1990 Sci-Fi Action Blockbuster Sequel Gets Upgrade Fans Have Been Waiting For

By Douglas Helm | Published

RoboCop is one of the best action films of all time, and it didn’t quite recreate the magic in its first sequel, RoboCop 2. That said, it’s still a solid film and an essential addition to any fan’s collection for the franchise. Now, you can get the best possible version of the film with Shout Factory’s UHD/Blu-ray Collector’s Edition.

Peter Weller Returned For RoboCop 2

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RoboCop 2 came out in 1990 and saw Irvin Kershner take over the director chair from Paul Verhoeven. Frank Miller and Walon Green wrote the screenplay, taking over for Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, who wrote the first film. Peter Weller returned as the titular cyborg officer, while the rest of the cast was rounded out by Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan, and Gabriel Damon.

The War On Drugs

RoboCop 2 was the last film in which Weller played the role and the last film Kershner directed before his passing. The film saw RoboCop operating on the streets of dystopian Detroit, where he uncovers a conspiracy involving Omni Consumer Products to take over the city. He also has to deal with a gang of drug dealers and the drug they’re spreading on the streets called Nuke.

Never Reached The Heights Of The Original

RoboCop 2 wasn’t nearly as well-received as its predecessor, and it didn’t do as well at the box office either. The sequel grossed $45 million worldwide, which was $8 million less than the original’s take of $53 million. Of course, the original was also made on a much smaller budget, so the profits were lower, too.

But that doesn’t mean RoboCop 2 isn’t worth your time. While it lacked the originality and the sharp satirical edge of the original, the film still had sleek action and solid performances. If you’re a fan of the franchise overall, it’s a decent film and worth adding to your collection.

Re-Release Features Lots Of Special Features

The Shout Factory Collector’s Edition of RoboCop 2 has plenty of special features and extras for superfans to sink their teeth into. For one, the movie is scanned in glorious 4K UHD on Disc One and compatible with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Stereo so that you can make the most of those expensive at-home theaters. Disc One also includes an audio commentary with CG supervisor Paul M. Sammon and an audio commentary with the makers of the RoboDoc: The Creation Of RoboCop Documentary.

Multiple Behind The Scenes Documentaries

Disc Two of the RoboCop 2 Collector’s Edition is the 4K Blu-Ray disc and includes additional features like Corporate Wars: The Making Of RoboCop 2, Machine Parts: The FX of RoboCop 2, and Adapting Frank Miller’s RoboCop 2, which all feature interviews with numerous cast and crew members. Fans can also get a glimpse of archival production and behind-the-scenes footage, along with some filming sequences for deleted scenes.

Everything A Fan Could Want

Overall, the RoboCop 2 Collector’s Edition seems to have everything a RoboCop fan could want. Not to mention the fact that the Shout Factory edition comes with a poster that features the original theatrical artwork. If you’re missing this sci-fi action sequel from your shelf, make sure to grab the definitive version of the film today.

Source: Shout Factory