If you’ve even a passing familiarity with the Rocky franchise, you’ll know the shockwaves sent through the fandom when Sylvester Stallone announced last year that he was planning to release a new director’s cut of Rocky IV with fresh footage, but without one of its greatest ‘80s excesses: the robot butler Sico that becomes a companion to Burt Young’s Paulie. We even tracked down the ‘bot’s creator to ask how he felt. Now people will be actually able to see the new cut in cinemas – albeit for one night, and in the States. Check out the trailer for what is being called Rocky IV: Rocky Vs. Drago.

The story remains largely unchanged – Rocky Balboa (Stallone) defends his title once again, this time against Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union and who, in the course of the film, kills Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).

Rocky IV Ely Director's Cut poster

As of right now, the first chance to see the film will be via a one-night only livestream event in US cinemas via Fathom events on 11 November, which includes an introduction and Q&A with Sylvester Stallone. You can find tickets here. As for when it might make its way across the pond? Watch this space…

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