Specs are in for MGM Home Entertainment's long-delayed Blu-ray release of 'RoboCop,' and it looks to be a case of good news/bad news for fans of the cult favorite.
As long-time readers of this site will remember, RoboCop was originally scheduled to hit Blu-ray back in the summer of 2006, only to be cancelled days before its release. Although that version of the disc never hit store shelves, early copies had already been sent out to various media outlets, and the reviews that followed were ugly to say the least (our own Peter Bracke gave that disc's transfer painfully low marks).
Over a year later, MGM is finally returning to the scene of the crime, and the good news is that specs released by the studio indicate a brand new high-def transfer for the title's October 9th Blu-ray bow. Apparently minted from a cleaned up version of the film's unrated cut, MGM says the upcoming BD-25 single-layer release will feature 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video, as well as a new DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround track.
However, in a move that's sure to frustrate fans, the set's sole bonus feature will be a theatrical trailer -- this, despite the fact that MGM released a feature-packed two-disc special edition of the film on standard DVD in late August, and even the earlier cancelled Blu-ray featured an audio commentary, a documentary and deleted scenes.
No reason was given for the dropped extras.
As always, you'll find complete disc details for 'RoboCop' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under November 9.
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- RoboCop (Blu-ray)