That first flick -- that hyper-violent satire on American culture and crime -- blasted its way into our collective consciousness and very quickly became a part of pop culture worldwide. Just like Alex Murphy found new life, the franchise has toiled on and on and on -- mostly to the delight of fans, though there have been some grimaces, too: to date, there have been two theatrical sequels, a television series, an animated series, a televised miniseries, and a big screen reboot. Think what you will, creep, but this peacemaker refuses to retire.
Alas, the 1994 TV series never quite achieved breakout status. Honestly, I couldn't even tell you where it aired in the U.S., though I suspect it was probably a syndicated program. While I've seen an episode of two that have been uploaded to YouTube.com, I wasn't all that enamored with the property: the violence was (obviously) heavily toned down to make it palatable for broadcast, and -- for all intents and purposes -- it kinda/sorta ignored any existing RoboCop mythology largely in favor of being its own entity. (There's nothing wrong with that, and I'm offering it only as an observation.) In any event, it came and went in a single season. A subsequent home video release has grown exceedingly rare and correspondingly expensive: those of us who'd rather enjoy a show on DVD aren't all that interested in selling a kidney to purchase a complete unblemished set ... and now we won't have to.
Yesterday, I noticed on Bluray.com a posting for RoboCop: The Series. The announcement confirmed that Liberation Hall (an outlet I'm entirely unfamiliar with) was prepping an all-new collection for the retail market this May, 2022. There are even a few extras promised, so I'm going to do the good thing and copy and paste below for interested readers. I've done a scan of the Information Superhighway, and I do not see it up for pre-order yet ... so hold your horses. You can sign up for a pre-order alert from Bluray.com, though, so if that's your desire then make it happen.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!
Description: Cyberpunk TV series based on the RoboCop franchise made to appeal primarily to a younger demographic. It lacks the graphic violence of the original RoboCop films.
The TV series ignores the events of the sequels and many character names are changed from the movie series. The RoboCop character has several non-lethal alternatives to killing criminals, which ensures that certain villains can be recurring. The OCP Chairman and his corporation are treated simply as naïve and ignorant, in contrast to their malicious and immoral behavior from the second film onward.
Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEWLY REMASTERED
- Behind The Scenes Featurette
- Toy Commercial
- Photo Gallery
- Cast Profiles (Richard Eden, Lisa Madigan, Andrea Roth, Sarah Campbell, & David Gardner)
- From Cinema to the Small Screen
- The Future of Law Enforcement: The History of RoboCop
- Fun Facts & Info
- Put Down Your Weapon: The Auto 9 Gun
- The Car
- The Suit