RoboCop (1987) (Standard Edition) (4K Ultra HD Review)

RoboCop (1987) (Standard Edition) (4K Ultra HD Review)
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/(2160p)/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video

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 on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray in a restored Director’s Cut, packed with hours of brand new bonus features.

RobopCop is a movie I grew up loving! Yes, my tiny self was watching all the violence and chaos that takes place in RoboCop and I was watching it on a nightly basis thanks to HBO and cable TV. See back then I noticed it was a kick-ass robot doing bad stuff to the bad guys that did wrong to him and I loved it. I didn’t even notice the movie at the time was cut and that there was a whole lot of smart stuff and social commentary going on into it as well. I know that now and Arrow Video is releasing the ultimate edition of it with two cuts and loads of other goodies and extras to go along with it. No, it doesn’t pack a new transfer but the movie looks good, it sounds good, and it packs everything you’d want out of a RoboCop release outside of perhaps the movie’s correct ratio. You’ll still have to use your old Criterion release for that. Everything else here is flawless and the packaging is top-notch and shows the good stuff that Arrow Video has been known for in the more recent years.

But this one comes with one of the best action movies you’ve ever seen on it. A movie so good that it went on to get several not as good sequels as well as many other products aimed at kids despite how violent this movie gets. In a lot of ways this movie defines a generation and shows what was so awesome about the time. And if you’ve not seen this one since back in the cable TV days, just think of this, as violent as that was it was also cut. This version is not and shows even a more gruesome death for Murphy before he is turned into the ultimate badass known as RoboCop! This is a movie that for me never does seem to get old and this is the best version of I own now and that is thanks to Arrow Video! This release also doesn’t at all look out of place next to Scream Factory’s release of part 2 and 3.

Extras

  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Dolby Atmos surround sound options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 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)
  • Commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
  • Commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
  • The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, an interview with co-writer Michael Miner
  • RoboTalk, a 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, an interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
  • Casting Old Detroit, an interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembled
  • Connecting the Shots, an interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
  • Analog, a featurette focusing on the special photographic effects, including new interviews with Peter Kuran and Kevin Kutchaver
  • More Man Than Machine: Composing RoboCop, a tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
  • RoboProps, a 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 filming of the unrated gore scenes, presented in 4K (SDR)
  • Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
  • Extensive image galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

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