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VSDA To Honor Stallone

22 Apr, 2002 By: Kurt Indvik

Sylvester Stallone will be honored as “Action Star of the Millennium” with a special award presented by the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) at its 21st annual convention, Home Entertainment 2002 July 16-18 in Las Vegas.

Stallone will be on hand to accept the award July 16 during the Opening Ceremony at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino.

First Blood celebrates the 20th anniversary of its theatrical release this year, and Artisan Home Entertainment will bow a special edition DVD release "The Rambo Trilogy" May 28.

“We are thrilled to be able to present Sylvester Stallone with this award,” said Bo Andersen, VSDA president. “As an actor, writer and director, Mr. Stallone has endowed his artistic achievements with excellence, and has created some of the most memorable characters in cinema history. Because of DVD technology and the overwhelming popularity of home video, his numerous films will continue to be enjoyed by film buffs for generations to come.”

The Rocky and Rambo series of films are the pillars of Stallone's extensive action filmography, which also include Get Carter, Driven and Copland in the past several years, and prior to that Demolition Man, Assassins, and many others.

Stallone's rags-to-riches story is famous by now. As a struggling screenwriter with $100 to his name, he gained worldwide recognition playing the title role in his own screenplay of Rocky, which won the Academy Award in 1976 for best picture.

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