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Robocop

#1 Post by domino harvey » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:48 am

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PART MAN, PART MACHINE, ALL COP.

RoboCop, from Orion Pictures, marked director Paul Verhoeven’s (Flesh + Blood) Hollywood debut and instantly became an enduring sci-fi/action classic when it landed in theaters in the summer of 1987. Verhoeven’s peerlessly exciting and kinetic visuals were matched by a sharp script, iconic cast and exceptional special effects by Rob Bottin (The Thing) and Phil Tippett (The Empire Strikes Back).

The film takes place in Detroit in the not-too-distant future. Heroic cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai) is gunned down in the line of duty, only to be resurrected as RoboCop – a cybernetic mix of spare human parts and Motor City steel, and the latest defense against crime designed by the all-powerful OCP Corporation. As RoboCop’s memories of his former life as Murphy resurface, only his ex-partner (Nancy Allen, Dressed To Kill) stands beside him to fight against the vicious thugs responsible for his death, as well as a nefarious top-level OCP executive orchestrating the chaos from above.

Unsurpassably thrilling, unexpectedly moving and unforgettably hilarious in equal measure, the future of law enforcement is back in a definitive Blu-ray™ presentation packed with hours of brand new bonus features and exclusive collectable packaging.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
  • Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discs
  • Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
  • Six collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)
DISC ONE – DIRECTOR’S CUT
  • Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)
  • 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 filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner
  • RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick 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
  • 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 and 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 filming of the unrated gore scenes
  • Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
  • Extensive image galleries
DISC TWO – THEATRICAL CUT
  • Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
  • Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer’s Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereo
  • Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
  • Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director’s Cuts
  • Robocop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements

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Re: Robocop

#2 Post by Banasa » Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:03 pm

Great to have the original cut in the original theatrical version. As its the same blu-ray transfer as the last its pretty superb.

Perhaps the only loss is not getting a potential aspect ratio change that was on the Criterion DVD decades back, but what can you do.

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Re: Robocop

#3 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:11 pm

Never heard of this one, is it any good?

EDIT: Ah, I found that Half In The Bag discussion of the film (NSFW). Looks fun, though a little over the top.

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Re: Robocop

#4 Post by tenia » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:35 am

Small remark : Chris, you wrote in your review that "Not only does Arrow port over all of the features from the previous MGM editions". Actually, it's missing 3 short archives featurettes that can be found on the remastered 2014 MGM disc : 1987 Featurette: Shooting RoboCop and 1987 Featurette: Making RoboCop. It's also missing the 37 min Flesh and Steel: The Making of RoboCop.

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#5 Post by dwk » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:28 pm

Also, the 2012 Q&A was on the MGM release.

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#6 Post by cdnchris » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:31 pm

I somehow missed that. Thanks for correcting!

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#7 Post by CSM126 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:55 pm

On a very minor note, Chris, you used the synopsis of Flowers in the Attic, which had me really confused for a minute when I read the review. :lol:

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#8 Post by cdnchris » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:02 am

Yeah, I haven't been firing on all cylinders the last couple of weeks so my bad there on both counts. I have corrected the issues, though.

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Re: Robocop

#9 Post by tenia » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:42 am

tenia wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:35 am
1987 Featurette: Shooting RoboCop
Having now received my release : the omission of this featurette is all the more surprising than a writing in the Arrow LE booklet mentions it !

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#10 Post by JamesF » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:06 am

Not for lack of trying, I assure you. All due to boring external stuff beyond our control that I can't get into on a public forum; needless to say, if we could have carried those three missing featurettes over, we would have. Hopefully all the new stuff is enough to compensate!

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Re: Robocop

#11 Post by tenia » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:56 am

It does ! It's just surprising that amongst all that is ported away, a couple of things managed to got away.

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