A guy who starts spinning his wheels during a heat wave? First of all, of course, this sounds very much like William Foster played by Michael Douglas in Joel Schumacher’s cult classic “Falling Down” from 1993. However, many people do not even know that only four years later a film with a similar premise followed. Because even if “Under Pressure” eventually found its way to Germany, the DVD that was released many years ago is not only quite outdated today, but also hardly available in stores. The upcoming new edition is more than overdue.
“Under Pressure” will be released on October 20, 2022 as a limited Mediabook edition including DVD and Blu-ray and will celebrate its German HD premiere in a few months.
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Originally produced for the cinema, the English original was released direct-to-video under the title “Bad Day On The Block” – and thus disappeared, so to speak (for comparison: Bei IMDB the film holds 1,785 votes, “Falling Down” over 187,000). But does “Under Pressure” deserve a little more attention? With the Blu-ray premiere here, he definitely gets it.
Lyle Wilder (“Two And A Half Men” star Charlie Sheen) is going through a tough time. The house of the impulsive firefighter is slowly rotting away, his wife and child have long since fled – and the fact that the perfect family idyll seems to reign next door doesn’t make the whole thing any better. On the contrary. He blames the supposedly flawless Bravertons next door for the fact that his ex obtained a restraining order against him.
During a heat wave, Lyle needs an outlet for his bad mood, a way to let off steam. His goal? The family next door, which he relentlessly terrorized from then on. The Bravertons didn’t hesitate to call the police to keep the increasingly insane Lyle at bay, but that’s easier said than done. After all, he once saved a baby from a burning crack house and has had practically untouchable hero status ever since. And a hero would never do anything bad, right?
In addition to Charlie Sheen, David Andrews (“Terminator 3”), Mare Winningham (“News from the World”) and Noah Fleiss (“Brick”) also await you in “Under Pressure” as the Braverton family. Directed by Craig R. Baxley, who made a name for himself in the 70s and 80s primarily as a stuntman and, among other things, also action with a cult factor such as “Dark Angel” with Dolph Lundgren, “Action Jackson” with Carl Weathers and Vanity and a Directed a series of “The A-Team” episodes. As a stunt coordinator, he also worked on the sci-fi action cult, among other things “Predator” with.
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