Welcome to the Vinegar Syndrome Staff Picks section, where we highlight our favorite releases from the many other fine labels releasing films on home video. This section, which will be updated semi regularly, features an array of crucial genre films, which no home library should be without.
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.
NTSC All Region
- 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!
- 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 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