DVD Review: Swing Vote

DVD Review: Swing Vote....

Touchstone Home Entertainment/2008 / 120 min./ PG-13

Release Date: January 13, 2009
Format: DVD
Price: $29.99

The following is information provided to ChatterShmatter by the distributor.

Comedy, Family

Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane

Joshua Michael Stern

Plot Synopsis:
Kevin Coser stars in Swing Vote, a clever, feel-good comedy winner. Bud Johnson’s an ordinary dad drifting through life, caring about nothing except his overachieving daughter Molly. Trying to encourage him to get involved, Molly accidentally sets off a chain of events on Election Day that ends with the presidential race coming down to one vote – Bud’s. Comedic chaos ensues as Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci and George Lopez give all-star support in a witty and uplifting film.

Special Features:
 Inside the Campaign: The Politics of Production
 Deleted & Extended Scenes (With optional Director’s commentary)
 Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Joshua Michael Stern and Writer Jason Richman

We have all seen the commercials during this time of political drama and intrigue. While the social climate in the real world is one of tension and anxiety the stage found on this DVD is one of pure comedy and fun. Swing Vote has a lot of great moments where it shows it can be smart and funny all at the same time.

Kevin Costner plays a regular Joe the Plumber whom the world leans on to make the right decision, or maybe their decision. It is a fun film and worth at least a rental look see.

The DVD version of this film is displayed on 16:9 Widescreen is not HD but is more than enough for a film like this. Not many eye candy displays to revel at. The same can be said for the ordinary Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.

The Special Features contained on the DVDs include a making of featurette which is an interesting and somewhat entertaining look at the behind the scenes of the film. This is one of those films that looked like the cast and crew had a lot of fun making, and a set where it was always a good time.

The remaining special features are the obligatory audio commentary and deleted scenes which added some entertainment value to your viewing experience.

Film: 8.0

Audio & Video: 5.0

Special Features: 6.5

Overall: 6.7

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