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Prison (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray/DVD Combo] (1988)

Viggo Mortensen , Chelsea Field , Renny Harlin  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Lane Smith
  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A429Y9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Creedmore Prison becomes a supernatural battleground when the specter of Charlie Forsythe, a man executed for murder, returns seeking vengeance from the brutal guard, Ethan Sharpe, who was aware of his innocence. The lives of the inmates hang in the balance as Forsythe and Sharpe lock in demonic combat. Directed by Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Deep Blue Sea). Starring Viggo Mortensen (A History Of Violence, Eastern Promises), Chelsea Field (Dust Devil, The Dark Half) and Lane Smith (Red Dawn).

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renny Harlins Lost Masterpiece September 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Once in a while, a film comes along which blows all its expectations out of the water and delivers a movie which is truly memorable and horrifying. This is such a movie. From the dying breath of Charles Bands defunct production company, Empire Entertainment came this wonderfull, original and truly shocking film about a haunted prison. The atmosphere is efectivly creeping with long, dark corridors, low lighting and suspensful music combining together to create a truly masterful film. Lane smith is really convincing as the warden of the jail. His performance is extreamily powerful and demands respect from all the other prisoners. Viggo (from Lord of the Rings) in one of his earlier performances plays a James Dean character and even though it doesn't seem like he is trying at all, it is the restrained character identity he brings to the role which makes it just a little more believable. The special effects are great for a film of this age and not once did it seem to me that the people who were making this movie were uninspired. A truly great horror film, which was underated and deserves the royal DVD treatment.
Trivia:
Produced by Irwin Yablins (the same man responsible for Halloween and starting John Carpenters career)
Stephen Little was actually a real prisoner whilst this movie was being filmed.
Renny Harlins first American motion picture.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY COOL MOVIE! August 22, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I cant believe this movie doesnt have a collectors edition tape and dvd yet.Its a great 80's horror movie that should not be overlooked.Its directed by renny harlin and stars viggo mortensen,chelsea field and lane smith.Its about an old school prison warden who is asked to take over a badly aged prison, where he was a guard in 1964.Anyway when he has a few of the prisoners on a work detail they let loose a very nasty spirit who goes after everyone.This movie is worth buying if you can find a copy.Get it,you wont be sorry.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAUGHT! March 9, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Concider the opening credits sequence: creepy Charles Band music escorts a prisoner and his guards to the electric chair. We don't see the inmate, we ARE him: the entire sequence is seen from his point of view; the camera being both his eyes and ours.
We hear the man gasp none the less, and for a moment we remember being the masked killer Michael Myers in John Carpenter's landmark slasher "Halloween" which had the same cinematic trick in the opening minutes.

But as soon as the condemned man is sitting on his death thrown and a hood is being put on his head, covering his face, the camera angle changes: now we see him sitting in the chair, now sharing the guards' points of view. Meanwhile a clock is ticking, the condemned man is strapped tight, deadpan faces of the people around him looking at each other, and at nothing... Tention builds, and at the climax, when even the most experienced horror adict discovers that he's holding his breath in vain, the switch is pulled and sparks explode in our faces. The body is thrashing with convulsions, we hear the man's breathing being smothered. And just when the scene is about to be unbearable to watch....

Yeah, this is a B-movie with some balls and a spine, but beware the shivers crawling down that spine... for this is not your average prison movie - it's a horror flick, and knowing that, we immediately feel a sense of claustrophobia. Together with the characters, we are inside a prison, iron bars and high walls everywhere: So whatever it is that will cause the horror, there is seemingly no escape from it.

Filmed on location in a real prison and with use of real inmates as extra's, the tense atmosphere is created for the most part by the brooding faces we see.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Viggo and Horror fans alike!!!: October 18, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Plot: A prison that has been shut-down since 1968 is being re-opened because the government wont rebuild a new prison. The man who is put in charge was in charge of the prison before it was shut-down in the 60's and still has scary flashbacks because of it. A bunch of convicts are shoved into it, and in no time flat, people start dying.

Atmosphere: I would say this movie starts off strong in the atmosphere and hold it to the very end. It's atmosphere is very ominous and dark.

Acting: Very good here just like in Ghost Town(Which was made by Empire Products as well). Viggo Mortensen in one of his early roles, doesn't have to much dialogue, but is in more of a silent role here and does a fantastic job as the lock picking extraordinaire convict. His acting is miles ahead of everyone else here, though none of the acting is bad, it is all competent and fitting for the material.

Special FX: Very, very, very good. I was really impressed, this movie did not have a large budget, but the effects are great for what is, they are just as good as many bigger budget films.

Deaths: Oh my gosh, yeah, hell yeah! The deaths are extremely gruesome; they are awesome death, so much so, I almost couldn't stand watching. I actually cried during one scene involving a man trapped in a room, I felt so sorry for the guy. :( Very effective death scenes to say the least, while you may not connect with the characters in terms of character development, you sure feel bad for the way they have to die. :(

Overall: As someone else said, this movie blows all expectations right out of the water!!! Why isn't this on DVD along with Ghost Town and The Dolls? With Viggo Mortensen's recent popularity you would have thought they would have put it outl we can only hope. :)

Go rent it or buy it if you can find it! :D

God Bless ~Amy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good 80's horror flick. You will not be disappointed
Published 1 month ago by neil christiano
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
I was so happy to see this film out on DVD\BD! I lived in Wyoming for several years and was delighted to take a tour of the actual prison that this film was shot in. Read more
Published 4 months ago by welshrtjr
3.0 out of 5 stars Good B movie horror flic
Typical supernatural revenge movie but better done with better actors than most B movies. Some of the special effects were pretty innovative considering the age and budget of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joseph R. Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Prison Blu-ray right for the price
Great quality, a collector's piece, right for the price. A must-have for anyone who follows Viggo Mortensen as this is his first movie.
Published 9 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars Prison Blu-ray Review
One of the early films of Viggo Mortensen, which is interesting, but not totally suspenseful and considered a horror. Decent special effects. Overall, it's an entertaining film.
Published 10 months ago by Manny Agah
4.0 out of 5 stars Renny Harlin's fast start!
I feel obligated to preface my review of Renny Harlin's 1988 thriller Prison by stating that I am NOT the world's biggest Renny Harlin fan. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Orlando G. Acosta
5.0 out of 5 stars semi-unbiased Blu-ray/DVD quality review
This is a classic slasher film with excellent kills and a decent story. If you have been hoping to track this film down you shall be pleased to know that it is finally on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by broctune
5.0 out of 5 stars Locked up for too long!
A great nostalgic horror movie from my favorite decade! Beautifully restored on blu ray as well as a powerful dts remaster!
Published 13 months ago by Joshua R. King
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good B Movie with Viggo Mortensen
Fun, creepy, atmospheric, random violence, bloody death. What more could you want from a B-Movie? The ghost of an innocent man who was executed haunts a prison warden for revenge. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars prison
prison is a very good horrow movie all the actors are very good in this movie its different if you like real good horrow movies then this movie is for you.
Published 16 months ago by vernon egolf
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