Robocop (The Criterion Collection)
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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 17 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 3 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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|Will this be 1:66:1 or 1:85:1?||
I surely hope it is 1.66 to 1. Several years ago I compared the 2 releases and the 1.66 ratio shows the same width with slightly more vertical information than the 1.85 to 1. I even compared the 1.85 version to the full screen version aired on Showtime and the full screen 1.33 version still... Read More
Aug 13, 2007 by Adam S. Carter | See all 3 posts
|Special Features on Blu-Ray version.||
Robocop may be the single most disappointing Blu-Ray release to date......all of the awe-inspiring documentaries, deleted scenes, commentaries, and both versions of the film featured on the Amazing 20th Anniversary edition are absolutely MIA. I've done PIP comparisons, and I swear the 20th Aniv... Read More
Jan 24, 2009 by Sam Levy | See all 4 posts
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thank you very much for the advertise, i was thinking to buy the steelbook of robocop here on amazon. you save my time. thanks again.
Jul 5, 2008 by Oscar Paulino | See all 5 posts
|criterion or 20th anniversary?||
The major difference are the cuts of the movie. The 20th anniversary has both theatrical and extended. The Criterion only has the extended. The 20th anniversary is cut at 1.85:1, while the Criterion version is 1.66:1.
Jan 16, 2009 by James Payne | See all 4 posts
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is there any way to replace the discs yet? Ironically I bought the Ultimate Superman DVD Tin set because it was the "corrected" disc set and without problems, then I find out the Robocop set I get is wrong!
Aug 23, 2007 by bulog | See all 5 posts
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