RoboCop (1987) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

RoboCop (1987) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

RoboCop (1987) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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RoboCop (1987) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Arrow Video

In the not-too-distant future, a newly transfered Detroit police officer is remade into an indestructible cybernetic cop after being dismembered by a gang of thugs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as RoboCop he is programmed to serve and protect the citizens of Detroit and eliminate the rampant crime in the city streets so that a massive city-wide reconstruction project can get under way. But once he has completed his task, he sets his sights on the corruption inside Security Concepts – the corporation that created him.

RobopCop is a movie I grew up loving! Yes, my tiny self was watching all the violence and chaos that takes place in RoboCop and I was watching it on a nightly basis thanks to HBO and cable TV. See back then I noticed it was a kick-ass robot doing bad stuff to the bad guys that did wrong to him and I loved it. I didn’t even notice the movie at the time was cut and that there was a whole lot of smart stuff and social commentary going on into it as well. I know that now and Arrow Video is releasing the ultimate edition of it with two cuts and loads of other goodies and extras to go along with it. No, it doesn’t pack a new transfer but the movie looks good, it sounds good, and it packs everything you’d want out of a RoboCop release outside of perhaps the movie’s correct ratio. You’ll still have to use your old Criterion release for that. Everything else here is flawless and the packaging is top-notch and shows the good stuff that Arrow Video has been known for in the more recent years.

But this one comes with one of the best action movies you’ve ever seen on it. A movie so good that it went on to get several not as good sequels as well as many other products aimed at kids despite how violent this movie gets. In a lot of ways this movie defines a generation and shows what was so awesome about the time. And if you’ve not seen this one since back in the cable TV days, just think of this, as violent as that was it was also cut. This version is not and shows even a more gruesome death for Murphy before he is turned into the ultimate badass known as RoboCop! This is a movie that for me never does seem to get old and this is the best version of I own now and that is thanks to Arrow Video! This release also doesn’t at all look out of place next to Scream Factory’s release of part 2 and 3.

Extras

– 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
– Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
– Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discs
– Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
– Six collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)
– Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
– Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)
DISC ONE – DIRECTOR’S CUT
– Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)
– New commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
– New commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
– The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner
– RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures’ The Prodigy)
– Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
– Casting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembled
– Connecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
– Composing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
– RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont’s collection of original props and memorabilia
– 2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
– RoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew
– Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg
– Four deleted scenes
– The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
– Director’s Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes
– Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
– Extensive image galleries
DISC TWO – THEATRICAL CUT
– Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
– Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer’s Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereo
– Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
– Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director’s Cuts
– RoboCop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements”

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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