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 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Grindhouse Releasing will bring to Blu-ray director Frank Perry's The Swimmer (1968), starring Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, and Tony Bickley. The release will be available for purchase in the United States on March 11th.

This much admired cult classic stars Burt Lancaster as Ned Merrill, who decides to swim across the country, using a chain of swimming pools in his friends' gardens. Along the way he meets a host of women from his past, faces humiliation, embarrassment and steamy encounters, before arriving home with a startling revelation. Studio bosses felt that the movie was too confused, and brought in director Sydney Pollack to tighten the narrative.

Special Features:
•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 More...

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=12956

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

This is a definite buy for me. I originally saw THE SWIMMER when it was broadcast in the early 1970s on the CBS Late Night Movie, and I've owned it on every video format since.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 11:33 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

An absolute must buy -- how great there is a full length documentary with some of the actors.Too bad they couldnt locate deleted scenes or outtakes - even the original footage with Barbara Loden as Ned Merrill' s ex- mistress , who was replaced by Janice Rule.

I believe that I saw it originally in 1967 at the Lake Theater in Kenosha, Wisconsin -- I
loved it then and ever since.

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2014 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Just received my copy. (thank you Grindhouse!!!)
The extras look fantastic (no soundtrack cd, alas frown )

will have more info after I watch it
smile
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2014 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Just received my copy. (thank you Grindhouse!!!)
The extras look fantastic (no soundtrack cd, alas frown )

will have more info after I watch it
smile
bruce



Yes, please tell us how it looks and sounds! Can I also ask where you got it? Says the release date was pushed back to March 25. This is my favorite film! I saw it when I was 13 years old at The Beverly Theatre in Beverly Hills with about 3 other people in the whole theatre. I wonder if Preston knows about this release...(he's talked about working on the film extensively here on these boards). Also, I don't know if it's on the Blu-Ray but any of you who love this film should check out Marvin's interview about it with clips etc. which can be watched here:

http://thecinemacafe.com/the-cinema-treasure-hunter/2013/7/22/end-credits-4-cinemas-lost-treasures-of-2012

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Just received my copy. (thank you Grindhouse!!!)
The extras look fantastic (no soundtrack cd, alas frown )

will have more info after I watch it
smile
bruce



Yes, please tell us how it looks and sounds!
Can I also ask where you got it?


Grindhouse sent me a review copy.
I am about to watch it.

Will report back Monday or Tuesday!
brm

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

FYi
CINEMA RETRO did an extensive feature about the making of the film a few issues back.
Check it out!( Its the one with Hammer Films & DRACULA on the cover}

 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2014 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Mr. Marshall's review of Grindhouse releasing THE SWIMMER:

The blu-ray release will thrill any fan of the film and is a great way for newcomers to discover this 'arthouse' classic.
The print used is flawless and the transfer is exxxxxxcccccellent!
The Marvin Hamlisch score, though in mono, sounds first rate. An isolated stereo music track,
synced up to the film, is one of many terrific extras.

There are several docs about the making of the film. These contain many nuggets of choice
behind-the scenes info - the best being that Burt Lancaster could not swim!
Unfortunately, the major creative forces that produced the film are no longer with us. Thus , the bulk of the interviews are a bit prosaic. The main interviewees are the first and second assistant directors who tell us , repeatedly, "Lancaster was a total professional". Not exactly earth shattering. A little trimming of these docs would have improved the overall viewing experience.

All in all a great package.

Check it out!
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2014 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

Any shots and/or filmed scenes of the rejected sequences featuring Barbara Loden (later replaced by Janice Rule) ?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2014 - 11:06 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Mr. Marshall's review of Grindhouse releasing THE SWIMMER:

The blu-ray release will thrill any fan of the film and is a great way for newcomers to discover this 'arthouse' classic.
The print used is flawless and the transfer is exxxxxxcccccellent!
The Marvin Hamlisch score, though in mono, sounds first rate. An isolated stereo music track,
synced up to the film, is one of many terrific extras.

There are several docs about the making of the film. These contain many nuggets of choice
behind-the scenes info - the best being that Burt Lancaster could not swim!
Unfortunately, the major creative forces that produced the film are no longer with us. Thus , the bulk of the interviews are a bit prosaic. The main interviewees are the first and second assistant directors who tell us , repeatedly, "Lancaster was a total professional". Not exactly earth shattering. A little trimming of these docs would have improved the overall viewing experience.

All in all a great package.

Check it out!
bruce


Thanks so much for sharing that. Great news about the transfer. I'm really looking forward to it.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 2:44 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Hi, Arthur! As ever, I hope this finds you well and thriving.

I only noticed this item up for pre-sale a few weeks ago on Amazon, which recently notified me that I'd be receiving my copy earlier than expected due to a stepped-up release date, but so far I haven't seen it in my mailbox. I'm very much looking forward to it, bells and whistles included. But I'm also frankly disappointed that nobody connected with the project seems to have been aware of me and what I could have contributed to the proceedings.

(Ironically, just a very few days ago, I was contacted by a fellow who wants to interview me for a book he's planning on the life and films of Frank Perry.)
'

NON SEQUITOR: The other F.P. film on which I labored has finally been released this past year on DVD (with NO bells or whistles): MAN ON A SWING.

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

DVDBeaver review is up. Looks good and seems a must-have for those interested.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreview/swimmer.htm

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)


... I'm also frankly disappointed that nobody connected with the project seems to have been aware of me and what I could have contributed to the proceedings.

(.


I know how you feel, Preston.
I...KNOW....HOW....YOU.....FEEL
wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

My review along with Andre "The Giant" Dursin are now posted at Amazon.
Vote for the one that was "most helpful"
smile
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Hey Preston,

Glad you found this thread. I was hoping you could identify this swimmer picture as it's not in the movie itself. Would still love to publish your experiences on: http://thecinemacafe.com/the-cinema-treasure-hunter if you're interested.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2014 - 3:42 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Mr. Marshal, thanks for your consolation. Do you ever get down-state? We should get together at some imbibery and drown our sorrows together.

Arthur, I have an open mmd, thanks, to the notion you propose. Perhaps some day, weather permitting...

At postage stamp size here in the Board, that photo does not immediately identify itself to my memory bank with any certainty. If I could see it at actual size, and have reference to my copy of the script and the film itself, perhaps i could be more helpful in this regard. Very little that was written went un-filmed, and very little that was filmed wasn't used in the final cut. (This of course is aside from those scenes which were re-cast and completely re-shot.)

Perhaps this is a candid, showing ol' Splash cozying up to the infamous Mrs. Edelstein...

My hunch, though, is that it shows Burt playing the scene which was later re-shot with Kim Hunter.
























 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2014 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Mr. Marshal, thanks for your consolation. Do you ever get down-state? We should get together at some imbibery and drown our sorrows together.

THAT'S MarshaLL!
smile
you will hafta come north as i do not drive a car
btw i checked the credits to see if you were amongst those "thanked"

you wernt
frown
brm
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/
. sgo

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2014 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

My review along with Andre "The Giant" Dursin are now posted at Amazon.
Vote for the one that was "most helpful"
smile
brm


The current tally:

Dursin : 2 out of two "helpfuls"
Marshall : 1 out of one "helpfuls"

vote dammit!


ahahahahahha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   Dene Kernohan   (Member)

Hello everyone

A huge fan of The Swimmer here, and the Blu-ray is awesome.

I still have Preston Neal Jones's memories of the production, very kindly posted on here(?) some years back, printed out and inserted in the 2003 DVD. Found them again the other evening.

They actually answered a query I had. There is a phenomenal PDF on the Blu-ray set, Eleanor Perry's account of the production, entitled "The Shallow End or: How 'The Swimmer' Drowned". I wondered where that had originated - Preston mentions it in his essay. It was for a magazine, but she was persuaded not to submit it for fear of damaging her career.

Anyway, just thought I'd point this out. It's an incredible addition. The 3rd draft screenplay is on there too.

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

My review along with Andre "The Giant" Dursin are now posted at Amazon.
Vote for the one that was "most helpful"
smile
brm


The current tally:

Dursin : 3 out of 3 "helpfuls"
Marshall : 2 out of 2 "helpfuls"

vote dammit!


ahahahahahha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bruce



i cant believe i'm losin' to this guy!
BRM

 
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