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DVD Review HTF REVIEW: "Swimfan" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Swimfan





    Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
    Year: 2002
    Rated: PG-13
    Film Length: 85 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (2.35:1) and Full Frame (1.33:1) versions
    Subtitles: English, French and Spanish




    His biggest fan just became his worst nightmare.


    Ever watch a film and find yourself suddenly tuning
    it all out to the point where the images playing out
    before you suddenly become one constant blur? That
    is probably the best way to describe my viewing of
    Swimfan, perhaps the biggest "ho-hum" film of
    the past year. It's nothing more than an overplayed
    cliche of the worst thrillers of the last 10 years
    that all start and end with the same exact scenarios.

    You've seen it all before --- boy has girl but meets
    new girl who seduces him. Boy wants nothing further
    to do with new girl and goes back to old girl while
    new girl begins stalking and eventually does whatever
    it takes to get boy back.

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    In this scenario, the boy is Ben Cronin (Jesse Bradford)
    who is the high school's most promising swim star. He
    is so happily attached to his perfect girlfriend, Amy
    Miller (Shiri Appleby), that they are already starting
    to plan their future together. Ben has everything
    going for him, but he is about to lose it all. Enter
    Madison Bell (Erika Christensen), a new girl in town
    with looks that kill. Of course we all know what
    happens next -- through a series of events, both Ben
    and Madison have sex and that sets the stage for some
    major pitfalls.

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    Very bad things begin happening in Ben's life. First,
    he is kicked off the swim team for using steroids that
    he swears he's never taken. Next, his best friend
    runs into troubled times and all clues lead to Ben.
    Finally, Ben is accused of endangering Amy's
    life and putting her in the hospital. Ben suspects
    that Madison is behind all of these incidents and
    sets out to set things straight before she further
    ruins his life.

    This movie is a pale reworking of Adrian Lyn's 1987
    well-known thriller Fatal Attraction, obviously
    geared towards teens who perhaps have not seen this
    type of formula done many times before. The script
    by Charles Bohl and Phillip Schneider is so predictable
    that you can pretty much guess the next manner in
    which Madison is going to wreak havoc.


    How is the transfer?


    The transfer here is up to the usual high standards
    of what Fox Home Video is known for. Often filmed
    with blue and green filters, the film often seems
    to be a little on the dark side. Images also tend
    to be a tad soft, though well detailed. Colors are
    perfectly saturated and there is no background grain
    or noise. Highly acceptable transfer fer sure!

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    Don't expect much out of the film's 5.1 surround
    mix. Most of the audio stays in the front three
    channels that provide excellent stereo separation,
    with the rears only providing a few ambient effect
    noises. Even the film's featured rock music by
    groups like Pacifier and Sevendust only send reverbed
    echo to the rear channels.


    Special features

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    Fox has released Swimfan on a dual-layered
    DVD with both a widescreen and full-frame transfer.
    While I applaud this effort, it does present a bit
    of a hassle in watching the supplements that are
    spread across both sides.

    There's a full-length commentary with director
    John Polson, Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen.
    The three seem to play well off each other and
    there are various bits of information I picked up
    while sampling it. Erika actually played the cello,
    taking a crash course shortly before filming began.
    The movie was lensed in and around Manhattan.
    Polson takes this commentary more seriously, often
    straying into technical discussion while Erika
    and Jesse kind of tease each other about their
    individual performances. I was quite surprised by
    how lively this commentary comes across - certainly
    moreso than the film itself.

    There are ten deleted scenes, most of which
    are extensions of existing scenes. They really don't
    add much substance to the film, except for the very
    last scene that features Ben's dog that really should
    have been left in for its shock value. The quality
    of the scenes are not in finished form, and are also
    not presented anamorphic. You can opt to play these
    scenes with commentary by director John Polson.

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    The girlfriend from hell featurette brings
    cast and crew together in this "fluff" piece that
    is basically filled with interviews, character
    descriptions and lots of film clips. Some of you
    may be most interested in hearing Jesse and Erika
    talk about their very first "intense" sex scene.
    Nothing above average here except the unusual below
    average video quality of the presentation.
    (length: approx. 10 minutes)

    I was surprised to find that Fox didn't include
    the film's original theatrical trailer, but did
    include the trailer for 28 Days Later.

    I also applaud the studio for putting an anti-drug
    spot at the beginning of this DVD.


    Final Thoughts

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    It's obvious that Swimfan is trying its
    hardest to be a Fatal Attraction for teen
    audiences. I'm a little bothered by that - after
    all, do we really need to be sending this kind of
    message out to that age group?

    Nothing to be considered here beyond a possible
    rental.


    Release Date: March 11, 2003


    All screen captures have been further compressed.
    They are for illustrative purposes only and do not
    represent actual picture quality
     
  2. Yumbo

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    I 'hate' Fox and their new double-sided disc policy!

    You can't read the label.
    You get more scratches.
    The label easily comes off with buffing.

    it's ridiculous!

    sorry Peter, but I'd rather take Columbia's dual layer, menu option dual ratio discs anyday.
     
  3. Tim Glover

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    I hate to admit this, but I thought the trailer looked creepy and scary. Kind of wanted to see it, then read where it really sucked. Guess I'll rent this. [​IMG]
     
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    It's one of the worst movies I've ever seen, definetly in bottom 5 of 2002, along with Serving Sara.

    Now, I have Ghosts of Mars, Ballistic, and Resident Evil in my top20 of all time, so if I didn't like Swimfan, you sure as hell should stay away [​IMG]
     
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    Is my eyesight going bad, or does the pic of Erika Christensen that Ron posted have lipstick on her teeth?
     
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    oh ok i getchya
     
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    I actually saw this movie - it wasn't good (nor my type of movie), but it was better than I thought it would be.
     
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    lenny you are right.
    one of the worst i ever saw. just plain dumb.

    it's one of those movies were you have to believe that the people in it are just plain dumb for what happens to them to be possible.

    it was only 80 min and had the wrong ending.

    it could have had a decent end but the went with the wrong possible one.
     
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    My friends and I go out for dinner every Tuesday, followed by a film. One week the choices were so bad that "Swimfan" was the best of the lot. It turned out to be better than I expected (loved the eerie, wavery blue atmosphere of the pool scenes) and the quality of the acting was decent, if not particularly outstanding. However, the plot line was so obvious and the 'hero's' stupidity so aggravating that I'd never go see the movie again, much less buy it. [​IMG]
     
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    I'll have to watch this just cause it has a guy named Jesse getting laid! [​IMG]
     
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    Rented this last night...truly horrnedous! Lapses in logic that were SO huge that it made the film a pain to watch. I thought an "R" rating, with a little gratuitious sex and violence thrown in, would have helped...it certainly couldn't hurt!
     

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