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Robocop (1987)

Peter Weller , Nancy Allen , Paul Verhoeven  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Writers: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
  • Producers: Arne Schmidt, Edward Neumeier, Jon Davison, Phil Tippett, Stephen Lim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Orion Pictures Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (607 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N7Z1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robocop" on IMDb

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  • Original theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

There's a new law enforcer in town and he's half man, half machine! From the director of Total Recall and Basic Instinct comes a "sci-fi fantasy with sleek, high-powered drive" (Time) about an indestructible high-tech policeman who dishes out justice at every turn! When a good cop (Peter Weller) gets blown away by some ruthless criminals, innovative scientists and doctors are able to piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called "Robocop."Impervious to bullets and bombs, and equipped with high-tech weaponry, Robocop quickly makes a namefor himself by cleaning up the crime-ridden streets of violence-ravaged Detroit. But despite his new, hardened exterior, Robocop is tormented by scraps of memory of his former life, and relives vividnightmares of his own death at the hands of the vicious killers. Now he is out to seek more than justice...he wants revenge! "Fast, furious and entertaining" (L.A. Daily News), Robocop is "a fiercely paced action film" (Screen International) that doesn't let up on the thrills.

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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
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The 1987 classic "Robocop" is one of my top ten favorite films of all time as well as my favorite Paul Verhoeven film to date as well. I can't say much more about this excellent film that hasn't already been said but if you are one of the very few that hasn't checked out this amazing film yet that has aged like a fine wine, then the new remastered blu-ray is the perfect way to do just that.

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.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Anytime a remaster is done for an older film you run the risk of disaster. It's about choices you make in the process from sources, decisions to restore the film, transferring, compressing the files for DVD or Blu-ray and others.

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.


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.
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112 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murphy's Law August 28, 2007
On the cusp of HD, RoboCop gets re-released as a 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD that portends quick obsolescence but you shouldn't let that dissuade you from purchasing this standard def DVD to tide you over until the HD format war has ended. However, it appears that there is a "glitch" more severe than a malfunctioning ED-209 present on Canadian versions of disc 2 with a duplication of disc 1 onto disc 2 and the first copy I purchased here in the US had an authoring glitch that would not allow me to select the DTS or alternate audio tracks on Disc 2. I can already hear the Old Man yelling "You call this a glitch!?" If you own the legendary Criterion release featuring the "Extended Cut" you will be pleased to know that the upgrade is well worth getting, though you will probably want to hold on to your original Criterion disc for some of the extras that didn't make the migration over to the new 20th Anniversary disc.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Vudu has issues recognizing this disc though.
Published 20 hours ago by Lee A. Bartholomew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining.
Published 2 days ago by T. Landis
3.0 out of 5 stars An old classic
An old classic.
Published 2 days ago by Starlet
3.0 out of 5 stars The new one is much better but that's just this guys opinion
after watching the new version the kids and I went back and watched the old ones... The new one is much better but that's just this guys opinion...
Published 5 days ago by George L. Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money.
I love this movie! Unfortunately the Blu Ray is, well , C%$P. If you're looking for a really great, hi def picture, you ain't getting it here. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Shawn Straight
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Robocop. What more do u need to know?
Robocop. 80s at its finest.
Published 6 days ago by Frank Cyrano
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
DVD was out of the case when it arrives and scratched.
Published 10 days ago by Aaron B. Mayeski
4.0 out of 5 stars Robo-Savior
This movie and the price are amazing. Sure, the violence is off-putting, but it's all practical effects and glorious to see in HD. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jeremy E. Schultz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Action packed movie.
Published 13 days ago by Anna Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Always the best
I just had to get this when the newest version of Robocop came out to compare the original with the remake. I still like the original best but the remake is good too. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Cheryl S
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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
Amazon no longer sells STEELBOOK version?
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
Do not buy in Canada
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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