The Polishing & Scrubbing Of Robocop.

I watched “Robocop” last night.

This film came out in 1987 and that year seems like yesterday to me but watching it again proves that 1987 was in fact, a very long time ago.

I loved this film then and I love it now.
I was all ready to write about the dead on social commentary it provided of the times.
I was ready to talk about the wit of the film.
I wanted to talk about the completely over the top excessive, cartoon violence of the film.
In short,
I just wanted to explain why this film is a big shiny metal classic to me.

But no.
I’ve decided to tell you about something else instead.

A sign of the sad and depressing, joyless, politically correct world we now walk around in.

Y’see,
I hate censorship.
If you read this blog, you’ve probably noticed.

I’m very against censorship and “Robocop” has been heavily censored over the years.
Try to catch it on the T.V. sometime, the results are hilarious!

FUCK ME!” becomes “WHY ME!“,
MOTHERFUCKER!” becomes “MOTHERCRUSHER!“.

But anyways,
I was digging around the internet and found a “Scrubbed” version of “Robocop”.
Know what “Scrubbed” means?

Do you see my problem here?

I mean,
“Robocop” is pretty much all violence and profanity.
The violence is central to the plot and yet here’s some guy offering to “Scrub” this film of all those bad sweary words and remove all of those big bad guns for you.

And the funniest thing is,
It’s not even a joke!
This guy is serious about this scrubbing buisness and he puts the results up online.

My first thought was:
“HAHA! ‘Robocop’ with no violence!? That’ll be about 3 minutes long”.

And folks,
It pretty much is.

This guy even lists his scrubbed version as the Director’s Cut.
That’s just cheeky 🙂

Here’s a screen shot of what this “Scrubber” guy does to films:

Before you say “AL! That’s Fucking Ridiculous!”,
This guy has also “Scrubbed” many more films.

Here’s a list of some of the other films he has “edited to remove profanity, nudity and excessive violence“:

The Terminator“.
Back To The Future“.
JAWS“.
Jurassic Park“.
Ghostbusters“.
Total Recall“.
Shaun Of The Dead“.

The list goes on but I can’t because it’s too ridiculous. 🙂

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  1. I remember a “scrubbed” Back To The Future Part 2. Biff shouting “Manure! I hate manure!”

  2. I think I’ve ONLY ever seen that version.

    What does he say in the official one?
    “Shit! I hate shit!”???

  3. I think he always said, “I hate manure!” in Part 2. In Part 1, however, I believe they cut out his yelling “shit” as he drove into the manure truck, and I know they changed his subsequent line, “I’m going to get that son of a bitch” to “I’m going to get that stinking punk.”

  4. Yep. Shit.

  5. Minor offence probably done by a T.V. channel.

    Scrubbed means a massive choppy edit of a film done by a total amatuer.

  6. I’ve never seen Robocop…

    Anyway, I hate when TV channels cut inoffensive films. Grease often gets chopped a bit! Grease! Especially as nowadays they spend half an hour telling you what you might find offensive before the film broadcasts.

    I suppose TV channels do it for scheduling reasons but this “scrubbing” nonsense is bizarre. It’s just pointless – if it’s not suitable or you find it offensive, you dinnae have to watch it… People are strange.

  7. Carrie you definately should see Robocop I think 🙂

    I really don’t mind when T.V. channels fuck about with dubbing etc… because the results are usually funny.

    I also don’t watch movies on T.V. channels because I hate adverts.

    I just think this scrubbing idea is completely loopy loo!


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