The Swimmer (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the ultimate late-60s studio-produced cult film, THE SWIMMER. In his finest performance, Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merrill, a man who confronts his destiny by swimming home, pool by pool, through the suburban nightmare of upper-class East Coast society. Based on the acclaimed short story by John Cheever, and directed by Frank Perry (DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, MOMMIE DEAREST), THE SWIMMER is a film like no other, a feature-length TWILIGHT ZONE episode by way of THE NEW YORKER.
- 2 DISC SET - Deluxe dual layer Blu-ray Edition + DVD combo
- Spectacular new digital restoration created from 4K scans for optimal picture quality
- The Story of THE SWIMMER - brand new, five-part, 2-1/2 hour documentary by Oscar-winner Chris Innis featuring in-depth interviews with stars Janet Landgard, Joan Rivers and Marge Champion, composer Marvin Hamlisch, film editor Sidney Katz, assistant directors Michael Hertzberg and Ted Zachary, UCLA Olympic swim coach Bob Horn, and Joanna Lancaster
- The original NEW YORKER short story read by author John Cheever
- 12 page booklet with liner notes by legendary director Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR)
- Rare production stills from the lost alternate scenes
- Extensive still galleries, trailers and TV spots
- AND OTHER SURPRISES!
Totally engrossing, thanks to its very strangeness, and to the superb performances and vivd location photography. Five stars - Geoff Andrew, Time Out New York
Grim, disturbing and sometimes funny...the film has the shape of an open-ended hallucination - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
A strange, stylized work, a brilliant and disturbing one - Roger Ebert
Top Customer Reviews
I wonder if I would have appreciated it at age 16, when I saw that trailer. Probably not. I think one has to experience a lot of what Ned Merrill has before this film would really hit home - and hit home it does! I'm not going to give away any of the plot, so no need for spoiler alerts here. Suffice to say that you are painfully aware at the start that all is not as it seems, and as the story progresses the veil (of forgetfulness? of denial? of self rationalization?) is slowly and inexorably lifted, until the soul-shattering climax (which by then you've been fearfully anticipating) at the movie's end.
I truly wish I could say this movie was "dated", because that would mean its terrible, nihilistic vision of the hollowness of suburban life was also no longer relevant - sadly, it remains as current as last minute's Facebook posting or Instagram.
Burt Lancaster is at the top of his form here - flawless performance. Janet Landgard and Janice Rule are also superb.
I think it is important to support the few companies that are still interested in putting out films and giving us something extra!
It is terrific presentations like this , with interesting and informative extras that make something worth owning and collecting.
swimmer“The Swimmer” probes the fragmented psyche of a wealthy townie who swims from one pool to the next in a wealthy Connecticut suburb, gradually reliving his failed personal and professional life along the way. Lancaster stars as Ned Merrill, and gives a tremendous performance as a guy experiencing his past and re-experiencing his downfall, which is partially revealed in a series of mostly ambiguous run-ins with various neighbors. From his family’s nubile babysitter (Janet Landgard) to his former mistress (Janice Rule), it’s clear something has happened to Ned’s job and (possibly) family, and yet director Frank Perry and screenwriter Eleanor Perry (the director’s then-wife) do a remarkable job retaining enough of the mystery from Cheever’s story so it’s never completely explained. Lancaster, meanwhile, is superb in a demanding role that ranges from a sexist, cheating, demeaning louse to a sympathetic loser who’s fallen from grace (look also for Joan Rivers as a party guest Burt hits on late in the film!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a relatively obscure film adapted from a John Cheever story. I caught it a while back late at night on a movie channel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hobgoblin
Such a heavy movie. Watching it was like being in weird trance like state. Haha it was a great movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by louierumbler
Saw this on TMC with Gilbert Godfrey hosting. Lancaster's performance is impeccable. Great film if you don't require frenetic gunfights and fiends from space or Hell.Published 5 months ago by Myth DeMorte
A dreamlike tale in which our main character crashes one pool party after another on the last day of the swim season. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JJ Dyn O Mite!
Worth having for the exhaustive making of docu alone, where everyone still living is interviewed.Published 9 months ago by DJ Ilott
A tragic look at a man trying to find the american dream with the help of suburban swimming pools. We learn more about the Swimmer from his interactions with the other characters... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anonymous Rogue