To mark the 35th anniversary of Alex Murphy’s fateful first day at Detroit’s Metro West police station, a 4K restoration of the director’s cut of cult classic RoboCop has blasted its way back onto the big screen around the world 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 is currently screening in over 100 different cinemas across the UK and Ireland including Vue, Odeon, Picturehouse and independent cinemas nationwide. It will also be played across Alamo Drafthouse theaters and selected independent sites in the US with select cinemas also 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!
Excited for such a cult classic to be back in cinemas around the world, Howard Gorman and Ashley Northey sat down with Nancy Allen (Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Poltergeist III, The Philadelphia Experiment) to reminisce about the much-loved film as she revealed why she thinks it has stood the test of time so well, how there was a fantastic script for a sequel that sadly never came to fruition, and why the two sequels that did get produced were destined to never live up to the brilliance of the original film.
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