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Arrow Video RoboCop UHD [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

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Of course, as ever, the image gets that added push from WCG and HDR (here with Dolby Vision too), which leaves strong black levels, and wonderfully represented colours. This 4K UHD release showcases future Detroit with amazing detail, revealing Robocop not as the silver cyborg I always saw him as in my many VHS viewings over the years, but encased within a translucent sheen that reflects hues of blue and green as he walks under the fluorescent lights of the police station. Verhoeven's peerlessly exciting and kinetic visuals were matched by a sharp script, iconic cast and exceptional special effects by Rob Bottin ( The Thing) and Phil Tippett ( The Empire Strikes Back). This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees. So looking back to 1987, we salute Paul Verhoeven for the original version and yes he may have been criticised at the time for the violence, but RoboCop has stood the test of time and is still appreciated by the fans of the now cult classic.

Sadly the remake wasn’t a patch on the original, see my review here, last night it was time to go back to the 1987 original and see how the movie was originally done, yes there are those differences in the new version, but for me, and this is just my personal choice, I still prefer the original. The stop motion effects of ED-209 might put off some viewers who have grown up with predominantly CGI in their movies, but as someone who grew up loving everything that Ray Harryhausen was involved with, Phil Tippett’s work in this movie never fails to put a big smile on my face, and in my opinion makes ED-209 even more intimidating. Dialogue is rendered with precision, largely disseminated across the frontal array, with a few more expansive crowded moments, whilst environmental and futuristic noises (there's a tremendous sound as Robocop whips open the boardroom doors in the final act) get prime placement, delivered cleanly and with resonance. Once RoboCop hits the streets, the film becomes one of the most disturbingly exhilarating of all action thrillers.That said, the nuance of the Oscar-nominated track remains evident throughout, from the whirring heel-gears of an upturned ED-209, to the satisfying schink of Robocop's fist-spike. Arrow's 4K release of Robocop comes in a number of different flavours - the Limited Edition boasting the now compulsory art cards and poster, but also a likely unmissable 80-Page Booklet packed with background information, images and interviews. was the theatrical AR and has been pretty firmly established as the HD AR – not to mention that Verhoeven also okay’d this transfer – though I do wonder, had Arrow done their own separate scan/remaster, if they would’ve opted for 1.

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. That makes the reportedly 'exclusive' new book a pretty expensive new addition (EDIT - we were not supplied with a book with the check discs so are unable to confirm the content).Although this release is exactly the same as the previous Blu-ray in terms of packaging and special features the Dolby Vision present here makes a noticeable difference in terms of colour and contrast. The former is one of the most famous Director’s Cuts out there, given the number of times the movie was submitted to the MPAA, which kept giving it the dreaded X rating until finally putting an R rating on it, a requirement of Verhoeven’s contract. Lest we miss the point, Clarence, a budding entrepreneur, even directly says that there’s no theft like free enterprise. Prior to cleaning, stuttering was experienced around the 45 minute mark, during the bathroom confrontation, and proceeded through into the next chapter - the nightmare. Among the new materials, some of the highlights include: two new commentary tracks, one with film historian and former Orion marketing exec Paul M.

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