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Rocky IIR1

    Rocky II was originally released on DVD as a dual-sided, single-layered disc in R1 back in 1997.

    The Region 4 DVD misses out on:

  • Full-frame (pan & scan) version on flip-side of disc.

    The Region 1 DVD misses out on:

  • Dual Layered disc
  • 16x9 enhancement

    Rocky II was later released on DVD in R1 as part of the Rocky Collection DVD Box Set. Even though released in 2001, the same 1997, non 16x9 enhanced disc was recycled into the package.

   This year, the Rocky Anthology DVD Box Set was released in R1, and they finally got a 16x9 enhanced version of the film. (BTW: In this box set, Rocky scores a new dts 5.1 mix for the first time!)

    The Region 4 DVD misses out on:

  • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio

    The Region 1 DVD misses out on:

  • Nothing.

    I would favour the R1 box set, but only marginally. According to a few sources, the 5.1 mix isn't that different to the Stereo surround mix, and the dts audio on Rocky isn't that spectacular either.