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Rocky Balboa: Reverant Edition

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I've just completed work on a Rocky Balboa fanedit and was wondering if anyone here would be interested in seeing it. Here's the details:

Rocky Balboa was a good film, but a couple of things have become issues for me as I've rewatched it in the last few years. The first - and most major - problem I have is the constant disrespect Rocky gets from sports announcers. I mean, this is a man who was one of the absolute greats in boxing history. Yet at every turn we hear the announcers talking about how he's basically some has-been loser who stands no chance in a "real" fight. How many times did we hear this in earlier Rocky films, only to have those criticisms silenced by Rocky doing the impossible? By this point, I felt that he really deserved more respect. It makes sense for Dixon's manager to talk him up, and for some of the commentators to agree that Dixon would win, but why the insults? My version focuses on Rocky's desire to prove something to himself, not to people pointlessly insulting his legacy. The talk he has with his son later testifies to how you have to go out and get what you're worth, and not care what other people say. So why shoehorn in that motivation for him to fight? The second problem for me is the cutting to Marie constantly during the final fight, cheering him on. This didn't stand out to me as a problem the first time I watched the movie, but it's gotten more and more cheesy every time I've watched it since, to the point that I began to cringe every time they cut to her. The flow of the fight is so much better now. I've also added back in the three deleted scenes, and color-graded them to better match the rest of the movie. These were all great character moments, and they deserved to be in the film. Lastly, I've removed the grave site coda. It was a decent way to end the movie, but I've thought since the very first time I saw it that it should end instead as Rocky leaves the stadium. It's also a great bookend this way to the first film which ended with Rocky holding Adrian - the love of his life. This one now ends with him holding the hand of a fan - the only love he has left.

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-Added deleted scene: Rocky talks with Steps about fathers.

-Removed lines: "Skip, how do you think Balboa would've done against Dixon"? "Badly. Personally, I think Balboa was completely overrated. You know he owns a little restaurant in South Philly. What's his specialty, pounded chicken"?

-Removed Paulie's line: "Hey, hey, hey, cheer up. Free advertisement" (since the line no longer makes sense without the prior line).

-Added deleted scene: Paulie's remorse in the alley.

-Removed line: Robert's last "do you?!" line to Rocky. This was a bit over-acted in my opinion.

-Added deleted scene: Sparring match.

-Removed lines: "Larry, why is this billed as an exhibition"? "Wild guess. So they wouldn't have to call it an execution". "Woo hoo".

-Removed line: "Or the last supper, perhaps, with him as the main course".

-Removed lines: "...talk about wishful thinking". "Or maybe 'no hopes' is more like it. Anyway, the crowd likes it".

-Removed line: "Two whole rounds? We have a cock-eyed optimist in the house".

-Removed word: "old" from describing Rocky during the George Foreman analogy.

-Removed line: "It looks like a speed bag against a punching bag".

-Removed line: "Apparently he forgot his arthritis meds this morning".

-Removed line: Marie's "yes"! when Rocky knocks Dixon down.

-Removed line: Marie's "all right!" and clapping after second round.

-Removed line: "Target practice for Dixon".

-Removed lines: Marie's chants of "Rocky" that are louder than everyone else's.

-Removed line: Marie's "Come on, Rocky, come on"!

-Removed line: Marie's "Win it, win it"!

-Removed line: Marie's "Yes!" immediately after last punch.

-Removed entire last scene at grave site. Movie now fades to black on freeze-frame of Rocky holding the fan's hand.

-Removed people climbing the stairs in Philly. It was cute, but it really took away from the emotion of the ending.
 

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i would love to see it as i am a massive fan of the rockys. i loved this movie so i would love to see what you have done with it.
 

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Uploading this as I type, guys. It's going to take 4-5 hours to get up there, but I'll PM you with links once it's finished. BTW: sound is stereo-only as the extra scenes were that way and I couldn't figure out how to force 5.1. Still sounds great, though.
 

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I don't have much experience with Photoshop. Anyone want to create some cover art for this so I can get it properly submitted?
 

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any feelings about retitling this movie THE REVERANT?

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LOL! That's hilarious!

I actually misspelled the thread. It should be "Reverent Edition", meaning it has reverence for Rocky.
 

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I've just completed work on a Rocky Balboa fanedit and was wondering if anyone here would be interested in seeing it. Here's the details:

Rocky Balboa was a good film, but a couple of things have become issues for me as I've rewatched it in the last few years. The first - and most major - problem I have is the constant disrespect Rocky gets from sports announcers. I mean, this is a man who was one of the absolute greats in boxing history. Yet at every turn we hear the announcers talking about how he's basically some has-been loser who stands no chance in a "real" fight. How many times did we hear this in earlier Rocky films, only to have those criticisms silenced by Rocky doing the impossible? By this point, I felt that he really deserved more respect. It makes sense for Dixon's manager to talk him up, and for some of the commentators to agree that Dixon would win, but why the insults? My version focuses on Rocky's desire to prove something to himself, not to people pointlessly insulting his legacy. The talk he has with his son later testifies to how you have to go out and get what you're worth, and not care what other people say. So why shoehorn in that motivation for him to fight? The second problem for me is the cutting to Marie constantly during the final fight, cheering him on. This didn't stand out to me as a problem the first time I watched the movie, but it's gotten more and more cheesy every time I've watched it since, to the point that I began to cringe every time they cut to her. The flow of the fight is so much better now. I've also added back in the three deleted scenes, and color-graded them to better match the rest of the movie. These were all great character moments, and they deserved to be in the film. Lastly, I've removed the grave site coda. It was a decent way to end the movie, but I've thought since the very first time I saw it that it should end instead as Rocky leaves the stadium. It's also a great bookend this way to the first film which ended with Rocky holding Adrian - the love of his life. This one now ends with him holding the hand of a fan - the only love he has left.

Changes:

-Added deleted scene: Rocky talks with Steps about fathers.

-Removed lines: "Skip, how do you think Balboa would've done against Dixon"? "Badly. Personally, I think Balboa was completely overrated. You know he owns a little restaurant in South Philly. What's his specialty, pounded chicken"?

-Removed Paulie's line: "Hey, hey, hey, cheer up. Free advertisement" (since the line no longer makes sense without the prior line).

-Added deleted scene: Paulie's remorse in the alley.

-Removed line: Robert's last "do you?!" line to Rocky. This was a bit over-acted in my opinion.

-Added deleted scene: Sparring match.

-Removed lines: "Larry, why is this billed as an exhibition"? "Wild guess. So they wouldn't have to call it an execution". "Woo hoo".

-Removed line: "Or the last supper, perhaps, with him as the main course".

-Removed lines: "...talk about wishful thinking". "Or maybe 'no hopes' is more like it. Anyway, the crowd likes it".

-Removed line: "Two whole rounds? We have a cock-eyed optimist in the house".

-Removed word: "old" from describing Rocky during the George Foreman analogy.

-Removed line: "It looks like a speed bag against a punching bag".

-Removed line: "Apparently he forgot his arthritis meds this morning".

-Removed line: Marie's "yes"! when Rocky knocks Dixon down.

-Removed line: Marie's "all right!" and clapping after second round.

-Removed line: "Target practice for Dixon".

-Removed lines: Marie's chants of "Rocky" that are louder than everyone else's.

-Removed line: Marie's "Come on, Rocky, come on"!

-Removed line: Marie's "Win it, win it"!

-Removed line: Marie's "Yes!" immediately after last punch.

-Removed entire last scene at grave site. Movie now fades to black on freeze-frame of Rocky holding the fan's hand.

-Removed people climbing the stairs in Philly. It was cute, but it really took away from the emotion of the ending.
would love to see this, I like what I'm reading in the description :)
 
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