Robocop is a classic, lets be honest - so when I saw that the blu-ray market was getting a release of it, I had to rent it tout suite. Films like these really defined the 80s sci-fi genre, with futuristic cyborgs that were not 100% cybernetic. When I got this, I was really eager to see what those bofins had done to the film to make it 1080p - and to be honest, I wasn't that impressed.
So yes, you get the full uncut movie, 103mins in total, which means you see more gore in the boardroom when the demonstration goes really horribly wrong with ED209, and you get more violence in Murph's already rather nasty death to the big boss Clarence; but that is about it, no extras to really talk about, oh yeah- a trailer! Wow, with this Fox you really are spoiling us!
I feel really disappointed - and cheated, thank god I didn't buy this, it's a cash-in for Fox and I feel rather let down. I expected some of the great extras from the Robocop Trilogy [1987
] that I bought 8 years ago to be here, and maybe a new documentary to compliment a new and exciting platform. I guess I will have to wait for a better release, but 21 years on I thought the 20th anniversary edition would have blew me away, instead it's like a trickle when you wanted a good shower.
Of course, the audio is excellent with it's Tru-HD lossless mix, but this really doesn't excuse the fact that the picture quality is only OK, it's not amazingly well remastered, would have expected really a lot better, if they can remaster Dirty Harry to the level they did I am sure they could do better with this.
Even if you love this movie, it's questioning of cybernetics and the complexities of the mind, I wouldn't suggest getting this - it's not the best they can offer us and I think it's time we got a decent fully loaded BD-50 of this film, as it's an excellent adventure from start to finish.
3/5 for the movie, 3/5 for the transfer and 0/5 for the extras.