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Robocop 3

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 101 mins . M15+ . PAL

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Paul Verhoeven is a master at producing futuristic sci-fi worlds such as those seen in Robocop, Total Recall and more recently Starship Troopers. Problem is that people try to copy him and can't capture his style at all. Even worse when someone tries to make a sequel to an unsuccessful sequel.

Robocop (Robert Burke) once again returns to save the day from a group of developers intent on evicting people from homes and land that are in the way of the long delayed Delta City. In his attempts to save these people he begins to develop feelings and instincts not yet seen in him, or have we?

We all know what the outcome will be so there's no need to continue describing the plot incase I accidently make it sound more interesting than it is.

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Almost looking like a made for tv movie, there is nothing inherent in the transfer that gives it a cinematic feel at all. I couldn't picture myself sitting in a cinema watching this and thinking it was film stock. No it's not a bad transfer, it just doesn't feel like a movie. Small budget comes up as Big obvious.

The above description can best be described as follows. The image is not all that sharp at all. Where you would expect to see fine lines and sharp corners, we get a soft and subdued look. Can someone give the camera operator an eye exam? If the director wanted to give the film a dark and murky feel he succeeded. I personally don't think it was intentional as even a dark film can have vibrant and perfectly saturated colors. Take Batman for example.

There were no mpeg artifacts to be seen which was surprising given that they stored 100 minutes onto a single layer, trailer included.

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You'd think for a movie made in 1993 that they'd be able to produce a 5.1 soundtrack. Another clue to the small budget. We are treated to a sub-standard surround experience that never reaches any wow factor at all. Maybe the imagery and plot needed to be improved for a better impact.

Dialogue is somewhat indifferent at times, and this is during a conversation. It all feels too contrived, or they didn't put enough effort into making it sound believable. Greg, I think your subwoofer would have turned itself off aswell.

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A trailer and some simply themed menus.

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These sequels could have been oh so much more, then again, leaving Robocop 1 as the lone surviving movie would have been the best option. Sometimes sequels shouldn't be made.


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