Terminal Force (Retromedia) BD-R Review + Screenshots + Packaging Shots

Release Date: August 1989 / October 23rd, 2023
Run Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 18 seconds
Region Code: FREE
Disc Count: 1 (BD-R)
Picture: 1080p (1.66:1 aspect ratio)
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles: No
Slipcover: No
Digital Copy: No
Starring: Richard Harrison, Troy Donahue, Dawn Wildsmith, John Henry Richardson, James R. Sweeney, Cleve Hall
Written by Ernest Farino
Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Rating: R (language, nudity, and some violence)

NOTE: This release is on a BD-R instead of a pressed Blu-ray. I know that this pisses of some collectors who won't buy anything on BD-R because they are somehow lesser. Fred Olen Ray decided to do this because he can release more titles and he'll be saving money in the long. I don't have a problem when these smaller companies release their films on BD-Rs. I would rather have a film on a BD-R than no film at all. This, of course, does not apply to the big studios along with the bigger companies like Shout! or Vinegar Syndrome. There is no reason for them to release anything on a BD-R.




What's It About?

A trigger-happy cop agrees to work on a case during his suspension.

Film Review
It's a Fred Olen Ray film and it delivers on everything it promises.


The box says: "Transferred here from the original 35mm camera negatives in beautiful HD for the first time anywhere." That's it. That doesn't really matter because the picture is what it is. It looks fine. This is a straight scan. No DNR. Instead, we get a thin grain structure and all types of blemishes. Colors are good and the black levels are lovely. It is exactly what you think it would look like. 

The 2.0 track is fun. There hasn't been any restoration done here. You hear hissing from time to time which brings a smile to my face. 


Audio Commentary
Trailer (1m 6s, HD, 1.66:1)

I love Fred Olen Ray commentary tracks and this one is no different. Entertaining and informative. 

The packaging for this one is basic but there is nothing wrong with that. The artwork is not the original artwork used to promote the film in 1989. This artwork looks to be from the DVD release from 2005. The artwork is kind of cool but I will always choose the original artwork. The disc features a portion of the cover artwork.

The BD-R disc is REGION FREE.


Go back and read my thoughts in the "Film Review" section. That is how I feel about the film. In fact, that is what I feel about this release too. If you have seen Retromedia's other blu-ray releases then you have seen them all. The picture is good and the sound is too. It is worth it for Fred Olen Ray films or those who crave 80s straight-to-video action films, then I would get this. I am glad I bought this blu-ray release. It was totally worth it.






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