Here’s a little more on that Cyborg director’s cut that Albert Pyun and Curnan Pictures are setting loose. I had hoped for a little more actual running time since most of this preview is titles but the music, the original, intended soundtrack is intact and it’s not bad. As a matter of fact, with all these characters named after guitars, something a little more rock is far more appropriate than the original soundtrack. If you don’t give a shit about the music, you may want to skip the first two minutes of this clip. Once the video kicks in, though, it looks pretty beat but based on Pyun’s caveat about this release, it’s cool. It’s like watching that sweet composite cut of The Warriors that ties in all the TV cut footage and restored footage from the director’s cut, the overall quality is inconsistent and downright crappy in places but you’re not going to be able to see it any other way, so accept it or move on. Here’s Pyun:
The picture quality is degraded because of three principal reasons: 1) Its taken from the original well used 35mm work picture – so dust, scratches, splices and even tear repairs can be seen; 2) The work print is an uncorrected “one-lite” color print that was telecined uncorrected as well to low grade VHS tape; and 3) We had to create this cut from two VHS tapes, because they weren’t the same version. My director’s cut version (an anamorphic unsqueezed picture with time code windows) was missing scenes, shots and optical transitions so it just had “slug”. I scavenged missing shots and scenes as possible from the composer’s reference VHS tape which had a 4:3 cropped picture.
The soundtrack quality is also dodgy as its a stereo temp mix from the VHS and was done a bit down and dirty temp 22 years ago. And it did not improve with age. The pristine copy of the Riparetti/Saad Soundtrack however will be on CD and can be purchased at: www.howlingwolfrecords.com
So those excuses aside, I think this version works well. Hope you’ll agree! Play LOUD and let it ROCK!
Bear in mind that as of this writing, howlingwolfrecords.com is just a parked domain and there’s no actual website there. I’m sure that will change soon. Also, yes. I know the image is Bloodsport. It’s Van Damme and I think it’s funny.