Blu-ray Review “Grudge Match”

Actors: 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


“Grudge Match” Arrives Onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digtial HD on April 8th

Grudge Match
Blu-ray and Digital HD include bonus content featuring interviews with the all-star cast!
All disc versions feature UltraViolet

Burbank, CA, February 19, 2014– Past-their-prime boxers pack a comic punch in “Grudge Match,” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “Grudge Match” stars Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match.

Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) directs the comedy, which also stars Kevin Hart (“Think Like a Man”) as Dante Slate, Jr.; Oscar® winner Alan Arkin as Razor’s former trainer, Louis “Lightning” Conlon, who gets to put Razor through his paces again; and Oscar® winner Kim Basinger (“L.A. Confidential”) as Sally Rose, who was once the love of Razor’s life.

Grudge Match” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and on DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. Both include a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own “Grudge Match” in Digital HD on April 8 via purchase from digital retailers.


In “Grudge Match,” Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone) are two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight.  Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers.  Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate, Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.

But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral.  The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event.  Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.



“Grudge Match” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • The Bull & The Stallion
  • In the Ring with Kevin Hart
  • Ringside with Tyson & Holyfield
  • Blow for Blow with Larry Holmes
  • Kevin Hart Unedited
  • Alternate Opening
  • Alternate Endings with an Introduction by Peter Segal
  • Deleted Scenes

Standard Definition DVD contains the following special feature:

  • Deleted Scenes

Film Review “Grudge Match”

Starring: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger
Directed by: Peter Segal
Rated: PG 13
Running time: 1 hour 53 mins
Warner Brothers

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

In the 1980s, there was no greater sport than boxing. And two of its best champions were Billy “the Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp. Each man only lost once in their professional career: to each other. With a third meeting on the horizon, Sharp suddenly retired. He went back to his old job at a foundry, while McDonnen opened a restaurant, where he entertains patrons nightly with a puppet, mostly talking about how Sharp ducked him. But as is always the case in sports, there’s more than meets the eye to the truth.

Fun to watch, with enough action to go along with the laughs, “Grudge Match” could have been billed as Jake Lamotta vs Rocky Balboa, the boxing alter egos that earned De Niro and Stallone Oscar nominations (and the prize in De Niro’s case). In the most off-putting part of the film we are shown early boxing footage of the two, clearly taken from “Raging Bull” and “Rocky III.” This is fine. But in the scenes where the two “fight” each other, it’s obvious that the filmmakers have tried to digitally put the two actor’s faces on much younger bodies, an effect that makes the two look like they’re boxing in front of a fun house mirror.

When a young promoter (Kevin Hart) approaches both men with a deal to appear in a video game, they both reluctantly agree. It’s while throwing a few friendly jabs that the two let their dislike for each other show. The ensuing scuffle ends up on YouTube and soon the world is clamoring for the real thing. Billing it as “Grudgement Day,” Billy and Henry finally agree to the rematch that has eluded them for decades. As they prepare for the fight we learn that Henry retired after his girlfriend, Sally (Basinger), slept with Billy and had his baby. All grown up, the boy (Jon Bernthal, who looks like he could be De Niro’s son) takes on the job of training his pop while Henry turns to his old trainer, Louis Conlon (a very funny Alan Arkin). Of course things go badly when Sally also re-enters the picture.

The cast is well suited to the material, with both De Niro and Stallone showing a knack for comedy (De Niro has done it in the past with the “Meet the Parent” films but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person reading this that actually liked Stallone in “Rhinestone” or “Oscar”). Arkin has apparently snagged all of the great “aging wise-ass” roles in Hollywood, including last years’ Oscar nominated turn in “Argo.” He’s just as good here. Bernthal gives a solid performance as does Basinger, who seemingly hasn’t aged since the 1980s. And both De Niro (age 70) and Stallone (age 67) show some stamina during the climactic fight that ends the film. If there is a false note here it’s the young boy that plays De Niro’s grandson, He’s too precocious and cute to be a part of this family!