Here’s a quick update from the good peo­ple at Grindhouse Releasing: their blu-ray/DVD spe­cial edi­tion of The Swimmer will now be mak­ing its debut on March 25th.  The press release reprint­ed below is worth read­ing to any­one inter­est­ed to this set as it offers more details on the set’s spe­cial fea­tures, which include an epic new doc­u­men­tary on the film enti­tled The Story Of The Swimmer.  If you read through to the end, you’ll also see some info on upcom­ing Grindhouse releas­es for 2014.  Read on for all the new details…

Grindhouse Releasing Presents THE SWIMMER — New Street Date March 25

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present Burt Lancaster in THE SWIMMER, based on the famed sto­ry by John Cheever, arriv­ing March 25, 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD in a spec­tac­u­lar new collector’s edi­tion.

THE SWIMMER is avail­able for pre-order now at Amazon:

Lancaster stars in THE SWIMMER 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. Roger Ebert hailed THE SWIMMER as “bril­liant and dis­turbing”, and Lancaster “superb in the finest per­for­mance of his career.” 

THE SWIMMER trail­er:


Swimmer-bluThe film was direct­ed by Frank Perry (DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, PLAY IT AS IT LAYS, MOMMIE DEAREST) from a script by Eleanor Perry.

The new Blu-ray/DVD set boasts a wealth of bonus fea­tures includ­ing the brand-new 2 1/2 hour doc­u­men­tary “The Story of THE SWIMMER” by Oscar win­ner Chris Innis. 

The Story of THE SWIMMER” includes 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 new Blu-ray/DVD set fea­tures a vin­tage audio record­ing of John Cheever read­ing his famous sto­ry “The Swimmer”, which first appeared in The New Yorker in 1964.

THE SWIMMER Blu-ray/DVD also offers a 12-page book­let with lin­er notes by direc­tor Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR), rare pro­duc­tion stills from the lost alter­nate sce­nes, exten­sive still gal­leries, trail­ers, TV spots, and more. The cov­er art for the disc is a new paint­ing by renowned Stephen King cov­er artist Glen Orbik (JOYLAND, THE COLORADO KID).

Releasing THE SWIMMER is a coup for Grindhouse Releasing, the com­pa­ny found­ed by the late Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski and known for its restora­tions of Italian cult-hor­ror clas­sics such as Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND and Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

We are thrilled to be bring­ing THE SWIMMER to Blu-ray and DVD in one of our most com­pre­hen­sive releas­es to date,” says Grindhouse Releasing pres­i­dent and co-founder Bob Murawski.  “THE SWIMMER is one of those off­beat late-60s stu­dio films that real­ly defies expla­na­tion. It is ulti­mate­ly as bleak and emo­tion­al­ly dis­turbing as any­thing by Deodato or Gaspar Noe.  We are extreme­ly proud to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to present this almost-for­got­ten clas­sic, and, as usu­al, have spared no effort or expense in giv­ing it the best release pos­si­ble.”

THE SWIMMER fol­lows Grindhouse Releasing’s acclaimed Blu-ray collector’s edi­tions of Sergio Sollima’s THE BIG GUNDOWN, star­ring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian, Robert Hartford-Davis’ CORRUPTION, star­ring Peter Cushing, and Amos Sefer’s AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL, star­ring Asher Tzarfati and Shmuel Wolf. 

Grindhouse Releasing has also issued Sage Stallone’s award-win­ning acclaimed short film VIC, star­ring Clu Gulager (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE KILLERS). DVD Talk calls VIC “tru­ly unfor­get­table — a must-see, must-own short film” and Cinema Retro hails VIC as “an extra­or­di­nary film that packs an emo­tion­al wal­lop”. 

THE BIG GUNDOWN, a mas­sive 4-disc set of the cel­e­brat­ed spaghet­ti Western that includes Blu-ray, DVD, and the orig­i­nal sound­track by Ennio Morricone on CD, was hailed as the “the Blu-ray release of the year…absolutely stun­ning” (DVD Verdict), “a must-see” ( “superb on every lev­el” (Cinema Retro) and “first-rate…one of the best home enter­tain­ment pack­ages of the year” (The Film Corner).

CORRUPTION, the first U.S. home video release of the gory Peter Cushing shock­er, earned applause from hor­ror con­nois­seurs around the world. CORRUPTION was named Blu-ray of the Year (The Splatter Times) and called “the answer to many a hor­ror fan’s prayers…easily one of the most sig­nif­i­cant British hor­ror releas­es in the Blu-ray era…definitely one for the ages and, in its own bloody and twist­ed way, a lit­tle mir­a­cle most fans nev­er expect­ed to hap­pen.” (Mondo Digital)

Among the next Blu-ray titles from Grindhouse Releasing are Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND, for which Murawski and Innis recent­ly shot a new fea­turet­te on loca­tion in New Orleans. 

Grindhouse Releasing will also issue Fulci’s CAT IN THE BRAIN, Duke Mitchell’s  GONE WITH THE POPE and MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE, Juan Piquer Simon’s PIECES, in a new 4K trans­fer, and S.F. Brownrigg’s SCUM OF THE EARTH.

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(Blu-ray/DVD com­bo) (1968)

Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Joan Rivers. Director: Frank Perry. Rated: PG.

Color — 1.85:1 — 1968 — 95 min­utes — Region 0 

Release Date:  March 25, 2014


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