Cyborg (1989) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Cyborg (1989) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Albert Pyun
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn
Rated: R/1:85/1080p/Region A/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

Deteriorating from a deadly plague, 21st-Century America is descending into a barbaric nightmare. Only Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a beautiful half human/half cyborg, has the knowledge necessary to develop a vaccine. But during her quest to gather data and bring the cure to the world, Pearl is captured by cannibalistic Flesh Pirates who plot to keep the antidote for themselves and rule the world. Now, only saber-wielding hero Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme) can rescue her and save civilization.

Are you familiar with Cannon films? Well, if so that will give at least a head start on what to expect with Cyborg. Adding to that you should keep in mind that this movie was a product of the dying days of the company and was thrown together with what we left over from the failed sequel to Masters of the Universe and Spider-Man films the company was going to do. Some have even called this a loose remake/rip-off of the Fist of the Northstar Anime. Whatever you want to call it, you can’t help but call it cheesy because that’s what it is. We’re in a doomed future and the plague is running wild. A cyborg has the cure and needs to get to Atlanta but is kidnapped by a gang. They run across Gipson played by Van Damme who apparently has a history with the evil gang himself as they cross paths again. I’ll be honest, this one is a bit of a mess and while you got Van Damme as the lead bad ass here, his character isn’t what you’d expect and it feels like he spends most the film getting his butt kicked. While that is at least different, the movie is mostly that until he can get the upper-hand and lacks any real story to grab you and has some of the worst acting/dialogue you’ll see. Fans of Jean-Claude Van Damme always name this movie and it has gotten a Collector’s Edition release here from Scream Factory, but we’re a long way from Kick-Boxer or Bloodsport.

So, what would be the appeal of buying this movie? Well, if you are a fan of this movie or just someone who has to have every single Jean-Claude Van Damme movie you can find on Blu-ray, this one at least does look REALLY good in HD. And the director of the film seems to be an interesting character in his own right, so the 30-minute long making of feature and extended interview of his from the Cannon documentary might just offer up enough entertainment on their own to make someone want to take the plunge on this one and buy it. From a strictly movie standpoint, I’m not sure it makes the cut, but it is violent but I’d have liked to see the uncut version of the film people talk about that caused the movie to once get an X-rating. This is the one Van Damme had edited to add more action and less drama. If that’s what you like, you’ll enjoy this release. If you are actually here for a solid movie then you might be a bit let-down.

Extras

– NEW 4K Scan From The Original Film Elements
– NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Albert Pyun
– NEW A Ravaged Future – The Making Of CYBORG – Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Albert Pyun, Actors Vincent Klyn, Deborah Richter, And Terrie Batson, Director Of Photography Philip Alan Waters, And Editor Rozanne Zingale
– NEW Shoestring Fantasy – The Effects Of CYBORG – Featuring Interviews With Visual Effects Supervisor Gene Warren Jr., Go-Motion Technician Christopher Warren, And Rotoscope Artist Bret Mixon
– Extended Interviews From Mark Hartley’s Documentary ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS With Writer/Director Albert Pyun And Sheldon Lettich
– Theatrical Trailer
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 95%

 

 

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