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Fortress (2012)

Bug Hall , Sean Mcgowan  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bug Hall, Sean Mcgowan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Monarch Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0082SIGR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,969 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on actual events. When the commander of the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber is killed in action in a raid over Sicily in 1943, his replacement, a young, naive pilot, struggles to be accepted by the plane's already tight-knit Irish American crew.

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for the sky June 12, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I normally prefer to review the disc release and not the movie but, obviously, this disc is not yet available and the movie is enough of an unknown quantity (evidenced by this being the first review) that it seemed an exception was due this time.

I came across FORTRESS by accident. I had not seen any publicity for it and I follow movie releases fairly closely. It is apparently a low budget, independent production. It is pretty ambitious for such a film. To recreate the large bomber formations, fighter plane attacks and even the base camp it uses a lot of CGI.

So, I have seen FORTRESS and I very much enjoyed it. Sure, the visual effects are sometimes a bit crude, but most of the time they are pretty effective and certainly good enough to support the story. I'd say the visual effects are a bit better than those in the TV series DOGFIGHTS (which were pretty good) but not up to the standards of RED TAILS (a high bar, IMO). The movie was well written and I was impressed by the performances by the unknown (to me) cast. For a movie made on a tiny fraction of most big studio movie budgets it is quite an accomplishment.

Synopses of the story can be found on IMDb and if you haven't watched the trailer on YouTube, yet, do so. If you like WW II movies, especially about the air war in Europe, I think you will like FORTRESS.

I like this movie enough that I have pre-ordered the Blu-ray. Since Amazon does not mention whether or not it will have any extras, I emailed the production company and asked. They replied that it will have a timelapse of part of the plane being built and a short documentary.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About as good as Memphis Belle December 9, 2012
I too saw this movie at the store so I picked it since I collect WWII movies. I'll try to break this review down into several things.

The actors did an okay job. Remember that most air crews, especially replacements, in WWII were very young. If you were 25 years old you were considered an "old man". The crews in this movie are a lot younger than say those in Memphis Belle which gives it some credability. Remember our grandfathers were just young kids barely out of high school who fought WWII. There were not 40 year old Hollywood A list actors like in Saving Private Ryan.

A few people have ccomplained about the drinking in the film. Again, having served myself in the Army in the GWOT, I think the drinking is right on. Everyone deals with things in their own way. For many they turn to alcohol.

As far as no threat or fear, obviously the other reviewer has not done any history research about the air crews in WWII. The threat of death that ground troops faced 24/7 did not impact the air crews. While they did go into danger during bombing runs and suffer heavy casualties, they were able to retreat to safety between the missions. You don't sit there worrying about getting killed, you block it out. In other words you ddon't want to think about it so you do anything not to. Ground troops didn't have this option.

As far as CGI and things looking fake, what "looks" real? Even Redtails that had a budget in the millions used CGI. Even Memphis Belle used toy models for many of the damage sequences. If you pay attention to the story line you can easily overlook the few CGI errors. In fact most of it looked pretty good considering the low budget.

The argument that one reviewer tried to make that the sounds were wrong is pointless.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fortress...a story needed telling! August 31, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie. Thank you to all independent filmmakers who dare to put themselves out there in an effort to entertain and at the same time educate. This film may not have had a million dollar budget. It may not have had top-paid actors but a week later I am still thinking about it. I laughed, I cried, yes..the type of crying where I needed Kleenex, I held tight to a pillow during the fight scenes. It tapped into all my emotions. This movie was worth watching. So worth watching that my husband and I have plans on buying one for each of our 5 children.

There are so many untold stories of the men and women who sacrificed much during WW11. We should never forget! Thank you for telling this one. I hope you have plans on making more.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FORTRESS - Beautiful movie August 25, 2012
I accept this movie for what it is, a film about the crew of the Lucky Lass, a B-17 bomber and it's crew. I am not a nitpicker for accuracy, I don't expect every movie to be Academy Award caliber, movies are for entertainment plain and simple, I was entertained. The CGI was very good, detail was good, and for being unknowns, I thought the actors did a pretty good job. What I liked most about the movie was the camaraderie displayed between the crew. It was 100% percent accurate. Having served in submarines for 20 years, I know what it means to be a crew. I went through the hazing, the drinking, the fear, practical jokes, sacrifice, just like in this movie. I was very pleased with the memories it brought back to me. I guarantee, the majority, if not all negative reviews are from people who never served in uniform, or ones who expect everything to be 100% perfect. This movie might not have been 100% perfect in every detail, but it was 100% perfectly entertaining. Good job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars was very well done and the planes were very accurate ...
was very well done and the planes were very accurate for that early in the war....
Published 1 month ago by steve wurzburger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding Movie!
Published 2 months ago by James R. Overturf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Mr Wizard
3.0 out of 5 stars eh! so so movie
I've seen better animation in video games. Storyline a bit shabby. But still worth watching.
Published 2 months ago by curly1022
3.0 out of 5 stars Its an OK Movie
This is an OK movie that uses a lot of computer generated images. The story is alright, but lacks the oomph (story and plot) of WWII movies made in the late 40s and 50s.
Published 2 months ago by Gary Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 3 months ago by Kevin E Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 3 months ago by Stuart E. Lawrence Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good story of comradship amougst flight crews.
This is an excellent story of a flight crew of the B-17 group in Africa prior to Rommel running them out back to England. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Greg Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!`
Great Movie is you like the old airplanes. This movie never took off and it has some good shots and such!
Published 4 months ago by Joe Abrahamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for W WII HISTORIANS!
Very good movie. Shows the hell of war! The emotions of war and more! Recommend watching this movie. A must for WII HISTORIANS!
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan A. Wingfield
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