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
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Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier
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 filmmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner
RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nicholas 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
Analog, a new featurette focusing on the special photographic effects, including new interview with Peter Kuran and Kevin Kutchaver
More Man Than Machine: 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, 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 filmming of the unrated gore scenes
Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
Extensive image galleries
Peter WellerAlex J. Murphy/Robocop
Nancy AllenAnne Lewis
Ronny CoxRichard Dick Jones
Kurtwood SmithClarence J. Boddicker
Dan O'HerlihyThe Old Man
Robert DoQuiSgt. Reed
Miguel FerrerRobert Morton
Ray WiseLeon Nash
Paul McCraneEmil Antonowsky
Lee de BrouxSal, Drug Dealer
Michael GregoryLt. Hedgecock
Charles CarrollBail Bondsman
Kevin PageKinney, OCP marketing executive
John S. DaviesChessman
Karen RadcliffeTechnician #1
Darryl CoxTechnician #2
Jerry HaynesDr. McNamara
Jo LivingstonGrocery Pop
Angie BollingMurphy's Wife
Michael HunterPeter the Homeowner
Bill FarmerJustin Ballard-Watkins
David PackerEmergency Doctor
Leeza GibbonsJesse Perkins, TV Newscaster
Mario MachadoCasey Wong, TV Newsman
Jesse D. GoinsJoe
S.D. NemethBixby Snyder
Basil PoledourisComposer (Music Score)
Rob BottinComposer (Music Score)
Frank J. UriosteEditor
William SandellProduction Designer
Gayle SimonArt Director
Phil TippettAssociate Producer
Stephen J. LimAssociate Producer
Jon DavisonExecutive Producer
James TocciSet Designer
Erica PhillipsCostume Designer
Robert GouldSet Decorator
Robert WaldSound/Sound Designer
Craig DaviesSpecial Effects
Dale MartinSpecial Effects
Peter RonzaniSpecial Effects
Rob BottinSpecial Effects
Charles James NewirthProduction Manager
Mark GoldblattSecond Unit Director
Rick AndersonSecond Unit Director Of Photography
Rob BottinCharacter Design
Action and Adventure,Sci-Fi
Year of Release
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Surround Sound (same as SS), stereo
RoboCop stands the test of time. It was a mega-hit in the 80s. I grew up having seen this film multiple times, but I had not seen it in years. Then, a couple of years ago, I watched it on Blu-ray. I was mesmerized. I had forgotten so much about the film. A few key scenes stuck with me, of course, but I felt as though I were seeing much of it for the first time. The slow reveal of RoboCop just wouldn't be handled that way today, IMO. The build-up was great. Peter Weller did an amazing job and the special effects team did some amazing work that holds up today. Sure, ED-209 is brought to life using stop-motion, but in this Arrow release, it looks less jarring to me than it did on that original Blu-ray.
Speaking of Arrow, they have done an amazing job on the RoboCop transfer. I understand that this was mastered from a 4K scan of the film. So, one can imagine that a 4K UHD release is coming in the future. Despite this being a 1080p Blu-ray in SDR, it just looks amazing. The detail from the 4K scan is definitely there. There is a fine layer of film grain and I felt like I was sitting in the movie theater watching a beautifully projected film image. It's absolutely beautiful.
There are two discs and you get the theatrical and the director's cut, as well as the TV cut. There are also tons of extras. And the packaging is excellent, as well. Plus, there is a booklet with set photos and short essays on RoboCop's difficult journey to the big and small screens. The Steelbook is beautiful with the original poster art on the front. This is the first Arrow release to be added to my collection and I can see why the company's releases are so revered. The quality is outstanding.
Honestly, I can't even begin to give enough praise for this movie. It's really one of the best satires of the 80s. The release itself is even better. The unrated footage looks better that it ever has before, though, it is still of lesser quality than the rest of the movie. And the bonus features? Wow. Sure, some things are missing from the previous Blu-ray, but you don't miss any of it given the plethora of material and everything that's covered in the new extras.
If you're a fan or RoboCop, buy this edition while you can!
Looks great! Parts of the movie do seem a bit dated but nothing can take away the sheer satire of this film. It takes the subject manner seriously yet sprinkles in does of pure comedy and sarcastic humor to get its point across. Sounds great, too.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A masterpiece given its proper attention
Owned for 5 months when reviewed.
If there were any justice in the world Robocop would be on AFI's top 100 every year. I had been holding out hope for quite awhile that criterion would release a comprehensive blu-ray when someone suggested I look into Arrow. This Arrow release is exactly what I've been waiting for.
Beautiful transfers of both the theatrical and director's cut 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven. And tons of supplemental material.
I've since purchased the Arrow blu-rays of Re-Animator and Basket Case and am equally impressed with Arrow's presentation of both.
There have been several releases of Paul Verhoeven’s classic since it first debuted in 1987: from the edgy theatrical release, to the all too tame TV edit, to the beautifully violent Director’s Cut. Add to this, the several formats it’s been released on: VHS, laser disc, dvd, blu ray, and digital.
The most recent blu ray release and even trilogy set was a very good release, providing both the theatrical and director’s cuts with improved picture quality and sound, not to mention a plethora of special features.
But about a year ago, Shout Factory released new blu ray editions of RoboCop 2&3 that put the RoboCop release to shame! After months and months of waiting, I’m so glad to share that THIS is the ultimate release of RoboCop!!! True, this is not a 4K Upgrade, but this set contains everything a true RoboCop-fan can want: hours of exclusive extras, all 3 cuts of the movie across 2 discs, gorgeous packaging and original art, posters, collector cards, and stickers included, as well as a behind the scenes book on the making of the film!
If you’re at all on the fence of picking this up because you already own a copy, this is WELL WORTH the expense to upgrade. This is a must-own!!
This review is from RoboCop [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Dead or Alive You're going to buy this BluRay!!!!
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!
I now own both the regular and now steelbook version of Arrow Video’s release of RoboCop. All the discs and special features are the exact same, but this set obviously sports a different cover and doesn’t include all the same physical bits the regular version does (mini production book, posters, etc...)
If you don’t own the Arrow release and can only afford one of them, I’d say get the regular release for all the other bits that come with it and the new original artwork for the cover. If you can afford both and love the film, the steelbook is well worth grabbing too!
This is one of the all time classics! If you’ve never seen Robocop do yourself a favor and take care of that problem now. This is an awesome Sci-Fi Actioner that is just as fun as any. Great cast, effects, & direction. Trust me when I say this is a great one.