The 1990 Stuart Gordon directed flop Robot Jox is headed to Blu-Ray July 7th, 2015 through the always great Shout! Factory. Financed by Charles Band’s Empire Pictures for what was going to be their most expensive project at over $7m, filming began in early 1987 and Robot Jox would sit on the shelf until 1990 due to Empire Pictures going through bankruptcy. The french mega bank Crédit Lyonnais, which was known throughout the 80’s as the bank always ready to write checks to Hollywood, but with shady caveats, Empire Pictures fell victim to defaulting on a $26m loan and the company’s library was sold off to the short lived Epic Productions. Triumph Films, which is a Sony label usually aimed at lower tier productions and the direct to video market, released Robot Jox with little enthusiasm or marketing and opened the film in 333 theaters to a terrible $464,441 opening weekend. The long shelved film, which was aimed at the family market, also opened when there was a glut of family fare at the box office. Home Alone was in its second weekend, sucking the air out of the marketplace and the successful Three Men and a Little Lady opened the same day as Robot Jox as well. A cheap look, little marketing, poor reviews and a crowded market gave little hope for any theatrical prospects for the film and Robot Jox ended its brief theatrical run with just $1,272,977. The film was released to the video market in most overseas territories. Shout! has not released what the special features are, but hopefully some candid discussions on the troubled production and release find their way onto the Blu-Ray.