I’ve always been of the opinion that Stuart Gordon’s futuristic prison flick Fortress doesn’t get enough love. Not a perfect movie by any means, but one I’ll be more than happy to add to my Blu-ray collection and hope you will too, lest I be forced to activate the Intestinator.
Stuart Gordon followed-up Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dolls, and Robot Jox by stepping into Paul Verhoeven territory with this violent 1992 sci-fi thriller starring Highlander Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin as a husband and (pregnant) wife arrested for violating the population control policies of the dystopian future; their punishment being a life sentence in a corporate-controlled, state-of-the-art, supermax prison.
Robocop villain and “That 70’s Show” dad Kurtwood Smith plays the authoritarian prison warden who takes an unhealthy obsession on Lambert’s wife. Mohawked Road Warrior bad guy Vernon Wells and Re-Animator himself, Jeffrey Combs, co-star as fellow inmates.
Echo Bridge Entertainment will bring the underrated Fortress to Blu-ray for the first time on May 7th. Being that this is an Echo Bridge release that you can pre-order right now on Amazon for about $10, I wouldn’t expect much by way of disc extras. I just hope the HD print isn’t just a slightly upgraded DVD copy.
And for those of you in need of even more 1990’s sci-fi horrors, Universal has announced plans to release both The Lawnmower Man and its nigh unwatchable sequel Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace on Blu-ray sometime later this year. We’ll have more on those releases – the former much more than the latter – when Universal announces more specifics.
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