"Wow, where to start? Pretty much everything about this DVD is a lie. On the back the DVD says "Guaranteed Superior Quality" - HA! What a laugh! This DVD pretty much has the feel of a bootleg. The picture and sound are terrible. The picture is constantly shaking. There's no address to write to this Gemstone Entertainment. The DVD doesn't even list what the movie is rated or when it came out. On the back of the DVD it says "Bonus Info: Biography / Filmography / Trivia / Scene Access / Interactive Menus" - LIES! LIES! LIES! LIES! LIES! There isn't even a scene selection! The menu screen is just blank and says "Play Movie". Then, of course there is the extreme false advertising which tries to make it seem as if Robert De Niro is the main character who is plotting revenge for his brother's death when in fact De Niro plays the brother, who dies at the beginning of the movie! The cover photo has a picture of De Niro that looks like it's from the late eighties or nineties when his footage was filmed in 1969! Doesn't this qualify as false advertising? You can't put a picture from a completely different movie on the cover of a DVD!!Do NOT buy this DVD! No matter what you think. Even if you're a De Niro buff, like myself, it will just get you mad. This DVD is a disgrace. Gemstone Entertainment should be ashamed of themselves. In the meantime, I'm going to try and find an address for the company so I can write to them to find out exactly what this "Guaranteed Superior Quality" means. Gemstone Entertainment = Cheap Lying Dirty Thieves"
J. Vire | Dallas, TX USA | 04/11/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I find it funny that everyone posting a review here feels betrayed and used, probably because they had to pay 9 or 10 dollars for this awful movie. I payed less than a buck at Wal-mart for this, so I knew it had to suck. And it did. But I found its crappiness so amusing that I like it for that sheer fact, especially since it was no skin off of my nose to see it. That doesn't do it for most people.
I'll admit, it was a dirty, dirty trick to make it look as if Deniro was the star of the movie when he's not. The level of false advertizing should be illegal. The synopsis doesn't even mention that the main character it's talking about is not DeNiro at all. I believe most everything about this movie was bad, though I still liked DeNiro whenever he was onscreen.
Reasons to buy this movie: 1. If you are amused by crappy filmmaking.
2. If you can find it for a dollar - no more. I suggest Wal-mart, though I hate giving them business.
3. There is this great sceen about 2 or 3 minutes where DeNiro is pretending to shoot people on the beach. He rolls around and acts silly. Its worth the dollar.
Reasons not to buy this movie: 1. If it's more than a dollar. That's how bad this movie is.
2. If you do not have a sense of humor and are serious about your filmwatching.
I've got nothing else. "
Bill | Jacksonville, Fl | 12/27/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I have to give this movie one star to get this review posted. This movie doesn't deserve a star, it deserves a rotting lemon. This movie ranks up there with the Blair Witch Project as being a terrible movie. I got suckered in by this one. Let's see, actors sucked, plot sucked, quality sucked and now my opinion of John Broderick and Gemstone Entertainment has lowered itself into the SUCK relm. They should send me a check for my purchase price and pain and suffering. Does anyone know what the ending was supposed to mean? I fell asleep:("
Even if you're a DeNiro fan, this is one to skip
(1 out of 5 stars)
"It can be interesting and fun to watch a great actor's early work. But this film doesn't make it on any count. Also known as "Sam's Song," even the most devout DeNiro fan will be disappointed with "The Swap." Although he's top-billed and featured prominently in the poster art (for obvious marketing reasons), DeNiro's character gets killed in the first five minutes and we only see him intermittently in flashbacks. What follows is a roughly shot low-budget film with a marginally engrossing story and porn-quality acting (with the exception of DeNiro, who does fine with what little he gets). Who knows? Maybe director John Shade instructed his actors to play the movie as porn (DeNiro's character directed porn flicks) but I don't think this film is that sophisticated. Further, the DVD transfer is one of the worst you'll ever see, with film scratches and bad sound intact; it looks like they transferred an old VHS right onto DVD.If he'd had the lead, it might have been a more interesting film. But since he does so little, it can't really qualify as an early DeNiro film like "Mean Streets." And unlike "Mean Streets," it doesn't qualify as the early work of a great director either. It's not even bad enough to be a must-see bad movie, it's just bad; a waste of money and 90 minutes."
It's not woth it!
Marie P. Mutchler | USA | 05/19/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the video because of a very misleading advertisement for this film. I am a great DeNiro fan, but this was terrible. The picture on the box leads you to believe this movie was made some time in the 1980's - it was made in 1969. The story synopsis is not only wrong, but it names DeNiro's character Johnny (possibly confusing it with his character in Mean Streets), but his name is Sammy, and he dies in the first scene, only to return in flashbacks. The acting is terrible, the story is terrible. If your looking for an old DeNiro movie, get Mean Streets, this one is not worth your time or money!"