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Martial arts wizard Jean-Claude Van Damme carves out a dazzling new domain as the future's most fearsome warrior in this adrenaline-charged sword and sci-fi thriller. Filled with non-stop action, Cyborg is a wild ride from start to finish Â a post-apocalyptic battle against the ultimate evil. Deteriorating from social anarchy and a deadly plague, 21st Century America has descended into a seething, barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half-human/half-robot, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine. But during her desperate quest to gather data and bring a cure to the world, Pearl is captured by cannibalistic Flesh Pirates who plot to keep the antidote for themselves...and rule the globe! Now, only the awesome fighting skills of saber-wielding hero Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme) can rescue her Â and save what remains of civilization.
Jean-Claude Van Damme, a.k.a. "the Muscles from Brussels," had only a few movies to his credit when he played the hero in this lame postapocalyptic action flick from 1989. It's really just another martial-arts movie, dressed down with near-future trash and dirty sets that have "low budget" written all over them. Van Damme plays the protective escort for a half-human, half-cyborg woman whose programming contains a possible cure for a plague that's threatening to wipe out the entire population of Earth. But the woman is kidnapped by Van Damme's evil nemesis (is there any other kind?) while they are en route to her Atlanta headquarters. That leads Van Damme right into a lion's den of sadomasochistic torture and torment. If you've made it this far (and if you have, why?), you're probably a founding member of the Jean-Claude Van Damme fan club. To everyone else: Don't say you weren't warned--this is the kind of movie in which naming characters after electric guitars (Van Damme's character is named "Gibson Rickenbacker") qualifies as clever screenwriting. --Jeff Shannon
- 8-page booklet with production notes and a revealing look at the making movie
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The transfer on this blu ray truly does look stunning.
It took me a minute to process just how good the movie actually looked.
I'm so used to VHS, standard cable television broadcasts and subpar DVD transfers.
This new blu showcases just how amazing the photography in the film actually is.
Very evocative depth, with its brazen, apocalyptic browns and tans, to its rich and bright contrasts of brilliant oranges and deep blues.
This is the first transfer that has actually been worthy of the amazing production Albert Pyun and company were able to pull together with little to no money and very little time.
Cyborg was famously cobbled together with sets, costumes, and props from abandoned productions of Masters of the Universe 2 and a Spider-Man movie Cannon films were slated to make.
Financing fell through, some licensing issues arose and bam.
Cannon Films were caught between a rock and...another rock.
So instead of wasting away all that time, money and effort that was already allotted for the previous productions, Cannon hired Albert Pyun to throw together a script that utilized some of the same themes and atmosphere, but something that turned out to be completely different.
Cyborg was born of their previous failings and I have to say, 30 years later and this movie still holds up, at least to this viewer.
It's actually better than it ever has been before.
I seen things I've never even noticed before, after 60+ viewings.
All because of the aspect ratio and clarity that is presented here.
The soundtrack sounds great too!
Very nice sound mix on this one.
I also heard things in there that I never noticed before.
I was just completely immersed with the amazing picture and sound.
Watching on a large screen with surround sound was the most enjoyable viewing of this movie I've ever had.
It was exciting!
And bonus features!
I've gotta say, this include a bit more than I initially expected when Shout announced they were releasing this title.
There's a descent-sized "making of" documentary that clocks in at 30 mins, with interviews with director Albert Pyun, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn (super chill, all around rad guy) and various crew, including the cinematographer (again, AMAZING photography in this movie!) and the set designer.
All very interesting with their amount of enthusiasm and input.
Also includes a quick featurette with the company that did the special/visual effects, who subsequently had just finished up on James Cameron's The Terminator prior to hopping on to Cyborg.
Sadly, there is no "Director's Cut" version available on this new release, though I never personally expected it to be included.
There is only a VERY ROUGH workprint cut of the movie on VHS tape and there's no actual film elements to be able to get a descent transfer off of.
This is indeed sad, I know, but you can always do what I did and hunt down the Misery Edition DVD or Blu Ray to see that version.
Also includes newly commissioned artwork exclusive to this release, a slipcover (for the first 3 months only) and the Shout/Scream Factory staple; reversible sleeve with original cover art on the reverse side.
Packaging and actual disc looks great.
If you are a Cyborg fan, you NEED this new release.
The transfer alone is worth the money.
And as of right now while I'm writing this, it is DIRT cheap on Amazon.
I'm even more excited about it because of the great deal I got it for.
So snag it up while it's at an amazing price with the slipcover!
I wanted to like it. It is interesting to see some additional footage but it's just too jarring to constantly go back and forth between the HD footage and the recovered VHS footage. This doesn't happen just occasionally but constantly throughout the movie.
Also, I have my doubts about the whole satan worship thing on the part of the bad guys. I don't thing it fits the story and would lean toward this being something created to help sell the whole idea of a 'Director's Cut'.
The music is not good and doesn't always match the scene.
Save your money; this is just bad. If you remember liking the movie 'Cyborg' buy the new Collector's Edition of 'Cyborg' that Amazon just released and stay away from this mess.
'What it is' is a low-budget postapocalyptic martial-arts film, rather along the lines of the Mad Max series but with more personal combat. And despite its extremely tight budget, it has more rewatch value for me than _Mad Max_ does.
There's a lot of good martial-arts stuff here. If you like Van Damme, that stuff will sustain you through the film.
The postapocalyptic stuff is cartoonish and strained. Everybody, including the hero, is named after musical instruments and sound equipment. Thus the film's central dramatic conflict is between 'Gibson Rickenbacker' and his arch-nemesis 'Fender Tremolo'.
But if you can stop snickering at such WWF-quality comedy, you'll find a film that actually succeeds pretty well in spite of its low budget. (Indeed, the low budget may be an asset rather than a liability in that at least it provides an excuse.)
For Van Damme, I vastly prefer _Universal Soldier_ and _Timecop_. But this isn't bad. If you like postapocalytic thrillers (which I do), you'll probably enjoy this. It's the equivalent, in its genre, of a good Clint Eastwood spaghetti western.