Of all the iconic and fantastic action movies of the 80s, few were as iconic as Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop in 1987. A brilliant mix of satire, comedy, action, sci-fi and horror, Robocop gave us something that we had never seen before. So it was inevitable that we would not see the adventures of the tin can cop end after one film. The 90s brought us two sequels, both very different from the original film, but both very entertaining and unique in their own rights. Both films are getting the Collector’s Edition treatment from Scream Factory and man, these are the editions of your robotic dreams!
Robocop 2 follows Office Murphy, known now as Robocop, through the streets of future Detroit as a new designer drug, Nuke, throws the city into a downward spiral of chaos. Now Robocop must not only face a new foe in Nuke’s psychotic designer but a new corporation profiting off the destruction of the city.
Robocop 3 finds Robocop going rogue and joining a renegade band of freedom fighters struggling to take back Detroit from a greedy corporation kicking people out of their homes to make room for a profitable new real estate project. Now Robocop must face a deadly new android as well as a dangerous gang of thugs with a new arsenal of weaponry that may or may not help him save his beloved city once again.
Robocop 2 and 3 are very different films but both have a much grittier, more over the top b-movie edge to them than the original had. They are loaded with interesting characters and situations for Robocop to encounter. Robocop 2 is helmed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back) and Robocop 3 is directed by genre favorite Fred Dekker (Monster Squad, Night of the Creeps) with Robocop being reprised by Peter Weller in Robocop 2 and by Robert John Burke in Robocop 3. While Weller really did define the role Burke actually does a pretty admirable job of filling the large steel boots. There is tons of action to be found in both movies, much more humor and killer supporting and returning casts including Nancy Allen, John Glover, and Tom Noonan in Robocop 2 and Rip Torn, Mako and CCH Pounder in Robocop 3. Not to mention geek favorite Frank Miller wrote the stories and co-wrote the screenplays for both films. For Robocop fans there is definitely lots of love in these cult sequels.
Scream Factory has managed to bless us with a couple of incredible Collector’s Editions for both films as well. Robocop 2 features a new 2K scan of the film, 2 new audio commentaries, a new making of doc, a new doc on the special effects, a new doc on the making of Robocop’s iconic armor, and segments on Frank Miller and a wicked collection of archival materials.
Robocop 3 features 2 new audio commentaries, a new making of documentary, a new doc on the effects of the film, and 3 new interview segments on various aspects of the making of the film.
These are absolutely killer Collector’s Editions and are must owns for fans of the franchise. Very highly recommended.