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RoboCop Trilogy (Blu-ray)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
9 out of 10
Extras Rating:
N/A out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Unrated, R, and PG-13

Starring:
Peter Weller as Officer Alex J. Murphy / RoboCop
Nancy Allen as Officer Anne Lewis
Dan O'Herlihy as The Old Man
Ronny Cox as Dick Jones
Kurtwood Smith as Clarence J. Boddicker
Miguel Ferrer as Bob Morton
Robert DoQui as Sergeant Warren Reed
Ray Wise as Leon C. Nash
Felton Perry as Johnson
Paul McCrane as Emil M. Antonowsky
Jesse D. Goins as Joe P. Cox
Del Zamora as Kaplan
Calvin Jung as Steve Minh
Rick Lieberman as Walker
Lee de Broux as Sal

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish and French Subtitles
Spanish and French Language
Running Time: RoboCop - 103 Minutes, Robocop 2 - 117 Minutes, Robocop 3 - 105 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"RoboCop
From the director of Total Recall comes a high-adrenaline, "sleek" (Time) sci-fi thriller about a policeman who's half man, half machine. When a good cop (Peter Weller) is murdered by criminals, innovative scientists piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called RoboCop. Tormented by the memory of his death, he is out for justice - and revenge.

RoboCop 2
RoboCop (Peter Weller) returns to battle his toughest opponent yet: his replacement! But not only is the new cyborg's weaponry more sophisticated than RoboCop's, it contains the brain of a madman! It will take everything RoboCop has to save Detroit - and himself - from total destruction.

RoboCop 3
Its MegaCop vs. MegaCop in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi action film. When a ruthless corporation that has a stranglehold on Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes for a new real estate project, RoboCop (Robert Burke) and a band of renegades fight to save them in an all-out battle for Detroit."

"RoboCop" is unrated. "RoboCop 2" is rated R. "RoboCop 3" is rated PG-13.

Mini-Review:
"RoboCop" is one of my favorite movies. I love the combination of B-Movie plot with an A-List production. I love the over-the-top violence combined with the comedy. I love the fact that there's a lot of emotional character drama as Murphy rediscovers his past. I love the ED-209 robot, the RoboCop design, and everything else about it. This movie also cements Ronny Cox as Dick Jones, Kurtwood Smith as Clarence J. Boddicker, and Miguel Ferrer as Bob Morton as some of my all time classic movie villains. I can't watch anything else they do without thinking of those roles.

As much as I loved the first "RoboCop", I was less enthused with the sequel. It should have been better. After all, it was directed by Irvin Kershner who directed my all time favorite movie "The Empire Strikes Back." It featured the great idea of someone trying to build more RoboCops. And it was scripted by comic book legend Frank Miller. Yet it really lacked the charm and depth of the original. "RoboCop 3" was even worse and even Peter Weller bailed on that one.

Still, I was excited to see the trilogy offered on Blu-ray. That being said, RoboCop has been on Blu-ray since 2007. And even worse, neither that edition nor this edition have any bonus features. What?! You heard me. None. You have to go to the DVD edition to get any. This is a major disappointment for me as a "RoboCop" fan. I don't know if they're waiting to create an anniversary edition or if they're waiting for the remake to happen for a re-release of the Blu-ray, but you're out of luck if you want bonus features.

If you want the movie in HD then this is worth picking up, but if you expect more then you may want to wait.

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