Movie Review: CYBORG (Collector’s Edition ) Blu-ray

CYBORG was written and directed by Albert Pyun and features Jean-Claude Van Damme as the future’s most fearsome warrior, with Vincent Klyn, Deborah Richter, Terrie Batson, Alex Daniels, Ralf Möller and Dayle Haddon also starring.

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.

This post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller follows Gibson Rickenbacker (JCVD) who is tasked with a risky mission to protect Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a female cyborg that is in possession of a cure for a deadly plague that could wipe out the human race from existence. They have to get the cure to scientists in Atlanta but standing in their way is the menacing Tremolo Fender (Vincent Klyn) and his gang of psychotic goons who want nothing more than to unleash pain and suffering on anyone who gets in their way.

Gibson and Fender have crossed paths in the past and through some flashbacks the viewer learns about the tragedy that the hero went through by the hands of this cold-hearted killer and now he wants to get some revenge for what happened years earlier. Gibson runs into his enemy on several occasions and comes up on the losing end each bloody time until their final confrontation where the young hero not only gets the cyborg to her destination but he ultimately gets his revenge on Fender and ends up rescuing someone close to him.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. This release features a brand new 4K scan from the original film elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Cyborg was a cheesy good blast from the past to revisit and it’s another movie that I don’t guess I had watched since I was a kid. It’s amazing that when we’re young how everything looks so grand and epic to us and when we revisit them as adults nothing is as awesome as we remember it. This post-apocalyptic B-movie is 80’s action cheese from beginning to end and showcases a young Van Damme in his prime who plays the lone hero on a deadly mission. The flawed story for this 1989 Cannon Films offering had holes in it and some of the acting wasn’t that good either but it’s still a fun sci-fi thriller because of the Van Damage throughout the watch. There’s some cool action scenes in it, some trademark Van Damme splits that he did in every single movie back in the day, a little blood, and a little special effects to go along with it all. Cyborg makes its debut on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on April 24th and is worth adding to your Scream Factory collection.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s well over an hour of extras that include some new audio commentary, new interviews with some of the cast and crew, a vintage documentary, theatrical trailer and some stills.

  • 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 (29:40)
  • 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 (11:57)
  • Extended interviews from Mark Hartley’s documentary ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS with writer/director Albert Pyun and Sheldon Lettich (1:03:34)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:31)
  • Still Gallery (04:39)

 

 

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  1. Carlos says:

    Saw this movie atleast 30times when i was growing up. Cant wait to watch it again

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