Blu-ray Review “Grudge Match”

grudgematchActors: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin
Directors: Peter Segal
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
Run Time: 113 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Who doesn’t want to see Rocky Balboa go head-to-head with Jake La Motta? Stallone and De Niro are both aging stars but they still have a lot of punch left in them. This is a great match up and a really entertaining film. I think it was overlooked and not given the time of day since it came out during a busy holiday season but if you love these actors then this film is a blast to watch. Plus it packs a fantastic supporting cast including Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, Jon Bernthal and Kim Basinger. I would recommend getting in the ring with these guys since you will get into extra rounds for sure.

Official Premise: Two retired boxers, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone), have a thirty year-old grudge which has never subsided. The cause of their bad blood? Razor retired the night before a crucial title match, destroying both mens’ careers in the process. Time passes. One boxer becomes a rich playboy, the other lives a modest life. Now they have an opportunity to even the score with one last match.

Warner Brothers delivered another great Blu-ray for “Grudge Match” with this combo pack including Blu-ray + DVD + HD Digital Ultraviolet copy. This is becoming the norm with their films and I loved it. The 1080p transfer is rock solid and really captures the action in and out of the ring with this film. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track also doesn’t miss a punch. It is right there ringside and delivers all the action.

There special features are solid like the film. I just would have loved a commentary track to accompany this film afterwards. “The Bull & The Stallion” talks about teaming up these legendary actors together. “In the Ring with Kevin Hart” is Kevin Hart being Kevin Hart and stealing the show. “Ringside with Tyson & Holyfield” features these also legendary fighters giving their commentary. “Blow for Blow with Larry Holmes: Kevin Hart Unedited” is another great feature with the comedian. Lastly there is an Alternate Opening and also Alternate Endings with an Introduction by Peter Segal and finally some Additional Deleted Scenes included.

Own “GRUDGE MATCH” on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on 4/8


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