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Old 06-04-2014, 07:30 PM
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E has reviewed 'RoboCop (2014).' He says this remake/reboot is sleeker and more stylish, with updated visuals, but there's a spark of humor missing. With excellent video and audio, along with a handful of extras, this Blu-ray is well worth a look.

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http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/11908/robocop2014.html
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We watched it a while ago and we liked it. My wife is a fan of the original; I only watched 20 minutes of that version.
Good review that covers all important points. Even if you are a hardcore Robocop 1987 fan don't hesitate and give this a try.
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I just knew that these words would be said:

"For the most part, 'RoboCop (2014)' is a completely unnecessary,"

Unnecessary?

What kind of criteria for judging film is that? I understand if this was
Schindler's List or All the President's Men that there are movies that
are needed to be made. They are telling a necessary story for society
to put down in celluloid. Yes, you're right. Robocop 2014 is not
necessary. It's not Schindler's List.

But was Robocop 1987 necessary? Who first watched Robocop 1987
and walked out of the theater thanking the Hollywood Gods that this
"necessary" film was made? If the original can't pass this test, why
does the remake need to fulfill this criteria?

Does the remake explore themes that the original skips or only
glosses over?
Yes.

Are the themes of the original still relevant today, still notable for a
new generation to discover?
Yes.

Is this a reboot within 10 years to keep theatrical rights and is a
money grab to prolong intellectual property ownership?
No.

There are plenty of other questions to ask or criteria to judge why a
film should be made. But if "necessity" is a criteria, then 99% of all
films are unnecessary.
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Unnecessary would be the umpteen remakes of Carrie.
Robocop, although not R-Rated does not mean it is junk. The grading system has changed quite a bit - Many R-Rated titles back then are now considered PG-13. An action film that keeps you interested, and try to ignore the fact it is a "remake" - might be worth more than a look.

I realize the remaster is considered unrated because the MPAA censors decided to give it an X rating back then.
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Robocop 1987 is a cult classic that happens to be very violent.
The violence was a device used by the director Verhoeven in
telling his story.

However, the violence in and of itself is NOT the core story of
Robocop.

As long as the remake didn't change the violence gauge to a
Saturday morning cartoon level (and it didn't), it can
legitimately tell (and it does) the Robocop story with less gore.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:23 PM
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I enjoyed the remake and I can put aside that it doesn't have to be like the original. I can appreciate it if it was a reboot and whatnot.
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I liked Jay Baruchel as Michael Keaton's evil marketing guy.

And Michael Keaton was "deliciously scheming." His "let's go with black" line
gave me a wicked smile. I know that's closer to Christian Bale's Batman line,
but I can't help imagine Keaton's Batman saying that.

In the deleted scenes was another Michael Keaton gem.
(feels weird to use a spoiler tag on a deleted scene, but you should enjoy
the punchline)
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It's from My Life.
The my dad and handshakes line, that's pure gold.
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E, late review due to Fox distributing this MGM film?

I like to make sure my Fox F-bombs are justified.
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"The overall package is at the very least worth a look."

Bottomline says Give It A Rent. Did you mean to select Worth A Look?

Or is this similar the confusion of a technical glitch accidentally deleting
the Must Own rating?
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:26 AM
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This movie is worth it just to see Sam Jackson LOL - I loved his segments
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