Stone IV is not only one of the best sequels in cinema history but also arguably one of the best film periods. Released in 1985 during the twilight years of the Cold War, the fourth film in the Rocky franchise pitted the Italian stallion against Russian machine Ivan Drago.
While Stallone’s attempt at illustrating the power struggle between America and Russia as well as the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union at the hands of Rocky was heavy-handed, the film remains the highest-grossing film in series and has training videos that match the best of them. The death of Apollo Creed also still has a heavy impact.
36 years on and Stallone is releasing his director’s cut, titled Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago – The Ultimate Director’s Cut. Why this happened is anyone’s guess, but the re-release will have 40 minutes of unseen footage. According to Variety, the official synopsis reads:
The fight scenes are more intense, the music is more powerful and the drama is heightened as world heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Stallone) must once again defend his title, this time against a formidable opponent. His best friend: Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
The trailer serves as a refreshment for fans, with the entire plot of the film presented over the course of three minutes. It also includes a lot of new footage and looks like the original movie on steroids.
The film will be shown in theaters for one night only on November 11. You can purchase tickets online via www.fathomevents.com. There will also be a Q&A with Stallone that will be broadcast to select locations for those who want a little more information about the new release. For those who can’t go to the cinema, Rocky vs. Drago: The Ultimate Director’s Cut will be available to rent on demand starting Friday, November 12.