Director Paul Verhoeven's "ROBOCOP," is a perfect example of how far special effects technology has come in twenty years. CGI of today would definitely have been a major improvement, but the film is slick and its story, editing and tight direction, hold up quite well. Peter Weller stars as a cop, violently murdered, and then "re-animated" in part, as a robot. Throughout the film, although memory has been rebuilt and past memory erased, this "robocop" still suffers from flash-backs of the cop's previous life, leading to a confrontation wherein past wrongs are violently corrected.
SONY had pulled an earlier blu-ray version, before its release, and this was a good thing, as the earlier version was mediocre in video and audio quality. The newly available blu-ray version of "ROBOCOP" from MGM/FOX offers the "unrated" version. While not offering new scenes, the violence in pre-existing sequences has been extended, making the film already controversial for its violence, much more violent!
Verhoeven's blending of humor and violence doesn't work well and only serves to diminish the film's potential impact. However, when the director focuses in creating a tense atmosphere, "ROBOCOP" is great entertainment.
MGM/FOX has provided a 1080p/MPEG 2 transfer with the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are bold, and sometimes vibrant. While there are some signs of age, detail is generally impressive. Contrast is good, although darker scenes suffer from noise, and detail varies in quality due to these instances. Overall, it's a good transfer, but it doesn't rank up there with the best FOX blu-rays released thus far.
MGM/FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix, filled with directional and surround effects. Quieter moments still offer a lively environment filled with ambient effects. The dynamic range fails to reach the level of many superior blu-rays, especially in regards to virtually non-existent bass, but it's a fun mix all the same. Dialogue is well balanced and always intelligible and free from distortion.