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"Swimming to Cambodia" Gets DVD Release

By Rich Heldenfels Published: February 13, 2013

There was apparently a previous DVD (at least, is selling on old one -- for about $200 new) but Shout! Factory is calling this the first official release of Spalding Gray's amazing monologue. And here, then, is the official word:

Shout! Factory has announced the May 28 DVD release of the 1987 film Swimming To Cambodia. The first official U.S. DVD release of the critically-acclaimed film includes an audio commentary by director Jonathan Demme as a special feature.

Master storyteller Spalding Gray (Monster In A Box) brought his tour-de-force one-man show Swimming To Cambodia to the big screen, brilliantly directed by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs, Stop Making Sense) and featuring the music of Laurie Anderson.

Grey spent eight weeks in Southeast Asia playing the role of the Ambassador’s aide in the Academy Award winning film, The Killing Fields. Inspired by his experiences there, Gray weaves a hilarious and hypnotic tale of the making of the film, from the “sixty-six takes” of his first scene to the jarring encounters with Thai marijuana, the history of Cambodia and the inhabitants of the Asian massage parlors and sex bars. It’s reality with a wry twist from a fascinating pioneer of experimental theatre.


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