In the good old video store rental days of the 1980s, there were particular stars that were deemed to be the kings of the action movie genre. Schwarzenegger and Stallone were the kings followed by other prolific tough guys like Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris and of course, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme has even managed to keep his career afloat in the years since with lots of direct to video movies, and some self-referential projects like JCVD and the Amazon series Jean-Claude Van Johnson. But one of his bonafide cult classics has finally arrived on Blu-ray for the very first time thanks to Shout Factory – Cyborg.
Van Damme plays Gibson Rickenbacker (yes you read that right), a hired gun in post-apocalyptic America. A plague has affected most of the world and left it a barren wasteland but in New York City, Gibson meets a woman named Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon) who is carrying information that needs to get to scientists working on a cure in Atlanta. But when she is kidnapped by Fender Tremolo (Vincent Klyn), Gibson, along with a woman named Nady (Deborah Richter) have to find Fender and his gang and rescue Pearl in order to save mankind.
Cyborg is a pretty ambitious little movie. With a low budget in the hands of innovative director Albert Pyun, Cyborg looks much better than it should. With cool set pieces, costuming and interesting direction and fantastic fight choreography, Cyborg is a great sci-fi action mash up that leaves you wanting more. It is fast paced with solid performances by everyone and a particularly creepy performance by Vincent Klyn. Cyborg is an underrated action gem and so deserves this new Collector’s Edition treatment.
Speaking of which, this new Shout Factory Blu-ray of Cyborg has tons of goodies for fans. Starting off with a new 4K scan from the original film elements, which looks fantastic, you also get a new commentary by the director, a very entertaining new documentary on the making of the film (that is sadly missing new interviews with Van Damme himself), and a great little doc on the special effects of the film. Cyborg is a fight filled diamond in the rough and well worth checking out in this new definitive edition. Highly recommended.