Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Robocop 3 – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Robocop 3 (1993)
1992 was supposed to see the release of Robocop 3 but Orion Pictures were heading into bankruptcy and were struggling to pay their bills so many films, including Robocop 3, had to sit on the shelve for over a year till they paid their debts. So in late 1993 in the USA it got pushed out with little advertising and we in the UK didn’t see it till June of 1994. So, by then the film was already two years old and with the cut down violence it failed to make any impression on the public, including the hardcore fans.
The director of Monster Squad and Night of The Creeps took on the role of director and rewrote Frank Miller’s script to make it more family friendly. There are a lot of similarities to Miller’s version but the tone is totally lost in translation.
With Peter Weller not reprising the role of Murphy/Robocop, the low budget and family friendly rating, things weren’t looking good. Did you see the film? Was it as bad as you remember or do you have a soft spot for it?
Let’s find out!