Sly isn’t quite in top shape
In “Grudge Match,” Sylvester Stallone stars as Henry “Razor” Sharp, a former light heavyweight champ who inexplicably fled the sport in his heyday, avoiding a tie-breaking fight with longtime rival Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro). Sly’s still got it — when it comes to action.
Razor is lured out of retirement for the bout he evaded three decades earlier, and all the requisite training scenes — the jabbing and jogging, raw-egg-swilling and truck-pulling — are nearly as exhilarating as they were in 1976. All these years later, the 67-year-old Stallone still looks the part with his tattooed barrel chest and ability to believably land a punch.
His acting, however, is a little rusty. With his garbled delivery, he never was a paragon of emotional depth, but now his frozen face only exacerbates his shortcomings when the comedic drama turns serious.
The DVD (Warner, $29) includes deleted scenes. The Blu-ray ($36) adds several featurettes and an alternate opening and endings.
Also out Tuesday
“August: Osage County,” “The Bamboo Saucer” (Blu-ray), “Bang! Bang! You’re Dead!” (Blu-ray), “The Big Valley” (Season 2), “Cracked” (Season 1), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Justin Bieber’s Believe,” “Mayberry R.F.D.” (Season 1), “Snake & Mongoose,” “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace.”
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McClatchy News Service