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Robocop [Blu-ray] [1987]

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  • Release Date: 01/21/2014
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (418 out of 426)

    Special Features


    • All-new Q&A with the filmmakers Plus:
    • Flesh and steel: the making of Robocop
    • Robocop: creating a legend
    • 1987 featurettes: shooting Robocop and making Robocop
    • The boardroom: storyboard with commentary by animator Phil Tippett
    • Deleted scenes
    • Villains of old Detroit
    • Special effects: then and now
    • Commentary with director Paul Verhoeven, writer Ed Neumeier and executive producer Jon Davison

    Synopsis


    RoboCop
    Paul Verhoeven's American breakthrough film, RoboCop, is an exceedingly violent blend of black comedy, science fiction, and crime thriller. Set in Detroit sometime in the near future, the film is about a policeman (Peter Weller) killed in the line of duty whom the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The RoboCop is indestructible, and within a matter of weeks he has removed crime from the streets of Detroit. However, his human side is tortured by his past, and he wants revenge on the thugs who killed him. The film was later followed by two feature-length sequels and a live-action television series, neither of which were as successful as the original film. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Peter Weller
      Peter Weller - Alex J. Murphy/Robocop
    • Nancy Allen
      Nancy Allen - Anne Lewis
    • Ronny Cox
      Ronny Cox - Richard Dick Jones
    • Kurtwood Smith
      Kurtwood Smith - Clarence J. Boddicker
    • Dan O'Herlihy
      Dan O'Herlihy - The Old Man



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 426 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic film in improved blu

      Posted
      Thrillington
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      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: SPOILERS: 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. END OF SPOILERS: 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. Allen gives good support as his former partner who suspects that Robocop IS Murphy (the company refuses to disclose his former identity at first)while Miguel Ferrer is marvelously oily as an executive at the company (as is Ronny Cox who seems to have missed his calling at playing bad guys--he's great here and in "Total Recall" as well). The real stand out, though, is Kurtwood Smith best known for "That 70's Show" as Clarence J. Boddicker a sociopath with a dark sense of humor. Be warned that the "Director's Unrated" cut IS much more violent and explicit than the original "R" rated version. The director had to tone it down for the MPAA and this is the version that he originally submitted to them (they came back with an "NC-17" or "X" rating at the time if I recall correctly). Strangely enough, Verhoeven, his producer and co-writer seem to think they are watching the "R" rated version of the film in the commentary track for the film. I'm not sure if that's because the commentary was originally recorded for that version, they were shown a different version or were just mistaken. Luckily, this MGM/Fox catalog reiissue turned out right. "Robocop" looks marvelous. You need to keep in mind that "Robocop" has ALWAYS looked grainy--that was the intentional look of the film to begin. The transfer remains as true as possible to the original look of the film. While there are occasional compression artifacts that briefly crop up, but, on the whole, the film receives a marvelous looking transfer. Keep in mind the film is over 25 years old and the transfer reveals the limitations of the original source. Without going overboard with digital noise reduction this s the best the film has ever looked and likely will ever look. The audio is presented with a nice sounding 5.1 lossless DTS HD track. The special features are also quite nice as well. We get a new group interview done at UCLA with the director, co-writer and main actors for the film. It runs nearly 40 minutes. The commentary track on this edition featuring Director Paul Verhoeven, Writer Ed Neumeier and Producer Jon Davison. I haven't completely listened to this yet but the bits and pieces that I sampled prior to writing this review featured a pretty good discussion on the making of the film. There's also a featurette on the bad guys in the film with new interviews of actors Kurtwood Smith, Ray Wise and Miguel Ferrier. This runs about 15 minutes. We also get a 2001 half hour documentary on the making of the film including that doesn't shy away from issues including the problems between Rob Botten and director Paul Verhoeven. A pair of 1987 featurettes are also included which are nice to have as well. We also get "The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary with Animator Phil Tippett" a vintage piece. Finally we get deleted scenes and various trailers for the film. Verhoeven's unrated version finally receives a top notch Blu-ray transfer and release. Highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dead or Alive You're going to buy this BluRay!!!!

      Posted
      JakeInLivnColor
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      Finally, is all I can say. Yes, Robocop has been on Blu Ray for close to ten years at this point, but the first release was a huge letdown. Muddy visuals, good audio but no extras was pretty much a slap to the face of the fans even though the exact same time there was a superior release on DVD(!) with a commentary, documentaries, a mix of old and new featurettes and the theatrical and unrated cuts across 2 discs. Well, this release rights all the wrongs with all those extras plus some new extras, great audio and a terrific 4K remaster which is grainy (Hey, it was shot on film and in the 80's when it was shot so don't go in wanting something in line of The Avengers: Age of Ultron or anything) but detailed and just plain awesome. The audio is also outstanding with the 5.1 DTS-HD being amazing while losing the lossy 4.0 surround option from the original Blu Ray being the only downside. The extras are all carried over from the trilogy DVD box set and the 2007 2-disc edition with the exception of a trailer and a photo gallery plus a new Q&A lasting nearly 45 minutes. The commentary is a must listen to with director Paul Verhoeven, co-writer Ed Neumeier and producer Jon Davison delivering some laughs, production details, origins of the film and so on. The documentaries and featurettes are also quite good with some touching upon production, special effects, making of the suit, and more. There are also some brief deleted scenes, a trailer and a tv spot. The biggest and only new feature is the Q&A which does talk about some material already covered, but the other interviews are worth a listen. In fact, the only gripes I have, and very minor at that, is the lack of the other trailer and photo gallery being left out, along with the original audio track and the biggest being the lack of the theatrical cut being the biggest omissions. Still, its very cheap to get and is a must own of all fans Robocop!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I have loved this movie since 1987

      Posted
      IrvinC
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      Robocop is pretty amazing, as far as action films are concerned. It has a great, often (intentionally) funny script by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, fantastically over-the-top characters, eye-popping special make-up effects by Rob Bottin, an excellent score by Basil Poledouris, fantastic locations (that abandoned factory is perfect), and some of the most memorable lines in filmdom (most spoken by the main villain, Clarence J. Boddiker). Not to mention (but I will) the brilliant stop-motion FX of Phil Tippet. All this, and it has an at times tear-jerking emotional story line. Peter Weller's short performance as Alex Murphy has just enough set-up to make us like him, and his physical performance within his new "uniform" are what helps make "Robocop" rise above the average films in this genre. Director Paul Verhoeven and his crew made a classic film that I'm sure will be enjoyed for ages to come. And it's never looked better on home screens. When I first got my HDTV, Robocop (on DVD) was one of the first films I chose to watch. VERY soon into it, I noticed how bad the transfer looked, and stopped watching, deciding to wait until it was remastered and re-released on Blu-ray. And I'm glad I did. Don't be fooled by the first release of Robocop from 2007. Although good, it pales in comparison to this new, 2014 remastered version. "Nice shootin' son. What's your name?" "Murphy."

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      a classic police/sci-fi flick

      Posted
      prlwctd

      This exciting and surprisingly emotional hit put Paul Verhoeven on the map. In the near future (although the film definitely has the feel of the 1980's, when it was made), a good cop (Peter Weller) is viciously gunned down in the line of duty by nasty thugs and their nasty leader (Kurtwood Smith). As fate would have it, he's basically resurrected when he's chosen to become the title character, which is really a police-renovation program designed by an amibitious executive (Miguel Ferrer) of the company which runs the police force. Now that he's been reincarnated with superhuman looks and abilities, Robocop cleans Detroit's streets of human scum. However, when memories of his previous life resurface, he becomes determined to find those responsible for taking that life from him, which eventually leads him to the company's ruthless president (Ronny Cox). Like The Fly the previous year, the title character is both sympathetic and tragic, thanks, in large part, to the great work of the actor (Weller, in this case). If you want humanity in your sci-fi, this is the film for you.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie but No Extras

      Posted
      burntham77

      The movie itself is great and works on several levels. The violence is memorable and occasionally disturbing. The action and plot are solid. The premise is interesting too. Seeing Murphy deal with his humanity after he becomes a cyborg is touching and definitely makes the audience sympathetic to the main character. The Blu-ray release has good image quality but not great. This is the "directors cut" of the movie, so some of the violence is extended, which was a big selling point for me. There are no extras here though, so if you are into that sort of thing, you might be better off finding the Criterion Collection DVD. Otherwise, this is a great buy.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      RoboCop Finally on a great looking blu ray.

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      danran1271
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      I have held off buying Robocop on blu ray because of all the negative picture reviews that have been issued with previous editions. I have owned this movie on dvd in both regular and Criterion editions. The re mastered picture looks amazing on this edition. The detail and color of Robocop's suit is beyond what I have ever seen in the past. It has an added sparkle and purple hue. There are many minute details on the suit that were lost on previous editions. One bad part of the better looking blu ray is some of the effects looked dated and cheesy, but hey that's the movie for you. Another added bonus is the price right now is $7.99 and you get a code for $7.50 to go towards seeing the new Robocop when it comes out so it's like paying .50 for the movie.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally-THE Robocop to own

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      MaddieDaddy
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      This is the edition of "Robocop" that fans have been waiting for. The first release was an early blu-ray, and it left much to be desired. This latest edition is derived from a state-of-the-art 4K scan and is a wonderful thing to behold. Picture and sound are both top notch. My only niggling complaint: Director Paul Verhoven has stated in the past that his preferred aspect ratio for the film is 1.66:1. It is presented here at 1.85:1. It would have been nice if they had framed it at 1.66:1 per the director's (assumed) preference, but it still looks great, and nothing jumped out at me as being compromised. I must add that although this release is still at 1.85:1, it does show more information in the frame than the previous 1.85:1 edition. Bottom line: BUY IT! Buy it NOW while it's still $7.99! It also includes movie cash for the remake in theaters. You can't lose.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must have for any movie collection

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      KrispyDave
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      Let me start by saying that I gave Robocop 5 stars for special effects, lots of action, and the blu ray transfer. Had I included the acting, which is terrible in spots, it would have only gotten 4 stars. The special effects are impressive, especially for the mid-80s, an era when most of the effects were done practically, without the aid of the cgi that's available today. Murphy's death scene is graphic, even by today's standards but it's necessary to show the reason Murphy was considered for the Robocop program. The only possibly gratuitous violent scene is during the introduction of the ED209. The blu ray transfer is very good, impressive considering it's a 30 year old movie. Some of the dark scenes are grainy, but that's probably because of the source material and not the transfer process. Overall, Robocop is one of my favorite movies.

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