Chaank Armaments is experimenting with the ultimate fighting machine which is part human - part machine. So far, the Hardman project has been unreliable and has killed a number of innocent people. The genius behind this project is Jack who lives in a world of models, toys and magazines. When he is fired by Cale for killing a few corporate officers, he unleashes the ultimate killing machine called the 'Warbeast' against Cale and those who would help her.
Death Machine is your standard "trapped in a building with some evil $#!+head lurking about trying to kill us" cliche. And although the concept is overused and abused like a dildo, whatever that means, it was well directed and lots of fun. I do suspect the director is heavily influenced by Sam Raimi because it felt that way, at least in the action sequences. But I don't give a $#!+. The cinematography was good with a cyberpunk feeling to it, the monster machine was cool, the acting was nice but what stands out is the action. There are instances of blood and gore, plentiful chase scenes and gun shooting but the fight between the cyborg and the monster was great. The only complaint is at times the pacing is a bit uneven but eh. Good sci fi horror action film.
1.- (And most importantly) This movie needs to be released in its original uncut version of 120 minutues. 2.- This movie should only be seen in its original uncut version of 120 minutes. The UK 111 minute DVD cut is alright but not merely enough, or even admissible. Seriously, why not let Ridley say "Shut the *beep* up" to Carpenter at the corporate meeting scene and soooooooooooo on? Total mystery... And don't give me that crap that straight-to-video b-movies like this one shouldn't go on for 2 hours with all the insufferable long junk that's out there I mean, please. 3.- This movie deserves some kind website that makes justice to it's cult following. 4.- This movie is (like one of the reviewers here greately suggested) a total RIOT and therefore should be discovered (and even re-discovered) by all the rightfully lovig of the genre fans. Meaning the ones that can afford to really dig this. 5.- This movie alone should prove once and for all that Stephen Norrington is more than just another special-effects guy turned to film director (even though they say he hates this movie...)
"We are talking Geraldo!"
Until now, only a heavily cut R-Rated Version has been on VHS and DVD in the US. The cuts were made to achieve an improved pace. Most of the cuts are short scenes that were either completely removed or shortened. Furthermore, a couple of longer scenes with a length of up to 3 min. are missing as well. Unfortunately, that's not it. Some footage has been removed for censorship reasons, too. In total there are 124 differences with a total length of more than 21 minutes. The Director's Cut, approved by the director himself, is available on the UK-DVD and only differs from the Extended Version in the first 15 minutes. Most of the differences are slight plot elements with a length of 2-7 seconds. In Germany, only the Extended Version has been released (both as censored and uncensored VHS versions and uncensored DVD versions). The difference is approx. six minutes between both versions.