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RoboCop Trilogy [DVD]


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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Burke, Rip Torn
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven, Fred Dekker, Irvin Kershner
  • Producers: Arne Schmidt, Jon Davison
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 311 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UQVW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,108 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Featured on Robocop Special Edition:
Option to watch Directors cut or original theatrical version
New documentary: Flesh and steel, the making of Robocop
Featurette: Shooting Robocop
Featurette: Making Robocop
Deleted scenes including directors cut footage with live stage direction
Trailers
TV Commercial
Photo Gallery
Storyboard comparison with Phil Tippett commentary
Commentary with director Paul Verhoeven, screenwriter Edward Neumeier and Jon Davison
Collectable booklet

Language Information:
Robocop Special Edition:
Languages in Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Turkish, Czechoslovakian, English hard of hearing

Robocop 2 and 3:
Languages in Dolby Surround: English, German, French
Italian Dolby, Spanish Dolby
Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, English hard of hearing, German hard of hearing
1.85 widescreen 16:9 version

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Paul Verhoeven was almost unknown in Hollywood prior to the release of RoboCop in 1987. But after this ultra-violent yet strangely subversive and satirical sci-fi picture became a huge hit his reputation for extravagant and excessive, yet superbly well-crafted filmmaking was assured. Controversial as ever, Verhoeven saw the blue-collar cop (Peter Weller) who is transformed into an invincible cyborg as "an American Jesus with a gun", and so the film dabbles with death and resurrection imagery as well as mercilessly satirising Reagan-era America. No targets escape Verhoeven's unflinching camera eye, from yuppie excess and corporate backstabbing to rampant consumerism and vacuous media personalities. As with his later sci-fi satire Starship Troopers the extremely bloody violence resolutely remains on the same level as a Tom and Jerry cartoon.

The inevitable sequel, competently directed by Irvin Kershner, thankfully continues to mine the dark vein of anti-consumerist satire while being reflexively aware that it is itself a shining example of that which it is lampooning. Sadly the third instalment in the series, now without Peter Weller in the title role, is exactly the kind of dumbed-down production-line flick that the corporate suits of OCP might have dreamed up at a marketing meeting. Its only virtue is a decent music score from regular Verhoeven collaborator Basil Poledouris, whose splendid march theme returned from the original score.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Jan 2013
Format: Blu-ray
First: Amazon...stop lumping blu-ray and DVD reviews together - it's confusing and it renders many of them meaningless. Also, what's with reviews for VHS???? You can't buy them any more, and they look awful; so who cares about them? Just my opinion.

As for Robocop. I'm so glad I decided to buy this blu-ray box (despite the poor reviews). I've owned this film on VHS and twice on DVD and I can honestly say that this blu-ray is the best this film has ever looked or sounded. It's a dated movie with pretty shoddy special effects and all of that is glaringly obvious when watching this blu-ray; but if you love the film anyway that shouldn't matter to you.

Other people have listed the audio tracks, talked about quality, subtitles and the lack of extras...but what I couldn't find a reference to is which version of Robocop is in this boxset. Well, I've just finished watching it and I can assure everyone that it's the, far superior, Director's Cut on this disc.
So, if you don't care about the lack of extras this is the set to buy.

P.S. A request (or plea) to anyone who thinks about reviewing a blu-ray: Please, please, please, can you give details about picture quality, audio details, extras or your opinion on whether the blu is better than the DVD. These reviews that say "I like this film, it's good" or "I've just got my disc and watched it," mean absolutely nothing and are a waste of space.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amstellman on 31 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Everyone knows the rule of trilogies, the third one usually sucks. There are some exceptions- Nolan's Dark Knight movies, Bourne ( Now sadly tainted by that awful, unnecessary fourth entry.), but in general this rule always applies, and Robocop is a prime example of a trilogy gone wrong. Enough has been written about the original, it's an exemplary 80's sci fi movie that still impesses today. Thoughtful, melancholic, satirical and with a lot more to say than a film with THAT title should be able to deliver.
I also believe that Robocop 2 is a highly underrated sequel. To often lumped in with the third one as a failure, i think it's aged remarkably well. It retains the wit and violence of it's predecessor, and possesses a great cast, mostly returnees from the original. The finale is a spectacular display of destruction and heroics, that now seems oddly similar to the first Iron Man's (2008) climactic battle! I cannot defend the third, however. It really is rank. Special features are solely focused on Robocop 1, and are plentiful, it also has the gorier, nastier Director's Cut. Sadly 2 receives nothing more than trailers. Bah! Very good dvd transfers and sound quality on all three. Especially if you grew up watching these on vhs. Classic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Woods on 16 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Most Robocop fans probably won't argue that the Robocop films get worse with each entry. However, the opposite can be said about the blu ray quality of the films! Robocop 2 and 3 look and sound, surprisingly, great! Picture quality is very crisp and clear, with wonderful detail. However, the quality of the original Robocop is disappointing unfortunately, and probably only slightly better than the DVD version. The picture is not quite very clear, and appears quite blurry in some scenes. The sound is also a disappointment. Whilst the dialogue and music tracks are very clear, I noticed sound effects such as gun-shots often sounded quite muffled and not as dynamic as I hoped.

If you're a fan of the entire series, this box set is definitely a bargain, as the 2nd and 3rd films are definite improvements over their DVD counterparts. However, if you're only a fan of the 1st film, the blu ray quality may be quite underwhelming.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Robocop Trilogy Remastered.

Blu-Ray Info.
Region B/2
Certificate: 18
Aspect Ratio:
Robocop 16:9 - 1.78:1,
Robocop 2 & 3: 16:9 - 1.85.1

Special Features: Robocop Special Edition.
Option to watch Directors cut or original theatrical version
New documentary: Flesh & steel, the making of Robocop
Featurette: Shooting Robocop
Featurette: Making Robocop
Deleted scenes including directors cut footage with live stage direction
Trailers
TV Commercial
Photo Gallery
Storyboard comparison with Phil Tippett commentary
Commentary with director Paul Verhoeven, screenwriter Edward Neumeier & Jon Davison
Collectable booklet

Audio Information:
Robocop Special Edition:
Languages in Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Turkish, Czechoslovakian, English hard of hearing

Robocop 2 & 3:
Languages in Dolby Surround: English, German, French
Italian Dolby, Spanish Dolby
Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, English hard of hearing, German hard of hearing

Worth upgrading to Blu-ray?
Yes all three movies have been completely remastered since there original Blu ray release a few year's back, The trilogy now look sharper, vibrant & sounds better than ever.

Running time.
Robocop 103 minutes approx.
Robocop 2 117 minutes approx.
Robocop 3 104 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Peter Weller was losing up to 3lb a day when wearing the Robocop suit.
2)The special effects were generated by a Commodore Amiga computer.
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