Just a few days ago we told you that a new cut of Albert Pyun’s Cyborg had been unearthed. Excited, we reached out to the filmmaker and nailed down the film’s new opening for you. Why? Because we love you. That’s why!
Found recently by composer Tony Riparetti after being lost for 22 years, this is a slightly restored cut created from two VHS copies of a telecine of the original 35 mm work print.
“The picture quality is degraded because of three principal reasons,” Pyun tells us. “1) It’s 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 it’s a stereo temp mix from the VHS and was done a bit down and dirty 22 years ago. And it did not improve with age. The pristine copy of the Riparetti/Jim Saad soundtrack, however, will be on CD and can be purchased here! So those excuses aside, I think this version works well. Hope you’ll agree!”
Check it out below, and anyone interested in acquiring it can send an e-mail here for details.
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