THE SWIMMER

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USA, 1968. Director: Frank Perry. Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Joan Rivers. 95 Mins.

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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.

The new SWIMMER Blu-ray/DVD combo is packed with bonus features, including the debut of Oscar-winning film editor Chris Innis’ all-new 2 1/2 hour documentary THE STORY OF THE SWIMMER, praised as “miraculous” (Blu-ray.com) and “a fascinating Hollywood story.” (Mondo Digital)

Praise for THE SWIMMER:

“Burt Lancaster is superb in his finest performance. Four stars.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Totally engrossing, thanks to its very strangeness, and to the superb performances and vivid 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

Praise for the Grindhouse Releasing Blu-ray/DVD of THE SWIMMER and Chris Innis’ THE STORY OF THE SWIMMER:

“THE SWIMMER is a knockout punch of a film and one of the great dramas of the 1960s…a terrific package!” – DVD Verdict

“FIVE STARS! Continues Grindhouse’s exemplary work in the BD realm, with a gorgeous filmic offering…THE SWIMMER looks fresh and inviting on this disc, preserving the moods and mystery of the original cinematography. Scoring (from the late Marvin Hamlisch) stands out as clean and rich with instrumentation, providing bold orchestral support to the picture without drowning out the on-screen action. As with the visual experience, everything here is freshly prepared, delivering what was originally designed without distortion. It’s bold work and a forgotten film that deserves a fresh audience, with this exemplary BD providing a perfect opportunity to discover its numerous treasures.” – Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“If you have a favorite cult film, you should only hope that it gets on Grindhouse Releasing’s radar, as they have done exceptionally well by THE SWIMMER. A fascinating film, it’s been matched by a tremendous presentation, both in terms of the audio/video quality and the depth and quantity of the bonus content, especially the hugely enlightening documentary.” – DVD Talk

“‘The Story of ‘The Swimmer’ is a miraculous five-part documentary from Innis that dissects the feature in full, with specific attention to Lancaster’s star power and the BTS strife that almost prevented the movie from being released. Enthusiastic interviews are richly detailed with anecdotes and memories…the candor put forth here is outstanding, generating a riveting tale of a Hollywood tug of war…It’s an exhaustive documentary, but there’s never a dull moment.” – Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“Brilliant! It is fascinating…spectacular film!” – Ain’t It Cool News

“A spectacular Blu-ray/DVD release…a dynamite package that’s my favorite release so far in 2014. Unquestionably recommended!” – Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant

“The much-needed special edition by Grindhouse easily eclipses them all both in terms of technical presentation and supplements…in HD, it really looks fantastic. There hasn’t been any ridiculous digital manipulation, either; it still looks like film all the way. Audio options include a DTS-HD mono track (which sounds great) and, in a nice gesture, an isolated stereo presentation of the music score by Marvin Hamlisch (his film debut).” – Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

“Grindhouse Releasing gives THE SWIMMER a fantastic Blu-ray debut. The presentation is up to the high standards set by their past releases as are the supplements which prove to be both comprehensive and genuinely interesting. The story behind this one is just as interesting as the movie itself. A fantastic package through and through.” – Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

“The new Grindhouse Releasing of THE SWIMMER looks marvelous…I love this film, which has elevated to a cult status in certain circles. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.” – Flicker Alley

“The new high definition digital restoration created from 4K scans brings this movie back to its original gleaming glory. THE SWIMMER is a beautifully photographed film and you will get to see all the spectacular imagery with this special edition. The superbly produced Blu-ray/DVD package is jammed with extra features that will give new and old fans of the movie a very complete view of the production from start to finish. Recommended!” – Furious Cinema

“An emotionally draining experience. THE SWIMMER is a very effective, and sometimes surreal drama.  The freshly restored print alone would likely warrant a purchase from most fans of the film, but as to be expected with Grindhouse Releasing, there are a wealth of incredible bonus features that make this truly essential. The highlight of the package would have to be THE STORY OF THE SWIMMER, a brand-new 2 1/2 hour documentary by Oscar winner Chris Innis.” – Brain-Hammer.com

“A BIZARRE MASTERPIECE…This remarkable restoration of THE SWIMMER is not to be missed.” – Mack Blankenship, SSS Horror Reviews

“It isn’t every day that a movie such as The Swimmer is released to the screen, but thankfully Grindhouse Releasing has realized the glory of this film, and how its impact can continue to be felt, so many years after its original theatrical run. The Swimmer is simply one of the must-see home video releases of 2014.” – George Pacheco, 10K Bullets

“The Swimmer is an odyssey that comes Highly Recommended. From Burt Lancaster’s career best performance, to the beautiful cinematography and strange and compelling story, there is so much to be captivated by in this 1968 rebel of a film. The transfer from Grindhouse Releasing is simply one of the best restorations I have come across for a film of this age, and they have included a generous amount of bonus material for fans of the film. This is a must-own release.” – Photon City News

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2 thoughts on “THE SWIMMER”

  1. I remember seeing this in college when a teacher brought in their personal 16mm copy to screen. I wonder what I would of thought without someone walking me through and explaining what was going on.

    Definitely way more an Art House Film and not an exploitation movie. But it’s nice to see GR releasing something that is both out of their box and also completely appropriate (not to mention a cult film that no one else was touching…. but film fanatics were dying for someone to give it justice.)

    Surprised this wasn’t a Criterion release, but who else beside GR would give it this great a release.

    Bravo! Hope to see more like this.

  2. This is one of my favorite movies of all time! My grandfather showed it to me on a Saturday Matinee when I was only 8 years old and I remember him saying, “Burt Lancaster was the greatest athlete in Hollywood!” I rediscovered THE SWIMMER in college because I remembered how dark and gloomy the ending left me as a kid. By that time I was a huge fan of the experimental cinema of my professors, Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. They were so excited to hear that I knew about THE SWIMMER. Frank Perry was on some next level experimental narrative shit!
    I am so excited that you are keeping this existential American masterpiece alive! You guys rock!
    Thank you
    Joey Curtis
    writer, BLUE VALENTINE
    writer/director, QUATTRO NOZA
    writer/director, 2307: WINTER’S DREAM

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