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The movie, though, is great and in widescreen format. Wes Craven departs from his usual gore to make a comic book hero into a comic book movie, with lots of action and derring-do. There's even a poignant love story. It's a fast moving romp in the swamp.
Adrienne's nude bathing scene has been restored in this DVD version. For some reason it was edited out of the U.S. theatrical release, although not the European version. But now the complete movie is available, and I recommend this DVD to all Adrienne Barbeau fans, all Wes Craven fans, and all comic book fans.
But, there are 2 distinct versions out there. If you want the US version, then buy the RED title cover. It is also 91 minutes. If you're looking for the added nudity version, then buy the GREEN title cover. The run time for the green version is 93 minutes. Then again, it makes more sense that the less butchered version is 2 minutes longer.
Plain English: RED = Less nekkid, GREEN = more nekkid. Get it?
Purists will tell you that SWAMP THING is based on a DC comic, it's about a scientist who accidentally gets a potent chemical spilled on him and he becomes the title character, etc., etc. But look at the cover photo for this movie. Is the Swamp Thing the first thing your eyes are drawn to?
Admittedly, the movie is kind of fun on its own terms. It's rated PG, so the violence and language isn't terribly off-putting. And the romance between Alice Cable (Barbeau) and the Swamp Thing is actually kind of sweet.
But all that aside, writer-director Wes Craven realized that when you're shooting on a minimal budget, you go for whatever special effects you can muster. And in this case, he had the mother lode of natural special effects. In the pre-cable-TV 1970's, how many teenagers got through puberty via their weekly viewing of Adrienne Barbeau bouncing across the set on "Maude"?
Lest you think I have lapsed into tastelessness, be warned that I am not the only one to ga-ga over La Barbeau. Twenty years after the movie's premiere, I still recall The Village Voice raving, "Adrienne sloshes through the swamp, arms flailing, wet T-shirted ..." And Joe Bob Briggs devoted an entire evening to his comments about Adrienne's pneumatic qualities when he showed the movie on TNT. The transcript of this episode is even available on the Internet (at my Barbeau website), if you dare to read it.
So let's cut to the chase. Adrienne spends most of the movie in tight-fitting T-shirts (wet whenever possible), a low-cut evening gown, and even, in a lingering but discreet shot (again, this is PG), topless.Read more ›
The Bad: The film itself is the 91-minute U.S. version re-issued by MGM for SWAMPY's second go-around on dvd (in other words, no au natural shots of Barbeau). More info here: http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=11285
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Another SF triumph. The special features are almost as good as the cleaned up version of the film.Published 28 days ago by eluchon
I liked this movie a lot more when I was younger, but it's still a fun, cheesy flick to watch. With all the remakes being done in the world of movies, I believe Swamp Thing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Troy Kurz
I remembered years (and years) ago thinking SWAMP THING was a modestly good D.C Comic-turned-movie; kind of a mild, good for the 'older kids' horror movie with secret formulas and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by a walther
An odd inclusion in Wes Craven's list of films he's made, Swamp Thing tells the story of Dr. Alec Holland and Alice Cable who have developed a secret formula that could end world... Read morePublished 4 months ago by blackaciddevil
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