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Cyborg – Directors Cut/ workprint version


Something we fans of Van Damme or Albert Pyun have wanted for a long time is finally here…

still not the ultimate Directors Cut, just the reworked last cut of a workprint that was used by T. Riparetti to score the film, its a new take on the film CYBORG.

First of all, the famous intro is missing-the Fender speech(i like this world), simply  because it doesnt fit the changed story anymore.

There are a few scenes which Pyun dropped due to quality issues, namely the village massacre scene and a rumored uncut/different cut of the Ralph Möller death scene. That aside, the whole movie is quite different from the offically released version, the biggest difference being the fact that the scientists arent working on a cure to save mankind, but rather seek to re-establish electricity and the means to use technology for their own good(control over the population ). Fender and his gang would like  that tech as well, but for their very own purposes.

So, Van Damme is actually being misled …a  good set up for a possible sequel, but its unlikely Van Damme would star in that. Pyun however, plans to do a few more movies in this universe he created , including a prequel and sequels…lets hope they turn out well….the actors he wants to star in those coming films( wants!!!!) sound promising, but a lot can change til those movies actually materialize.(This is why i wont name any actors).

So, back to the movie….it features a lot voice-over monologue by the Van Damme character, spoken not by him, but somebody else, cuz Van Damme was already working on the next movie… showing his pain and existential plight, asking almost philosophical questions..there are a few new scenes, different cuts and a different version of the final fight( a lot shorter than the one we know). I liked the extra time that the Hayley character got, a lot of scenes truly make the movie better . The score is a new one, something i could`ve done without, really. Its a guitar-driven score by Tony Riparetti/Saad, which to me, doesnt work for the film too well.

You can find it here:

http://www.howlinwolfrecords.com -it kinda explains the guitar themed names, the characters have been given.It was dropped, after Cannon went to rework the movie into the version we all know.

The film itself is cut together from 2 videotapes, there is fullframe and widescreen material cut together, which is sad, but we must be happy that this even exists.

I could go deeper, but i wont spoil all the new elements, this version offers. Its a darker vision, and in many respects(for better or worse) much more Pyun.

In the end, im happy this version exists, im happy i do own it, but its not a 2 hours-full uncut dream version some might have expected. The quality of this version is pretty decent, given its taken from 2 old vhs-tapes, recorded in 1988, and shelved for over 2 decades.

You can contact Albert Pyun( http://www.pyun.com/)  if you wanna give this a shot.

…first impressions can be found on youtube…

Hellford667( 2011)

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