
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About time we got a proper BR release of the first Rocky. It's a great movie, one I'd like to own, but I avoided the barebones first release.
DVDave
  May 18, 2009
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Glad I held off purchasing Rocky in anticipation of a proper box set. Sly commentary on each please.

Sith
  May 18, 2009
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nice, hope 1 is redone....stupid me paid like $34.99 for it back in the day...

earmullet
  May 18, 2009
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Nice...great news.

hostelmovies
  May 18, 2009
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IN THE MORNING I SPLASH IT ON.

Brad1963
  May 18, 2009
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HAIR - Whoo Hoo!
TheRealBob
  May 18, 2009
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Hopefully they'll fix the scenes in Rocky III that look like you're watching it through a screen door. I believe every DVD release had that problem.

And hopefully they'll put the English subtitles back into Rocky IV. Some of the best scenes are what they say in the corners between rounds as the fight progresses, and they removed it from the DVD. It's great that they went back to the original film elements to remaster the picture, but forgetting to put the subtitles on was unforgivable (and, no, they were not available in any of the subtitle options; they were simply not present).

I'm glad to hear about this release, as I really enjoy five of the six movies. Rocky was a good serious movie, Rocky II was an OK serious movie with a bit of schlock, III was great cartoony fun, IV was more great cartoony fun with some deliciously cheesy montages, and Rocky Balboa was a great bookend to the series, returning it back to its more serious roots. The only bad one is Rocky V. It has its moment, and I'll watch it now and then, but overall I don't know what they were thinking having Rocky get punch drunk, broke, banned from boxing, and ending the movie with a street fight instead of a boxing match.

Minimejer05
  May 18, 2009
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Awesome stuff.

Canto
  May 18, 2009
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sweet, I'm glad that I've held off on buying the Rocky collection on DVD. Hopefully they all get remastered.

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steve1971
  May 18, 2009
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This is great news! Finally the entire Rocky saga on Blu. These are on of Sly Stallones all time best movies and my personal favorite. They will be mine.

Guydowood
  May 18, 2009
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we still need Cobra..........

Sean4000
  May 18, 2009
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If they remaster them properly and give them lossless audio, then they're mine day 1, guaranteed! If not, then leave this set to the birds.

BrahmaBull1969
  May 18, 2009
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Clubber Lane?? LOL!!! LANG dude LANG!!!! I wish you could buy them seperately as number 5 totally sucks!!

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nathanp
  May 19, 2009
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If only Rocky 5 had never been made, the series is pretty great otherwise.
Prophet X
  May 19, 2009
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I TOLD YOU PEOPLE GET THAT CAMERA OUT MY FACE RAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

DONT TURN YO BACK ON ME SUCKA!!!

LOL!

Italian food cooked up by a bunch of mexicans ain't so special! LOL!

Condominiums? I never use em!

will_ares
  May 19, 2009
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Part 1: Classic
Part 2: Not a bad sequel
Part 3: Entertaining
Part 4: Over the top and cheesy in most parts but very entertaining
Part 5: Not as good as the others but i didnt mind it at all
Part 6: It was ok, few scenes didnt go anywhere but had a good ending

"i must breaak you!"

mishal
  May 19, 2009
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A must in my collection. MGM better do a good job with the transfer. And please, add some extras. It's Rocky for crying out loud.

Mordok
  May 19, 2009
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YES!!! One of my favorite film series' off all time...I knew holding off buying 1 and 6 would be a good idea! Day one buy for me...

audioquest
  May 19, 2009
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I hope they remaster all the films, but I have a bad feeling that they may just slap the current transfers onto BD and lead us all to the well again...

Devion27
  Jun 02, 2009
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can't wait for this to come out on blu-ray does anyone think it will be just like the Harry Potter Set?


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