Sylvester Stallone will premiere a personal vision of Rocky IV called Director’s Cut, from what is considered the best boxing match in the cinema
Some days ago, Sylvester Stallone announced the one-night-only presentation in select US theaters of its 4K remake of “Rocky IV: Rocky Vs. Drago – The Ultimate Director’s Cut” for November 11. It is an extended version that includes 40 more minutes, with unpublished scenes and other new ones about what is considered the best boxing match in the history of cinema.
In addition, in some rooms, question sessions will be included with Stallone himself explaining this new angle of the film that celebrates its 36th anniversary. The film originally made more than $300 million worldwide, and while the plot is predictable, pundits agree it features the best training and final fight sequence in the entire Rocky Balboa saga.
The story tells of a typical struggle between the West and the communist bloc in the final years of the Cold War, when Soviet champion Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) travels to the US to challenge world heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa.
“It’s not about making a movie, it’s about remaking it. Unfortunately, you run out of time, you run out of money, basically you get kicked out of the (editing) room, so you don’t get a chance: but, in (Rocky IV) we finally got a chance, so I feel really good with this,” he said.
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Since April, while Stallone was promoting the latest film in the Rambo saga: Last Blood, he announced that he was working on a director’s cut for Rocky 4 and warned that it would be incredible. From the outset, the director already announced that the robot that appeared in one of the opening sequences and that was a birthday present for his brother-in-law (Burt Young) would go “to the junkyard forever.”
The tape includes scenes such as a meeting between Rocky and people in long pants where he is stripped of his championship for choosing a fight against an unregistered challenger, as well as moments before the two fights that take place during the tape and a moment where Iván Drago smiles in the middle of a press conference. He also filmed a behind-the-scenes documentary, which he shared a sneak peek of through his Instagram account.
The premiere of the film, obviously, is scheduled in the city of Philadelphia, birthplace and home of Rocky Balboa. In addition, a premiere will be made through digital platforms from November 12.
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Finally, Sly revealed that he is also writing a series about teenage Rocky, which will chronicle the character’s origins before becoming a professional boxer against the backdrop of “the most transformative generation in modern history: the 1960s.” Although it is not confirmed, it could have at least 10 episodes and would extend for “a few seasons”.
Regular storyline, great fight
Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), former retired world champion and friend of Rocky decides to challenge Drago to get out of his inactivity and dies from the beating that the rival gives him. Then Rocky decides to travel to Russia to avenge his friend and isolates himself from the world to be able to face his most fearsome rival and undergoes a tough physical and mental preparation to give the fight of his life.
The film featured a cast, in addition to Stallone and Lundgren, with performances by Brigitte Nielsen, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Michael Pataki, Robert Doornick, Stu Nahan, Talia Shire and Tony Burton. Stallone himself directed, Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff produced the film with Chobanian and James D. Brubaker.
The story picks up in 2018’s Creed II, when Rocky becomes manager of an illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, named Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan). When he wins the world title, he is challenged by Víktor, the son of Ivan Drago, who has become the number one challenger in his division. In an opening match, Drago loses by disqualification but overwhelms Creed and calls into question his ability as a world champion.
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Rocky helps young Creed regain his self-confidence, in the face of the fear that caused him to suffer the same fate as his father. After this tape, Stallone announced that he would definitely leave the saga, looking for Adonis Creed to form his own story without the shadow of Rocky Balboa. “Although it breaks my heart, unfortunately all things must pass,” Stallone announced after the premiere.
In fact, Creed 3 is currently being recorded. Stallone’s idea is that the series allows the universe to be built around Adonis Creed and moves away from the nostalgia of Rocky Balboa.
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