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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great transfer with extras
This is a much better transfer than the previous blu-ray release.
Same length also though it says Director's Cut.
Also one of the best sci-fi movies of the 80's that have more than quotable lines and memorable characters.

Special Features :-

Q&A with the filmmakers inc, Paul Verhoeven, Peter Weller & Nancy Allen- 2012 - 42mins
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a waste
First of all, at least its the extended version of the movie, but all the extras from the dvd edition are missing, and the picture quality isnt the best. The TV footage at the start was meant to be low grade, but the actual footage of the film is nowhere near what we expect from Bluray. My picture had an annoying motion blur as the characters moved.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great transfer with extras, 2 Feb. 2014
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This is a much better transfer than the previous blu-ray release.
Same length also though it says Director's Cut.
Also one of the best sci-fi movies of the 80's that have more than quotable lines and memorable characters.

Special Features :-

Q&A with the filmmakers inc, Paul Verhoeven, Peter Weller & Nancy Allen- 2012 - 42mins
Flesh and Steel - The making of Robocop - 37mins
1987 featurette - shooting Robocop - 8min
1987 featurette - making Robocop - 8mins
The boardroom - storyboard with commentary by animator Phil Tippet - 6min
Deleted scenes - 3mins
Villains of old Detroit - 17mins
Special effects - then and now - 18mins
Robocop - creating a legend - 21mins
Paul Verhoeven - easter egg - 1min
Audio commentary with Director Paul Verhoeven, Writer Ed Neumeier and Executive Producer Jon Davison
Theatrical trailer
TV Spot

The Q&A was interesting and the villains of old Detroit has new interviews with the likes of
Kurtwood Smith reminiscing about the filming in the summer of 1986.
Can really recommend this version for a top level upgrade.
I'd buy that for a dollar!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robocop remastered steelbook - the best Robocop yet, 4 Mar. 2014
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I'm sure I'm not the only one that has bought this movie more times that I'd care to admit, from VHS,, Criterion DVD, blu ray, remastered blu ray and various DVD and blu ray steelbook versions.

The remastered blu ray steelbook has attracted some justified criticism for the artwork. But overall this is a delightful release. The remastered blu ray isn't perfect, but this is an old fairly low budget movie; the remastered version makes your older blu ray look dark and muddy. The audio is 5.1 DTS HD; purists may actually prefer the older blu ray's 4.0 soundtrack that mimicks the theatrical dolby surround mix.

This is the 'unrated' version of the movie - and it is region free, so international buyers can buy without fear of disc/player incompatibility.

There was a limited edition steelbook of the older blu ray; its difficult to find now. Overall this is the version of the movie to buy. You have a great remaster of an iconic movie packaged in a very nice steelbook (with some questionable artwork).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robocop 1987 4k Remaster Blu-Ray, 5 Mar. 2014
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First off i own the robocop trilogy and Robocop had a poor release with no extras anyway moving on.

This new 4k remastered version is the best Robocop has looked with sharper pq with more grain and more natural colours.

Sq is 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

Special features are as follows.

Q&A with the filmmakers [2012]

Flesh and steel; The making of Robocop

1987 Features shooting Robocop and making Robocop

The Boardroom Storyboard with Commentary by Animator Phil Tippett.

Deleted Scenes; Villains of Old Detroit; Special Effects Then And Now;

Robocop Creating A Legend; Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg

Commentary With Director Paul Verhoeven Writer Ed Neumeier and Executive Producer Jon Davison

Theatrical Trailer, Tv Spot.

My verdict would be this release is worth upgrading to from the old blu-ray release for the much better PQ and Special features.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80's Sci-fi hit still packs a solid punch many years later, 20 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Robocop (Special Edition)[DVD] [1988] (DVD)
With the marketing and talk about the "new" Robocop film (which I have seen and no you are not missing anything not a patch on this film), it's easy to overlook one of the more interesting movies from the later 80's period.

Paul Verhoeven sits in the Director's chair and does a fine job, taking a bit of a chance by veering things off the beaten track and pulls it off in style. Robocop manages to mix a blend of film styles which is usually risky, and often fails..it's a serious film at times, but with a strong element of tongue in cheek, notably violent in places (there are several cuts of the film on disc one being no punches pulled gore or language wise), sad and emotional, and yet funny in places too.

If this sounds like a jack of all master of none film, you'd be mistaken...Verhoeven pulls it off and very well. Peter Weller puts in a fine performance as the lead character of Alex Murphy, the cop who becomes Robocop, a strong supporting cast featuring Nancy Allen, Miguel Ferrer is the ambitious OCP executive who comes up with the Robocop design, Kurtwood Smith (who makes a convincing gang leader) and old hands like Ronny Cox who's the no. 2 at OCP and priming himself for the top job and in leagues with Boddicker (Kurtwood)

A special mention has to go to Jesse D. Goins who's gang character Joe Cox has a unique and infectious laugh..as well as some truly classic phrases during the film..: "does it hurt..does it hurt?" "a new toy!" (you can't appreciate this performance until you see it)

Story wise it's a blast from start to finish, but with attention paid to please all corners. Murphy's fate is sealed in unfortunate circumstances he then becomes the part man part machine Robocop. we then see him wrestle with his past..and trying to deal with the problems of corruption at OCP the company that made him. Script is excellent and worth of note are the "adverts" typical cynical tongue in cheek portrayal of what the future might have been, this inserts are quite humorous and only add to the feel of the film.

It's a difficult film to portray in a review, but for me it works and has become (deservedly) something of a cult classic for many film lovers. It's quite a unique film in many ways, and whilst some might prefer a more serious take on the story I think Verhoeven's approach works. It's not your typical sci-fi film by any means, but it's fresh and entertaining, funny when it can be..but there is also a serious message and a human story too.

I've watched the film many times, and even to this day it's a personal favourite. Highly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult 80's Classic 4K Remastered & Uncut, 10 Jun. 2014
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Robocop.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven.
Produced by Arne Schmidt.
Written by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner.

Cast.
Peter Weller as Officer Alex Murphy / RoboCop
Nancy Allen as Officer Anne Lewis
Ronny Cox as OCP Senior President Richard "Dick" Jones
Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddicker
Miguel Ferrer as OCP Executive Robert "Bob" Morton
Dan O'Herlihy as "The Old Man" (OCP Chairman)
Paul McCrane as Emil Antonowsky
Ray Wise as Leon Nash
Jesse D. Goins as Joe Cox
Calvin Jung as Steve Minh
Michael Gregory as Lt. Hedgecock
Robert DoQui as Sergeant Warren Reed
Felton Perry as OCP Executive Donald Johnson
Lee de Broux as Sal
S. D. Nemeth as Bixby Snyder (TV comedian)
Music by Basil Poledouris.
Running time 102 minutes.
Budget $13 million.
Box office $53,424,681.

Blu ray info.
4k remastering.
Region: B/2.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1.

Sound.
5.1 DTS master audio.

Extras.
Q&A with the filmmakers including director Paul Verhoeven, Actor's Peter Weller & Nancy Allen (2012).
Flesh and Steel , The making of Robocop Documentary.
1987 archive featurette shooting Robocop.
1987 archive featurette making Robocop.
The boardroom - storyboard with commentary by animator Phil Tippet.
Deleted scenes.
Villains of old Detroit.
Special effects then and now.
Robocop creating a legend.
Audio commentary with Director Paul Verhoeven, Writer Ed Neumeier and Executive Producer Jon Davison
Theatrical trailer.
TV Spot.

Trivia.
1)The climactic "Melting Man" scene with Emil (Paul McCrane) melting after being soaked in acid was heavily objected by the MPAA demanded to have it removed. However, they eventually backed down when they found out that in most test screenings, the scene elicited the most positive reaction from the test audience such that it was eventually passed without any cuts.
2)Director Paul Verhoeven originally wanted RoboCop to kill Clarence Boddicker by stabbing him through the eyeball. Realizing that the censors would balk, he changed his mind & envisioned Clarence having the interface spike shoved through his chin, mouth, and upper jaw. Again, for the sake of placating the censors, he settled on the filmed version, which was also altered slightly.
3)Tom Berenger was in talks with director Verhoeven about playing the lead role of Robocop.
4)Almost 20 years after RoboCop, Peter Weller, Paul McCrane, and Ray Weiss all appear in Day 5 of 24 (2001). However, they do not share any screen time together.
5)Kurtwood Smith's wife, Joan Pirkle, has a small role as Dick Jones' secretary, Barbara.
6)Two scenes were storyboarded but never filmed, The drawings are shown on the DVD. The first was a scene where RoboCop visits his grave. The second was a longer car chase.
7)Bodycount: 30.
8)Seven Robocop suits were used throughout of the movie.
9)The film was submitted to the MPAA 12 times before securing an R rating.
10)The RoboCop suit was so hot and heavy that Peter Weller was losing 3 lbs a day from water loss. Eventually, an air conditioner was installed in the suit.
11)The scene where Boddicker's gang tortures and finally murders Murphy was heavily edited in order to avoid the NC-17 rating. In the theatrical version, it is clear that Boddicker has blown apart Murphy's right hand with a shotgun blast, Emil then blows off his left arm at the shoulder with another shotgun blast, but the explicit gore is limited in those instances. There is also reduced gore when Boddicker blows Murphy's brains out with a handgun. The scene with all of the original dismemberment is included in the DVD & Blu ray editions.

Plot Synopsis.
In a dystopic crime-ridden Detroit a terminally wounded cop & family man Alex Murphy returns to the force as a powerful cyborg as Murphy's body is reconstructed within a steel shell & is renamed RoboCop.

RoboCop takes to the streets of Detroit becoming very successful against criminals but incurres the wraith of OCP Vice President Dick Jones who's recent ED-209 program has been shelved.

Soon Robocop is haunted by repressed memories & begins to remember fragments of his past life which eventually leads to a confrontation with the very gang who shot & killed him led by Clarence Boddicker.

Timelord Thoughts.
I reviewed this as part of the remastered blu ray collection but thought the film deserved it's own stand alone review.

This is a cult classic that has had a complete 4k remastering on blu ray & is released with a extras taken from the previous special edition dvd & is released on blu ray in it's directors cut form.

The Blu ray looks clearer & sharper than the previous release delivering superb restoration with just a minimal amount of grain while the sound quality is astonishing having been remastered in 5.1 DTS HD.

Peter Weller is superb as Alex Murphy/Robocop who delivers a outstanding performance giving the character a soul yet the actor has little in the way of expression as the majority of the time Weller is incased in steel but somehow he manages to pull it off with great aplomb & gives Robocop a believability allowing Robocop to become a three dimensional character.

Kurtwood Smith is equally as good as villain Clarence Boddicker who is sinister, Scary & disturbing, Yet Smith delivers a performance that allows Boddicker to be humourous & charming which makes it kind of hard not to like this villainous character.

Ronny Cox is the smug vice president of OCP, Dick Jones who's in cahoots with Boddicker while Nancy Allen does well as Officer Anne Lewis but isn't really given a awful lot do in this film.

Director Paul Verhoeven delivers a ultra violent brutal hardcore sci-fi action film with some jaw dropping directed sequences-the drug warehouse shootout in particular being one of the movies highlights & shows some truly gory moments that are shockingly disturbing, Yet saturates the violence somehow with some great moments of humoured political satire & hilarious media breaks having a dig about society & life in general.

Robocop is now deemed a sci-fi cult classic & quite deservingly so, With great performances by the cast specifically Peter Weller & Kurtwood Smith plus skillful direction by Paul Verhoeven, Robocop still packs a punch in 2014 like it did in 1987.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, great value copy, 28 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Robocop (Special Edition)[DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Two films for the price, one the original cinema release and the Director's Cut. I watched the Director's Cut on receiving this, and to be honest I couldn't see the difference. But irrespective of this, and despite the slightly dated visual effects, in the main this film is stand out cult viewing. No sequels were necessary, but business is business. Verhoeven broke the mould here though. The satire on US society then and now is brilliant, if not a little spooky in it's foretelling of how corruption rules in the world of big corporations. One can only believe this is how things would be if a major software company were in charge of policing!

But it's the little touches such as the interruptions to the news of out of place adverts, and the return to white toothed, tanned presenters smiling as they discuss more street murders and violence. The film works on many levels, obvious hero's but troubled, corrupt power hungry old white men, and a glorious villain in Clarence Bodicker. But if you don't like gore then don't watch. Verhoeven doesn't spare the viewer from any of the grisly scenes of mutilation and death.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a deserving Blu-ray release!, 1 Feb. 2014
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The image quality is fantastic, the restoration is outstanding and the sound quality (DTS HD) is faultless throughout.

There are some nice extra features, including retrospective interviews, trailers and so on.

A worthy addition to any sci-fi movie fan's collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dead or alive, you're coming with me", 14 Aug. 2003
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This review is from: Robocop (Special Edition)[DVD] [1988] (DVD)
This is without doubt one of my favourite films of all time, I first saw Robocop 13 or 14 years ago, and it has lost none of it's impact since then. It's one of the most action-packed and violent film's ever made, and the effects are very well done for a low budget film made 16 years ago (ED-209 steal's the show anytime it's on screen).
The plot (which I'm sure everyone knows by now!) follows 'Murphy' a police officer who is transferred to the Detroit police force, who have been taken over by OCP a corrupt money driven company. It isn't long before Murphy is viciously killed on duty (in a scene which makes the notorious policeman's torture scene in Resevoir Dog's look tame). OCP takes this opportunity to start their new 'Crime Prevention Program', turning Murphy into a half-man, half-machine law enforcement unit, thus creating Robocop. I won't give anything away for the handful of people who have not seen Robocop yet.
The DVD package includes trailer's, director's commentary, deleted scenes, 2 featurettes:'Shooting Robocop' and 'Making Robocop', and much more...
An all-time classic sci-fi action movie, if you don't own this then press 'add to basket' now!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great new 4k transfer ,awesome steelbook., 3 April 2014
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Great new transfer of an action classic,lovely steel book too,far better than the old version lots of extras too.well pleased.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One day ALL films will be made like this , 20 Feb. 2014
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There’s no other way of saying it, but Robocop is an absolute classic. Ignore the ‘so-so’ 2014 remake and concentrate on the original. It’s all you need. It was possibly too good and couldn’t even be matched by its sequels.

Yes, it’s hyper-violent and totally adult in nature, but it also has a wonderfully subtle layer of satire underneath all the gore and bloodshed.

In case you don’t know, a policeman is gunned down in futuristic Detroit, only to be resurrected with no memory of his former life as an indestructible cyborg lawman. Of course his memories soon start to trickle back and he begins to want to track down those who ‘killed’ him for more than just a slap on the wrist.

It’s packed full of memorable scenes and catchphrases and the only people who probably won’t appreciate this film are those with a real distaste for violence.

It really is the perfect little film for what it is. It never tries to be deep and meaningful, only loud, proud and entertaining. And it succeeds of ever one of those levels.
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