Creed Blu-ray Disc March 1st, 2016

Posted in Blu-ray, Commentary, Drama, MGM, New Line, Sport, Warner on March 5th, 2016 by Dave

Creed Blu-ray

The Creed Blu-ray from Warner Home Video on March 1st, 2016 was the top Blu-ray release of the week this week.

This sports drama was written by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington as a spin-off and sequel to the Rocky film series.

The story follows Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son Adonis Johnson, who connects with Rocky Balboa.

Creed was released on the fortieth anniversary of the date of the opening scene in Rocky.

Creed the Movie

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The film opens in 1998, where Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son Adonis Johnson is serving time in a Los Angeles youth facility.

Creed’s widow Mary Anne pays him a visit, tells him about this father and offers to take him in.

Seventeen years later, Donnie quits his job at a securities firm to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer.

While Mary Anne is opposed to him becoming a boxer, Adonis tries to get into Los Angeles’ elite Delphi Boxing Academy.

After being turned down, Donnie travels to Philadelphia in hopes of getting in touch with his father’s old friend Rocky Balboa.

Though Rocky is reluctant to get back into boxing, he eventually agrees to train Donnie at the Front Street Gym.

When the truth comes out that Johnston is in fact Apollo Creed’s son, he gets a shot at the title, but even with Rocky in his corner, can he possibly be ready to fight the champ?

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Creed is the seventh installment of the Rocky series and is an excellent addition to the franchise.

In many ways the new movie captures the excitement of the original film, including a number of direct references.

Stallone is certainly a key player in this new production, perhaps most notably reprising his role as Rocky Balboa.

For his performance Stallone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, his first nomination since the original film.

Overall though the film has excellent energy and pacing, with boxing scenes that bring us right into the action.

Choreographing the camera moves to follow the fights must have been a huge challenge, but the overall result is exceptional.

Even if you have never seen a Rocky film before in your life, I thoroughly recommend you check out Creed.

To my mind it was one of the best movies from 2015.

Along with Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, the cast includes Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad of The Cosby Show, and Anthony Bellew.

Creed was directed by Ryan Coogler, who made his name with his film Fruitvale Station.

The film was loved by critics with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 94% and an IMDb score of 8/10.

Creed was also big in the cinema, taking in $108.7M at the US box office against a $35M budget.

Creed on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 25 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.

The movie follows the action through a variety of night and day scenes, and looks great throughout.

The natural, slightly muted look of the film is retained in this Blu-ray transfer.

For full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc, check out the details page for Creed.

The main audio is lossless 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 24-bits resolution at 48 kHz.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 39.4 GB used and is coded for All Regions.

Creed Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

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The supplemental features for this release include a couple of featurettes and some deleted scenes.

Know The Past, Own The Future is a 15 minute featurette that covers a number of aspects of the movie.

The segment discusses the Rocky movies and the fact that they have effectively run their course with the title character.

Stallone talks about how film maker Ryan Coogler pitched the idea of a new generation in the Rocky saga.

The cast and crew discuss the series and how they relate to the story and the franchise.

Clips from the new Creed movie are contrasted with clips from the older films in the series.

The familiar themes and new themes for Creed are both discussed.

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The training regime that Michael B. Jordan subjected himself to is the focus of Becoming Adonis.

There was a lot of training but also significant diet changes in order to sculpt the body of a fighter.

The fight choreography for the various fight scenes is also covered in this segment.

There is an extensive collection of deleted scenes that runs almost 20 minutes in total.

Scenes include Adonis making the move to Philadelphia and Rocky reminiscing about the past.

No doubt most were cut for pacing.

This release also includes a DVD Copy for legacy players and an UltraViolet Digital Copy code.

Creed Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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Creed is an excellent sports drama that I highly recommend as worthy to follow in the footsteps of the Rocky franchise.

Warner Home Video has put together a technically strong Blu-ray release with around 40 minutes of supplemental features.

The retail price is $35.99, though you can get it at Amazon for $22.99, saving 36%!

Creed Blu-ray Extras:

  • Know The Past, Own The Future
  • Becoming Adonis
  • Deleted Scenes

Creed Blu-ray Synopsis:

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

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