“ROBOCOP”— PART MAN, PART MACHINE, ALL COP

“ROBOCOP”

PART MAN, PART MACHINE, ALL COP

Amos Lassen

“RoboCop”, director Paul Verhoeven’s Hollywood debut looks at  the future of law enforcement now comes to us definitive Blu-ray presentation packed with hours of brand new bonus features and exclusive collectible packaging.

Set in the not-too-distant future, a newly-transferred Detroit police officer is transformed into an indestructible cybernetic cop after he is dismembered by a gang of thugs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as RoboCop he becomes programmed to serve and protect the citizens of Detroit and eliminate the rampant crime in the city streets in order for a massive city-wide reconstruction project can begin. However,  once he has completed his task, he sets his sights on the corruption inside  the corporation that created him.

The story is really nothing special. Murphy (Paul Weller) after being shot to death by an all-powerful drug gang is subsequently used as the guinea pig for a campaign to create robotic cops launched by an all-powerful corporation, OCP. He is placed in a mechanical body and becomes RoboCop and serves his civil duty until a flash from his memory, helpfully jostled by his ex-partner, Anne (Nancy Allen) sends him on a rampage against the gang, their leader Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith), and his profit-mongering cronies at OCP.

At first the film was considered to be nothing more than a violent action spectacle with muddled messages, it is now seen as a bold black comedy, a satire on corporate excess and capitalism. The film critiques action films, in the guise of an action film and a wild vision of corporate excess and the extinction of the working class.

The human had become a product who gives a dialectic on the concept of corporate efficiency and humanism. .Colors and textures are all excellent and the clarity of the image is detailed and focused. Verhoeven’s movie is filled with lots of drive and packs a powerful punch-to-the-gut. It is a great B-movie yet not always filmed with total precision. Technically it was pretty much state of the art in 1987. Phil Tippett’s stop-motion animation effects are very impressive as is Rob Bottin’s special makeup. “RoboCop” continues to fascinate over the years.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 & approved by director Paul Verhoeven

  Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

  Director’s Cut & Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayTM discs

  Original lossless stereo & four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts

  Optional English subtitles on both cuts

  Six collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)

  Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)

  Reversible sleeve featuring original & newly commissioned artwork

  Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths & Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, & archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition 

DISC ONE DIRECTOR’S CUT

  Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison & co-writer Ed Neumeier 

  New commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon

  New commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart & Eastwood Allen

  The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner

  RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier & filmmakers David Birke & Nick McCarthy 

  Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with Nancy Allen

  Casting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer 

  Connecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director & frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt

  Composing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger & Robert Townson

  RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont’s collection of original props & memorabilia

  2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller & animator Phil Tippett

  RoboCop: Creating a LegendVillains of Old Detroit & Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast & crew

  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

  Two theatrical trailers & three TV spots

  Extensive image galleries

DISC TWO THEATRICAL CUT

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