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Swimfan [DVD] [2002]

Release Date:03/11/2003
Surprisingly watchable, this teenage Fatal Attraction is also a fine DVD. Basically all elements of this disc stand out, but the image gets the highest marks. Credit goes to Fox for presenting this film in both 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen on one side of the disc and a severely cropped pan-and-scan version on the other. While far from perfect, it does showcase a wonderful color palette, especially the use of blues. They are vivid and nicely saturated, creating a very cool visual style. Detail is generally strong, even if there are moments where the image is a bit soft. The sound, a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, isn't nearly as impressive, as it's centered far more up front that a film of it's type should be. Dialogue and sound effects are presented distinctly, but the lack of any significant surround material is somewhat disappointing. The supplements are split over the two sides, which seems odd at the films short 85-minute running time. Still, each side does include the same audio commentary track from director John Polson and stars Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen. It's an engaging track as all three are very vocal, with plenty to say. Do they offer any startling revelations? Hardly, but they do show more enthusiasm that many commentary tracks on other discs. The extras are broken up from there. The widescreen side has ten deleted scenes with optional commentary from Polson, while the other side has a theatrical trailer for 28 Days Later (strangely enough there isn't a trailer for Swimfan), plus a ten-minute standard studio fluff piece with cast and crew interviews.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Full-lenght audio commentary by director John Polson, Jesse Bradford adn Erika Christensen
    • 10 deleted/extended scenes with optional director's commentary
    • "The Girlfriend From Hell" featurette and more
    • Closed Captioned


    A moment of temptation leads to a high body count and untold regrets for a high-school swimming star in this thriller starring Bring It On's Jesse Bradford and Traffic's Erika Christensen. Despite a shady past involving drugs and the juvenile justice system, Ben Cronin (Bradford) seems to have it all: a loving mother, a devoted girlfriend (Shiri Appleby), and a shot at a college scholarship in California. But the same week that athletic scouts will be deciding his future, Ben finds himself embroiled in a flirtation with Madison Bell (Christensen), a bewitching transfer student who seduces him into supposedly strings-free sex during an impromptu swim lesson after hours in the school pool. When Ben takes Madison at her word and goes about his business as if nothing had happened, she insinuates herself into his life with sinister glee. Showing up at Ben's house, befriending his girlfriend, and sending him naked pictures -- none of her strategies wins his heart. So Madison turns to other, more devious forms of courtship. Soon, Ben finds himself kicked off the swim team for supposed steroid use, suspected of murdering a rival (Clayne Crawford), and rejected by his girlfriend for his sexual indiscretions. Eventually, though, he receives help in uncovering the genesis of Madison's uncanny fixation from an unexpected source. Originally titled "Swimfan85" (after Madison's Internet screen name), the retitled Swimfan hit the top spot at the back-to-school box office when it was released September 6, 2002. Dan Hedaya co-stars as Ben's stern but loving mentor, Coach Simkins. Actor-turned-director John Polson previously helmed Siam Sunset. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Jesse Bradford
      Jesse Bradford - Ben Cronin
    • Erika Christensen
      Erika Christensen - Madison Bell
    • Shiri Appleby
      Shiri Appleby - Amy Miller
    • Kate Burton
      Kate Burton - Carla
    • Clayne Crawford
      Clayne Crawford - Josh

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