Swimfan

Swimfan

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Director: John Polson

Cast: Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby

     
 

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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

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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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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Using the premise of Fatal Attraction for a teen movie was bound to happen sooner or later, and that the film turned out so well is a tribute to director John Polson and his screenwriters, Charles Bohl and Phillip Schneider. Swimfan is blatantly exploitive, but it’s also elaborately plotted, quite well acted, and genuinely suspenseful. Varsity swim-team member Ben Cronin (Jesse Bradford) is an extremely popular student, especially with cute coeds like his sweetheart, Amy (Shiri Appleby). New girl Madison Bell (Erika Christensen), a saucy temptress with a questionable past, sets her sights on Ben and even manages to seduce him before ultimately being rejected. Her acts of vengeance -- you know what they say about scorned women -- become progressively nastier and potentially lethal. Polson stages these events with conviction, and Madison’s gradual unhinging becomes palpable. That’s due in large measure to Christensen, whose carefully modulated performance is chillingly convincing. Bradford, who was a likable and intelligent male lead in Bring It On, resists the temptation to make his athlete just another dumb jock, and in so doing makes Ben a more compelling character. Swimfan tiptoes up to the line that separates legitimate melodrama from cornball campiness but never quite crosses it -- which makes the picture entertaining and keeps it from becoming laughable. In addition to a "making of" documentary titled "The Girlfriend from Hell," the DVD edition includes a feature-length commentary by Polson, who also introduces ten deleted scenes.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
UPC:
0024543069027
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
31,799

Special Features

Closed Caption; 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

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jesse Bradford Ben Cronin
Erika Christensen Madison Bell
Shiri Appleby Amy Miller
Kate Burton Carla
Clayne Crawford Josh
Jason Ritter Randy
Kia Joy Goodwin Rene
Dan Hedaya Coach Simkins
Michael Higgins Mr. Tillman
Nick Sandow Detective John Zabel
James DeBello Danta
Phyllis Somerville Aunt Gretchen

Technical Credits
John Polson Director
Arjun Bhasin Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles F. Bohl Screenwriter
Joe Caracciola Producer
Stephen Lee Davis Asst. Director
Marcy Drogin Co-producer
Louis Febre Score Composer
Sarah Flack Editor
Jamie Gordon Co-producer
Amanda Harding Casting
Charles Hunt Sound/Sound Designer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Mindy Marin Casting
Giles Nuttgens Cinematographer
John Penotti Producer
Courtney Potts Associate Producer
Phillip Schneider Screenwriter
Allison Lyon Segan Producer
Fisher Stevens Executive Producer
Frank White Art Director
Diana White Set Decoration/Design
Tim Williams Executive Producer
Brad Yonover Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles [3:24]
2. Ben [2:26]
3. Madison [:59]
4. Madison's Music [5:05]
5. Swimming [1:32]
6. Party [4:34]
7. Swimfan85 [1:13]
8. Mom's Birthday [4:47]
9. More E-mail [2:27]
10. Raking Friends [3:32]
11. Amy Finds Out [:07]
12. The Swim Meet [2:38]
13. Talking it Over [3:12]
14. The Death of a Friend [1:20]
15. Searching for Evidence [1:46]
16. Jake Donnelly [2:52]
17. The Set-Up [4:07]
18. Amy Gets a Visitor [1:53]
19. At the Pool [1:47]
20. End Titles [3:17]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Main Titles [3:24]
2. Ben [2:26]
3. Madison [:59]
4. Madison's Music [5:05]
5. Swimming [1:32]
6. A Party [4:34]
7. Swimfan85 [1:13]
8. Mom's Birthday [4:47]
9. More E-mail [2:27]
10. Raking Friends [3:32]
11. Amy Finds Out [:07]
12. The Swim Meet [2:38]
13. Talking it Over [3:12]
14. The Death of a Friend [1:20]
15. Searching for Evidence [1:46]
16. Jake Donnelly [2:52]
17. The Set-Up [4:07]
18. Amy Gets a Visitor [1:53]
19. At the Pool [1:47]
20. End Titles [3:17]

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Swimfan 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
okay so im starting to love Jesse bradford from Bring It On and ClockStoppers and Far From Home The Adventures of Yellow Dog and and he was in Romeo And Juliet with Leoarndo Dicapro so anyways i went to Walmart and no they didn't have Swimfan aww too bad. i even looked in the 5$ dvd bin and nope didn't see it. i really really want it and its out of stock from Barnes And Noble?! no way! anyway i really hope to be geting this movie i love Jesse Bradford and i believe i have seen Swimfan. hopefully next time next time i'll have this dvd! looks like a real awesome movie so totally awseome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was so great! its not really scary it just makes you jump so if you're looking for sumthin scary like the ring skip this one but if you are lookin for a good thriller this is the best choice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago