Wednesday, May 1 2013, 05:41 PM MDT
DVD Review: Manborg
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Street Date: April 30, 2013
Available On: DVD
Synopsis: The armies of hell have taken over Earth. From the depths of the post-apocalyptic swirl comes humanity’s last hope: Manborg, a slain soldier resurrected as a half-man and half-machine hybrid.
Extras: Commentary, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, Bloopers, Stop Motion Montafe, VFX Footage, Short Film, Interviews, Premiere Q&A and a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Recommendation: Manborg is an odd tribute and satire of ’80s sci-fi cinema that combines the stop-motion animation and dystopian worlds and central plots of The Terminator and Robocop and the video game ridiculousness of Mortal Kombat. It’s a purposefully unoriginal film that glories in its ability to replicate the 30-year-old special effects on a shoestring budget. What once cost millions of dollars to produce can now be done at home.
I love the special effects; I’m just not nearly as pleased with the script. I realize that Manborg is probably exactly the film that director/co-writer Steven Kostanski set out to make. The bad dialogue and the use of various sci-fi tropes is all part of the concept. I just wish he had been ambitious enough to make a film that could be taken a little more seriously. As it stands Manborg is simply a amusing and goofy sendup with cool retro effects.
-Ryan Michael Painter