When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver) retaliates by challenging the Italian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son (Milo Ventimiglia, TV’s Heroes) and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who’s faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages!
**Theatrical Feature Blu-ray
**Deleted Scenes & Alternate Ending
**Skill vs. Will: The Making of ROCKY BALBOA
**Reality in the Ring: Filming Rocky’s Final Fight
**Virtual Champion: Creating the Computer Fight
**Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone
Cast & Crew
I know, I know, you're thinking, oh please, not Rocky again. I was thinking that too.
As usual with Stallone's Rocky sequels, the schmaltz is unbearable, but the fight is plausibly handled, and Stallone's sincere sadness at growing older makes this an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion to the series.
Touchingly nostalgic, the sixth chapter in the saga of Sylvester Stallone's eternal underdog packs a far more powerful punch than anyone would have expected.
A sequel that is at once preposterous, unnecessary and weirdly entertaining.
Rocky Balboa scores a split decision: A familiar start, some flat-footed middle rounds and a solid, flailing finish.
Stallone has said this is it for Rocky -- even if the film is major box office hit, there will be no seventh outing. If that's the case, it's hard to think of a better sendoff.
I gotta admit that I had a pretty good time watching this 94th film in a series that started 30 years ago.