Which Robocop Should I Own?

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  1. Dean Kousoulas

    Dean Kousoulas Second Unit

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    There is currently 3 versions of Robocop available to my knowledge.

    1. Orion Pictures (I currently own)
    2. Criterion Collection
    3. MGM

    I am looking for the release that offers the best picture and sound. I rented the Criterion version a while ago, and If I remember correctly, it only a had Dolby Surround track. I think MGM has a Dolby Digital track. Orion is in stereo with an average picture. I know the Criterion version is rare and hard to find, which means I'll be spending more then usual to buy it.

    Which version should I buy/stay with?
     
  2. David Brashear

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    The Criterion version is uncut and properly framed.
     
  3. Evan S

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    You can find the CC around for reasonable prices. I just bought it used from a member on this board for $37 and he wasn't the only one selling it.

    I wanted the CC for the uncut version. I have read the sound and picture are inferior to the MGM version however.
     
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    Go for the Criterion Disc, it is fantastic
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  6. Chris Bardon

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    Wasn't there going to be another uncut release of this at some point? Given recent trends in movies, wouldn't the NC-17 Robocop cut get an R these days anyhow? I haven't seen it in a while though, so can't say for sure. I know that I'm not paying for an oop Criterion though-those things is pricey...
     
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    I think the 5.1 remix on the MGM disc is inferior to the original 2.0 on the Criterion. The original 2.0 has a lowend punch that is gone on the remix...
     
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    MGM europe have recently released a great new version of Robocop. 5.1 sound, anamorphic picture, new documentary, deleted scenes (other than the ones cut to avoid X rating), both theatrical and uncut versions of the movie, commentary track.

    Only fault is that it is framed at 1.85:1 and not at 1.66:1, and that is on a single disk.

    It will probably be released in R1 as well, so I would wait for that one, if I were you, especially since you already have the image version (Orion went bankrupt before DVD arrived).
     
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    Hey, which is the real one 1.66 or 1.85?
     
  10. Richard Waller

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    The Internet Movie Database says 1.66:1 (negative ratio) and 1.85:1 (intended ratio).
     
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    If you like extra gratuitous violence, definitely go with the CC!
     
  14. Sean Patrick

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    if you have a large 16:9 tv the Criterion might be unwatchable to your eyes. I have a 38" 16:9 which isn't even all that big and i found the Criterion dvd to have sub-laserdisc picture-quality.

    on smaller tv's like 27" and under, the Criterion is probably the way to go because it's uncut.
     
  15. Stephen Fagan

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    I saw a pretty good run-down in the message board at DVDReview:
     
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    I still have the Criterion LD. Goooood sound.
     
  17. Dean Kousoulas

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    Special edition MGM late 2002? Maybe I'll wait for that. Thanks for your help guys...

    Dean
     
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    But will the R1 SE use truly seamless branching?
    The R2/4 doesn't with the result that there are a number of layer-change-like pauses in the extended cut. This is what's been holding me back from the R4 release.
     

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