Swimming with Sharks
Swimming With Sharks graduates to special edition status with this stellar DVD from Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Packed with bonus features that delve straight into the heart of this loved indie pic, the disc goes a long way to give the film its own legacy, which given its sparse theatrical distribution and eventual success on home video and cable, was long overdue. The film is presented with an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture, while the sound has been upgraded to both Dolby and DTS 5.1 tracks, along with a single 2.0 stereo track as well. In addition, the disc comes with three separate audio commentaries -- the first with Kevin Spacey, the second with writer/director George Huang and the third featuring Huang and co-star Frank Whaley. Par usual, Spacey's commentary is dry and excruciatingly bland, contrary to the director's, which is light, fun, and goes a long way in discussing the trials of working in Hollywood and headlining a first feature in the indie world. The director's track with Whaley is also a spirited track that's packed with quips about the star's hairdo and further stories of the production. The special features continue with a well-made 24-minute making-of, which finds the cast and crew looking back on the film ten years later. Combined with the candid ten-minute "Life as a Hollywood Assistant" and the "Let's Do Lunch: A Conversation With Colleagues" clips, the disc hilariously presents the hell that is working in Hollywood and what making a movie like this does to the town that you're blatantly exposing. Further bonus features include a bevy of deleted scenes (with optional director's commentary), the original theatrical trailer, and a Lion's Gate trailer gallery that includes peeks at Haute Tension, Beyond the Sea, and The Devil's Rejects, among others.