Sylvester Stallone Confirms Rocky IV Director’s Cut will be “amazing” – What would make it better?

Are you excited about a Rocky IV Director’s Cut? Yes or no, it’s “amazing” says Stallone.

Rocky IV ⭐️⭐️½ 

Of all the Rocky films to offer a Director’s Cut, one definitely toward the bottom of the list (for me, anyway) would be the one co-starring Dolph Lundgren’s iconic Russian pugilist Ivan Drago.

Too bad, according to Stallone, it’s coming and he has one word to describe it …

Sylvester Stallone has revealed that he is working on a director’s cut of Rocky IV, which he says will be “amazing.”

Rocky IV: Sylvester Stallone Confirms He’s Working on a Director’s Cut – IGN

This movie is ranked #7 out of 8 on my Rocky ranked films list (see: Ranking Stallone’s Rocky and Creed Films). Ouch, only the mediocre Rocky V starring the late real fighter Tommy Morrison as Tommy Gunn would get me less excited.

This is the era of popularity for alternative versions (see: More Director’s and Extended Cuts, yes, Snyder Cut is Coming To HBO Max in 2021), This weekend HBO Max has released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, which adds 30+ minutes to the original theatrical release. Clearly, they are whetting the appetite of Snyder cut fans.

Now back to Rocky IV: The Director’s Cut. No release date was mentioned in any of the sources I clicked through and read, just restating that Stallone confirmed it. Rather than just do that here, let’s discuss what we’d like to see in an alternate cut of this movie.

Here are a few things I think would make Rocky IV better:

  • More Carl ‘Apollo Creed’ Weathers hyping the “exhibition fight that doesn’t mean anything” – I love it when he talks smack in the Rocky films
  • Drago with a few more barely intelligible lines like, “I must break you.”
  • Drago and Rocky mixing it up at the press conference. I always thought Stallone played Rocky too subdued as he announced the fight with Drago would be in Russia. It was his then wife Bridget Nielson as Drago’s wife that has all the passion in that scene. Give me Rocky throwing down with somebody, shoving somebody, something. Instead he plays that scene too Debbie downer mode. Sure, his friend was killed, but … well, come on.
  • Eliminate or severely cut that utterly stupid end of the Russia fight speech “If I can change, you can change, we can all change!” — one of the most out of character Rocky speeches in any of the filmse
  • Was there a third training montage we could have? No, no, I’m kidding here. I did like Survivor’s song “Burning Heart” but it played off too much like trying to recapture the magic of “Eye of The Tiger” from Rocky III.

Shall I go on? Let’s use the comments. What would you like to see in a Rocky IV Director’s Cut? Or would you not like to see one at all? Which Rocky film deserves a Director’s Cut?

Doctor Sleep receiving new fans and love thanks to release on HBO Max

Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½  – The Director’s Cut

Some at the time were saying this movie “bombed” in theaters, but it didn’t deserve that type of label. It came out just before Halloween 2019 for early access viewing in theaters and the following week for the rest of the United States.

My #2 favorite movie in 2019 and for good reason: it’s an excellent film that managed to do the impossible. If you want to hear why I think this, read my review or follow my critique here: 32+ Doctor Sleep Reviews – Stephen King’s Views Softened On Kubrick’s Adaptation of The Shining

Anyway, I’m excited to see the film is now receiving a new wave of interest and appreciation on social media thanks to its release last weekend on HBO Max.

I wasted no time buying the director’s cut on Vudu when it went on sale (see: Doctor Sleep Director’s Cut adds 30 minutes). $9.99 was an awesome deal.

Great news for those with HBO Max you can see this same version I purchased as part of your HBO Max subscription!

Warner Bros. really got behind director Mike Flanagan in making the best director’s cut he could make.

“I’m really excited that WB let me create this cut, much less release it,” Flanagan shared in some comments to Collider. “They really supported it – to the point that they made sure all of the new material with VFX was fully finished, additional score was composed and orchestrated just for this cut, and we did a full mix as well. They really let us do this right – it’s a finished, complete, fully polished new cut of the movie. Nothing in it is temp.”

Doctor Sleep Fans Are Flooding Twitter With Ewan McGregor Appreciation Posts

My #1 favorite movie of 2019 was the Oscar-award winning 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½, which technically I saw in January 2020, but was released in December 2019, hence counting it as a 2019 release. So, if we say of new movies actually seen in 2019, Doctor Sleep was my favorite. I added another half-star to the rating after seeing the awesome director’s cut version mentioned in this post.

Also, caught Doctor Sleep a week before it was released in theaters thanks to an early release offer from Fandango (see: EARLY ACCESS REVIEW: Doctor Sleep (no spoilers!) Yes, It’s Better than Joker!). I sure hope they do more of those early releases open to anybody that buys a ticket, not just media and film critics.

What’s your favorite director’s cut movie? Perhaps it’s something we haven’t seen. Or if you want to comment on your feelings of what you thought of Doctor Sleep, let us know below.

Doctor Sleep Director’s Cut adds 30 minutes

Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

My second favorite movie of 2019 has hit the streaming circuit, complete with a director’s cut that adds 30 minutes of additional character backstory and footage.

For the home video and streaming releases, though, Warner Bros. has also released the director’s cut of the film. And its additional 30 minutes of footage improves on Flannagan’s already-impressive work. The new cut provides a more empathetic theme for the entire Shining series, both the movies and the books.

The Doctor Sleep director’s cut is a huge improvement – Polygon

Interesting to see Polygon calling the director’s cut a “huge improvement.” For me, the film was great as it was, so of course I’d like to watch director Mike Flanagan cut and see how, if any, it improves the film. Just making the runtime longer could be a detriment, but not if the new footage illuminates and/or adds something not experienced in the original theatrical version.

On Amazon Prime buying the director’s cut, as of this writing, costs $19.99 for the HD version. On Vudu there is a sale running as of this writing and it’s $9.99:

If you haven’t seen Doctor Sleep, it’s on sale at Vudu, including the director’s cut for $9.99

I’ve 10/10 anticipation for seeing this additional 30 minutes of footage and see how it adds to the film, so I’m sold. Yeah, I could just rent it, but that’s $5.99, so why not spend another $4 and get to keep my second favorite movie of 2019 forever digitally. There are also three additional bonus features: behind the scenes material, it seems.

I realize there are articles online that explain in detail what those 30 minutes add to the theatrical version, but rather than spoil the experience I’m going to watch and compare versions myself.

Has anybody else reading already seen the director’s cut? What did you think?