Sylvester Stallone reintroduces Rocky IV with never-before-seen footage and a new ethos

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — “Rocky IV” is one of the most popular iterations of the legendary boxing film series, but it never sat right with Sylvester Stallone. He thought the film was missing something, so he re-edited it 36 years after the original release despite it’s place in movie history. Stallone used the COVID-19 pandemic to create his own director’s cut, a version that sliced through some old scenes and added 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage. He thought the remake would take three weeks, but it turned into a nine-month project. The original run time of the film was 91 minutes, while the re…

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