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DVD Reviews: Swingers

The Final Say!

Feature Score:
DVD Extras Score

Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 8 April 2003
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 96 Minutes

This clever film certainly hit the spot as far as my viewing tastes are concerned. Swingers is a great comedy filled with acerbic wit and the emphasis is on the strong dialogue and actors ability. It's the tale of a group of friends on the prowl for love, or at the very least a good time. Unemployed or having menial jobs, this group of Hollywood wannabes have moved from New York to have a shot at the big time.

The only problem is how to impress the ladies, without resorting to lies and deception. The focus of the guys is to look "money", thereby getting access to things normally denied them.

It's this sort of movie that is always hard to let the reader know exactly what is going on without ruining it for them. As I stated earlier, the movie is heavily dialogue driven and full of witty repartee. The disc does display quite a heavy amount of low level noise throughout, especially at 2:40 when they are at the cafe in chapter 2. It's almost disconcerting how bad this is to watch at this point and cost the feature fairly heavily in my score. Also lowering the score was the fact that the film was transferred in pan and scan full screen. The ratio is right but would have looked a hell of a lot nicer in full widescreen.

If this low level noise hadn't been so prevalent, the Feature would have scored 8.8/10 and as a movie deserves the higher score.

The movie is in Dolby Digital 2.0 and really there was no need to do a full 5.1 mix with this feature so no marks down for that. The music will have your toes tappin' and the lines used in the film will have a grin fixed to your face most of the time.

Extras? Fuggedaboudit! There's only a trailer.

A cool flick for cats, baby!

Swingers Features

  • Scene Selection
  • Theatrical Trailer


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