Robocop: Amazon Streaming Rare X-Rated Original Cut
If you know you know anything about action film history than you’re probably familiar with Robocop ‘s infamous battle with the censors at the MPAA, as director Paul Verhoeven had to cut the film over ten times before Robocop could pass the MPAA standards enough to be given an “R” rating. Well, if you’ve ever been curious to see what Verheoven’s “X-rated” (aka NC-17) version of Robocop looked like, now is the time, because Amazon Prime is currently streaming it.
At the moment, it’s unclear if this X-rated version of Robocop is what Amazon intended to offer viewers; there is no clear labeling of the film as being an “Unrated” or “X-Rated” or “Director’s” cut of the film. And yet it didn’t take long for film fans to notice the difference, and take to Reddit to let the change be known.
If you want to know the differences between the “R-Rated” version of Robocop and the “X-Rated” version, Reddit users and Movie Censorship Report have helped out with that, too. You can read some of the main changes below, or click to the link to MCR to see the side-by-side image comparison:
“The MPAA especially did not approve of the gory presentation of the prototype ED-209 and Murphys execution. the bloodiest shots were cut out of the first scene and a lot of alternative footage was used in the other – only the DC shows Murphy loosing an arm in the gunfire. On top of that, alternative footage has been used for the car chase at the beginning as well as in the finale.
The censorship of the ED-209 scene torpedoes Verhoevens initial intention. The scene was deliberately planned as comically exaggerated to get some laughs out of the audience with the “Somebody want to call a paramedic?” line – the dark humor is watered down in the edited version, as Verhoeven criticizes himself in the audio commentary. During Murphys execution an interesting dolly camera pan was cut along with the gory head shot where an elaborate Peter Weller dummy designed by SFX expert Rob Bottin had been used.”
Robocop occupies a similarly strange place as Gremlins , in helping to shape the modern film rating system we now know and love. Gremlins ‘ mix of comedy and monster horror strained the limits of “PG” while not going far enough for “R”, resulting in “PG-13” being born. Robocop ‘s struggle to fit the limits of “R” ratings in the late ’80s basically helped define the limits of what the action genre can or can not get away with. If for no other reason than that, getting to see the original “X-rated” cut of the film isn’t just an indulgence: it’s a significant piece of cinematic history.
Meanwhile, District 9 director Neil Blomkamp is working on a sequel to the original Robocop , titled Robocop Returns . For more information on that, go HERE .
Catch Robocop (the X-Rated version) now streaming on Aamzon Prime.
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Netflix Movies So Bad They’re Good
“It was so bad that I texted my friend and made her watch it with me.” We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about a Netflix movie that is soooo bad, it’s actually good. And their responses prove that a movie doesn’t always have to win awards to win your heart: 1. So Undercover (2012) Netflix Miley Cyrus is a private investigator who gets hired by the FBI to go undercover in a sorority. And, of course, there’s a cheesy romance along the way.
2. Deep Blue Sea (1999) Warner Bros. / Via Netflix This movie is my all time favorite bad movie. Everything about this movie is just amazing. Samuel L. Jackson’s ICONIC speech only to be cut short by that fucking shark. Biting off Stellan Skarsgård’s arm only to drag him underwater. L.L. Cool J’s breaking out of an oven only to blow up the shark attacking him. The best.
3. Barely Lethal (2015) Netflix It stars Hailee Steinfeld as an assassin who wants to be a normal teenager in high school. Sounds super lame, but because the character does all her research on being a high schooler from every famous teen movie it completely plays into those tropes while being self aware that it’s doing it.
4. Emo the Musical (2016) Netflix My roommate and I put this on after a long night of studying and it was incredibly entertaining. Super catchy soundtrack too!
5. Life After Beth (2014) A24 / Via Netflix It’s about a guy whose girlfriend comes back from the dead as a zombie. It’s absolutely awful, but soooo good.
6. Makkhi (2012) Netflix It’s a Bollywood film about a man who’s murdered and comes back to life as a fly with a taste for violent revenge. It ends in a music video where the fly breakdances.
7. Chalk It Up (2016) Netflix It’s a gymnastics movie with really bad acting. Yet, for some reason I’ve watched it multiple times…
—Anna Douglass, Facebook
8. Christian Mingle (2014) Capitol Christian Distribution / Via Netflix Romance, exaggerated dating profiles, and my queen Gretchen Weiners in a cheesy film about finding love and trying to get your religious boyfriend’s parents to not see through your shit.
9. Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama (2014) Ketchup Entertainment / Via Netflix I watched it with my brother and we’d have to pause it because we were bent over laughing. It’s honestly difficult to comprehend how bad it is. Watch it. It’s amazing.
10. Yoga Hosers (2016) Invincible Pictures / Via Netflix It’s a spin-off of Kevin Smith’s horror film Tusk .
11. Locked Up (2017) Netflix It was so bad that I texted my friend and made her watch it with me. We laughed all the way through.
12. Chalet Girl (2011) Netflix The storyline isn’t good and it’s pretty unrealistic but it stars Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick and a bunch of very reputable actors. It’s fun to watch.
13. #REALITYHIGH (2017) Netflix It had the typical nerdy girl who suddenly becomes popular and loses her old friends and hangs out with the cool kids… then gets with cool boy, then cool girls ruin her life, but the cool guy likes her for her.
14. The Bad Batch (2016) Neon / Via Netflix I saw that it has Jason Momoa and who’s gonna deny the opportunity to watch that tall glass of water? Held my attention long enough for me to finish watching and concur that it is indeed awful. And I still have plenty of questions I have no answers to.
15. Dude (2018) Netflix It stars Lucy Hale and Awkwafina and it’s basically about four friends who are going through a lot of drama while smoking a lot of weed. It’s super basic but definitely one of those Saturday morning lay in bed and see how much pinot grigio you can drink movies. Very corny, sometimes hilarious.
16. Carpool (1996) Warner Bros. / Via Netflix It’s from 1996 and it stars Tom Arnold and David Paymer. I loved this movie all of my childhood and it was one of my go-tos for when I was home sick from school. It definitely made me LOL then. I recently rewatched it and it didn’t feel quite the same but the slapstick humor definitely made me smile.
17. House of Deadly Secrets (2018) Sonar Entertainment / Via Netflix Dumbest horror movie I have ever seen. The plot is just one big hole. How this old lady manages to do ANYTHING AT ALL is astounding to me. Just watch. I don’t want to have been the only one.
18. Hurricane Bianca (2016) Netflix A gay man gets fired for being gay in Texas so he becomes drag queen Bianca Del Rio and teaches the kids about acceptance through roasting them.
19. Teeth (2008) Roadside Attractions / Via Netflix It’s my friend group’s cult film, we show it to everyone.
20. The Decoy Bride (2011) CinemaNX / Via Netflix Don’t get me wrong, David Tennant is one of my favorite actors but this movie is…interesting to say the least. A famous author, James, and his actress fiancee, Lara, are getting married but this ruthless paparazzo is digging into their personal lives. They go to a remote island, Lara runs away, and James marries a decoy. The rest of the movie is the two of them trying to figure out how to get a divorce.
21. 47 Meters Down (2017) Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures / Via Netflix Honestly? I’ll watch it again and again but it is kinda awful.
22. Lizzie Borden Took An Ax (2014) Lifetime / Via Netflic This was originally a Lifetime movie, so you know it’s bringing the drama AND a sense of campiness. Based on the sensationally lurid 1893 murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in the sleepy town of Fall River, Massachusetts, the movie goes with the most popular theory (Lizzie did it).
—Sara Magner, Facebook
23. The Kissing Booth (2018) Netflix Beyond terrible acting and a cliché story line. It’s completely unrealistic for high school life. But for some reason I couldn’t look away.
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