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(aka "Cyber World" )


directed by Albert Pyun
USA 1993


Not so much a low-budget CGI DTV take on TRON as a low-budget stab at the "virtual reality" film craze of the early nineties, ARCADE would have aged badly even if the digital imagery had been state-of-the-art thanks to music video style of director Albert Pyun (CAPTAIN AMERICA) and the forgettable scoring and sound design of John Carpenter's scoring collaborator Alan Howarth (not to mention some emo rock music muffled in the sound mix). Depressed since her mother's (Sharon Farrell, IT'S ALIVE) suicide, high school student Alex (Megan Ward, TRANCERS II) reluctantly accompanies her school friends - including boyfriend Greg (Bryan Dattilo, TV's DAYS OF OUR LIVES), nerdy Nick (Peter Billingsley, A CHRISTMAS STORY, bully magnet Stilts (Seth Green, TV's FAMILY GUY), and pretty Laurie (A.J. Langer, ESCAPE FROM L.A.) - to local "hole in the wall" video game arcade to test out the new virtual reality game ARCADE being test marketed by Vertigotronics executive Difford (John de Lancie,THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE) who tells them that the game is alive and can change strategy as it learns about its opponents. Greg tries out the game and mysteriously disappears while the others are given portable home versions of the program. Alex becomes convinced that the Greg is trapped in the game, the "brain" of which (voiced by CASTLE FREAK's Jonathan Fuller) is goading Alex into playing it herself. When others in their group mysteriously disappear, Alex and Nick realize they must enter the game - armed with its schematics by programmer Albert (Norbert Weisser, JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING) who is just as afraid of his creation - in order to rescue their friends and destroy its brain.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 30 March 1994 (USA)

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DVD Review: 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL

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Runtime 1:21:06

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.47 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• VideoZone making-of (4:3; 9:42)
• Trailer (4:3; 1:44)
• 88 Films Trailer Park:
• 'The Corpse Grinders'
• 'Two Moon Junction'
• 'Blood Orgy of the She Devils'
• 'Hideous!'
• 'Girl in Gold Boots'
• 'Robot Wars'
• 'Dollman'
• 'Doll Squad'
• 'Castle Freak'
• 'Slice & Dice'

DVD Release Date: March 17th,  2014

Chapters 12





88 Films' dual-layer disc transfer comes from an NTSC-to-PAL conversion of the aged video/laserdisc master, making the image a little softer and the saturated gel lighting somewhat smeary (along with some stutter during tracking shots). It's ironic that a film about digital imagery comes from an analog source, although the CGI and digital backgrounds were primitive even by the standards of its era. The 2.0 Ultra Stereo track fares better when it comes to dialogue and sound effects than the music which is recorded at a low volume. The only extras are the VideoZone making-of segment (which may give the desktop CGI-spoiled viewers a look at the technology at the time), a trailer for the film, and trailers for ten other current and forthcoming 88 Films titles.

  - Eric Cotenas


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