Synopsis from Grindhouse Releasing:
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.
The G.R. disc comes in a combo pack and the Blu-ray is a thing of great beauty. It's a good transfer; 1.85:1 AR, created from 4k scans! Aside from production stills and trailers and TV spots, you get over two hours of extras including some mammoth interviews that discuss the creation of The Swimmer and Lancaster beyond the movie. I can safely say that this disc is an education. The double sided cover includes a still on the inside and poster art on the outside. The disc includes a booklet filled with liner notes that round out the package and assist greatly in the understanding of the cult presence of a movie that seemed to fail only for us to allow it a new success.
The typical Grindhouse Releasing crowd... bear with me and this release. You're used to Pieces and The Beyond and Cannibal Ferox. It is clearly not one of these pictures. Where it may not necessarily look or sound like something that you'd really enjoy, you probably will. While I find the Twilight Zone reference to be somewhat of a stretch, fans of the Zone should be able to access this release nicely. It isn't a gory nightmare. It isn't B rate. It's actually a high class picture with expert storytelling. It just needed some help to find an audience which is, for now, you. If you have been enjoying this new age of G.R. pictures, The Big Gundown etc., this is another chance to appreciate something, perhaps for the first time.
Order The Swimmer now from DiabolikDVD. Support a great release that is quite touching. This is the filth your used to. It's a work of art (and I don't mean finger paints). And man... this score is going to make you weep if Lancaster's performance doesn't rip your heartstrings right out.