To celebrate all of 35 years since audiences witnessed Alex Murphy’s fateful first day on the job at Metro West precinct, Detroit, a 4K restoration of the Director’s Cut of cult classic RoboCop will be making its way back to cinemas across the nation from May 10 in partnership with Park Circus.
The 4K restoration in question is from the original camera negative by MGM, approved by the film’s director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Starship Trooper, Hollow Man, and, most recently Benedetta). The film will screen in over 100 different cinemas across the UK and Ireland including Vue, Odeon, Picturehouse and independent cinemas nationwide whilst in the US it will be played across Alamo Drafthouse theaters and selected independent sites. Select cinemas will also be screening this reissue of the film in France, Austria and Australia.
RoboCop was directed by Verhoeven, from a script written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner with Neumeier originally conceiving the story whilst working on the set of Blade Runner. The film was a runaway success in all senses of the word, nominated for two Academy Awards® in 1988 and took home the Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects in Editing as well as receiving nominations for two BAFTA Awards for Best Make-up Artist and Best Special Effects – the latter no surprise given that the special make-up effects magician Rob Bottin (The Thing, The Howling, Total Recall, Se7en, Mimic, and so many more) led the special-effects team in creating practical effects, violent gore, and the RoboCop costume itself.
In this classic sci-fi action-adventure, when a good cop (Peter Weller) gets blown away by ruthless criminals, innovative doctors are able to piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called “Robocop.” Equipped with high-tech weaponry, Robocop quickly cleans up the crime-ridden streets of Detroit. But despite his new, hardened exterior, Robocop relives vivid nightmares of his own death at the hands of vicious killers. Now he seeks more than justice…he seeks revenge!
RoboCop will be blasting its way back into cinemas from Friday, 20th May. Until then, we’ll leave you with the brand new 35th-anniversary trailer just to remind you exactly why the firm remains such a cult favorite to this day.
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