As the DVD box cover artworks says, it’s a rivalry 30 years in the making. And what a rivalry it is. Two ageing boxers are coaxed out of retirement to fight one last bout, a Grudge Match. Each has only lost one match, and that was to the other. Right now, they are tied, and it’s time to decide a winner.
That 30 year rivalry takes on another meaning, with Slyvestor Stallone (Rocky) playing Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp, and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) playing Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen. Each actor has starred as a legendary boxer, so it’s high time those legends squared-off, even if as different characters.
Grudge match has romance, in a heart warming story, fit for a family evening viewing. There’s more than enough humour to keep viewers smiling (it’s an intelligent humour, playing off life, and none of the slapstick stuff). Stallone and De Niro have a tangible rivalry on screen, circling and jousting at every opportunity.
The Grudge match is a thrilling, funny and enjoyable film.
Disc And Bonus Features
The film is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts, and scales via software to a high definition screen. The audio is crisp, and will make fair use of the surrounds, adding to the on-screen action.
There are a few bonus features, in the form of some deleted and extended scenes, with an optional introduction, with an optional introduction by director Peter Segal. These are very short, and will likely only be of interest to a few people.
Grudge Match is available now, for purchase, in South Africa.