FALLING DOWN Deluxe Edition DVD Review
Today, May 26, Warner Bros. just released a Deluxe Edition DVD and Blu-ray of the classic Michael Douglas movie, FALLING DOWN. I’ll admit that I had never seen Falling Down before, but always wanted to. The release of the Deluxe Edition seemed like the perfect opportunity.
The image that I always had of Falling Down was the poster featuring Michael Douglas standing in the middle, his suitcase on one hand and a gun on the other. Other than that I didn’t really know anything about what the movie was about.
What a trip that was. How had I not seen this before?! It was a really good movie even for today’s standards. I will go even further and say that Falling Down is even better than most movies that have come out lately.
Michael Douglas gave an incredible performance as Bill Foster aka D-Fense, a man who snaps one day when he finds himself in traffic and decides to walk across Los Angeles to go see his daughter for her birthday. Along the way he meets quite a variety of people that only feed into his anger of what the world has come to. Now armed with a gym bag full of guns, he will try to find his way back home.
Even though the audience might at first empathize with Foster, because after all he is expressing some common feelings that we might all have felt at one point or another, I would call his journey “when keeping it real goes wrong.” Foster does take things a little too far.
Parallel to his story, we meet Detective Martin Prendergast, played by Robert Duvall, a cop who is about to retire, but didn’t know that his last day might end a little later than anticipated.
Overall, the movie has a really brilliant cast which brings a truly original and captivating script to life.
If you are a fan of Michael Douglas and/or Robert Duvall, or just feel like watching a smart, well-directed, and well-acted film, I suggest you take a look at Falling Down.
Fun fact: I have walked in front of the house of Foster’s wife in the film in Venice ton of times. It’s kind of fun to see how everything looked back in the early nineties.
In addition to the movie, the DVD also features a short featurette of Michael Douglas looking back at the movie and talking about D-Fens. Also, fans may be excited to know that the DVD also features a commentary by Michael Douglas and director Joel Schumacher.
You can find more information about the DVD below.
Falling Down Synopsis: Freeways are clogged. Terror stalks our cities. At shops and restaurants, the customer is seldom right. Pressures of big-city life can anger anyone. But Bill Foster is more than angry. He’s out to get even. Foster abandons his gridlocked car license plate D-FENS on the hottest day of the year and walks straight into an urban nightmare both absurdly funny and shatteringly violent. Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is Foster, an ordinary guy at war with the frustrations of daily life. Fellow Oscar winner Robert Duvall is the savvy cop obsessed with stopping Fosters citywide rampage. This spellbinding thriller is their story, asking? Are we falling apart??
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