Movie Review: ROBOCOP 2 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

ROBOCOP 2 was directed by Irvin Kershner and stars Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Felton Perry, John Glover, Mario Machado, Leeza Gibbons, Tom Noonan and  Gabriel Damon.

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.

RoboCop gets put through the ringer in this 1990 sequel. While most of the police force is on strike, he’s still hitting the streets and taking out the bad guys one by one. He meets his match with Cain, a madman drug lord behind this latest addiction that’s going around the city, plus he even gets stripped – like a car! Anyway, OCP doesn’t really want to sink anymore funds on old obsolete RoboCop so they’re trying hard to come up with a replacement for him and when Cain gets taken out, his unstable mind gets implanted into RoboCop 2 – literally. This leads to an ultimate showdown between the heroic cyborg and his psychotic junkie successor, but in the end, good old RoboCop once again saves his city of Old Detroit and its citizens from the latest threat.

Okay, I’m aware that RoboCop 2 isn’t as good as the first one but it’s still a fun followup that tried its best to stay true to the original concept but still deliver something new. By the way, there was a lot of talent attached to this movie! The story is fun and has quite a bit going on like cops striking, drugs taking over the city, and of course the sinister corporation (OCP) that has gotten to big for its own good. Hey, gotta love that corporate greed! Moving right along, this sequel still features the media breaks and crazy commercials that fit perfectly into any RoboCop movie. One of the best things I liked about this sequel is the fact that most of the cast returned from the first movie. You just can’t beat the iconic Peter Weller as Alex Murphy aka RoboCop and the awesomeness of Nancy Allen who plays his loyal partner Anne Lewis. Something else I liked about this one were the fantastic special effects that included everything from the impressive makeup work to the crazy cool stop-motion animation and robotics. It doesn’t get any better than this for old school SFX fanatics!

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the all-new artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features the original artwork and movie credits, so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use for the cover. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. The movie is featured in Scream Factory’s all-new 2K scan of the interpositive and I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Robocop 2 isn’t quite as good as the original RoboCop but this Orion Pictures cyberpunk followup is still a really fun movie that returns most of the original cast along with some impressive practical effects and violence – but not as much violence as the first one. So, RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven decided not to return to helm this sequel and this is where Irvin Kershner (director of The Empire Strikes Back) stepped up to the plate and delivered kind of a psychotic followup from a story by Frank Miller. It gets a little out there at times but it’s still a cool watch. We’ve gotten a few RoboCop 2 Blu-rays and even a trilogy box set over the years but once again Scream Factory has surpassed all of these previous home video releases and given this fan favorite cyborg sequel their own special midas touch and it’s easily the best of the bunch – by a landslide! RoboCop 2 blasts onto an impressive Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on March 21st and is a must have. Go ahead and add this one to your Scream Factory collection.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 117 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! Not only did Scream Factory give RoboCop 2 a high-def upgrade with new artwork but they also included an impressive list of all-new extras. The new bonus content includes commentaries, interviews and featurettes. There’s also some vintage extras imported over from previous home video releases. You can see the full list below.

  • 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! (32:04)
  • 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 (31:36)
  • NEW Robo-Fabricator – An Interview With RoboCop Armor Fabricator James Belohovek (08:47)
  • NEW Adapting Frank Miller’s ROBOCOP 2 – An Interview With Comic Book Writer Steven Grant (05:55)
  • 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 (45:50)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:56)
  • Teaser Trailers (01:56)
  • TV Spots (01:04)
  • Deleted Scenes Still Gallery (02:34)
  • Behind-The-Scenes Gallery (00:46)
  • Still Gallery (09:07)

 

 

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