DVD Review: Grudge Match (2013)


Grudge Match DVD CoverDistributor: Warner Home Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Peter Segal

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, LL Cool J, Roy Jones Jr., Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Jon Bernthal

Bet you thought that Rocky Balboa would be the final time you’d get to see an old age pensioner stepping into the ring for one last bout of glory – wrong! Eight years after Sylvester Stallone drew the Rocky series to a close in a satisfyingly graceful way the Italian Stallion returns, only this time he’s fighting Jake La Motta. No, it’s not one of those fantasy fight simulators but Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro going toe-to-toe to see whose denture grip lasts the longest in Grudge Match. In a way it could be viewed as an alternative take on Rocky Balboa, with Stallone’s Continue reading


Blu-ray Review: Rocky (1976) – Limited Edition Steelbook


****This review does contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen Rocky you may wish to do so first****

Rocky BR CoverDistributor: 20th Century Fox

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: John G. Avildsen

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Joe Spinnel

There can’t be many media savvy people who aren’t aware of the character of Rocky Balboa and the way that he has infiltrated popular culture over the last 40 years, and like with any popular fictional character the years bring about parodies, homages and rip-offs that may be funny or cool at the time but they only really serve to dilute the power of the original, and that is certainly true about Rocky, both the character an the movie. Whilst the films from Rocky III onwards have all been enjoyable on an action movie level (even Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: Pit Stop (1969)


Pit Stop BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 12

Director: Jack Hill

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Richard Davalos, Ellen Burstyn, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, George Washburn

There’s nothing gets the adrenaline going than a bit of competitive car racing, and in director Jack Hill’s 1969 action racer Pit Stop the stakes are high as the track is the deadly Figure Eight. Street punk Rick Bowman (Richard Davalos – Cool Hand Luke) is arrested after a street race goes wrong and is bailed out by a race promoter looking for a new driver. Rick is persuaded to race on the Figure Eight against the best drivers around, including the cocky current champion Hawk Sidney (Sid Haig – The Devil’s Rejects), who doesn’t take kindly to the ruthless young newcomer.

Also featuring Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Pit Stop is 90 Continue reading