March will find Grindhouse Releasing break­ing new ground in their cat­a­log when they release The Swimmer, a clas­sic Hollywood film with Burt Lancaster.  Based on a John Cheever short sto­ry, it was direct­ed by Frank Perry and explores sub­ur­ban des­per­a­tion in a dis­tinc­tive and dar­ing way.  Grindhouse will release a new­ly remas­tered ver­sion of the film in a blu-ray/DVD com­bo pack that will fea­ture plen­ti­ful extras, the most note­wor­thy being a 2 1/2 hour doc­u­men­tary on the film from Oscar win­ner Chris Innis.  Read on for all the sub­ur­bia-gets-sur­re­al details…

THE SWIMMER Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD

Grindhouse Releasing Presents Lavish Special Edition of Hollywood Classic

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present Burt Lancaster in the 1968 clas­sic THE SWIMMER,  based on the acclaimed short sto­ry by John Cheever. Newly restored in high def­i­n­i­tion from 4K scans, the deluxe Blu-ray/DVD edi­tion of THE SWIMMER arrives on March 11, 2013.

THE SWIMMER is avail­able for pre-order now at

Swimmer-bluLancaster 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. Roger Ebert hailed THE SWIMMER as “bril­liant and dis­turbing”, and Lancaster “superb in the finest per­for­mance of his career.” The 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 SWIMMER is an unusu­al choice for Grindhouse Releasing, the inde­pen­dent dis­trib­u­tor known for its lav­ish spe­cial edi­tions of Italian hor­ror and exploita­tion films such as Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND and Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. As with the company’s recent acclaimed releas­es of Sergio Sollima’s THE BIG GUNDOWN and the Peter Cushing hor­ror clas­sic CORRUPTION, Grindhouse Releasing licensed THE SWIMMER from Sony/Columbia and has ded­i­cat­ed a mas­sive amount of work to the new Blu-ray/DVD release.

THE SWIMMER is one of those off­beat late-60s stu­dio films that real­ly defies expla­na­tion,” says Grindhouse Releasing pres­i­dent and co-founder Bob Murawski.  “It’s not an exploita­tion film by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion, but it is ulti­mate­ly as bleak and emo­tion­al­ly dis­turbing as any­thing by Deodato or Gasper 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. ”

Bonus fea­tures on the Blu-ray/DVD include THE STORY OF THE SWIMMER, a brand-new 2 1/2 hour doc­u­men­tary by Oscar win­ner Chris Innis. This com­pre­hen­sive, five-part mak­ing-of doc­u­men­tary 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 swim coach Bob Horn, and Joanna Lancaster.

Grindhouse Releasing’s THE SWIMMMER Blu-ray also includes a rare vin­tage audio record­ing of author John Cheever read­ing his orig­i­nal NEW YORKER short sto­ry, 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.

In addi­tion to THE SWIMMER, Grindhouse Releasing has a big slate of much sought-after titles in the works for Blu-ray release. Among the films view­ers can expect to see hit­ting Blu-ray soon are Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND and A CAT IN THE BRAIN, Umberto Lenzi’s CANNIBAL FEROX, Juan Piquer Simon’s PIECES, S.F. Brownrigg’s SCUM OF THE EARTH, and Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE and MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE.

Founded in 1996 by Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing is ded­i­cat­ing to restor­ing and pre­serv­ing under­ap­pre­ci­at­ed cult and exploita­tion films. The company’s most recent releas­es include Sage Stallone’s VIC, star­ring Clu Gulager, 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.

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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 11, 2014

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