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The only drawback is the dvd edition sold between $10 and $14 is the standard t.v. screen format and not the letterbox. There is also very little "goodies" or bonuses. There are no extra languages either on the audio tracks or any subtitles.The big error is the fact the audio track was not re-mastered in true Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; It's only the regular Dolby Surround. No director's or actors' commentaries either.
Yet, the picture quality is superb and bright with no traces of digital artifacts (blocking,or digitized shading). Viewers can see the rich bright colors in the prisoner's uniforms (orange, red, green, blue). The picture is sharp in detail as well if you look at the whiskers on Lambert's unshaven face...
Fortress earns four stars for it's lack of widescreen and other dvd menu capabilities. Otherwise, it's an enjoyable film.
the Blu-ray release of this film was put together by a company called: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, which i've never heard of so wasn't expecting much in the way of video quality. i guess i stand corrected however. let me just say that this is a much better HD transfer than Lionsgate did with the original "Total Recall." a lil a grainy side?, yes. but overall definitely not the worst i've ever seen. in fact i've fallen in love with the movie all over again :)
Blu-ray specs are
video: 1920x1080p 1.85:1 Widescreen
Audio: the back of the box just says English 2.0 Stereo, but it's actually
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (Surround).
subtitles are not available
there are also no special features, but overall still definitely worth buying. hope this review helps anyone reading it
THOUGHTS: This film is really a little bit of everything. Lambert is great as former soldier John Brennick. This movie is scary, violent, intense and surprisingly warm and funny by turns. The entire cast is very good in their roles. The action is great and the prison scenes are scary & ugly. The future looks pretty bleak and frightening in this film and uncomfortably close to reality in some ways, making it even even scarier. The "Intestinators" which every prisoner is forced to ingest upon entering The Fortress is both an ingenious concept and a thoroughly terrifying one. Vernon Wells has another great part as a nutty inmate intent on killing John... for no particular reason. The awesome Jeffrey Combs has a wonderful role here as a nerdy prisoner who befriends Brennick.Read more ›
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I love this movie. It's Sci-Fi and Christopher Lambert is in it. I buy a lot of movies from Amazon, especially older ones I'm replacing VHS with DVD. I don't have any complaintsPublished 6 months ago by Carla Larson
Great sci-fi movie for my collection. Worth watching again and again.Published 9 months ago by steve spencer
This movie I catagorise as a guilty pleasure. The story at some points is not too bad and at other points I have to wonder what they were thinking. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tony
I had a hard time believing the rave reviews. The story takes place in the near future. John Henry Brennick (Christopher Lambert) and his wife (Loryn Locklin) get nabbed going into... Read morePublished 23 months ago by The Movie Guy
Forget the previous dvd release's of this classic film FORTRESS
the previous dvd releases were only in Fullscreen format
for the first time ever FORTRESS is finally... Read more
Fortress is one of my favorite Sci-fi movies and was happy they finely put it on Blu-ray. But the transfer is horrible. It was not cleaned up at all. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It portrays a dystopian future in which the planet is starving so one child per couple limits have been instated. Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Boddicker
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