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RoboCop: Arrow Video Limited Edition with 3 Cuts

Paul Verhoeven's Classic on Blu-ray with Theatrical , Director's & TV Cut

We already have a report on RoboCop's fate in cinemas back in the day. As is well known, the film originally had to suffer from censorship for an R-rating in US cinemas and thus worldwide, although the following Unrated Director's Cut has been widespread since Laserdisc times.

At the beginning of 2014, MGM released a new 4K transfer on Blu-ray for the first time, and the British label Arrow Video has now taken the matter into its hands once again. On November 25, 2019, two new Blu-ray collector's editions will be released in the UK as well as in the US. In addition to an explicitly called "Limited Edition" version in a slipcase (with exclusive postcards and posters), a steelbook with the familiar original poster motif is also available. The other features (including a slightly slimmed down booklet) are identical and the steelbook is likely to be limited in the end, Amazon currently describes the article like that.

While the previous MGM Blu-ray "only" had the Director's Cut on board, the theatrical version of the 4K transfer, which comes with some alternate material, will now also be available on the second disc. A special treat is the US TV version, in which swear words and any violent peaks were worked on extensively and also creatively by partly using completely alternate takes. This version is only available in SD, but as a further feature one has received the TV-exclusive material for posterity from two HD sources.

In the listed bonus material, some hours of newly produced goodies have been added. It should also be emphasized that in contrast to the old Blu-ray, which only comes with 5.1 upmixes, the original stereo soundtrack preferred by purists is also available here.

STEELBOOK & LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative by MGM, transferred in 2013 and approved by director Paul Verhoeven
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
  • Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut of the film on two High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ discs
  • Original lossless stereo and four-channel mixes plus DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound option on both cuts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
  • Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Omar Ahmed, Christopher Griffiths and Henry Blyth, a 1987 Fangoria interview with Rob Bottin, and archive publicity materials (some contents exclusive to Limited Edition)
  • Six collector’s postcards (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • Double-sided, fold-out poster (Limited Edition exclusive)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork (Limited Edition exclusive)

DISC ONE – DIRECTOR’S CUT

  • Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for the Theatrical Cut and re-edited in 2014 for the Director’s Cut)
  • New commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
  • New commentary by fans Christopher Griffiths, Gary Smart and Eastwood Allen
  • The Future of Law Enforcement: Creating RoboCop, a newly filmed interview with co-writer Michael Miner
  • RoboTalk, a newly filmed conversation between co-writer Ed Neumeier and filmmakers David Birke (writer of Elle) and Nick McCarthy (director of Orion Pictures’ The Prodigy)
  • Truth of Character, a newly filmed interview with star Nancy Allen on her role as Lewis
  • Casting Old Detroit, a newly filmed interview with casting director Julie Selzer on how the film’s ensemble cast was assembled
  • Connecting the Shots, a newly filmed interview with second unit director and frequent Verhoeven collaborator Mark Goldblatt
  • Composing RoboCop, a new tribute to composer Basil Poledouris featuring film music experts Jeff Bond, Lukas Kendall, Daniel Schweiger and Robert Townson
  • RoboProps, a newly filmed tour of super-fan Julien Dumont’s collection of original props and memorabilia
  • 2012 Q&A with the Filmmakers, a panel discussion featuring Verhoeven, Davison, Neumeier, Miner, Allen, star Peter Weller and animator Phil Tippett
  • RoboCop: Creating a Legend, Villains of Old Detroit and Special Effects: Then & Now, three archive featurettes from 2007 featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Paul Verhoeven Easter Egg
  • Four deleted scenes
  • The Boardroom: Storyboard with Commentary by Phil Tippett
  • Director’s Cut Production Footage, raw dailies from the filming of the unrated gore scenes
  • Two theatrical trailers and three TV spots
  • Extensive image galleries

DISC TWO – THEATRICAL CUT

  • Archive commentary by director Paul Verhoeven, executive producer Jon Davison and co-writer Ed Neumeier (originally recorded for Theatrical version of the film)
  • Two Isolated Score tracks (Composer’s Original Mix and Final Theatrical Mix) in lossless stereo
  • Edited-for-television version of the film, featuring alternate dubs, takes and edits of several scenes (95 mins, SD only)
  • Split screen comparison of Theatrical and Director’s Cuts
  • Robocop: Edited For Television, a compilation of alternate scenes from two edited-for-television versions, newly transferred in HD from recently-unearthed 35mm elements

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Release: Aug 31, 2019 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Mike Lowrey

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