Movie Review: ROBOCOP 3 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray
ROBOCOP 3 was directed by Fred Dekker and stars Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Jill Hennessy, John Castle, Felton Perry, Mario Machado, Remy Ryan, Bradley Whitford, C. C. H. Pounder, Bruce Locke and Rip Torn.
He’s Back… To Lay Down the Law! It’s Megacop vs. Megacorp when Detroit’s cyborg crime-fighter hits the streets to protect the innocent – this time from corporate greed! When the ruthless corporation that runs Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes to clear space for a profitable new real estate project, RoboCop (Robert John Burke, 2 Guns, Limitless) joins with a renegade band of freedom fighters to save them. But RoboCop must face some deadly foes, including a lethally efficient android and a dangerous gang of thugs. RoboCop’s latest arsenal of high-tech weaponry only somewhat evens the battlefield, as this lone superhero takes on the entire army of corporate militia in an all-out war to control Detroit! This last film in the trilogy is directed by cult filmmaker Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, Night of the Creeps).
In this third entry, OCP is having financial problems and end up selling out to a Japanese corporation with a similar vision. There’s also a new task force (the REHABS) that’s brought in to bully the residents of Cadillac Heights out of their homes. Of course, this new task force has a sinister leader who you immediately can’t stand plus he also ends up killing Anne Lewis which makes him even more of an unlikable character. All of this doesn’t set well with the police department who draws a line and sides with the locals and the cyborg hero. It all comes down to an explosive shoot out between the two factions and this is where RoboCop gets to show off his cool new jet pack. RoboCop is once again put to the ultimate test but his humanity and new toys allow him to go up against this sinister new threat and help save the day.
Okay, there was a lot to like about this movie but sadly there was also a lot to dislike about it. I liked the story a lot but there was way too much cheesy dialogue that helped ruin a part of my viewing experience. It just doesn’t work! I also didn’t like the fact that the violence had been toned down so much. Another petty P.C. move by a studio and you just can’t do that to RoboCop! Something else I didn’t like was the fact that Peter Weller wasn’t able to return for this third outing and he was really missed. I was much younger when I first watched this movie on the big screen and could tell something was different about this cyborg hero. Robert John Burke took over the role and did a good job but I think so many of us had gotten used to the other guy. What helped some with this recasting situation was the fact that several characters from the previous two movies returned. Nancy Allen didn’t have a great experience in the second film but she decided to come back since her character was getting killed off this time. Moving right along and getting to the special effects, I thought it all looked good and feel the jet pack was a fantastic addition. Maybe even a little ahead of its time. Hello blue screen! I don’t think there was as much SFX in this movie and I think that also hurt it some.
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. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.
Bottom line is, RoboCop 3 got pretty cheesy when you compare it to the other two movies. Fred Dekker (Monster Squad) was brought in to helm this third entry from a story by Frank Miller who had also worked on the second movie. What happened here was the studio wanted to take a more kid friendly approach so the violence was toned down and fans were used to these RoboCop movies being extremely violent and edgy. There was also a lot of cheesy dialogue, so much so, it was nearly unbearable at times. This 1993 movie had so much potential because I liked this interesting story that included a Japanese takeover of OCP as well as these state of the art ninja cyborgs that good old RoboCop had to go up against. Even the new toys were all so cool and if they had made the movie a hard R and toned down the silliness, this third entry would have been a hit. Still, the movie is deserving of a nice home video release and Scream Factory has delivered the goods. RoboCop 3 flies 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: 105 Minutes
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0
Special Features: Good Stuff! Scream Factory has included an arsenal of all-new bonus content that includes audio commentary, interviews and several new featurettes. They’ve also imported over the trailer and some stills from previous home video releases.
- NEW Audio Commentary With Director Fred Dekker
- NEW Audio Commentary With The Makers Of “RoboDoc: The Creation Of RoboCop” Documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths And Eastwood Allen
- NEW Delta City Shuffle: The Making Of ROBOCOP 3 – Featuring Director Fred Dekker, Actors Nancy Allen, Bruce Locke, Producer Patrick Crowley, Cinematographer Gary Kibbe And Production Designer Hilda Stark (38:27)
- NEW Robo-Vision: The FX Of ROBOCOP 3 – Featuring Peter Kuran, Phil Tippett, Craig Hayes, Kevin Kutchaver And Paul Gentry (12:03)
- NEW The Corporate Ladder – An Interview With Actor Felton Perry (10:48)
- NEW Training Otomo – An Interview With Actor Bruce Locke And Martial Arts Trainer Bill Ryusaki (08:37)
- NEW War Machine – An Interview With RoboCop Gun Fabricator James Belohovek (09:17)
- Theatrical Trailer (02:02)
- Still Gallery (07:07)