RoboCop 2 (1990) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Irvin Kershner
Starring: Peter Weller, Belinda Bauer, John Glover
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
RoboCop 2 pits two unstoppable cyborgs against each other in a battle to the death! When Detroit’s descent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called “Nuke,” only RoboCop can stop the mayhem. But in his way are an evil corporation that profits from Motor City crime and a bigger and tougher cyborg with a deadly directive: Take out RoboCop. Containing the latest gadgetry and weaponry as well as the mind of the madman who designed “Nuke,” this new cyborg isn’t just more sophisticated than his predecessor… he’s psychotic and out of control! And it’s going to take everything RoboCop has – maybe even his life – to save Detroit from complete and utter anarchy.
Robocop 2 was a lot better than I remember it being! Not saying it is as good as the original, but if your memory of it isn’t that great it might be worth you checking out again like I did just to make sure. This time around we has Robo once again at war with a gang. This gang is led by a character named Cain, played by Tom Noonan. He surrounded by a little evil kid and another woman as he heads a gang pushing drugs into Detroit. He’s also got some inside folks at the local police as well and draws the attention of Robo and Lewis. Meanwhile, the shady folks over at OCP are still trying to make another robot police officer and failing. This comes into play with the rest of the movie when they decide to make the new Robocop (Called Robocop 2) with a criminal instead of a former cop. People get shot, things get blown up, and all in all it becomes a pretty fun movie despite some of the corny stuff here and there. Having both Irvin Kershner directing who also directed the Empire Strikes Back and comic legend Frank Miller writing seemed to be a good mix for this one.
You can tell a comic book guy was writing this as Miller’s fingerprints seem to be on the movie from almost the start, as things open with a cool sequence involving some stolen money that ends with an explosion and then the intro for Robocop. If the movie does seem to have a misstep it is the misuse of Nancy Allen’s Lewis character. She’s her and she does play a part but in the thick of things she seems to be strongly underused and they could have done a lot more with her. Going to the extras it seems a lot of what was meant to be here with her got written out and that’s a shame. I also think more could have been done with Robocops wife. They touch on that at the start but soon drop it and move along. Still, the movie isn’t bad for a sequel and while it isn’t as good as the original, it does a good enough job and is a worthy follow up! Scream makes the odd choice of releasing it on their brand over at Shout, but I guess the effects (which are great) played a big part in it. The film comes to use here looking about as flawless as you can get and has a very cool making-of feature in the extras.
– NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
– NEW Audio Commentary With Author/CG Supervisor Paul M. Sammon
– NEW Audio Commentary With The Makers Of “RoboDoc: The Creation Of RoboCop” Documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths, And Eastwood Allen
– NEW Corporate Wars: The Making Of ROBOCOP 2 – Featuring New And Vintage Interviews With Director Irvin Kershner, Producer Jon Davidson, Cast Members Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Galyn Görg, Executive Producer Patrick Crowley, And More!
– NEW Machine Parts: The FX Of ROBOCOP 2 – Featuring Phil Tippett, Peter Kuran, Craig Hayes, Jim Aupperle, Kirk Thatcher, Paul Gentry, Don Waller, Justin Kohn, Randal Dutra And Kevin Kutchaver
– NEW Robo-Fabricator – An Interview With RoboCop Armor Fabricator James Belohovek
– NEW Adapting Frank Miller’s ROBOCOP 2 – An Interview With Comic Book Writer Steven Grant
– NEW OCP Declassified – A Collection Of Rare Archival Production And Behind-The-Scenes Videos Including Interviews With – Director Irvin Kershner, Actors Peter Weller, Dan O’Herlihy And A Look At The Filming Of Some Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailer
– Teaser Trailers
– TV Spots
– Deleted Scenes Still Gallery
– Still Galleries (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Stills, Posters And Lobby Cards)
Quality of Transfer: 100%