Made in America

Inside OCP’s boardroom, an unnamed employee sits in on a meeting discussing ways to improve RoboCop from a PR standpoint. She says that RoboCop should be, “a role model for children,” a small bit of satire merging with truth – RoboCop 2 followed an animated TV series and toy line. Much of the movie follows suit, even with the violence.

If there’s greatness in RoboCop 2 (and “greatness” here is defined as matching up to the first movie), it’s fleeting. A shot of OCP’s CEO pans his desk, with a picture not of family or friends, but two smiling people – himself and Ronald Reagan, side-by-side. News Break, expository dumps mixed with gags masquerading as an evening broadcast, hold a few memorable moments. RoboCop 2 also glances the Japanese influence on American business (becoming a flash point in RoboCop 3), a real world fear during the era.

RoboCop 2 dresses entirely in action movie clothing

There’s the designer drug Nuke too, a hyper-addictive narcotic that plays on the Reagan era drug war fears, and a villain – Cain (Tom Noonan) – who builds an entire cult around the substance. A bold choice involves a kid, barely a teenager, wrapped up in the mix to show how the drug trade inevitably trickles down into the community.

While the entire series falls under the “action” moniker (with sci-fi elements), the first RoboCop became a heady, layered masterpiece. RoboCop 2 dresses entirely in action movie clothing, and by the end, the script finds ways to force characters into the story so they’re not merely sitting on sidelines, watching dueling stop motion robots fight. Nancy Allen is especially relegated to a nothing role, barely even serving as moral support. In the finale, she holds a can of Nuke as a distraction, the most important thing she’ll do before being discarded.

The rest feels cheaper, with a score and aesthetic better fit for a TV series. Discussions of RoboCop’s humanity and his former home life disappear before the second act is over. However, the political and PR speak isn’t lost as this sequel’s primary satire, even if this too becomes forced.


A generous 4K master preserves RoboCop 2 accurately, with a thin veneer of grain easily resolved by the encode. This allows the sharpness to excel, and detail to pop. Definition finds facial definition galore, and environments resolve easily.

Dolby Vision brings a spark to the color, especially in regards to RoboCop’s suit, now a more notable blue, with purple fringe. Flesh tones rest on an accurate hue with a slight warmth. Saturation delivers a proper level of vividness without overstepping, from the red Nuke capsules to various computer lights in Robo’s holding cell.

Reflections from RoboCop’s metallic suit show gains in brightness and intensity. It’s not excessive or too intense, but right at the line where improvement is notable. Black levels sink to a rich, dense level, keeping RoboCop 2 flush with dimension.


Shout includes three audio mixes, and it’s a fantastic selection that includes the 5.1 mix, but also MGM stereo and Laserdisc stereo tracks, all in DTS-HD. The 5.1 mix favors the stereos the same as the others. OCP’s building carries a notable echo from footsteps and voices that bounce from the marble walls. Surrounds make themselves apparent during shoot-outs, but otherwise stay mostly silent.

A few explosions set off the subwoofer, if to a limited degree. Robo 2’s gun has some pop too. It’s enough to make the rumble noticeable, if limited by age.


On the 4K disc, a commentary with CG supervisor Paul M. Sammon, with a second track from the makers of the superlative documentary RoboDoc. The Blu-ray also uses the new 4K master, includes the same commentaries, and adds general fetaurettes and making-of material.

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RoboCop 2 lacks the heady satirical vibes of the original, and plays to the franchise’s popularity rather than its commentary.

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