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Cyborg 2087 [Blu-ray]
(Franklin Adreon, 1966)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Harold Goldman Associates
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,478,494,353 bytes
Feature Size: 19,543,830,528 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.92 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 26th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps
• Audio Commentary by Writer and Filmmaker Chris Alexander
Description:Newly re-mastered in HD! In the year 2087, where freedom of thought is illegal and the minds of the world's population are controlled by the governments, a small group of rebels send a cyborg, Garth A7 (Michael Rennie, The Day the Earth Stood Still) back to the year 1966 to prevent a scientist from making a breakthrough that will lead to the nightmarish future. The time traveler soon discovers that he s not alone; the opposition has a sent a group of government tracer agents to prevent him from carrying out his mission. Franklin Adreon (Dimension 5) directed this influential Sci-Fi action-adventure written by Arthur C. Pierce (Edgar G. Ulmer's Beyond the Time Barrier, The Cosmic Man) and featuring a wonderful cast that includes Wendell Corey (The Astro-Zombies), Karen Steele (Ride Lonesome), Warren Stevens (Forbidden Planet), Adam Roarke (Frogs), John Beck (Rollerball) and Harry Carey Jr. (Cherry 2000).
It's the sort of B-movie hokum that used to litter Saturday afternoon TV schedules, and despite all of its shoddy production values, flat acting, clichéd characters, wobbly time travel logic -- hell, they couldn't even keep the camera still in order to properly pull off a cheap-ass 'vanishing' effect -- it's still infinitely more entertaining than any of today's insipid reality programming... Garth (Rennie) is sent back in time, from 2087 to (then present-day) 1966, with an important mission -- stop a scientist's upcoming breakthrough in "Radio-Telepathy" from turning the future into a totalitarian shithole in which all free will has been destroyed.
We open in the future, specially the year 2087, where we see that two scientists (duct tape suspender guy and polyester pantsuit girl) are prepping a time travel capsule for a trip back to 1966. Just as they hit the “send” button, some Gubbmint goons bust in and arrest them, showing us that this future world is a totalitarian hot mess. Man, check those control panels with their preschool-level Dymo labeling and one-switch-for-all design, classic b-movie gold. And no, we never return to these people in the future so don't think too much about their lives or their hair or anything.Excerpt from MillionMonkeyTheatre located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Cyborg 2087 looks decent and consistent in 1080P. The film has few dynamic effects and the visuals aren't fussy - generally being produced on the cheap. Colors may be a shade dull but the overall image is clean and consistent. There is decent detail in the few close-ups and depth is apparent. It's serviceable in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable viewing, without major flaws, in regards to the picture quality.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1555 kbps (16-bit) in the original English language. There are surprisingly very few effects in the film - and what is there doesn't carry much weight and is flat. We get an original score by Paul Dunlap (The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake, Shock Corridor, Shack Out on 101, Cry Vengeance, Portland Expose, Big House U.S.A., Target Earth, Park Row) which supports the film reasonably well with some suspenseful atmosphere. The dialogue was audible but probably on-par with the production. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
For some, the most appealing attribute about this release will be the audio commentary by writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander who both informs and pokes some fun at Cyborg 2087 identifying obvious production limitations, commenting on the perfumers, its gravitation towards 'cyberpunk' etc. I found it very enjoyable. There are also five trailers for related films.
August 5th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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