Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blu-ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition)

RoboCop 2 does a fine job of following up its predecessor. It has just the right amount of campiness to offset its high body count. The stop-motion work and practical effects and makeup are a pleasure to look at and a wonderful reminder of the days before CGI. While RoboCop 2 isn't quite as good as the first film, it comes close enough thanks to hammy villains and other hilarious baddies. A little league baseball coach using his team to rob a store come to mind right away.

When Detroit's descent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called "Nuke," only RoboCop (Peter Weller) 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 (Tom Noonan) 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 our hero has – maybe even his life – to save Detroit from complete and utter anarchy in RoboCop 2.

RoboCop 2 is rated R for violence and gore, profanity, drug use, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. One example of the sort of content to expect is there's a foul-mouthed child is a foul- mouthed dealing drugs and lugging around a gun throughout much of the movie. There's no nudity, but a quick scene of intimacy between two people.

Bonus material for RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition) include a 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 GΓΆrg, Executive Producer Patrick Crowley, and more; and 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.

We also get the new Robo-Fabricator – an interview with RoboCop armor fabricator James Belohovek; new Adapting Frank Miller's RoboCop 2 – an interview with Comic Book Writer Steven Grant; 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 some deleted scenes; theatrical trailer; teaser trailers; TV spots; deleted scenes still gallery; and still galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and lobby cards).

RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition) hit Blu-ray on March 21st, 2017. It was directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again). The cast includes Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, and Angie Bolling. The running time is 117 minutes.

RoboCop 2 ( Collector's Edition) is available now Blu-ray.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 and a half stars.

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