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RoboCop [4K Ultra-HD] [Limited Edition] [Blu-ray]

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Like Arrow’s other recent 4K release, 12 Monkeys, RoboCop’s visual improvement in 4K is more of incremental than revolutionary. Given the film’s vintage and its use of special effects of the old school optical variety, the jump to 4K is a double-edged sword: little details are better, resulting in image quality that might even surpass what you could see in the movie theater in 1987, while the softness of the special effects stands out more. More Man Than Machine: Composing RoboCop, a tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson Paul Verhoeven was considered a cutting edge filmmaker when RoboCop was originally released. With a line up that includes Flesh + Blood, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Starship Troopers, it’s difficult to argue with that. A terrific visualist with a penchant for over-the-top violence, he also nailed the action and science fiction genres over the head, while at the same time putting his own personal stamp on his work. It’s also difficult to overlook the satire running throughout RoboCop, particularly with the local newscasts, the commercials in between, and the generic TV show containing the famous catchphrase "I’d buy that for a dollar!" RoboCop Edited-for-Television (HD, 95 min): Presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio, the specs reveal that this version arrives in the HEVC encode with 10-bit color, but it is nonetheless limited to 1080p HD in the Rec.709 color gamut at 60fps.

We get the best of both worlds. Onboard computer assisted memory and a lifetime of on the street law enforcement programming. Days later, David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend is dead – but that’s just the start of his problems. He recovers from his injuries, but soon begins to experience disturbing changes to his mind and body. And, when he hits the streets of London under a full moon, it’s carnage… on the RoboCop: Edited For Television featurette on this release. The full TV Cut was transferred from an original DigiBeta broadcast master tape.RoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew In the near future, the city of Detroit is in financial ruin and the streets are overrun with violent crime. Criminals control neighborhoods, selling drugs, robbing stores, and violating innocent people walking home. And they do it without fear of the police since they're at the point of bankruptcy. In a desperate measure to save the city, the mayor signed a deal with major conglomerate Omni Consumer Products (OCP), allowing the corporation complete authority of the department. It's the first step in an effort by the company to transform a dystopia into an autonomous, utopic corporate city-state called "Delta City." But first, OCP must clean up the streets to attract other businesses and low-wage workers, which means designing some kind of super cop with the latest technological advancements. Shooting RoboCop (SD, 8 min) — The original 1987 EPK promo with cast & crew interviews and lots of BTS footage. Branagh’s film has been restored using the original camera negatives in 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation and Dolby Vision. Casting Old Detroit, an interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembled

RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont's collection of original props and memorabilia Commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut) Director's Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes, presented in 4K (SDR)The re-release also includes Mary Shelley and The Creation of a Monster, a new documentary featurette exploring the origins and evolution of the Frankenstein story, featuring contributions from Gothic specialists David Pirie, Jonathan Rigby and Stephen Volk. Connecting the Shots, an interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt Deleted Scenes (SD, 3 min) — Four exorcised scenes that don't add much to the story but interesting to watch nonetheless. Among the bonus content featured on the collection are a documentary titled Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather, which follows Paramount Pictures archivists as they detail the film’s restoration process with footage showing the evolution of the film through various releases. There’s also an in-depth interview with set photographer Steve Schapiro and an assortment of 8mm home movie footage shot in 1971, which is being made available to the public for the first time, and offers a candid look into the production of The Godfather. The ultimate box set also includes three exclusively commissioned illustrated portraits, and a hardcover book featuring extensive photography from production as well as a new introduction from Coppola.

Arrow Films have created what is undoubtedly the definitive 4K Robocop collection. The movie has never looked better, and likely never will look better than this. Grain is prevalent, and even more noticeable during the TV sequences, but isn’t distracting. The HDR makes Robocop’s armour pop with a violet hue that I’ve never seen before. The Improvements also include the Director’s cut footage, which on previous Blu-ray releases that I’ve owned had clearly not been remastered. Here it is, and while it isn’t a perfect match in quality, it Is closer here than it ever has been before. There is a wealth of archive and new special features, including a very charming interview with Nancy Allen. And the edited-for-television version, which I had actually avoided till now, is hilarious. The Godfather Trilogy, Collector's Edition, on UHD Blu-Ray, the UK edition (Image credit: Paramount ) Q&A with the filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett Making RoboCop (SD, 8 min) — Another EPK featurette with more interviews, film clips and BTS footage.Paul Verhoeven’s classic dystopian action thriller, first released in 1987. gets a sparkling new reissue in glorious 4K.

The Boardroom (SD, 6 min) — With commentary by animator Phil Tippett, this is a storyboard comparison of the scene that introduces ED-209's grand entrance into the OCP boardroom. This month, an all-time classic trilogy gets a lavish new box set, one of the pillars of science fiction cinema is shown in a whole new light, and one of horror’s gnarliest entries is given a scrub up and a fresh release. Unaware of his former life, RoboCop executes a brutal campaign against crime all the while his humanity is slipping away. Arrow have done it again, a small well contained box with a nice set of cards, poster and book with loads of information in it, as a fan for years I still learnt new things reading the accompanying booklet. Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Dolby Atmos surround sound optionsshift in picture quality throughout these scenes, in keeping with the condition and generation of these materials. It’s worth saying that 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are region-free, so anyone with a 4K Blu-ray player can enjoy these films, wherever they are in the world.

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