Us Rocky fans surely didn’t miss Creed III in theaters. The film’s epic opening weekend suggests most of us were there the first night. But we also want to add the film to our Rocky collection and the 4K UHD joins the other Creeds and first four Rockys nicely.
It’s too bad they did not include the IMAX version for the fight scenes, but the staging of the fights holds up in 4K. The focus on the kidneys, the gloves and trunks gives way to flesh rippling, sweat and blood glistening.
The training montages look nice too because Michael B. Jordan staged them in outdoor spots in scenic Los Angeles. The surreal 11th round of the final bout looks epic in 4K UHD too.
Four minutes of deleted scenes show Dame (Jonathan Majors) being kind and Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and Donnie (Jordan) talking to Amara (Mila Davis-Kent) after her fight at school. The most poignant deleted scene is with Little Duke (Wood Harris) after the funeral, talking about their dads and staying together despite their conflict.
Two 10 minute behind the scenes features showcase Jordan directing and creating Dame. The Jordan feature is a lot of what we already heard in the lead-up to the film’s release, but Majors reflects on Dame in scene-specific ways. You also get to see the actors doing push-ups in the ring between takes.