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RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop Double Disc Special Edition Review*****

Cert 15 | 358 mins | 2023

5 Star

RoboCop, an Untarnished Legend.

In 1981 the future of cinema going changed forever when ¬†Edward Neumeier (Starship Troopers, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars) and Michael Miner (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid) came up with the idea of RoboCop. With Orion and controversial director Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man, Black Book) and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, cinematic history was finally made in 1987. Now Eastwood Allen (John Mayer: Someday I’ll Fly) and Christopher Griffiths (Pennywise: The Story of It, ICON: The Robert Englund Story) bring their documentary making expertise to this genre changing blood fest. These four extensive episodes give you all the information you could have ever wanted to know about RoboCop. Plus an hour of Special Features, all courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment and Strike Media Ltd.

From its inception and its influences (Blade Runner) and advice from a friend (Stan Lee), Ed Neumeier tries to get his idea off the ground with the small idea he already has, until he meets Mike Miner, and they hit it off as a writing partnership. Next they need to find a company that will make it. With something so radical, none of the mainstream companies will touch such a way out dystopian action sci-fi tongue-in-cheek shocker. But Orion, a new splinter company, are a bit more accommodating.

Now who is going to be cast in this new-wave extravaganza, and who would fit into a very tight suit of armour?

With all hero films, there must be baddies and a mastermind, and we find out all about the Boddicker Gang, led by the thoroughly nasty ‘Clarence J. Boddicker’ (Kurtwood Smith, Broken Arrow, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) and his fellow ruffians Emil, Joe, Steve, and Leon (full credits in documentary). Dick, the man at the top of the new mega corporation OCP, who is starting to run ‘Old Detroit’ is known as ‘The Old Man’ and he has big plans for military contracts and taking over the police force, with his new project ED 209.

With this project you are going to need a lot of special effects and they get the best there are, including stop-motion filming, musical effects and visual effects, every nuance of these disciplines are explained in depth for the discerning viewer.

I’d buy that for a dollar!

For those who don’t know this blockbuster, the main character is Alex Murphy (Peter Weller, Naked Lunch, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension), a man of action with his marathon running and trumpet playing. He is the man for the job, and as a police officer he needs a partner, and that is the tough Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen, Dressed to Kill, RoboCop 3), who want to show Murphy the ropes, but it is going to be a very bad day when our duo, come across Boddicker and his gang. And that, folks, is now set in cinematic history.

Blood! I want more f#cking blood!

This is the definitive documentary for the fans of RoboCop and anyone that is into dystopian Sci-Fi futures, which seems to becoming more of a reality as we go forward in time.

Plus, who wouldn’t want to listen to Peter Weller‘s voice for four hours? From genius writing to vociferous directing to bigger explosions. Awesome.

Blu-ray Collector’s Edition Release Date: 18th December

TVOD & EST Release Date: 1st January 2024

 

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DirectorEastwood Allen, Christopher Griffiths
GenreDocumentary
StarringPaul Verhoeven, Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ray Wise, Kurtwood Smith
Available to buy on : Own RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop Double Disc Special Edition [Blu-ray] on Blu-Ray