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Pressure Point

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An original and audacious movie that would seem a shoo-in for a cult following if it had wider circulation, Pressure Point has been released on DVD in a modest but well-executed edition from MGM Home Entertainment. Pressure Point has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1; the black-and-white image is sharp and well-detailed, and the elements look clean and well-preserved. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and ...
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Overview

An original and audacious movie that would seem a shoo-in for a cult following if it had wider circulation, Pressure Point has been released on DVD in a modest but well-executed edition from MGM Home Entertainment. Pressure Point has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1; the black-and-white image is sharp and well-detailed, and the elements look clean and well-preserved. The original English-language soundtrack has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and there are optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Along with the movie's original trailer, the only bonus item is a commentary track from director and co-screenwriter Hubert Cornfield; while he offers some interesting perspectives on the film's production and his working relationship with Stanley Kramer and Sidney Poitier, Cornfield suffers from a severe throat condition which makes his speech difficult to understand much of the time. Still, given this film's relative obscurity, MGM is to be commended for giving it this so strong a release on disc.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Hubert Cornfield; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Pressure Point is so earnest in its intentions, so keen to get across its message, that it's a shame it isn't as compelling a drama as it so desperately wants to be. Not that Pressure is bad; it has enough assets to not only keep it from being bad but to raise it above average. But it has the major flaw of many Stanley Kramer films in that it thinks its message needs to take precedence over dramatic concerns. As a result, much of the screenplay is overly talky and, more problematically, overly obvious. That said, the writers still have managed to concoct a number of scenes that have flair and life in them, and these go a long way to making up for the script's lapses. More importantly, Pressure has a director that demonstrates some flair for handling this material and an actor that delivers a bravura performance that is often electrifying. Director Hubert Cornfield shoots much of the flashback sequences in a dreamy, surreal style that creates cinematic interest and works hard to point up underlying drama whenever possible. And Bobby Darin turns in a stunning performance that raises the film several notches and is deserving of much wider acclaim that it has received. It's a committed, deeply felt, anguished turn that leaves an undeniable impression. Opposite him, the usually formidable Sidney Poitier comes across as too reserved, perhaps shackled by the limitations of the role. Poitier has his moments, but he keeps getting overshadowed by Darin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • UPC: 027616901491
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Poitier Doctor
Bobby Darin Patient
Peter Falk Young psychiatrist
Carl Benton Reid Chief medical officer
Mary Munday Bar hostess
Barry J. Gordon Patient as a Boy
Howard Caine Tavern owner
Anne Barton Mother
Yvette Vickers Drunken woman
Clegg Hoyt Pete
Richard Bakalyan Jimmy
Butch Patrick Playmate
Leonard Geiger
Gilbert Green
Lynn Loring
James Anderson Father
Technical Credits
Hubert Cornfield Director, Screenwriter
Phil Bowles Asst. Director
Nate H. Edwards Production Manager
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Stanley Kramer Producer
George Lane Makeup
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
S. Lee Pogostin Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
George C. Webb Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Off the Case [:10]
2. "Keep Laughing" [5:14]
3. The Solitary Nazi [6:19]
4. Sudden Blackouts [4:27]
5. An Only Child [5:08]
6. ...With Imaginary Friends [5:18]
7. "You're the Only One" [6:11]
8. Tick-Tack-Toe [8:28]
9. The Girl with the Apples [7:50]
10. A Cause Like Any Other [6:09]
11. The Equality Lie [3:33]
12. The Body in the Sink [5:11]
13. Storm Trooper's Parole [3:15]
14. A Changed Man [4:06]
15. Going Nowhere [7:55]
16. "I Didn't Quit" [5:23]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by director Hubert Cornfield: On
      Audio Commentary by director Hubert Cornfield: Off
      Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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