Which version of Robocop to get?

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  1. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

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    I just watched Robocop for the first time the other night - I rented the Criterion version.

    Is this cut of the film better than the theatrical cut? I'm asking because I would like to buy just one version of the film. The current MGM theatrical release is the best video quality out there and I can pick it up cheap; however, I have reason to believe late this Spring MGM will be releasing the same Criterion, longer version. Maybe I'm better off waiting for it? Are the extra scenes of the longer cut just gore?
     
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    As I recall, the shot of the man lying on the table being riddled with bullets by ED209 is the only shot that had to be eliminated to attain the R rating. If MGM is releasing the longer cut with commentary, anamorphic video and 5.1 audio soon (I have not heard this) then I would wait for it.
     
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    I also noticed the scene where Murphy is shot by Boddicker and his henchmen is also a little bit more extreme in the Criterion edition.
    Here's what IMDB has to say about the differences:
    http://us.imdb.com/AlternateVersions?0093870
     
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    The R2 MGM version has seamless branching to allow you to watch either the theatrical or unrated versions so you have the choice.

    I presume this will be out on R1 later this year, in the UK we got the original Terminator about 6 months before the US and both titles are from MGM.

    The only issue is MGM use a 1.85 anamorphic picture when the Criterion is a director approved ratio 1.66 non-anamorphic. Not sure if it was filmed open matte or if the MGM is zoomed in slightly so you lose some of the top & bottom of the picture
     
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    The R-rated version is fine, but personally, I prefer the director's cut, because the extra gore is so over-the-top that it's more in keeping with the satirical tone of the film. I've had the Criterion version for a while, but I may pick up the new MGM SE when it comes out for the better transfer, and especially if they have both cuts. The current MGM disc is cheap, though, and probably worth it. I've heard the video/audio quality is far superior to the Criterion version. So, whatever you think. [​IMG]
     
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    Bryan,

    Forgot to mention that in the UK we have to buy a boxset of all 3 Robocop films (2 & 3 are just the plain film).

    They are not releasing just Robocop as a standalone SE. Although given my luck this will come out next month after I have bought it.

    Price is GBP 33 although I got an online price of GBP 26 (approx USD 40)

    Malcolm
     
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    Yeah, I probably just wait to see what the new MGM has exactly. Having both versions like R2 would be nice.

    What was Robocop framed at in the theaters: 1:85 or 1:66? Or something else?
     
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