Swingers (1996)

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Released 13-Nov-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Menu Animation & Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1996
Running Time 92:20 (Case: 96)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Doug Liman
Studio
Distributor

Magna Home Entertainment
Starring Jon Favreau
Vince Vaughn
Ron Livingston
Patrick Van Horn
Alex Desert
Heather Graham
Case Click
RPI $29.95 Music Justin Reinhardt


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Swingers was written and co-produced by Jon Favreau, who also performed in the lead role. Personally, I found it had a lot of possibilities but just never seemed to get out of second gear. Although there were some funny moments, there were just not enough to keep up the momentum or to live up to the claims made on the front cover of this DVD.

    Swingers is a movie that centres around Mike (Jon Favreau) and his close friends. It has been 6 months since his girlfriend of 6 years left him and Mike finds it hard to come to grips with being thrust back into the singles scene. Too much time is spent checking the answering machine in the hope that his ex will call and ask him to come back. His good buddy Trent (Vince Vaughn) decides that the best thing he can do for Mike is to lead him astray. He convinces Mike to go to Las Vegas for the night where they head to (where else but) the casino.

    This sets the scene for the rest of the movie where they try to hook up with as many women as possible, resolving to call them back no sooner than 2 days later. When Mike finally does score, he shows his total lack of self esteem by breaking the 2 day rule and obsessively calling the poor girl up constantly.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video transfer of this movie had very few problems.

    The transfer is presented in the non-original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (OAR 1.85:1), and is therefore not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was clear and sharp even during the frequent low light scenes. The shadow detail at night was very well controlled and it showed in the transfer. There is very little low level noise.

    The colours were quite well defined and contained no bleeding or other visual problems.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen and aliasing was very rare and very mild when it did occur. Film artefacts are rare and not distracting at all.

    There are no subtitles available on this disc.

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Audio

    The audio transfer was more problematic than the video transfer.

    The dialogue was usually recorded at quite a low level and the music had a tendency to overpower it at times.

    There was one sequence at 45:01 where audio sync was a problem, but there were no other sync problems.

    The musical score by Justin Reinhardt went along with the movie's jazz theme and was well-suited to the on-screen action. The dialogue did tend to be a little soft in comparison to the music which had me readjusting the audio a few times during the movie. An example can be found at 24:30.

    The surround channels were monaural and only used for the backing music.

    The subwoofer was lightly used like the surrounds, but did provide a nice bottom end to the music.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu design is themed around the movie and is in full screen. The main menu features a static clip of the front cover of the DVD and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded audio.

Theatrical Trailer

    This is of rather poor quality, being presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and with Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded sound. It contains quite a lot of film artefacts.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 2 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 2 version of this DVD, which is presented in PAL at 1.85:1 with 16x9 enhancement is the version of choice.

Summary

    Swingers was for me a once-only movie that needed faster pacing.

    The video transfer had no specific problems.

    The audio quality was passable.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Peter Mellor (read my bio)
Thursday, January 03, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer XV-DV55, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe 72cm. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer XV-DV55
SpeakersPioneer S-DV55ST-K Satellite wall mouted 5-Speaker System; Pioneer S-DV55SW-K Powered Subwoofer

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