Robocop (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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When it arrived on the big screen in 1987, Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop was like a high-voltage jolt of electricity, blending satire, thrills, and abundant violence with such energized gusto that audiences couldn't help feeling stunned and amazed. The movie was a huge hit, and has since earned enduring cult status as one of the seminal science fiction films of the 1980s. Followed by two sequels, a TV series, and countless novels and comic books, this original RoboCop is still the best by far, largely due to the audacity and unbridled bloodlust of director Verhoeven. However, the reasons many enjoyed the film are also the reasons some will surely wish to avoid it. Critic Pauline Kael called the movie a dubious example of "gallows pulp," and there's no denying that its view of mankind is bleak, depraved, and graphically violent. In the Detroit of the near future, a policeman (Peter Weller) is brutally gunned down by drug-dealing thugs and left for dead, but he survives (half of him, at least) and is integrated with state-of-the-art technology to become a half-robotic cop of the future, designed to revolutionize law enforcement. As RoboCop holds tight to his last remaining shred of humanity, he relentlessly pursues the criminals who "killed" him. All the while, Verhoeven (from a script by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner) injects this high-intensity tale with wickedly pointed humor and satire aimed at the men and media who cover a city out of control. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
**Remastered Feature Blu-ray
**All New Q&A with the Filmmakers
**Flesh and Steel: The Making of Robocop
**Robocop: Creating a Legend
**1987 Featurettes: Shooting Robocop and Making Robocop
**The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Animator Phil Tippett
**Villains of Old Detroit
**Special Effects: Then and Now
**Commentary with Director Paul Verhoeven, Writer Ed Neumeier and Executive Producer Jon Davison --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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Starring Peter Weller,Nancy Allen,Ronny Cox and many others it was an enjoyable movie even if a bit gory to say the least.
It didn't appear dated to me and the special effects were pretty good if I may say so.
I have seen this movie in the past but the extras of the blu ray quality and the directors cut with no commercials made it a better overall experience.
I will watch this movie again and recommend it.
"There's a new guy in town. His name's Robocop."
The above is what the creator of Robocop says as he looks over his creation.
In this movie, we get to see how exactly police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) becomes the cyborg, Robocop. He is created just in time since he is now the first defence between the city ("Old Detroit") and a group of thugs determined to take over this city.
Making Robocop's job even tougher, is the fact that corruption extends into the upper echelons of the police hierarchy.
What makes this movie even more interesting is that Robocop still has memories or flashbacks of being fully human. As well, there are subtle themes regarding the media, corruption, privatization, identity, human nature, etc.
Beware that this movie can be quite violent but this violence is counter-balanced with comical elements.
I have to give kudos to Peter Weller's acting. Despite having on some hefty hardware, he still manages to bring out the humanity of Robocop. And Ronny Cox gives a tremendous performance as a corrupt corporate official.
As well, I found that the main background music added to each scene of this movie.
Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2001) has only one extra: the original theatrical trailer.
In conclusion, this is a sci-fi action movie that seems to work on several different levels. Also, it could very well show
"the future of law enforcement."
(1987; 1 hr, 37 min excluding end credits; wide screen; 16 scenes; rated 'R')
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>
In this film's near-future setting, almost everything has been privatized, including hospitals and the entire police department of Detroit (now owned and run by the megacorporation Omni Consumer Products). The Old Man (Dan O'Herlihy) has long dreamed of replacing Old Detroit altogether with his own marketed utopia, but he needs to get crime under control before he can make Delta City a reality.Read more ›
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Love this movie! got it cheap to get my order over $25 but have wanted to add it to my collection for quite a while so it was perfect! :DPublished 19 months ago by Zombiefaery
This is THE version to own. This great film finally gets the quality transfer it deserve. Superb image quality, looks like it was shot yesterday ; )Published on May 22 2014 by Jocelico
I'm not reviewing the film here - I'm assuming the reader is already familiar with it and likes it (otherwise (s)he would not be reading about the BluRay). Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2012 by From the Musician's Pen
I am not criticizing the film. Robocop will always be a Sci-Fi classic, but the port to BDR is so poor.
The company didnt put much effort into remastering this great film. Read more
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