Movie Review: CREED II (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

CREED II was directed by Steven Caple Jr. from a screenplay co-written by Juel Taylor and Sylvester Stallone, from a story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker, based on characters created by Stallone. The film stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, reprising their roles as Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa. Also returning are Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian Munteanu, Russell Hornsby and Dolph Lundgren, returning to the franchise as Ivan Drago.

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. “Creed II” is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Creed II picks up with Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) living the good life as the World Heavyweight Champion and enjoying time with his family. This sequel introduces his new and much more powerful opponent, Viktor Drago (played by professional boxer Florian ‘Big Nasty’ Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the Russian boxer who killed his father Apollo in the ring back in 1985. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) doesn’t want Adonis to fight because he doesn’t have anything else to prove but the young boxer wants to get his revenge for what happened to his father decades earlier so he goes it alone without Rocky and Viktor mops the floor with the champ and nearly kills him in the ring.

What happens is, this embarrasing defeat leaves Adonis mentally and physically scarred but with the help and encouragement from his wife Bianca (Tessa Thompson), his mother Mary Anne (Phylicia Rashad), and with Rocky in his corner, he decides to step inside the ring one more time with Viktor and this time it takes place in Russia. With Rocky back on the team, Adonis has been put through some old school training that not only allows him to compete with the Russian beast, but in the end he’s able to get the win he needs for himself and for his father. Adonis finally cements his own legacy in boxing, like his father Apollo and Rocky did decades before him.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray and DVD disc are black and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Creed II ended up being a fantastic continuation for Adonis Creed who carries the torch for the millions of Rocky fans worldwide, old and new, to enjoy and appreciate as he goes up against his next opponent. This movie not only deals with Adonis and his battle inside the ring but it also focuses more on his family life and a few obstacles they’re going through. It also deals with forgiveness and redemption because we see Rocky finally try have some kind of relationship with his estranged son while Adonis pays a visit to his father’s grave. I thought the story was really good for this sequel and even though there was more time spent outside of the ring and with the family, there was still some exciting boxing moments that were extremely well choreographed and executed. The cast did a great job and it was really nice to see some familiar faces from the past show up for this sequel. Steven Caple Jr. did a great job capturing the heart and soul because this movie felt like another grand entry in the fan favorite Rocky franchise that now centers around Adonis Creed, a likable character played to perfection by Michael B. Jordan.Creed II will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on March 5th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 130 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include four behind-the-scenes and character featurettes that also features interviews with some of the cast, four deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • From Father to Son, Blood Runs Hot (07:16)
  • Finding the Authentic (05:43)
  • The Women of “Creed II” (05:51)
  • The Rocky Legacy (15:01)
  • Deleted Scenes (09:46)
  • Digital Copy
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