Monday, April 10, 2017

Blu-ray Review: RoboCop 3 (Collector's Edition)

Robocop 3 might have come out in 1993, but it is definitely rooted firmly in mid-80's filmmaking and the spirit of the decade. While not as graphically violent and gory as its two predecessors, there's still much to enjoy here, as can be seen here in Scream Factory's RoboCop 3 (Collector's Edition). All the stops are pulled out as our cyborg hero battles ninja robots and straps on a jet pack to fight against evil from above.

The ruthless corporation that runs Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes to clear space for a profitable new real estate project in RoboCop 3, RoboCop (Robert John Burke) 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!

Elements of campiness are present, but not as much as we saw in the other two films. We don't get the same social commentary and lampooning as we did in those classics. However, there are a few great moments of action and dialogue that had me snickering in glee.

Robocop 3 is rated PG-13 for violence and gore, profanity, adult situations, smoking / drinking / drug use, and frightening and intense scenes. To keep the movie from getting an R rating, filmmakers toned down the graphic violence onscreen quite a bit. Obviously, they were trying to widen the appeal of the franchise to a younger crowd and create a toy market.

The bonus material for RoboCop 3 (Collector's Edition) in clude new audio commentary with Director Fred Dekker and new audio commentary with the makers of RoboDoc: The Creation Of RoboCop documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen. Featurettes include 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; new Robo-Vision: The FX Of RoboCop 3 – featuring Peter Kuran, Phil Tippett, Craig Hayes, Kevin Kutchaver and Paul Gentry; new The Corporate Ladder – An Interview with Actor Felton Perry; new Training Otomo – An Interview with Actor Bruce Locke and Martial Arts Trainer Bill Ryusaki; and new War Machine – An Interview with RoboCop Gun Fabricator James Belohovek. We also get a theatrical trailer and still gallery.

RoboCop 3 (Collector's Edition) hit Blu-ray on March 21st, 2017. It was directed by Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, Night of the Creeps). The cast includes Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Rip Torn, CCH Pounder, Remy Ryan, and Jill Hennessy. The running time is 105 minutes.

RoboCop 3 ( Collector's Edition) is available now Blu-ray.

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