Sylvester Stallone promised a bulkier ‘extended’ version of Rocky IV when he announced he was making a Director’s Cut last September.
And on Thursday the director and star of the fourth film in the Rocky franchise, which originally dropped in 1985, teamed up with longtime co-star Burt Young for a special screening of the new version – Rocky IV: Rocky Vs. Drago The Ultimate Director’s Cut in Philadelphia.
Tho two stars, who played Rocky Balboa and Paulie Pennino, respectively, in all six Rocky movies looked like family or old friends when they posed in front of the cameras on the red carpet.
Special screening: Sylvester Stallone, 75, and Burt Young, 81, were back together for a special screening of Rocky IV: Rocky Vs Drago The Ultimate Director’s Cut in Philadelphia on Thursday
Pals: Stallone and Young are seen on the set of Rocky V in December 1989
Stallone, 75, showed off his still muscular physique in fitted blue jeans with a black blazer over a matching t-shirt and sneakers.
The two stars showed off their chemistry as the photographers snapped away.
At one point the two puckered up and gave each other a kiss on the cheek.
Young (born Gerald Tommaso DeLouise), 81, kept it casual and cool in blue khaki-style pants with a black-patterned blazer and sneakers
With the temperatures tumbling in the City Of Brotherly Love he also had a scarf wrapped around his neck.
Still ripped: Stallone showed off his still muscular physique in fitted blue jeans with a black blazer over a matching t-shirt and sneakers for the special screening
Like family: The old co-stars got a bit cheeky for the cameras and shared a kiss
The event also included a Q-and-A with Stallone, who talked about some of the changes he made
Stallone, who directed the original 1985 film, worked on a new edit himself.
The new Rocky IV: Rocky Vs. Drago version is only about three minutes longer than the original film, but there’s a significant amount of new footage that has replaced some of the old shots.
As a result, the beginning looks much different, in an attempt to add depth tp Rocky’s long-building relationship with former rival Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) and with his wife Adrian (Talia Shire), according to The Guardian.
He also removed some scenes that had bothered Stallone, in particular the infamous Sico the robot that was given given to his brother-in-law, Paulie (Young), as a birthday gift.
Old school: Young (born Gerald Tommaso DeLouise), who played brother-in-law Paulie, kept it casual and cool in blue khaki-style pants with a black-patterned blazer and sneakers
Paulie; Young played Paulie in all six Rocky movies that kicked off with the 1976 classic, Rocky
Yo Rock! The two actors even got playful and shared a couple of punches
The Cold War of the 1980’s takes center stage in this fourth bout of the film franchise.
At the center of the story is the Soviet Union’s top boxer, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). He and his team of government officials lobby for a fight with Rocky Balboa, who is now the world heavyweight champion.
But Rocky’s former rival, and now best friend, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) ends up fighting him instead and is beaten to death in the ring. Enraged, Rocky decides to take on Drago in Russia to avenge the death of Creed and defend the honor of the United States Of America.
Laying it out: The special screen also included a Q-and-A with Stallone
Director’s cut: Stallone, who directed the film, discussed some of the changes he made to the original that premiered 35 years ago in November 1985
Major changes: The new Rocky IV version is only about three minutes longer than the original film, but there’s a significant amount of new footage that has replaced some of the old shots
35 and counting: The star of the show’s new version marks the 35th anniversary of the original version that dropped in November 1985
The film, which also starred Talia Shire, Brigitte Nielsen, Michael Pataki and Tony Burton, is the most financially successful entry in the Rocky film franchise earning just over $300 million on a $28 million budget.
In fact, Rocky IV was the highest grossing sports movie for 24 years, before it was overtaken by 2009’s The Blind Side, that starred Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron.
The new version also marks the 35th anniversary of the original film, which premiered on November 21, 1985, and then hit theaters across the U.S one week later.
Rocky IV: Rocky Vs. Drago The Ultimate Director’s Cut is available to rent digitally on November 12.
Bonafide hit: Rocky IV, which also starred Dolph Lundgren, Talia Shire, Brigitte Nielsen, Michael Pataki and Tony Burton, is the most financially successful entry in the film franchise, earning just over $300 million on a $28 million budget