I used to work in a video store back in 1988 and remember a VHS (a magical old format) of a movie that was pretty cool from my perspective. It had a genetically engineered human that was fully grown and had a number of improvements like faster reflexes, a second set of ribs to act as protection to his lungs and heart.

I remember them throwing a birthday party for him and someone there not knowing he was only one year old so they were lying to her and made up something to dissuade (her?).

His creator gets assassinated and he freaks out when he sees this and in distress he just runs outside and keeps going at full speed because of his engineering but stops when he has an epiphany (in the rain at a truck stop?) or comes to his senses.

He phones up the (girl?) or assistant and asks her to come and get him but because of his speed hes over a hundred miles away. Maybe 200 miles plus. Exact numbers are unknown.

I remember there was an albino cobra snake that was supposed to have poison 10 times more lethal than an ordinary cobra or snake.

  • Anit Ad suggested the 1984 TV movie J.O.E. and the Colonel, but his/her answer was deleted (not sure why). You can read a plot description here.
    – Hypnosifl
    Oct 7, 2015 at 5:36
  • That seems familiar - his nemesis is another super-soldier named Alpha who has been bred without a personality or emotions. Alpha is killed when he steps on a high voltage cable while fighting our hero.
    – Gaius
    Apr 10, 2017 at 18:51
  • Some similar features could be found in "The Flash" imdb.com/title/tt0098798/?ref_=kw_li_tt. Hero was also running at superspeed. May be that serie was inspired by the subject movie) Sep 5, 2020 at 18:00

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Ok, lets get back Anit's answer:

It seems to be Humanoid defender aka J.O.E. and the Colonel (youtube link)

Scientists create "the perfect soldier" in a lab experiment by recombining his molecules. He is then sent out on dangerous but vital missions.

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