Sat down with a mate and watched the new remastered blu ray of the original Robocop last night.
The film is one of my all time favourites and I have bought it countless times, VHS, DVD, Blu Ray and now i've trebble dipped for the new remasted edition.
The reason for this thread is really that I wanted to totally big up the new remastered blu ray. For anyone sitting on the fence thinking about buying it because you already have the film on the crappy bare bones blu ray release from a few years back then this might interest you.
First off the film is part of a new wave of blu-rays, first started by sony, that are being remastered in 4K. basically this means the original film has been cleaned up and scanned at 4k then downscaled for 1080p. With films that have gone through this process this is basically what blu-ray should have been like from the start. Don't get me wrong modern films released over the last few years are all shot using HD equipment these days so look and sound fantastic on blu ray but a lot of older films have simply been scanned at 1080p with no effort to clean up the film stock or remaster the picture and just dumped on bare bones blu ray discs.
Some older films have been given better treatment like the Bond films and one or two other classics but there were a lot of classics dumped onto blu ray that needed some extra polish to really make it worth the upgrade from DVD.
Thankfully Robocop has had a lot of loving care and attention bestowed upon it. The picture is fantasic. It looks very clear and sharp and is an immediate step up from the previous blu ray release. No exessive DNR techniquies applied here as their is a lot of film grain which actually makes the picture on a decent TV when sat a good length away come alive with detail and colour representation. Honestly at times I felt like I was watching a film that had only recently been made the picture looked that good. Only a small noticable dip in quality happened during the slightly extended scenes that comprise the directors cut (The extended Murphy death scene and the extended Kenny in the boardroom death plus the extra blood during Boddickers demise). The scenes with ED 209 have also had a lot of work applied to them as whilst you can still tell that ED 209 was animated in the stop motion way it actually looks really good and not as noticeable as in previous releases.
The sound has had a nice boost as well and the film sounded great on my home cinema set up. The warehouse scene where Robo bursts in and wipes out sals gang and arrests Clarence sounds fantastic and reminded me of the lobby scene in the Matrix LOL.
Plus, all the bonus features from the previous releases have been added (minus one trailer nd one photo gallery) and a new Q&A interview featuring Paul Verhoven has been included from 2012.
overall this a fantastic package and at less than £13 it's well worth picking up even if it means double dipping on blu ray. Its actually got me interested for the remake and whilst I have no expectations of the remake being better than the original, if the new Robocop can be something like the recent total recall remake i'll e happy. With Total recall I love the original but the new one, whilst being inferior, at least was a decent enough action romp and different enough from the original for me to be able to see them as two seperate films.
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