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Cyborg Blu-ray Review

“Cyborg” is sure to split audiences.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a virus, the story involves a human cyborg (Pearl Prophet) who is trying to get back to Atlanta to deliver vital intel about a cure to scientists. Alas, Pearl is kidnapped by a vicious group of Pirates led by Fender (who wants the cure for himself). Only a slinger named Gibson Rickenbacker (I’m not making these names up) can make things right, but he has his own vendetta against Fender. 

Fans of 80’s action movies, cult movies, Cannon movies, and Jean-Claude Van Damme might find something to love in 1989’s “Cyborg.” For everyone else, it’s a tough watch. Director Albert Pyun’s R-Rated “Cyborg” is an eye-rolling slice of 80’s cheese that plays like a cross between “The Road Warrior” and “Terminator” (sort of). There’s barely a story to be had here  as the plot about the virus pretty much takes a backseat to what is essentially a prolonged Fender v Gibson battle. The inclusion of Nady character is also shamelessly pointless as she’s little more than a damsel in distress used for sex appeal. And then there’s Gibson played by Vincent Klyn. Has there ever been such a ridiculous, one-note, over-the-top villain? Between his yells and his dialogue, it feels like you are watching a cartoon come to life.

The only saving grace of this sci-fi action dud is a few exciting moments of Van Damme kicking butt (and doing the splits). The acting and story may be abysmal across the board, but at least there’s some hand to hand combat and weapon clashes that will hold one’s attention (however briefly).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Say what you will about the movie, but this Scream Factory release contains a great transfer (which contains a 2K scan of the interpositive).

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The audio track delivers.


Extras:
* “Cyborg” theatrical trailer
* Still gallery
* Extended interviews from “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” documentary
* 2 featurettes- a making of and one on the special effects.

March 21, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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