Fresh on Blu-ray: ‘ROBOCOP’ sequel is retooled for collectors

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Preston Barta // Editor

ROBOCOP 2 [Collector’s Edition]
Rated R, 117 minutes.
Director: Irvin Kershner
Cast: Peter WellerNancy AllenBelinda Bauer,Gabriel DamonDan O’Herlihy and Tom Noonan
Available on Blu-ray Tuesday through Shout! Factory.

Your movie, creep

The RoboCop franchise lies deep in the heart of Texas. Much of the 1987 original film was shot in Dallas, while some scenes in its 1990 sequel were famously filmed in and around Houston to create a dirty, futuristic Detroit look.

RoboCop, starring University of North Texas alumnus Peter Weller, is many things: It’s a corporate satire, a violent action film, a black comedy and a sci-fi crime thriller. Plus, it’s educational entertainment for those seeking good one-liners and insults to throw at your enemies.

So when Orion Pictures decided to turn the original film into a franchise by releasing a sequel, it came as no surprise, because there’s so much you can do with a crime-fighting cybernetic police officer.

The first film focused on technology and morality. RoboCop 2 starts off in a way that makes you believe it’s going to take that concept further — especially when they introduce a plot about RoboCop being replaced and tap into Pinocchio-like ideals of whether or not he’s human — but after the first act ends, it loses its potential and becomes a typical, bigger and louder sequel.

With Shout! Factory’s stunning update, 2K restoration and fun bonus features (always the best part), RoboCop 2 is admittedly not as bad as you may remember. Despite its criticisms and slightly dated stop-motion effects (you’ll see it right away in this collector’s edition Blu-ray menu), its loose bolts can be appreciated today for all the wrong reasons. It’s great!

Grade: B-

Synopsis

RoboCop returns to fight his toughest opponent yet: his replacement!

RoboCop 2 pits two unstoppable cyborgs against each other in a battle to the death! When Detroit’s descent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called “Nuke,” only RoboCop can stop the mayhem. But in his way are an evil corporation that profits from Motor City crime and a bigger and tougher cyborg with a deadly directive: Take out RoboCop. Containing the latest gadgetry and weaponry as well as the mind of the madman who designed “Nuke,” this new cyborg isn’t just more sophisticated than his predecessor… he’s psychotic and out of control! And it’s going to take everything RoboCop has – maybe even his life – to save Detroit from complete and utter anarchy.

Bonus Features

    • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
    • NEW Audio Commentary With Author/CG Supervisor Paul M. Sammon
    • NEW Audio Commentary With The Makers Of “RoboDoc: The Creation Of RoboCop” Documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths And Eastwood Allen
    • NEW Corporate Wars: The Making Of ROBOCOP 2 – Featuring New And Vintage Interviews With Director Irvin Kershner, Producer Jon Davidson, Cast Members Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Galyn Görg, Executive Producer Patrick Crowley, And More!
    • NEW Machine Parts: The FX Of ROBOCOP 2 – Featuring Phil Tippett, Peter Kuran, Craig Hayes, Jim Aupperle, Kirk Thatcher, Paul Gentry, Don Waller, Justin Kohn, Randal Dutra And Kevin Kutchaver
    • NEW Robo-Fabricator – An Interview With RoboCop Armor Fabricator James Belohovek
    • NEW Adapting Frank Miller’s ROBOCOP 2 – An Interview With Comic Book Writer Steven Grant
    • NEW OCP Declassified – A Collection Of Rare Archival Production And Behind-The-Scenes Videos Including Interviews With Director Irvin Kershner, Actors Peter Weller, Dan O’Herlihy And A Look At The Filming Of Some Deleted Scenes
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Teaser Trailers
    • TV Spots
    • Deleted Scenes Still Gallery
    • Still Galleries (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Stills, Posters And Lobby Cards)
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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.