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Coming to Blu-ray March 1: Creed - Digital HD on February 16

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With the 2016 Academy Award ceremony fast approaching, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that Creed will arrive on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on March 1 (two days after the Oscars broadcast). Those who want Creed earlier can purchase the Digital HD download beginning February 16. Sylvester Stallone is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of retired boxer Rocky Balboa, making him only the sixth actor to be Oscar-nominated twice for playing the same character. Stallone has already earned numerous awards for the role, including his first Golden Globe.

Creed was a surprise hit with critics and moviegoers alike upon its November 2015 theatrical release. With a Rotten Tomatoes “Fresh” rating of 94%, the latest chapter in the Rocky saga was one of the best reviewed movies of the year. The film landed on more than 40 critics’ “Top Ten of 2015” lists. The story of rising boxing star Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) will likely find an even wider audience on home video (to date it has earned $150 million worldwide).

Official synopsis: “Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

Creed also stars Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show, Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias) as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.

Ryan Coogler directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based on a story by Coogler. The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton and Sylvester Stallone, alongside executive producer Nicolas Stern.”

Special Features: featurettes “Know The Past, Own The Future,” “Becoming Adonis,” and Deleted Scenes.
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