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(Frank Perry, 1968)
Release date: 12 September 2022 (OOP date: 30 October 2023)
Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK Blu-ray premiere) 

One of the few bona fide counter-cultural films to be produced by a major studio, The Swimmer is a sun-scorched and surreal suburban satire that boasts a fine performance from Burt Lancaster (Castle Keep, Buffalo Bill and the Indians) as Ned Merrill, the all-American man who one day determines to swim home to his Connecticut mansion via a series of pools in his neighbourhood.

Directed by Frank Perry (Diary of a Mad Housewife) imbues Eleanor Perry’s (David and Lisa, Ladybug Ladybug) adaptation of John Cheever’s short story with stunning expressionistic flourishes, creating a true masterpiece of cinema.


  • 2014 restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with Frank Perry biographer Justin Bozung (2022)
  • Marge Champion on ‘The Swimmer’ (2013, 18 mins): onstage interview with the actor, conducted by filmmaker Allison Anders at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, after a screening of The Swimmer
  • Against the Tide (2022, 11 mins): actor, comedian and filmmaker Richard Ayoade discusses the unique genius of the Perrys’ film
  • ‘The Swimmer’ Read by John Cheever (2004, 26 mins): the original New Yorker short story read by the author
  • Title sequence outtakes
  • Isolated music & effects track
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Illeana Douglas trailer commentary (2019, 6 mins)
  • TV spots
  • Image galleries: storyboards, deleted scenes, promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Sophie Monks Kaufman, a profile of writer John Cheever, extracts from interviews with Frank Perry and Eleanor Perry on the making of the film, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • Limited edition exclusive poster
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 5,000 individually numbered units for the UK

BBFC cert: PG
EAN: 5060697922264