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"RoboCop" was Paul Verhoeven's first American motion picture. Written by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, this action film is set in Detroit in the near future.
It follows the story of Officer Alex Murphy and his partner Officer Ann Lewis. Early in the film, however, Murphy is brutally murdered by a gang of violent criminals lead by Clarence Boddicker.
OCP (Omni Consumer Products), a large conglomerate which owns the Detroit Metropolitan Police Force, uses Murphy's dead body, reviving only his brain and several key organs, and implements him into a state of the art, practically indestructible cyborg: RoboCop.
RoboCop is the ultimate law enforcer. That is until he begins having memories of his past life in flashes, as though they were corrupted data files. The rest of the film portrays RoboCop as a tortured individual; not quite human, not quite a machine. He tries to remember who he was while tracking down the men who killed him and bringing them to justice. He wants revenge, but he is held back by his 3 prime directives: Serve the public trust, Protect the innocent, and Uphold the Law.
This Criterion Collection DVD is an excellent representation of this 1987 cult classic. Several scenes of excessive violence, that were cut in order for the MPAA to give "RoboCop" an R rating, has been reincorporated. The special features, though limited, are quite nice. A running audio commentary track, with Paul Verhoeven and other members of the crew, is quite delightful, and very informative about the making of the film. The other features include: An illustrated essay of the making of RoboCop, film-to-storyboard comparison, storyboards, and the theatrical and teaser trailers.
Though several other versions of this film have been released on DVD, the Criterion Collection version is a must have for fans.
Peter Weller stars as RoboCop Half Man half machine the future of law enforcement..hell yea..Weller stars as Murphy a Cop sent into the worse part of town..why?? So this would happen..Murphy gets shot nearly to pieces and is rushed to the Hospital where he dies a horrible death..only to be reborn as a cyberbot named RoboCop..the one liners delivered by RoboCop proves you don't have to be human to have a sense of humour..if you look closely you'll even see him smile a few times maybe he's more human then you think!! When RoboCop has a dream and awakens with a mission his makers scramble to stop him, but thank God they don't rather can't..what happens next is a pure delight for movie buffs and fans alike..justice is no longer sipping marguritas on a little island..justice has arrived and is back on the job thanks to RoboCop..Viewers will have fun watching RoboCop mow down the enemy and bring the main bad guy to jusice and you will be surprised at who that is or maybe you wont!! Even though this is a really gory film and it does have adult language I do recommend this for anyone over the age of 13..maybe someday we will have our own RoboCop!!
Though the RoboCop Criterion DVD has been usurped by the MGM 20th Anniversary Edition (and the no-frills Blu-Ray), it is still an essential for the die-hard RoboCop fan. And, a few of my reasons are admittedly wierd. I'll cop to being a nerd, thank you.
Firstly, the commentary track is different (and obviously older) than the MGM one, and utilizes some of the same folks (Director Paul Verhoeven, for one). Play one after the other and see what a difference a decade makes.
The other two things I love are purely nonsense. Call me a purist, but I'm not a fan of studios eschewing original title logos. Criterion's cover features the classic RoboCop title as if it were carved into a sheet of steel. Also, I love the main menu music and the montage that accompanies it. This just acknowledges the classic nature of the film itself.
By the way, as the picture's aspect ratio on the Criterion is 1.66:1 (and not 16:9), it is not Anamorphic, and users with 16:9 TV's will need to use the zoom function.
That's all I got. Enjoy!
I've heard about this film for years and thought best to avoid it as I generally don't like mean, gory films. Boy am I glad I changed my mind! Yes the film is gory and mean, but somehow its appropriate for the material and is helped by a refreshing yet wicked sense of humor. Peter Weller as the title character and Nancy Allen as his former partner, provide a likable and human heart in a film full of sharp satire and ruthless violence. This electrifying'ly entertaining, science fiction meets comic book action film is a must for any fan of both genres.
This DVD is a fine example of the constantly-diminishing first wave of Criterion DVD's. Many have gone out of print. While these titles have a hefty price tag - make no mistake that a reasonably-priced authentic RoboCop #23 DVD is within your grasp. When you see one, get it!
While all these DVD's nowadays carry so much fluff or (worse) nothing at all, this disc has the goods. We get the uncut, extra gory version that had to be trimmed to earn an R rating. Plus we are treated to an audio commentary featuring Paul Verhoeven. It as fun as watching the movie. The track, an essay on the disc and another one in the insert uncover the social and political implications of this 80's sci-fi classic. It's more than just another popcorn movie.
Criterion has taken another great movie and reminds us why it remains in the memories of casual movie-lover to reclusive film buff alike. A brilliant tour de force cleverly hidden beneath a violent and hilarious spectacle.