RoboCop (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
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MGM originally released Robocop as a bare bones blu-ray all the way back in 2007 in the unrated director's cut form. There had been a previous blu-ray prepared by Sony I believe that actually got released to some DVD/blu-ray review sites but the picture quality was horrible and that led to MGM releasing their own blu-ray with better picture quality. While that 2007 blu-ray did look better than the last DVD, it was lacking in a lot of areas not the least being that it had none of the extras from any of the prior DVD special editions. They eventually released Robocop 2 & 3 in a trilogy box set along with the original film but that set also featured that original MGM blu-ray while Robocop 2 & 3 looked considerably better as they were much newer HD masters done at that point and time. A year or two ago, it was announced that a new fully restored & remastered at 4K resolution print had been prepared under direct supervision of director Paul Verhoeven and the original cinematographer. This new print of the unrated director's cut made the rounds to various major cities in which cast & crew Q&A's occured after the film was shown. It is this same restored print that made its way to this new blu-ray.
How does it compare to the older blu-ray? In a nutshell, it blows it away without even trying.Read more ›
Although the item pictured (at the time of this review) doesn't list this as the unrated director's cut on the cover, I can confirm that this IS that edition. This was released early via Best Buy (1/7/14). The final cover states just below the title that this is the unrated director's cut. The early releases come with movie money for the remake of "Robocop" on the back of a sticker on the cover. You have to go online to get the ticket for this.
The plot, for those who haven't seen the film. is as follows:
Murphy (Peter Weller)a police officer terminally injured in an attack by a gang of criminals (Kurtwood Smith, Ray Wise among them), is given a second chance at life as a cyborg. With his memories wiped, Murphy seems like the perfect cop now--a combination of machine and human compassion-- but his memories of his wife and son (as well as his brutal killing) begin to break through causing emotional confusion. Partnered with his former partner as a human (Karen Allen), Murphy uncovers a plot to drag the city of Detroit further under the influence of a criminal by the very company that made him forcing him to fight his own "programming" NOT to bring the people to justice that need to be taken down.
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Weller gives a marvelous performance in a difficult role where he can't use the bulk of his face to express emotion. His performance is anything but robotic.Read more ›
Disc 1 features the original theatrical cut in anamorphic 1:85:1 widescreen (The Criterion release was presented in 1:66:1 which is Paul Verhoeven's "preferred" aspect ratio) and Dolby 5.1 and DTS sound but the real treat on this disc is the excellent documentary "Flesh & Steel: The Making of RoboCop" featuring interviews with Paul Verhoeven, Jon Davison, Ed Neumeier, Basil Poledouris, and Peter Weller. There's also a couple of 8-minute 1987 featurettes: "Shooting RoboCop" featuring Miguel Ferrer in character as Bob Morton introducing RoboCop like an OCP publicity gimmick and "Making RoboCop" with a behind-the-scenes look at the production and interviews from back in the day.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome Movie. I don't like the profanity or the extreme violence but that is how it is in the real world.Published 16 days ago by Eric M. Brown
If you'd never heard or seen anything concerning Robocop, you'd be forgiven for thinking that, on it's face, it looks like a straight-to-DVD sci-fi garbage. It's anything but. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicholas M. Still
I won't pretend to love everything about the movie, I don't find some of the satire funny really, but the movie knows what it wants to be and sticks to it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by pattk77
This Blu-ray looks, for the most part, very well remastered. I don't own the previous DVD so I can't make comparisons, but the visual quality is good if not great, though some of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark C. Jones
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|What does the "4K" signify?||
@Harrison is correct -- the remastering was done in 4K resolution, which means that the film is now officially "future-proofed" in the vault until 6K or 8K becomes standard decades hence, but the transfer is rendered in 1080p for now.
That said...absolutely, you should pick this new... Read More
Jan 20, 2014 by The Bandsaw Vigilante | See all 6 posts
This blu-ray was created from a remastered 4K transfer, but is still encoded in regular old 1080p. Blu-ray is not currently capable of true 4K resolution, but a few companies are supposedly working on that. Fox is promoting a lot of their new and upcoming catalog releases as "Remastered in... Read More
Mar 8, 2014 by B. Albert | See all 2 posts
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Same here. I'm wondering if both versions are included. I wanna see the theatrical cut in the newly remastered format!
Apr 24, 2014 by compsciguy | See all 3 posts
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