Rocky III (1982)

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Released 18-Jan-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1982
Running Time 95:12
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (52:44) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Sylvester Stallone

Starring Sylvester Stallone
Talia Shire
Burt Young
Carl Weathers
Burgess Meredith
Tony Burton
Mr. T
Hulk Hogan
Ian Fried
Al Silvani
Wally Taylor
Jim Hill
Don Sherman
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music Bill Conti

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Rocky III (1982) is a very different Rocky film. Rocky III has replaced the sentimentality and dialogue-driven drama of the first two Rocky films with pure action and all-out entertainment.

    "A Fighter. A Lover. A Legend. The Greatest Challenge".

    Once again written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, in Rocky III, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) now reigns supreme as the undisputed boxing heavyweight champion of the world. Having become rather "civilised", Rocky has grown soft and complacent within his new lifestyle. But just when he is ready to announce his retirement from the ring, Clubber Lang (an electrifying Mr. T), an angry, aggressive and rude black boxer with a real hunger for the title abuses and taunts Rocky publicly. Rocky 's instinctive response is to accept Clubber's challenge for a title match.

    Rocky will face new challenges in Rocky III that will plunge both he and his wife (Talia Shire) into despair, and even depression. But with the help of his new trainer (and former nemesis) Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky will fight to regain "the eye of the tiger".

    Fans of the legendary boxing champ, Ali, will enjoy the homage to his famous rope-a-dope title match tactic.

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Transfer Quality


    The transfer is noticeably better than the previous film's.

    The transfer is presented in a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    Again the sharpness is variable, but generally okay. As with the previous film, the shadow detail is often poor. For example, consider the shot of Pauly watching television at 6:34, or the scene in the gym at 52:50, which both lack any shadow detail at all.

    As with the previous film, the colour often appears undersaturated (or muted), and again, some of the skin tones have a slight orange/brown tint. Whites can often appear grey, such as at 12:20.

    There are no problems with MPEG artefacts, but again there is often a serious amount of grain present. As with the previous film, it seems various film stocks have been used, and some of them result in a very grainy image, such as at 3:32.

    There are no serious problems with film-to-video artefacts, just a slight shimmer here and there. The frequency and severity of film artefacts is greatly reduced from the previous film, and they are not distracting at all.

    English, English for the Hearing Impaired, German, German for the Hearing Impaired, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish, and Hebrew subtitles are present. The English subtitles are accurate.

    This is a Dual Layer disc, with the layer change at 52:44. It is during a conversation between Rocky and Apollo, so it is noticeable.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There are five audio tracks on the DVD: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are fine throughout on the default English audio track.

    The musical score is again credited to Bill Conti, and as I mentioned in my review of the previous film, Conti "shot to fame with his theme for Rocky, "Gonna Fly Now". This theme has been re-worked and re-used in all five films. Apart from this, Conti has also composed many memorable television themes, such as those for Dynasty and Cagney & Lacey".

    I was disappointed with the surround presence and activity. Indeed, as I mentioned in my review of the previous film, Rocky II's stereo surround audio was more aggressive and immersive than the 5.1 track provided on Rocky III. The surround sound mix is very front heavy, and the rear speakers are used minimally to provide some ambience. A good example of the poor use of the surrounds comes at 36:20. While the crowd is frantically chanting, only a tiny amount of sound appears in the rears.

    There was no serious use of LFE for the subwoofer, which is not surprising considering the vintage of the film.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Considering this was a re-release, I was expecting more in the way of extras.


    A simple menu.

Theatrical Trailer (2:25)

    The trailer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with English Dolby Digital Stereo audio.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Rocky III was originally released on DVD in R1 as part of the Rocky Collection DVD Box Set. That disc appears to be much the same as our version (ignoring the NTSC/PAL differences).

   This year, the Rocky Anthology DVD Box Set was released in R1, and again, the R1 version appears to be much the same as ours (ignoring the NTSC/PAL differences).


    Rocky III is a real crowd pleaser, and also features the big screen arrival of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

    The video quality is better than the previous film, and good overall.

    The audio quality is good, but very front heavy.

    The extras are limited to one trailer.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Sunday, January 02, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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