Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the third time Fox has released the complete Rocky Set. I have the feeling this is timed to coincide with the brand new Broadway show that also launched in the last few weeks. Whatever the case, I’m always down for a solid Rocky marathon. This awesome new Rocky Heavyweight Collector’s set includes all six Rocky films in a beautiful slimmed down case and grittier box art. I’m not going to review all six films here because, let’s face it, if you don’t know what Rocky is by now, then you don’t care or have any taste in films and most likely you wouldn’t buy this set anyway. Just saying.
You young-ins today don’t know how huge Sylvester Stallone used to be. I mean back in the day he was Rocky and Rambo. No matter what you think of him as an actor you have to admire the guts he had to have to get Rocky made. He was a nobody, who wrote this script in 3 days and somehow got it produced. You can now revisit the Stallone classics on Blu-ray, the Rambo Blu-ray set came out earlier this year and now we have Rocky: The Undisputed Collection. There isn’t that much left to say about a film series that’s been analyzed and reviewed to death. I still hate Paulie (Burt Young) and can’t look at Burgess Meredith without thinking about the Penguin. But yes, this series has survived all these years for a reason: the minute I saw the big bold Rocky letters scrolling across the screen with the iconic theme song I was hooked all over again.
I’m not a fan of triple dips, but MGM and Fox Home Video have done an amazing job on the newly released James Bond Blu-ray set. I was generally skeptical about this dip because I already own three different versions of all the Bond films. But these Blu-ray versions are the definitive set. The picture transfer/upgrade is beautiful. I put on Dr. No and it was an eye-opening experience. The colors were deep, reach and sharp. There is so much more depth now it’s hard to believe this film is over 30 years old. It looks like it was shot on HD last week. The blacks are black which make the colors pop on my Vizio HDTV set. The hours and hours of extra features (in Standard Def) are the same ones from the Ultimate Collection from a few years ago with some neat little Blu-ray additions like a 42 Minute HD Feature called Inside Dr. No and a 18 minute feature on Terrance Young, the director of Dr. No.
The one area where they dropped the ball is on the Menu navigation system. It reminds me of the early days of DVD where the one thing you could always count on was Fox Home Video totally screwing up the menu. This is one of the ugliest and most unfriendly systems I’ve seen in awhile. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to play the movie and access the special features. The Pop Up/Menu button doesn’t work once you select a feature. If you select a feature to watch, while viewing the film, it kicks you out and doesn’t return to the point you left off. Each film are on a 50 GB Dual Layer disk, is in Widescreen 1.66:1 (No letter boxing!) and Lossless Audio. The movie sounds amazing on my Sony Crossbar. I sampled a few of the other titles in this collection and it’s safe to say all six of these releases and must own. The Six disk set includes Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, For Your Eyes Only, Die Another Day and Live and Let Die. I’m not going to bother reviewing the movies or giving you the TPS, come on it’s Bond! You’ve all see these a million times. My only, minor complaint with this set, beyond the menu system is the lack of Profile 1.1 or BD-Live support. Yeah BD-Live sucks, but I would still like to see them implemented as standard features in all Blu-ray releases. After watching a slew of lackluster Blu-ray releases (I’m looking at you Iron-Man!) this release restores my faith.
Movie Grade (All 6 Films, except Thunderball) – A
Features – A
Picture – A
Audio – A
Final Overall – A
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Originally Posted 10.21.08
I think the James Bond series has to be one of the worst when it comes to triple dipping. But I’ll give them a break this time, because who doesn’t want to see Bond go Blu? Six classic James Bond films are heading to Blu-ray this fall. According to the press release. It’s weird getting this Press Release today, I’m fairly sure I got it a few months ago. So maybe MGM double dipped the press release as well. This initial set is a strong collection – DR. NO, DIE ANOTHER DAY, LIVE AND LET DIE, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and THUNDERBALL. The DVD also includes a ticket to QUANTUM OF SOLACE (man do I hate that title).The only weak link is the un-watchable Thunderball. If you really want this set, I would recommend waiting, I would bet the house on several more package variations. You gotta give it to MGM, triple, quadruple, dip or not, it looks like they are handling these releases with care. At $35 a pop for something I already own 3 different copies of (that I bought with my own money) these better be darn good. Check out the full Press Release after the break.
Talk about triple dipping, one of my all time favorite movies – The Princess Bride has a yet another DVD Edition coming out in honor of its 20th anniversary. I think this DVD, this is a 2 disk feature packed set. I’m not sure what those features are, but it’ll probably contain everything that was on the last set, which was an AMAZING package! It’s one of the most flawless movies you’ll ever see – it has action, romance, drama, and is hysterically funny. I LOVE this film and if you don’t already own one of the many versions of this film.
Courtesy of our friends at MGM Home Video and the Geek Acres Podcast – run by long time EM Reader Doug Rapson you can win this DVD. I want to give this to someone who loves this film as much as me, so to win, post a comment about the film – extra points goes to comments about your first time seeing it and your fondest memory. This contest will run for 2 weeks from November 7, 2007 to Tuesday November 20th, 2007. I will select five winners at random, but to qualify you must post at least one comment here about The Princess Bride. This DVD hits the stores November 13, 2007!!