The '40 Years of Rock' film chronicles the making of the Oscar-winning picture.
The new documentary 40 Years of Rocky is now streaming digitally. The film chronicles the making of the 1976 classic Rocky, and is narrated by none other than Rocky Balboa himself - Sylvester Stallone.
The documentary is available for streaming and digital download on iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, and BecomingRocky.com. A trailer for the film can be streamed below.
Produced by Virgil Films, the documentary was written and directed by Derek Wayne Johnson, who also served as co-producer alongside Chris May of Cinema 83 Entertainment/Cinema 83 Documentary Films. Executive producer David Polemeni funded the picture via Visionary Private Equity Group. In the documentary, Stallone recounts the making of Rocky, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 1977 Oscars. Rare home videos shot by Rocky director John G. Avildsen are featured in the film.
"The documentary is a golden nugget for Rocky fans and casual audiences alike," Johnson said. "It's a charming piece of film history narrated by Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, and it will give audiences an intimate, and at times, emotional experience. We're proud of the film, and audiences can expect new stories and new footage that they've never seen before in a blend of director John Avilden's home movies, rehearsal footage, and behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the ultimate underdog film."
Stallone took to social media today to promote the doc, saying, "The rarest footage of all. The never seen behind-the-scenes making of the original Rocky!"
The original Rocky premiered in theaters in 1976. It hauled in $225 million at the worldwide box office against a $1 million budget, making it the year's highest-grossing film. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards. In addition to winning Best Picture, John G. Avildsen won Best Director while Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad won Best Film Editing.
In 2006, Rocky was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.