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RoboCop Blu-ray

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Remastered | Director's Cut Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1987 | 103 min | Unrated | Jan 05, 2014

RoboCop (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.19 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: DTS 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
German: DTS 5.1
Italian: DTS 5.1
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English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, Danish… (more)

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Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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RoboCop

 (1987)

RoboCop Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

In the not-too-distant future, a newly transfered Detroit police officer is remade into an indestructible cybernetic cop after being dismembered by a gang of thugs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as RoboCop he is programmed to serve and protect the citizens of Detroit and eliminate the rampant crime in the city streets so that a massive city-wide reconstruction project can get under way. But once he has completed his task, he sets his sights on the corruption inside Security Concepts - the corporation that created him.

For more about RoboCop and the RoboCop Blu-ray release, see RoboCop Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Dan O'Herlihy, Miguel Ferrer
Director: Paul Verhoeven (I)

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RoboCop Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

MGM previously released RoboCop on Blu-ray in 2007 in a bare-bones presentation that has frequently been criticized, though not always for the right reason. Cinematographer Jost Vacano, a frequent Verhoeven creative partner, made the most of the film's low budget and practical sets, but RoboCop is and always will be a grainy film from the analog era, its effects created either in camera or through optical superimposition, and its TV interludes reflecting an NTSC aesthetic. Expectations have been high ever since the announcement that MGM was remastering the film for Blu-ray, starting with a 4K scan of the original camera negative.

But 4K scans are not a magic bullet (despite Sony's attempt to build a marketing campaign around the name). 4K is just a number. The result on your screen depends on numerous other factors, including the condition of what's being scanned and the skill of the particular facility chosen to scan the material. And the scan itself is only the beginning. The process of color correction and cleanup must be performed by a skilled colorist overseen by someone knowledgeable about the film (usually a studio executive in charge of asset preservation). The final product must be downconverted to Blu-ray resolution, then compressed and authored. Judgment calls made at any or all of these stages can affect what reaches your display, for good or ill.

Fortunately, in the case of the remastered RoboCop, the right calls seem to have been made, though I doubt the results will satisfy everyone. The TV broadcast segments are still the pre-HD low resolution image that they always have been, because that's how they were shot. The film's grainy texture remains visible. If you are the kind of viewer who objects to grain in your Blu-ray image, you may be disappointed to find that there's even more of it in the remastered RoboCop— but that's because there's so much more picture information. The new scan has picked up a wealth of fine detail in hair, skin textures, backgrounds, the elaborate RoboCop suit designed by Rob Bottin, and virtually every aspect of William Sandell's distinctive production design. For the five main screenshots accompanying this review (and several of the extra shots), I have tried to capture frames from the some of the same scenes featured in the review of the 2007 release. Open them at full resolution in side-by-side browser windows for an idea of the difference between the two discs.

That same comparison will demonstrate another feature of the remaster, which is a warmer and more saturated color palette. The effect is to bring out fleshtones and heighten the contrast between the messier human world of the streets and the cooler, detached environs of OCP's labs and executive suites. Lacking any definitive reference, I can't say which version is more accurate, but to my eye the remastered disc is more appealing. Blacks and contrast levels are also appropriately set, which is especially important for the critical scenes at the abandoned factory where first Murphy and then later his RoboCop alter ego confront Boddicker and his gang.

The average bitrate of 27.19 Mbps is adequate for such demanding material. Here and there, I thought I spotted a few instances of compression-related noise, but they were minor and fleeting. Overall, this is a superb rendition of RoboCop in its original form, although anyone expecting a magical transformation into a contemporary work of grainless HD video will be disappointed.


RoboCop Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

RoboCop's wide release was in Dolby Surround, with a limited number of prints in a 70mm blow-up with six-track sound. The 2007 Blu-ray release offered both a lossless 5.1 remix and a lossy 4.0 track that was presumably intended to replicate the four elements of a Dolby Surround mix (left, right, center, surround). The remastered Blu-ray features only the 5.1 remix in lossless DTS-HD MA.

As noted in the review of the earlier release, RoboCop's soundtrack doesn't have the extreme highs or the intense lows available in even the average mixing suite today, but it's still a lively and satisfying experience. The sound mix was nominated for an Oscar, and the sound editors, Stephen Hunter Flick and John Pospisil, won a special achievement Oscar for their clever construction of the various effects, including RoboCop's distinctive step, the whirring and chattering of his internal dynamics and the clanking mechanics of ED-209's tank-like movements. The surrounds are used sparingly but to great effect, and the score by Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian) is so distinctive that it doesn't sound quite like anything else.


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