Blu-ray, DVD, Digital: Robocop (2013)

Digital Release Date: May 20, 2014; Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment


Robocop (2013)“Part Man. Part Machine. All Cop,” says the tag line for the original 1987 version, but the Robocop remake doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor, according to critics.

The 2013 movie stars Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (TV’s The Killing) as loving father, husband and dedicated cop Alex Murphy, who’s critically injured on the job in corrupt Detroit. He gets a new life thanks to OmniCorp, which sees this as an opportunity to make billions. The company builds Murphy into a part-man, part-robot super cop, just the first in a fleet. But they don’t count on Alex fighting to stay human.

The critics gave the original Robocop an approval rating of 88%, but the 2013 version got only 49% love, called “cynical” and “boring” by Richard Roeper. Maybe it’s partly because the story has been watered down for a PG-13 rating, whereas the more gritty 1987 version was R.

The 2013 Robocop grossed $58 million in theaters, but the original grossed $53 million in 1987 on a third of the screens.

Robocop (2013) Blu-ray boxStill, the 2013 Robocop has a helluva fun cast and is worth a check on DVD or Blu-ray. Also among the players are: Gary Oldman (Lawless), Michael Keaton (The Other Guys), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Jackie Earle Haley (Lincoln), Jay Baruchel (This Is the End) and Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel’s The Avengers).

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo offers these special features:

  • deleted scenes
  • “OmniCorp Product Announcement”
  • “Robocop: Engineered for the 21st Century”
    • “The Illusion of Free Will: A New Vision”
    • “To Serve and Protect: Robocop’s Weapons”
    • “The Robocop Suit: Form and Function”

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.