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The B-Movie Isle: Scream Factory’s Robocop 2 & Robocop 3 (Collector’s Edition)

The B-Movie Isle/Adam takes a look at the Scream Factory releases of Robocop 2 and Robocop 3!!!

Most Consider 1987’s Robocop a modern day masterpiece of Satire.  Capitalism and Fascism reigned supreme in Paul Verhoeven’s darkly comedic film.  Many have found that the sequels based on the original were diminishing returns never again to reach those heights.  Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Release of Robocop 2 and Robocop 3 makes a case that though not the genre classics the ’87 film was, they’re worthy of reassessment.

Robocop 2 – Blu-Ray

The Film: Robocop 2 is a bloody (both figurative and literal) success but not in the way that the classic satire that is Robocop is.  In Irvin “Empire Strikes Back” Kirshner’s hands it’s a mean and nasty actioner with fewer of the dark comedic elements that made the first so powerful.  We are covering the film in great detail on the B-Movie Podcast which you can listen to all my thoughts on this undeservedly unseen and unrated sequel right here:

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The Transfer: The new 2K scan of the film is beautifully reproduced here.  The new scan actually enhances the experience of this film.  Rather than take away from the VFX work, this transfer really helps the stop motion effects show off how beautiful they are.  Kudos to Scream Factory as the transfer is the best the film’s ever looked on home video or in theaters.

The Extras: Scream Factory has gone above and beyond for this release of Robocop 2.  Here is a breakdown of all the extras included on this disc:

  • Two Audio Commentaries
  • Corporate Wars: The Making of Robocop 2 – a new Making of Documentary
  • Machine Parts: The FX of Robocop 2 – a new Making of the special effects Documentary
  • Robo-Fabricator – Interview with the Robocop armor fabricator James Belohovek
  • Adapting Frank Miller’s Robocop 2 – interview with Comic Book Writer Steven Grant
  • OCP Declassified – A collection of behind the scenes and archival production videos
  • Theatrical Trailers, Teasers, TV Spots
  • Delete Scenes Still Gallery
  • Still Galleries

The documentaries and video content alone is a little over two hours of content. For Robocop 2!  Let that seep in for a second.  Shout Factory has done an amazing job here.  There isn’t a single special feature that isn’t great.  Even a passing Robocop fan will find all the content here fascinating.

The two making of documentaries detail everything you could want to know about the making of the film.  I have said numerous times to people that Robocop 2 may be the best of what Phil Tippet had ever done in stop motion.  This documentary proves that.  Tippet is center stage and gives the best unfiltered interviews on these two featurettes.  Tippet has always been a hero of mine and here it’s bliss to hear him talk at a ground level practical “nuts and bolts” point of view of the film.

The audio commentaries though go over similar ground as the Making-Of’s but they discuss in such detail that they are both worthy of listening to.

The discussion of the Comic Book Adaptation of Robocop 2 is very interesting and is thematically similar to the way that Marvel Adapted early era Star Wars comics. It’s a fascinating interview.  As in the discussion with fabricator Belohovek who discusses in detail the creation and refinement of the armor from the original to the sequel.

One of the most fascinating features is the OCP Declassified which takes interviews, b-roll footage, behind the scenes video that was mostly shot but Paul M Sammon.  This isn’t just cobbled together but a smartly edited 46 minute featurette that gives you a look at not just interview footage at the time but some great behind the scenes looks at the day to day of a film set, FX work and deleted scenes.

Robocop 3 – Blu-Ray

The Film: Robocop 3 may be one of the ultimate B-Movies that the B-Movie Isle and Podcast will ever cover.  But we are covering the film in great detail on the B-Movie Podcast which you can listen to all my thoughts on this strange but compulsively watchable and great B-Movie right here:

Click here to go to the Episode!

The Transfer: The film is beautifully reproduced from what looks like at the very least a new remaster of an HD Transfer.  There’s nice grain structure and no real DNR present.  Color levels and black details look really nice.  Scream Factory has gone above and beyond in providing us a transfer that looks better than any other home video release of Robocop 3.

The Extras: Scream Factory has gone above and beyond for this release of Robocop 2.  Here is a breakdown of all the extras included on this disc:

  • Two Audio Commentaries
  • Delta City Shuffle: The Making of Robocop 3 – A New Making-of Documentary
  • Robo-Vision: The FX of Robocop 3 – A New Making-of the Special Effects Documentary
  • The Coporate Ladder – An Interview with Felton Perry
  • Training Otomo – An Interview with Actor Bruce Locke and trainer Bill Ryusaki
  • War Machine – An Interview with Robcop Gun making James Belohovek
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries

What could have been just a simple bare-bones release is anything but.  Scream Factory should be applauded for the time, detail and passion they’ve put into Robocop 3 and the special features.

The two making of documentaries detail everything you could want to know about the making of the film.  I would say that because of the issues that Robocop 3 faced in production and during its reception that these two documentaries are even better than the ones on Robocop 2, though I will say that Phil Tippet’s presence is limited, and as such the docs suffer for it.

The audio commentaries are great especially Fred Dekker’s commentary. He’s gives a very detailed and relaxed commentary.

The three separate interviews are fun each in their own way.  Felton Perry’s interview discusses his time on all three films and his slowly expanded role in as Johnson from.  Bruce Locke and Bill Ryusaki discussed the training involved with Locke’s lunatic role as Otomo the Robotic Ninja!  And finally… the last interview is with Robocop Gun maker James Belohovek, which he discusses what every kid wanted, Robocop’s GUN!

The Bottom Line

These are an instant purchase for those Robocop Fans.  The discs are brimming with special features that everyone has come to expect from the very best from Scream Factory releases.  Both discs are stacked with special features.  These disc make every case for you to reassess criticisms you may have laid at these two sequels.  HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONS!!!

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